Safeguarding the future conference - Canberra, 23-24 May 2024

Mary Hawkins

Mary Hawkins is the Director of Engagement, Employment Outcomes at the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). Her presentation was called Creating pathways to employment.

About Mary Hawkins

Portrait of Mary HawkinsMary Hawkins is currently the Director of Engagement, Employment Outcomes at the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).

Mary is a qualified Rehabilitation Counsellor who has occupied senior management positions in WorkCover NSW, the Motor Accident Authority of NSW, and CRS, a large national provider of vocational rehabilitation services.

Mary has held a number of roles with the NDIA, including setting up arrangements for providers for the commencement of the Trials of the Scheme in 2013, and assisting with the rollout of the early transition of the NDIS in Nepean/Blue Mountains in NSW. With the commencement of the transition to the full scheme in NSW, Mary worked as Director of Stakeholder Engagement for the NSW Central region. More recently, as Director of Strategic Initiatives, Provider & Market Engagement, Mary has assisted with transition in Western Australia and with the introduction of Disability-related Health Supports in accordance with the decision of the Disability Reform Council in 2019.

Professionally, Mary received the inaugural Award for Outstanding Contribution to Injury Management by an Individual from the Personal Injury Education Foundation in 2008 and for many years was a significant contributor to their education and events subcommittees. Mary was made a fellow of the Australian Society of Rehabilitation Counsellors, having been one of the founding members of that Society. Her work in Rehabilitation Counselling, particularly in injury and disability management, was recognised by the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Health Sciences, which granted her the Alumni Award for Services to Humanity.

Creating pathways to employment

In her presentation, Mary discussed

  • Building a pathway to post-school life – NDIS supports available as a person reaches working age and beyond.
  • Case studies showcasing how supports might be used
  • Preparing for your NDIS planning meeting – talking about your employment goals
  • Selecting a suitable provider
  • Improvements the NDIS is making to support participants better in achieving their employment goals

This presentation is not available to watch online.


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