Wayne Herbert is a prominent, in-demand, and outspoken international public speaker, presenter, advocate, and now writer promoting the rights of, and opportunities for, people with disability and people in the LGBTIQ community.
Wayne has undertaken a number of speaking opportunities throughout Australia to present issues of disability, diversity and human resources. He is a solutions-focused thought leader. He knows all too well that as a country, Australia cannot let the skills and talents of people with disability go to waste.
Wayne has a unique, humorous, thought-provoking, and challenging insight into the issues facing people with disability. He too has a disability, but is well-known for forgetting about it.
“Is it wrong that I forget I have a disability? I just get on with things; I’ve got shit to do.”
Wayne has experience in all aspects of client relations, human resources, and business administration. He has a keen interest in social and employment policy that ensures the talents and expertise of people with disability are recognised in the workforce and community more broadly. His work is focused on ensuring that full participation in both work and community life is realised.
Wayne’s career highlights include advising employers across Australia on the importance of a diverse workforce that includes people with disability, consultancy work with various Australian Public Service (APS) agencies on issues facing people with disability, providing extensive human resources advice and support in relation to the employment of staff with disability. He is a current member of the Disability Employment Working Group chaired by the Australian Public Service Commission, current deputy chair of the ACT Government LGBTIQ Advisory Council, current member of the ACT Government Disability Reference Group and previous member of the board of directors for Physical Disability Australia.
Wayne believes his parents won the diversity lottery, as he is a disabled, gay, aspiring drag queen! Wayne now embarks on the journey as a writer with his first book Anecdotes of a Disabled Gay. His book is a collection of the shit people say to a thirty-something-year-old disabled gay man.
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Monday 2nd September, 2019: 9:30am - 9:45am
Meet the dashing Wayne Herbert who will be the MC for the day and an official Welcome to Country by an Elder from the Kulin Nation on who’s traditional lands we gather.