Kellie Spence

General Manager – Disability Employment Group
Department of Social Services

Kellie’s role includes policy development and program management of employment supports for people with disability. She brings to the role a wealth of experience across the public sector, particularly in employment services, leading policy reform and implementation.

Kellie led the policy and implementation of Transition to Work, a highly successful youth program that supports early school leavers in their transition to the labour market. She led policy design of employment services to align with the recommendations of an independent expert advisory panel and worked closely with providers to conduct a large scale pilot of the new model. Kellie is known for thinking innovatively and was a key architect of the Points Based Activation System which gives individuals greater choice in how they will meet their mutual obligations to look for work whilst on income support.

Kellie is passionate about evidence-based policy and working with users and across stakeholders to improve services and outcomes for participants and employers.