Professional and Peak Bodies2021-01-11T02:15:31+00:00
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Professional and Peak Bodies

Each of the below hold either an annual or biannual conference, provide ongoing  professional development opportunities, manage list-servs as well as lobby on behalf of the sector.

The Australian Centre for Career Education Trading as the Career Education Association of Victoria (CEAV) is  a not for profit association that has a purpose of the advancement of education for the public benefit, particularly in relation to career development.

Equity Practitioners in Higher Education Australasia (EPHEA) is the professional incorporated organisation for university and TAFE equity practitioners who work in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific region. More details on EPHEA and how to became a member

Australia and New Zealand Student Services Association (ANZSSA) is a professional association for people with an interest in the provision of support services to students in post-secondary education in Australia and New Zealand. It provides development opportunities and sector representation from professional staff working in the post secondary student engagement, student participation, student wellbeing and student development. The organisation also publishes the Journal of Australia and New Zealand student Services Association. (JANZSSA)

The Australian Tertiary Education Network on Disability    is the peak professional body for Disability Practitioners in the Tertiary Education and Training sector. The ATEND National Committee is made up of a representative of the Training & University Sector within each state. ATEND organises the Pathways Conference that is held bi-annually. More details on ATEND and how to become a member are available at
Disability Employment Australia is the peak body for Australia’s Disability Employment Services. We represent, support and resource our members to provide high quality, innovative and effective best practice services to assist people with disability into sustainable and enduring employment.
CICA is the National Peak Body for the Career Industry in Australia. Its establishment in 2000 was a world first and it continues to be a leader in the field. It is a focal point for government and other stakeholders concerned for and interested in promoting quality career development services in Australia. This site has great online professional development opportunities.
The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) is the national professional body responsible for collecting, managing, analysing and communicating research and statistics on the Australian vocational education and training (VET) sector.

Disability Peak Bodies

In Australia there are several national organisations that represent disability employment service providers and the interests of people with disability, their families and carers.

Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO)

The Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) is the peak organisation in the disability sector representing people with lived experience of disability.  We work to develop a community where people with disability can participate in all aspects of social, economic, political, and cultural life. This includes genuine participation in mainstream community life, the development of respectful and valued relationships, social and economic participation, and the opportunity to contribute as valued citizens. For more infromation go to the AFDO website.

Blind Citizens Australia (BCA)

BCA is funded by the Department to be the peak national advocacy body for people who are blind or vision impaired.
Phone: (03) 9654 1400
Freecall: 1800 033 660
Fax: (03) 9650 3200
TTY Services: reference (03) 9376 9275

Brain Injury Australia (BIA)

BIA is funded by the Department to be the peak body for people with an acquired brain injury, their families and carers.
Phone: (02) 9591 1094
Mobile: 0417 373 622

Deaf Australia

Deaf Australia is funded by the Department to be the peak body for people who are deaf and use Auslan.
Deaf Australia Secretariat
Phone: (07) 3357 8266
Fax: (07) 3357 8377
TTY Services: reference (07) 3357 8277

Deafness Forum of Australia

DFA is funded by the Department to be the peak body for the deaf and hearing impaired communities (including those people who have a chronic disorder of the ear and those who are DeafBlind).
DFA Secretariat
Phone: (02) 6262 7808
Fax: (02) 6262 7810
TTY Services: reference (02) 6262 7809

Inclusion Australia (NCID)

NCID is funded by the Department to be the peak body for people with intellectual disability and their families.
NCID Secretariat
Phone: (02) 6296 4400
Fax: (02) 6231 7319

National Ethnic Disability Alliance

NEDA is funded by the Department to be the peak body for people from non-English speaking backgrounds with a disability, their families and carers.
NEDA Secretariat
Phone: (02) 9687 8933
Tollfree: 1800 982 182
Fax: (02) 9635 5355
TTY Services: reference (02) 9687 6325

Physical Disability Australia

Physical Disability Australia is funded by the Department to be the peak body for people with physical disability.
Physical Disability Australia Secretariat
Phone: (02) 6567 1500

Women With Disabilities Australia

WWDA is funded by the Department to be the peak body for women with disability in Australia.
WWDA Secretariat
PO Box 605
Phone: (03) 6244 8288
Fax: (03) 6244 8255