Media Release by Senator the Hon Jan McLucas

TAFE NSW Institute selected to deliver Leaders for Tomorrow

TAFE New South Wales Hunter Institute has been selected as the national provider to deliver a program to develop the leadership skills of people with disability.

Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Senator Jan McLucas, today announced that TAFE NSW Hunter Institute will receive $2.9 million over four years to deliver the Leaders for Tomorrow program.

Leaders for Tomorrow is a new national program to help people with disability become leaders in business, the community and government through mentoring and leadership development.

“By linking participants with appropriate training, support and mentoring, Leaders for Tomorrow will develop participants’ skills and confidence to become leaders in business, the community and government,” said Senator McLucas.

“They will be equipped with the tools to become leaders and help them overcome barriers into work and education.”

TAFE NSW Hunter Institute has extensive experience in providing individualised programs and support and will lead a consortium with disability consultants, E-QUAL (Enhancing Quality), to deliver an individualised support service for people with disability throughout Australia to facilitate leadership skills development.

The consortium will work with business, government, community and disability organisations to provide up to 12 months training for around 200 people and develop individual leadership development plans for all participants of the program.

Leaders for Tomorrow delivers on another Gillard Labor Government election commitment and is part of our $11 million accessibility package to remove barriers and expand opportunities for people with disability and carers.

Senator McLucas said that the Leaders for Tomorrow program supported the work being done around Australia as part of the National Disability Strategy.

The strategy sets a 10-year reform plan for all governments to address the barriers faced by Australians with disability and will ensure that mainstream services and programs including healthcare, housing, transport and education, address the needs of people with disability.

For information about the Leaders for Tomorrow program, please e-mail