QDN is pleased to announce the Matt McCracken Bursary. Matt was a leader with disability in the Caboolture community with a strong commitment to inclusion of people with disability. He led and organised the 'Is everybody here' expo over many years as a way of bringing community attention to the presence and inclusion of people with disability. He was a strong advocate for the rights of people with disability and led the charge around ensuring that people with disability and their families in the Moreton Bay Region got access to the NDIS and that it worked for them. He was a champion of people’s right to get a job and helped with various community-based initiatives to build opportunities and pathways for people with disability to employment.

Matt's bursary has been made possible through the generous contribution from the Caboolture People with Disability Network (CPDN), a heartfelt tribute following Matt's passing and the organisation's closure.

What is the Matt McCracken Bursary?

The Matt McCracken Bursary is a three-year bursary program which will be awarded each year to a QDN member in the Moreton Bay region who wants to grow their skills, knowledge and experience or undertake community-based activities with a focus on community inclusion, disability leadership and advocacy in the Caboolture area.

The bursary will be open each year over three years from 2023 to 2025. Applications for year 1 will close on 23 September 2023.

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To apply, you must:

  • Be a QDN Ordinary or Life Member, and
  • Live in the Moreton Bay region.

How do I apply?

To apply, please send an email to peersupport@qdn.org.au that outlines at least 3 ideas or goals that you will strive to achieve over the coming year that relate to community inclusion, disability leadership and/or advocacy.  

The QDN Nominations and Performance Committee will review all applications and make recommendations for those that best meet the aim of the busary to the QDN Board who will approve.

If you have any questions about the Matt McCracken Bursary, please email QDN at peersupport@qdn.org.au or call us on 1300 363 783.