Australian Tertiary Education Network on Disability

Pathways15: The VET Disability Practitioner: Then, now and what the future holds

Brandon Taylor, TAFE Queensland

The role of disability practitioner in the VET sector is one of challenges, demands, competing priorities, availability and personal integrity. This workshop will reflect on the VET practitioner journey across three stages (then, now and future) and shine a light on the opportunities and necessities for the VET disability practitioner in 2020 and beyond.

This workshop will take a light-hearted look at how the role has evolved before we address the current environment and what this means, not only for the VET disability practitioner today, but critically what this means for the future and address the importance of self-care, professional development, career opportunities and more.

Honest, practical and constructive we’ll identify the essential elements in the resilient practitioner’s toolkit and how to ensure that you, as the VET practitioner, are included in Inclusion!


Brandon Taylor is the Manager of Student Support for TAFE Queensland, serving the Brisbane region. He has worked in the VET sector as a teacher, disability officer and manager for sixteen years and worked for TAFE Queensland for twelve years. Prior to his current role, he taught literacy, numeracy and life skills programs with disadvantaged youth, delivered discrete learning programs with adults in the workplace and additional support programs for students struggling to maintain their VET programs.

Managing a multidisciplinary team of Counsellors, AccessAbility, Indigenous and International Student Welfare Officers across campuses in the south east of Queensland he also leads the organisational Mental Health & Wellbeing strategy