Our People

Our Staff

DUO is a significant employer in the ACT region, with over 380 office and frontline workers delivering vital services to our local community.  We're proud to be an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity and inclusion.

Our staff possess a wide array of skills, qualifications and experience, and come from a diverse range of different families, backgrounds, cultures and religions.  We also have a variety of interests, abilities and work and learning styles. 

All staff are provided with a range of training and professional development opportunities throughout their tenure with DUO in keeping with our philosophy of having an informed workforce, focused on best practice principles.

In addition to the annual Australian Federal Police check, all DUO personnel have undergone a Working With Vulnerable People (WWVP) background check, and we are required to carry our cards on our person at all times. This is especially reassuring to our customers when we visit them in their homes.


Our ACT Territory Director

Peter Dahl was appointed acting ACT Director in December 2017.  Peter has been with DUO since 2014 in both operational and strategic capacities, and prior to that, as a senior manager at the University of Canberra.  His focus has always been on delivering positive outcomes for the organisation and the people he works for and with, and he's well qualified to lead DUO through the opportunities and challenges arising from the aged care and NDIS reforms. 

Peter has the full confidence and support of his colleagues in DUO and LWB, and is already taking the organisation from strength to strength.

On 1 July 2017, DUO officially merged with the Life Without Barriers (LWB) Group.  LWB Chief Executive Claire Robbs has been appointed DUO Chief Executive, while we head towards full integration with LWB by the end of the 2018 financial year.  


Our Board

During the period between July 2013 to July 2017, the DUO Board governed with an emphasis on vision and strategic leadership. 

We gratefully acknowledge the guidance, dedication and service from the former DUO Board of Directors:

  • Patrick White (Board Chair)
  • David Toole (Board Vice Chair)
  • Catherine Argall PSM
  • Leanne Elliot
  • Karen Noble (Chair of Services Committee)
  • Matt O’Brien CPA (Chair of Finance Committee)
  • Nigel Phair (Chair of Governance Committee)
  • Joan Ross 
  • Cath Sutton
  • Mark Vergano
  • Stephen Schmidt (Company Secretary)

The new DUO Board was appointed at the first Board Meeting in July 2017:

  • Terry Lawler (Chair)
  • Catherine Argall PSM
  • Tony Deegan
  • Graeme Innes AM