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Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA) is the national peak body which represents children and young people (aged 0-25) with disability. CYDA is a not for profit, community organisation.

CYDA receives its core funding under the Commonwealth Department of Social Services national secretariat program. CYDA has also received project funding from the Department of Social Services to provide information, referral and systemic advocacy regarding the experiences of children with disability in relation to the work of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

CYDA provides a link between the direct experiences of children and young people with disability and their families to federal government and other key stakeholders.


The Board of CYDA is pleased to announce the appointment of Mary Sayers to the position of Chief Executive Officer.

Mary has most recently been the Deputy CEO of the Victorian Council of Social Services and has extensive experience in policy, research and service delivery, including in the key areas of children and youth services, education and NDIS transition.

Mary has previous senior roles in children and youth services and has significant experience working with government on reform projects.

With family experience of disability and a demonstrated commitment to member engagement, Mary is well placed to continue and extend the high quality work of CYDA into the future.



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Media Enquiries

Contact Mary Sayers
Chief Executive Officer
0407 126 351
[email protected]