National Adviser for Special Needs

Mr Peter Blatch OAM

Peter Blatch is currently National Project Commissioner with Scouts Australia. In this volunteer role he coordinates a variety of national activities including adventurous activities, special needs, the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation scholarships and Adults in Scouting projects. Currently he is an executive member of the Educational Methods Committee which reports to the World Scout Committee. He continues as a Branch Adviser in Adult Training and Development within the Queensland Branch. He is a Leader Trainer with experience in working in many countries and Regions.

Peter has a long history in Scouting, commencing as a Cub and progressing through all youth Sections to become a Scout Leader. He has Wood Badges in the Scout Section and Leader of Adults. He has been involved in the Brisbane Gang Show for 35 years, with 11 of those as producer. He was previously National Commissioner for Adult Training and Development.

Professionally, Peter is a Senior Executive Officer with the Queensland Government. He is currently working as an Executive Director, School Improvement, in Brisbane. His interests in people with a disability and Scouting led him to start Agoonoree camps in Australia, where Scouts invite youth with disabilities to experience Scouting activities. These have been in operation for 30 years in three different Branches.

In 1998 his services to youth and Scouting were recognised when he received the Medal of the Order of Australia. In 2004 he was awarded Scouts Australia's Silver Kangaroo for eminent achievement and meritorious service to the Association.

He is a registered teacher and assessor and has a Master of Education Studies and a Master of Educational Administration from the University of Queensland. He is married with two adult children.

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