Michael will provide an update on the Department of Social Services’ progress in driving action through the National Disability Strategy, to increase both the social engagement and the economic security of people with disability. Michael will focus on employment as a key driver to achieving both goals. Key aspects that will be briefly covered include the continued roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and its impact on the lives of Australian’s with disability, as well as measures announced in the 2017-18 Budget that complement the NDIS. These include the changes to the Australian Government’s Disability Employment Services (DES); the establishment of a NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission; working age payment and compliance changes; and measures to improve housing affordability.

In addition, Michael will also outline the work needed to increase the demand for employers to hire more people with disability.

Michael Lye

Deputy Secretary
Department of Social Services

Michael Lye is the Deputy Secretary responsible for our Department’s Disability and Carers Stream.
Michael’s responsibilities include disability and carers policy and programs, the National Disability Strategy, the National Disability Insurance Scheme and Disability Employment Services.
Michael is the Indigenous Champion, overseeing the Department's efforts to increase employment of Indigenous Australians.
Michael has a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in psychology and a Master of Social Welfare Administration and Planning, both of which are from the University of Queensland.

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