Since 1973, MADEC has been successful in securing Federal, State and Local Government funding for the expansion of community-based services and training.

The mid 1990s provided an opportunity for MADEC to develop its own identity as an independent community business. Through initiatives driven by past and present Directors and CEOs, MADEC became a Registered Training Organisation and a Disability Support Provider while maintaining the resource centre and professional development activities. In 2003, these services further expanded into youth support programs.

In recent years, MADEC has forged healthy relationships with the education and training sectors, community groups, disability and youth services and various government departments. These partnerships strengthen our community’s ability to access new projects and funding, which promotes MADEC as a preferred organisation of excellence in project management, training, disability, youth participation and resources.

Now, with over 40 years history of serving our community, MADEC is proud to be a successful local community business with established partnerships, reaching beyond its traditions and introducing innovative programs to meet the needs of the community. It is through this hard work performed by all staff and the Board that MADEC have been able to move to new premises in the CBD.


MADEC consists of three core service areas – Community, Disability, and Youth. These service areas provide specific programs for their target areas, but also work collaboratively to ensure the quality of the service responds to all the individual needs and circumstances of our whole community.

  • Community access and social support for individuals and groups
  • In home day time support programs and night-time attendant care
  • Short term accommodation at our purpose built John E. Smith Respite Home
  • Shared living at David and Irie Dalrymple Home for individuals over 18 years
  • In home and flexible accommodation support
  • Individual and group learning and life skills for adults with a disability
  • Specialised recreational activities and holiday programs
  • Community networks
  • Individual supports
  • Local referrals and co-ordination
  • Supported living accommodation for adults.

MADEC is a registered Provider of Supports for the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Some services are also funded though State and Federal Government or offered on a fee-for-service basis.

The Team

MADEC is a local employer of choice, with a quality diverse staff with a lived experience of disability.

Management Team

Dr Thomas Block – Chief Executive Officer

Thomas has been in the not for profit community sector since 1999. Thomas has been CEO of MADEC from 2008 to present.

Thomas holds Certificate IV in Business (Governance), Master of Business Administration (Marketing), Doctor of Philosophy (Management Science) and Bachelor of Engineering (Industrial).

Thomas has held many local community based board positions over the years both in Victoria and Mackay including Riding for the Disabled Association, Community Inclusion Advisory Committee, Community Southwest, Break of Day Players and Steering Committee for International Day of Disability, Thomas currently on the Committee of Management of PCYC Mackay, City Safe, North Queensland Regional Disability Advisory Council, Health & Community Sevices Workforce Council Industry Reference Group, Mackay Regional Council Equitable Access Advisory Committee and the Mackay Rotary Club. Thomas is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Corporate Member Australian Institute of Management, a Founding Member Disability Professionals Victoria and a Founding Member Institute of Industrial Engineers.

In the Disability Sector in Victoria he won the Powercor Business Achievement Award for Community Enterprise, the Powercor Business Achievement Award for Manufacturing for five consecutive years and recently was a finalist for Professional Manager of the Year for the Australian Institute of Management in Mackay.


Dr Natasja Steenkamp is a Senior Lecturer in Accounting in the School of Business and Law at CQUniversity, Mackay campus. She has over 21 years tertiary teaching experience on undergraduate and postgraduate level, including MBA. Currently, she teaches Financial and Management Accounting courses at undergraduate and co-supervise PhD students. Natasja holds a PhD in Accounting, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Commerce Honours, and Master of Commerce degree and Certificate in Tertiary Education. Natasja qualified as a Chartered Accountant. She has worked in a number of different capacities in the corporate world for 11 years, including PwC and KPMG Chartered Accountants. Natasja also had her own Chartered Accountant practice in South Africa for several years.

Heidi Jarmaine – appointed in 2015

Heidi has a strong interest in social justice and public service. She has worked as an Environmental Compliance Officer with Mackay Regional Council for more than 7 years, after 22 years in a variety of roles in the meat industry. Heidi and her husband have lived in Mackay for nearly 20 years and share their home with a variety of pets since their daughter left Mackay to attend University in Brisbane.


Mark Young – appointed in 2011

Mark has been involved in the Mining Industry since 1997. Mark has been president of the Lone Fathers Association Mackay Branch for 8 years. The Lone Fathers Association is the largest Family Law reform in Australia Mark’s dedication and kindness has helped many men who do not have contact with their children.


Dr Paul Waight – appointed in 2018

Paul has been involved in a range of industries in varying capacities over his working lifetime. Industries include

  • Postal services
  • Transport
  • Food retailing
  • Accounting
  • Higher education
  • Production engineering in the automotive industry

Paul has held a number of supervisory and management positions as well as owning and operating his own businesses.

His formal qualifications are

  • Advanced Certificate in Management
  • Bachelor of Business majoring in Management, Marketing and Human Resource Management
  • Bachelor of Business with First Class Honours
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology
  • Graduate Certificate in Higher Education
  • Doctor of Philosophy for his thesis on the relationship between Adult Attachment Style and Entrepreneurial Orientation.

Paul recently retired from CQUniversity where he held the position of Senior Lecturer in Management and Organisational Behaviour and was Program Head for undergraduate business degrees in the School of Business and Law.


Partnerships and Networks

MADEC recognises that innovation arises when community sector agencies work together. It is our pleasure to work with and support, now and in the past, other local community services.

  • City Safe Mackay
  • Health and Community Services Workforce Industry Council Industry Reference Group
  • Mackay Regional Council Equitable Access Advisory Committee
  • North Queensland Regional Disability Advisory Council
  • Police Citizens Youth Club Mackay
  • Mackay Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Disability Service Provider Forum Organising Committee
  • Mackay Youth Connections Network
  • Mackay NDS Transition Committee
  • Mackay Women’s Centre