Connect50 is a project managed by Australian Network on Disability (AND). We’re a national, member-based, for-purpose organisation that makes it easier for organisations to welcome people with disability in all aspects of business.

We’re driven by our belief that people with disability are skilled and capable, social and economic contributors, entitled to equitable opportunities in society. We work in close collaboration with businesses and government to increase disability confidence, engagement and action. 

AND drives and delivers pioneering projects to shape the future of access and inclusion in Australia. Designed for maximum impact, our innovative projects empower employers and improve employment outcomes for people with disability.

The impact of Connect50 goes above and beyond the employers and students that participate in it. The project is modeled on the enormous success of our Stepping Into™ internship program, which has proved the far-reaching and sustainable benefits of a demand-led approach to employment of people with disability. It also facilitates valuable new linkages with TAFEs and universities and ensures a deeper understanding about employer needs and talent pipelines in regional Victoria.

AND was selected to deliver Connect50, which is funded by the Victorian Government as part of its economic participation plan for people with disability 2018-2020.

Find out more about the Australian Network on Disability


Emma Henningsen

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Our Purpose

To advance the equitable inclusion of people with disability in all aspects of business.

Our Vision

To create a disability confident Australia as a national peak body.

Our Mission

To provide expert advice and services on disability to employers, Government representatives and industry bodies.

Our team

We have a fabulous team leading the Connect50 project.

Suzanne Colbert AM


Amy Whalley

Deputy CEO

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Emma Henningsen

Project Manager