AS the achievements of all women around the globe were celebrated with International Women’s Day last week, Achieve Australia had another reason to celebrate – their very own Chief Executive Officer Anne Bryce has been named by CommBank’s Women In Focus as one of the many incredible women having an impact in the community.
Women In Focus is a vibrant community of women in business across Australia that opens doors for women to be an inspiration, connection and source of information and opportunity.
Ms. Bryce’s involvement in the disability sector rose from a personal sense of compassion for equality and everyone’s right to live the life of their choice. Having witnessed first-hand the profound, deep and lifelong change that equality can bring to an individual’s life, Ms. Bryce takes the lead in the vision of Achieve Australia by building an extra ordinary future for people with disability and helping them achieve social inclusion in all aspects of their lives.
For some time, Ms. Bryce has advocated strongly for both Achieve, and the entire sector, to be at the cutting edge of change and amidst the biggest social reform since the introduction of Medicare in 1975.
With the looming implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), people with disability are now given the opportunity to be consumers with real choice. For the 20% of Australians who live with disability, NDIS is trying to find a way of securing the support they need to live the life their way.
As a leader in the disability sector, Achieve Australia works tirelessly to continue to develop ways for people with disability to have choice and control. “One response we have led has been our housing strategy which finds innovative ways to raise capital, leverage assets and ultimately build more accessible, affordable houses amidst a critical housing shortage in Australia.” Ms. Bryce said.
“As NDIS rolls out, there will be more and more Australians wanting to be part of the economic fabric. This means more homes and jobs will be needed. At the same time, organizations like Achieve are responding to this change,” said Ms Bryce.
On that note, Ms. Bryce believes that the Women In Focus recognition is also an acknowledgement of the incredible accomplishments and valuable contribution that everyone working at Achieve Australia continues to demonstrate. “Having an impact to the community is a role that I share with all the people at Achieve Australia and every individual that we support.” Ms. Bryce said.
While women perform 66% of the world’s work and produce 50% of the food, they earn just 10% of incomes and own 1% of property globally.* International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.
“With this recognition, I can empower women around the world by leading, mentoring and encouraging them to be the leaders of their organizations and make a valuable contribution to build a truly inclusive society,” added Ms Bryce.
Source: Achieve Australia
Image: Anne Bryce