Our history

The Australian Network on Disability was started in 2000, by a group of employers who had successfully employed people with disability, and won a Prime Minister’s Employer of the Year award.  They decided to promote the business benefits of the employment of people with disability to other employers.

The organisation was started by Suzanne Colbert AM (current CEO), and Steve and John Bennett, the directors of Benbro Electronics.  Benbro Electronics had had great success in employing people with disability in their organisation, and wanted to share their experiences, knowledge and know-how with other employers.

The organisation was known as Employers Making a Difference (EMAD) until February 2006 when the name was changed to the Australian Employers' Network on Disability. 

We have since shortened the organisation's name to the Australian Network on Disability, also known as AND.

Read more about AND's history in End of an Era: AND Founding Board Members honoured.