Media Release by The Hon Amanda Rishworth MP

Gillard Government helps develop Leaders for Tomorrow

Today marked the graduation of the latest class completing Leaders of Tomorrow-a national leadership program that helps people with disability become leaders in business, the community and government.

The Parliamentary Secretary for Disability and Carers, Amanda Rishworth, congratulated the graduates during an event at the Pullman Brisbane Hotel.

Ms Rishworth said the graduation ceremony was a special occasion that celebrated the achievements of some very impressive individuals who have shown that they have what it takes to be leaders.

“Leaders for Tomorrow, part of the Australian Government’s $11 million accessibility package under the National Disability Strategy, is a 12-month program which supports people with disability to develop their leadership skills.

“This program is tailored according to each participant’s leadership aspirations to help these committed and talented Australians achieve their leadership goals.

“By linking participants with appropriate training, support and mentoring, Leaders for Tomorrow helps participants overcome barriers to work and education so they can become leaders in their chosen field.”

Ms Rishworth said the Australian Government strongly believes people with disability have the right to participate fully in the social and economic life of our community.

“People with disability, and their families, know best what they want for their own future and the supports they need now and in the future to achieve those goals.

“DisabilityCare Australia, the national disability insurance scheme, will provide financial resources, practical advice and information to support people with disability in achieving their goals and reaching their potential.

“We want all Australians, including people with disability, to achieve their best in life, to develop skills and gain experience, and to have the confidence to dream big and believe in themselves.”

Ms Rishworth said that each of the graduates from the Leaders for Tomorrow program deserved to be praised for their achievements, and wished them well as they go on to be leaders in their communities.