Work With Purpose

Monday January 15, 2024

Revisiting ‘Embracing neurodiversity in the public sector’

Neurodiversity has become an important topic in the Australian public sector. With research suggesting that teams can be 30 per cent more productive with neurodivergent professionals, workplaces stand much to gain from greater inclusivity. Yet, many public sector workplaces can still do more to be neurodiversity inclusive.

In this rerun of our most popular Work with Purpose episodes in 2023, we revisit a conversation featuring three public service thought leaders: Lee Steel, Ability Network champion and first assistant secretary, intergovernmental relations and reform, Robin Edmonds, assistant director, media reform branch at the Department of Infrastructure and co-founder and co-chair of the cross-agency APS+ Neurodiversity Community of Practice, and Andrew Pfeiffer, Ability Network executive and adviser, BETA at PM&C. They discussed what public sector workplaces could look like in 2028 and how to better support neurodivergent individuals.


  1. The inaugural APS Diversity and inclusion report 2022 (APSC)
  2. Business benefits of employing people with disability (Australian Network on Disability)
  3. Creating an accessible and inclusive workplace (Australian Human Rights Commission)


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  • Andrew Pfeiffer image
    Andrew Pfeiffer

    Ability Network Executive and Adviser, BETA
    Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
    Co-founder and Co-chair of the cross-agency APS+ Neurodiversity Community of Practice

  • Robin Edmonds image
    Robin Edmonds

    Inclusion and Diversity Adviser and co-chair of the Ability Network at PM&C, and
    co-founder and co-chair of the cross-agency APS+ Neurodiversity Community of Practice

  • Lee Steel image
    Lee Steel

    Ability Network Champion and First Assistant Secretary,
    Intergovernmental Relations and Reform at PM&C (Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet)

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