With a diverse career spanning disability and the public service under his belt, Michael is intimately familiar with the sector from both a service provision, policy, and regulatory perspective.
As a public servant, Michael held roles across important human services, including NDIS compliance, Aboriginal services, Intensive Family Services, Centrelink, the Department of Education Skills and Employment, and the Australian Electoral Commission. Not only did these roles equip him with a strong intersectional awareness of the challenges faced by people from all walks of life, they also gave him a wealth of regulatory context.
Knowledge of disability services is an asset for a Service Delivery Officer, and Michael certainly learned a lot while working in both plan and case management after his time in government. Strengthening his knowledge further is lived experience supporting family members living with disability. These experiences motivated him to seek out a role where he could empower others to reach their full potential.
Art is another area where Michael excels – before becoming a public servant, he was a tattoo artist. In particular, he specialised in portraits and Japanese-style pieces, and his work was recognised with multiple awards and magazine features.
Nowadays, Michael is committed to providing the most person-centred service possible, and he’s working towards a Graduate Diploma in Psychology to further enhance his skills. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Design) and a Diploma in Government and Policy.
When he’s not working, you can find Michael in the sky (he has a private pilot’s licence!), teaching reiki, rock climbing, or going to the gym.