Samantha Jenkinson

People with Disabilities WA (PDWA)
Executive Director

Samantha has been an advocate for the rights of people with disability since the early 1990s, and throughout her professional life as a social worker. Through this time she has worked and advocated in many disability-related areas including employment services, individualised funding and person-centred planning. Highlights of Samantha’s work have been her time with the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO); her involvement in development of self-directed funding and direct payments in Victoria; developing policy on self-directed services in the community sector in WA; being involved as an ‘expert’ in the NDIS development, and subsequently on co-design groups with the National Disability Insurance Agency Independent Advisory Council. Samantha has kept coming back to employment as a key driver for the inclusion of people with disability as active and valued citizens.
Samantha has been involved as a volunteer with many community organisations on management committees and Boards of governance, including being a past chair of the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations, and past chair of the Ministerial Advisory Council on Disability in Western Australia. Samantha spent 6 years as a Local Government Councillor at the City of Stirling (2011-2017). Currently she is Executive Director of People with Disabilities WA and is focused on ensuring the voice of people with disabilities is heard in decision making.