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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.


We write to announce that Stephanie Gotlib has advised of her resignation as Chief Executive Officer of Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA) effective 5 April, 2019. Stephanie commenced in 2008 and has played a critical role in the development, growth and success of the organisation to date. While we will miss her leadership and commitment, we wish her every happiness and success in her next endeavour.

Stephanie has built and guided the organisation and created strong relationships with CYDA constituents to ensure that the direct experiences of children and young people with disability are critical and valued informants of policy and practice throughout Australia. Stephanie is extremely well regarded and respected in her role and has made many significant accomplishments during her time at CYDA. Her strengths include her wealth of knowledge, extensive experience, expertise and ability to effectively advocate and maintain strong relationships with governments, key stakeholders and the broader community.

Recruitment for a new CEO has commenced. The Board is highly committed to finding the best individual to lead, while still maintaining a stable and effective organisation during the initial transition period and into the future.

Again, we cannot thank Stephanie enough for the unwavering commitment, passion, enthusiasm and motivation she has shown to CYDA. She will be greatly missed. We look forward to following the success of her career and are excited for the next chapter for CYDA.

If you have any questions or require further information please contact Theresa Duncombe at [email protected]




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