Interactive session with delegates – what are we learning when working with employers and participants?


Peter Bacon Chief Executive Officer, Disability Employment Australia

Peter started as Chief Executive Officer at DEA in March 2023, having spent over 15 years in the disability employment sector. He started on the frontline as an Employment Advisor to claimants of health-related benefits in East London, before moving into a range of business development and strategy roles – primarily at Ingeus. He has always been passionate about the transformational impact that decent work can have on people’s lives. Peter moved to Australia in 2016 to take up a role at Campbell Page, where he was integral in efforts to diversify the business including the launch of environmentally-focussed social enterprise ‘EcoCrews’. Peter is a Fellow both of the Social Impact Hub – exemplifying his commitment to driving measurable impact – and the Institute of Employability Professionals, reflecting a long-held commitment to recognise and uphold continuing professional development in the sector. Peter is delighted at the opportunity to lead DEA and engage with members about how can best capitalise on the opportunity to help more people living with disability to achieve their employment potential. Outside of work, he is a devoted father to his two young daughters and a keen fan of Fulham football club.

In his presentation at the Conference, Peter will be stepping us through DEA’s new approach and strategy, which includes a broader emphasis on the structures and systems in Australia today – including the ‘demand side’. If you’ve not met him yet, please come and say hello!