Disability Employment Australia. Represent, Support, Resource

Hall of Fame

Phil Tuckerman AM - Awarded August 2012

Phil Tuckerman, as founder and CEO of Jobsupport, has consistently achieved substantial open employment outcomes for people with moderate intellectual disability over the past 26 years.

Phil's dedication to improving the lives of people with moderate intellectual disability was recognised this year by the Australian government with the honour of a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for outstanding achievement and service.

Jobsupport is an exemplar of the very principles and objectives of the Disability Services Act 1986.

Phil has displayed admirable leadership, and contributed significantly to the sector through the development of training packages and technical assistance for staff across the sector.

This is witnessed through a tireless commitment to excellence in service management and practice, and through his relentless search nationally and internationally for better practices.

He was instrumental in the design and development of the supported wage system to ensure that people with significant disability were not restricted in participating in the open labour market due to lower than average productive capacity.

Phil also pioneered transition to work programs in the state of NSW in the late 1990s and early 2000s with Jobsupport's Community Work Options program.

Jobsupport is recognised internationally, and Phil is also currently the only Australian on the editorial board of the international Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation

Phil played an integral role in ACE NSW, and held a place on the ACE National board (now Disability Employment Australia) for five years.

He has guided the evolution of the disability employment peak bodies (Disability Employment Australia and National Disability Services) in Australia.

Phil has achieved a significant number of positive reforms and played an integral role in the support of people with disability in open employment.

As a point of note, on behalf of Australians with intellectual disability and their families, the National Council on Intellectual Disability, applauds Phil’s nomination.

Phil is well deserving of a place in Disability Employment Australia’s Hall of Fame.