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Peter has become a passionate advocate for improving employment opportunities for people from disadvantaged communities. “I decided to form ADDE because I found so many barriers to getting back into the workforce” Peter said. Many organizations such as State Federal, and Local Government, and Disability Agencies which you would expect would be leading from the front in employment of people with disabilities, were not doing so. I became tired of trying to change these injustices by myself with no obvious results. After nearly two years of frustration I realized that organizations and government only take you seriously if you speak from an organization which has credibility and numbers. There were so many people like me having the same problems and many people I came across had just given up trying to find work because it is too difficult when employers are not taking a pro-active approach. The next step was to get together to try and get change happening and create our own employment opportunities” Peter Rickards said.

David Sullivan

David Sullivan was born in London in 1950. He went through school with Music Scholarships, although he never planned to be a Pro. He met his partner, Jane, in Oxford where they were both graduating. She studied English and he took Politics, Philosophy and Economics (just like two characters by the name of Hawke and Clinton). She went to work as a Journalist, and he went to work for London Transport (including 3 months as a .Bus Conductor). His specialty became Industrial Relations. They did quite a bit of travel.

I recently wrote an article for the October newsletter about the difficulties of getting a job as a mature age worker. Writing this article for the ADDE Newsletter was a great experience for me as it gave me the opportunity to express my frustrations and air my grievances. It was a great outlet for me and I hope it provided a connection for others who may have experienced the same feelings. I also hope it exposed to the readers the true nature of what people go through when job seeking; hopefully catching the interest of those in the employment field a s well.


I came to Australia in 1972. In 1994 I was diagnosed with “Cerebella Degeneration” prior to this diagnosis I worked as an Accountant with a degree in Business Studies. I was employed in local government, before I ended up on DSP. I have two children; a boy and a girl. To keep myself busy since I’ve been on a pension, I have been involved in Disability Advocacy such as Headway Victoria, Vicnord, ACL, Darebin Disability Advisory Committee and Health issues Centre.

I was born on the 2nd of March 1941 which makes me 69.

I was raised in the country (Gippsland) until my early teens attending various state schools, Bairnsdale Tech and Prahran Tech, I reached form two and left school on my 14th birthday to work as a office boy, from here I went on to stores position becoming a leading hand until I decided I needed a change of occupation, firstly as a fork lift operator then into the transport industry as a driver, an occupation that would occupy the remainder of my working life, later running my own messenger service out of Frankston.

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