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 Network contacts in the public sector:

Cluster/Agency Contact Contact Email
Communities and Justice

Rita Cottrell


Customer Service Edwin Garland
Customer Service Kath Tidd Co-Chair
Education Gabrielle Koens
Education Mark Kunach
Education Kanisha Diwakar
Education - TAFE

Jodie Hoger

Gabi De Vries
Enterprise, Investment and Trade TBA  

Franki Pollick (HealthShare NSW)

Gareth Boylan (all other Health DEN enquiries)

Planning and Environment Ann-Marie Mahony
Planning and Environment Amanda Neirinckx
Police Inclusion & Diversity team
Premier and Cabinet

Elizabeth Zammit
Regional NSW Paul Nunnari
Regional NSW Alex McLerie
State Library Olwen Pryke
Transport and Infrastructure Mandi Barnao

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.