Agenda: The Accessibility Awakening

We are excited to welcome back Julie McCrossin to MC our 2022 Conference. Julie will guide us through the thought-provoking and inspiring presentations from the esteemed speakers, providing her insights and experiences throughout the day.

Time  Agenda item  Description  Speaker/s
9:00am  Welcome and official opening We will start the day with a few welcomes from our MC Julie, our Chairman Peter Wilson, and an official Welcome to Country Julie McCrossin

Peter Wilson AM FCPHR, Chairman, Australian Network on Disability

9:25am  Keynote: Future of Work What have we learnt from COVID and how can we keep moving these learnings forward to ensure that people with disability aren’t left behind in the future of work.

This session will provide insights, practical takeaways and expertise from leaders about the future of work and what this means with inclusion in mind.

Aaron McEwan, VP, Research & Advisory | Research Chair, ReimagineHR APAC | Co-Chair, Collective Abilities Network

Vani Seshadri, Global Program Lead of Disability Inclusion, Accenture

Liz Parkinson, Principal Advisor, Disability, Victorian Public Sector Commission

10:05am  Our stories Julie McCrossin
10:15am  Event partner: Ai Media Ai Media will share their knowledge and experience in building an accessible community. Tony Abrahams, Ai Media
10:25am  Morning Tea
10:50am  Lucky door prize  Could you be the lucky winner that gets to go home with more than just practical inclusion takeaways from our Conference? Julie McCrossin
10:55am  Keynote: Microsoft’s Sustainable Culture of Accessibility Hear from Microsoft on their accessibility journey and how they are embedding accessibility into the DNA of Microsoft.

This presentation will provide practical takeaways on how to embed accessibility into your culture, how to make it an organisation wide responsibility, why this is important, and the power of Employee Resource Groups in creating this culture of accessibility.

Kenny Singh, Microsoft

Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Microsoft

11:25am  Be Informed: Disability Royal Commission Hear an update from the Disability Royal Commission and possible impacts. Alastair McEwin, Disability Royal Commission
11:45am  Sponsor Presentation: Max Solutions Max Solutions’ will share accessibility and inclusion of people with disability within their organisation, as well as ways they support their clients. Darren Otten, Max Solutions
11:55am  Different ways to utilise the Access and Inclusion Index Hear from members who completed the Access and Inclusion Index including new members and experienced participants.

Find out how each of them utilise the tool and the different value it provides.

Majella Knobel, Westpac

Katie Wyatt, Coles

Karen Grumley, Pacific National

12:25pm Case Study: How recruitment increased the representation of people with disability in the media ABC intentionally represents the community they serve. ABC will share how their focus on changing their recruitment processes influenced their outputs across all their production – all the way to our TV screens. Gavin Fang, ABC

Charles Brice, ABC

Sarah Richards, ABC

12:40pm Lunch
1:35pm Lucky door prize  We have a range of prizes up for grabs – all you have to do is be the lucky number that gets drawn out! Julie McCrossin
1:40pm  Top tips:  Embedding accessibility Gain practical takeaways on how to embed accessibility in your organisation at any level– the small steps matter. Amber Tratter, Australian Network on Disability
1:50pm Event partner: Deaf Connect Our interpreter partner Deaf Connect will share their learnings on accessibility. Brent Phillips, Deaf Connect
2:00pm Panel Discussion: Engaging the whole business Hear how Australia Post engaged their middle management to create an organisation inclusive of people with disability. They will share their challenges, successes, and the importance of having an Employee Resource Group. Susan Davies, Australia Post

Kate Havas, Australia Post

Jessie Liwag, Australia Post

Douglas Fogg, Australia Post

Sharon Carroll, Australia Post

2:50pm Sponsor Presentation: Attorney-General’s Department Gain insights from the Attorney-General’s Department on what they have implemented or maintained in the past year, and whether COVID has had an impact in future diversity and inclusion plans. Cameron Gifford, Attorney-General’s Department
3:00pm Afternoon Tea
3:20pm Our stories and lucky door prize  Whether you’re attending in person or virtually, you’re in the running to win one of our allusive prizes! Julie McCrossin
3:30pm Case Study: Exceeding employment targets in unknown times Compass Group not only reached but exceeded their employment target through COVID of hiring 100 people with disability. Hear how they embedded accessibility and inclusion into their long-term recruitment goals and processes and their plans moving forward. Vanessa Martin, Compass Group
3:50pm Panel Discussion: Importance of people with disability in leadership roles


Inclusion, diversity and equity cannot be met if people with disability are not part of decision making across business. Without Board and Executive representation, businesses are not making informed decisions with true market representation.

This session will discuss the importance of having people with disability in Board and leadership roles and the organisation wide impact that comes from it.

Delegates will gain practical takeaways and examples of Boards successfully getting this change right, and what organisations can do to ensure people with disability are getting these opportunities.

Jane Spring, Chair of NSW Disability Council.

Graeme Innes, Chair of Attitude Foundation, and Board Member of Life Without Barriers and Joblife.

Peter Wilson, Chairman of Australian Network on Disability, Power and Water Corporation, ARCA, Office of the Auditor General for Western Australia, and the Alcohol and Drug Foundation.

4:40pm Thank you and close


Final words and thank you from MC Julie McCrossin, and our CEO Corene Strauss. Julie McCrossin, MC

Corene Strauss, CEO Australian Network on Disability

5:00pm to 7:00pm Networking


Discuss what you have heard and the ideas to innovate further with our networking event for in-person tickets. Everyone

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Be motivated and learn what else you can be doing in the disability inclusion space. Whether your organisation is at the start of its journey or has been partnering with us for years, this year’s conference will provide you with the insight and experience of both international and national organisations.

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