Across many NSW Government agencies and organisations, Disability Employee Networks (DENs) and other resource groups are active and open to people working in the public sector who have a disability or who want to be a champion for disability awareness and support.
The NSW Public Service Commission works alongside DENs and their members to ensure that the public sector is accessible and inclusive for people with disability. DENs are a place where employees can feel safe to disclose their disability, share knowledge, raise awareness and champion inclusive change.
The different DENs across NSW Government also come together fortnightly for the DENconnect forum. DENconnect is open to anyone in the public sector and aims to provide a safe, open space to share updates on disability focused activities, networks and initiative’s being developed at an agency level. By connecting employees with disability to each other, a collective shift can be made towards a greater culture of inclusion across the public sector.
Disability Employment Networks available in the public sector
|Agency/Cluster||Chair Name||Chair contact email|
|Department of Communities and Justice||Jacqueline Duncan||DENInquiries@facs.nsw.gov.au|
|NSW Police||Rana Al-Hinti||ALHI1RAN@police.nsw.gov.au|
|Department of Customer Service||Annette Keay||abilityDCS@customerservice.nsw.gov.au|
|NSW Health||Peter Chappleemail@example.com|
|NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment||Caroline Myersfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment||Ann-Marie Mahonyemail@example.com|
|Department of Premier and Cabinet||Caroline Page
|Transport for NSW||Dwayne Fernandes||Dwayne.firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Department of Education||
Chair: Gabrielle Koens
Deputy Chair: Mark Kunach
|NSW State Library||Michael Carneyemail@example.com|
|NSW State Library||Rebecca Acton||Rebecca.firstname.lastname@example.org|
If you do not see your agency or cluster represented in the list above, please contact your HR team to see what is available. You can also consider setting up your own DEN by joining the DENconnect online forums to learn how.
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