The Community Services Gateway to Industry Schools project aims to provide schools the resources to inform students about the range of careers and pathways in Community Services sector.


  • Inform students about careers and pathways for future learning in Community Services industries.
  • Create learning opportunities at schools that expose students to industry skills and experience for jobs now and into the future.
  • Work with the Community Services sector to connect and inform suitable young people with relevant career and job opportunities.


  • Provide students with industry-focused further training and education to help meet their career goals.
  • Create sustainable partnerships between schools and industry to develop learning and work experience opportunities for students.
  • Provide experiential learning opportunities to enable students to make informed decisions about their career pathway.
  • Provide opportunities for students to participate in employment

Project’s Governance Structure

The Community Services Gateway to Industry Schools Project has an established governance structure, displayed in the image to the left.

A State Wide Advisory Group oversees the strategic direction of the project and includes relevant peak bodies within the community services sector, plus representatives from the Department of Small Business and Training, State and Private Education and a selection of state wide employers.

The Principal Leadership Group aims to connect school leaders with senior industry personnel, whilst individual Regional Reference Groups provide an opportunity for school operational staff within each location to connect and collaborate on location based action plans.

National Disability Services

NDS are contracted by the Department of Employment Small Business and Training to deliver the Gateway Project. It is Australia’s only peak body for non-government disability service organisations, NDS is the only organisation that supports the full spectrum of disability service providers across Australia.

Our members range in size from small support groups to large multi-service organisations and collectively members operate several thousand services for Australians with all types of disability.

NDS seeks to:

  • We seek to provide access for service providers to up to date information analysis and expertise.
  • We seek to influence, change, both within the sector and for the sector.
  • We enable the sector to meet, exchange information and share experiences with other providers.
  • And we provide access to practical resources that disability service providers can use in their organisation.

Project Team

Ian Montague

State Manager

Ian, NDS’ State Manager for Queensland, has a diverse background across manufacturing, tertiary education and now in a peak body. This sector diversity has built significant workforce development expertise with a focus strong focus on vocational education and training (VET).

Approaching 20 years of business development and project management experience in VET, Ian has held senior roles in TAFE, successfully run his own workforce development consultancy business and been an Industry Skills Adviser with the Commonwealth’s Industry Skills Fund. This background enables Ian to leverage on behalf of NDS, the skills ecosystem to drive change for the individual, for an organisation and for the sector.

Ian has completed an MBA, Graduate Diploma of Management and successfully completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) diploma program. In addition to his professional career, Ian was a director of a regionally based youth and family non-government service organisation for 10 years – 3 years as the Chair.

Alana Sinnamon

GISP Project Lead

Ms. Alana Sinnamon is business professional, with 18 years’ experience in the education, employment and social services sector, specialising in social and community impact project management.

Her professional career includes 10 years with the employment sector, with then moving into the education space and spending three years with Education Queensland. She developed the Bundaberg Regional Youth Hub, a collaboration of industry, education and community leading the project to win an Education Showcase Award in 2017.

Moving into higher education, Alana was employed with CQUniversity, as a Project Coordinator / Researcher on an NDIS Workforce Project and a Research Centre Business Administrator, coordinating a research centre within the university.

Currently working for National Disability Services (NDS) managing the Community Services Gateway to Industry School Project through Queensland.

She is an active member of the community, highly skilled in partnership brokering and stakeholder engagement. Alana holds a Graduate Certificate in Project Management and is currently undertaking study in Human Resources. She resides on the Sunshine Coast.

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