About Us

Our training is informed by research and practice undertaken by CDERP and Colleagues locally and globally.

Dr June Alexander - Academic Director
Dr Peter Smith — Director

Our Story

CDERP College is a natural extension of the research and training that CDERP has been undertaking and delivering for over a decade informally and formally since 2014.

Today, with the advent of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), DES Redesign and increasing demand from providers and families alike, we created CDERP College to meet the demand for Disability Employment staff to be professionally trained in authentic evidence-based practices that support real meaningful employment and career outcomes.  

Our Customised Employment (CE) and Discovery programs have been developed with the support of our colleagues at Griffin-Hammis Associates – the global leaders in Customised Employment – to meet the needs of the Australian context. We pride ourselves on our ongoing research and evolution of disability employment practice that today has resulted in an evolution of Discovery that meets our unique setting.

Our research and practice-driven agenda now incorporate the Individual Place and Support (IPS) methodology that we use in our Work First Employment program into our training programs to ensure that our training programs offer you the opportunity to develop an understanding and the skills needed to use evidence-based practice (EBP) as the gold standard in person-centred service delivery. 

Systems evolve, clients rightfully demand a more person-centred client directed approach to disability employment. Our global partnerships and work allow us to be at the forefront of disability employment practice and to assist you to meet these demands.

Meet Some of Our Instructors

Experts in Person-Centred Disability Employment Practice.

Jon Adams

Jon has an extensive background in community service. When he is not training and working with employment staff, Jon is out in the field undertaking Discovery with clients.

Lauren Pavlidis

Lauren has background in Psychology and supporting and mentoring employment staff.

Kristin Nuske

Kristin has an extensive history in disability advocacy and employment across a number of settings and an interest in transition to work.

Number Speaks

4 X

Higher shareholder return for inclusive employers


Disability numbers for general community


Percentage of people with a disability who aren't working


NDIS target for economic participation

What Our Students Have to Say

I just finished the latest CDERP podcast and wanted to check in to let you know how much I’ve enjoyed the recent training sessions with Jon and Lauren. It’s reinvigorated my interest in employment outcomes for people living with disability and reminded me why I started working in this field in the first place. Redefining purpose seems to benefit from these accidental moments, and while my current role only briefly scratches the surface, it has me thinking about the future again through a changed lens.
From Hobart, Tasmania
I really enjoyed the CDERP course because of its person-centred approach to employment, which really aligns with my values. It looks at the person as a whole and aims to create a role with longevity and career development based on their particular skills and attributes. The course gives you a great understanding of the structure and steps involved in the customised employment process, but also allows for the flexibility and fluidity needed when dealing with individuals with complex needs. It was helpful to use real examples and being able to access the course facilitators for mentoring throughout the course has been really valuable.
From Perth
I am really enjoying the Customised Employment Course. It is easy to study, interesting and practical. If we go by the responses of the people I told about the Customised Employment, there is a demand for it in Kenya. I have so many questions about how this can be contextualised for a low income country with high unemployment rate, no disability benefits, difficulty finding jobs even for people with minor disabilities.
From Kenya
I just think that the impact of this first part of Discovery on you is quite significant and I would be right in saying that the outcomes that you would assume for clients would be so different to what you might have considered in the past.
Provider Staff Participant
From Canberra, Australia
I guess I never really appreciated how much a job means to guys like Billy. I just took it for granted and looked at it from a perspective of paying the bills and making an impact in small ways when I am allowed to. With this training I feel inspired and motivated to work on a different level and have a bigger impact at empowering people with a disability. Before Covid one night at soccer Billy comes up to me and tells me that he might have a job in a recycling yard. He seemed so proud and happy. I gave it some thought and felt a little flattered that he would share this good news with me and then well you know the story. On my informational interview with him I asked him how many friends he had apart from Tom at the soccer and he said "no one really" and that felt so sad. So to have the experience and training to be able to help him it almost brings a tear to me eye and I feel very blessed.
From Perth