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Trevor CarrollIn June, AFDO Vice President, Trevor Carroll stepped down from the AFDO Board and as Vice President, after more than five years of service, three of which he held the position of President and Chair of the Board.

Since joining the Board in November 2012, Trevor has been a passionate and committed member of the AFDO Board and the Executive committee. Trevor has held a number of positions, firstly stepping in as Treasurer from 2012 – 2014, and then taking on the position of President and Chair of AFDO from mid-2014 until October last year, when he took on the role of Vice President for the remaining 8 months.

Trevor wears many hats at AFDO and holds several positions including Chairperson of Disabled People’s International (DPI) Asia Pacific Region and member of the DPI World Executive and he is the AFDO representative for international activities and ably supported by our International Co-ordinator, Frank Hall-Bentick.

During his time as President of AFDO, Trevor worked tirelessly to secure funding for AFDO and its national members and committed much of his personal time to attend meetings interstate with government officials to secure this funding. Over the past five years, Trevor has also been involved with the Police Disability Portfolio Reference Group where he helped train police recruits in disability awareness through the Community Encounters Program, served on the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission Disability Reference Group, has been a mentor with the Australian Quadriplegics Association, as well as being CEO of his own organisation, Disability Justice Advocacy.

Trevor is passionate about protecting and enhancing the human rights of people with disabilities having had first-hand personal experience of disability discrimination in Australia on many occasions. He was the recipient of a Harvard Scholarship in 2012, was nominated for Australian of the Year in 2016, and has won numerous awards for his work.

  • 2018 Australian of the Year: Local Hero Award, Runner-up
  • 2017 Australia Day, Access and Inclusion Citizen of the Year
  • 2013 Inaugural Paul Mees Award
  • 2012 Australia Day, Access and Inclusion Citizen of the Year
  • 2005 Australia Day, Citizen of the Year

From everyone at AFDO, we would like to thank Trevor for his time and tireless efforts on the Board of AFDO and for all of its Members, over the past five and a half years. We would also like to acknowledge his wife, Dayle who has supported Trevor and his work for all of us at AFDO.