Australian Network on Disability Annual Conference

The Accessibility Awakening, Australian Network on Disability National Conference. Melbourne + Virtual. 9 June 2022.

Our annual conference is a brilliant way to learn what is happening globally and locally as we share best practice and key learnings. Connect with a powerful network of business leaders, diversity and inclusion practitioners, human resource professionals, industry experts and influencers from the public, private and for-purpose sectors.

This year’s theme is: The Accessibility Awakening. Our 2022 conference agenda looks at how the era of change we’ve experienced through COVID has brought a whole new understanding to accessibility and inclusion in the workplace. At this conference we’ll look at the upcoming trends and the ways accessibility and inclusion can be promoted and sustainably embedded in organisations.

We’re excited to welcome back Julie McCrossin this year as our MC, who will facilitate insightful conversation with our international and national guest speakers. Julie is a seasoned entertainer who is sure to keep both the in-person and virtual audience energised and engaged.

Conference full day

  • Date: Thursday 9 June 2022
  • Time: 9am to 5pm
  • Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) and Virtual event

Conference registrations are now open. With limited in-person capacity be sure to get in quick!

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This year, for the first time we are hosting an Awards Night the evening before the conference. This event will showcase the achievements, thought leadership, and commitment from our members throughout the year. This inaugural event will be one of the highlights of the diversity and inclusion calendar. Find out more about the event, how to nominate for awards, and how to register.

Why you should attend 

  • Experience thought-provoking presentations from globally renowned industry leaders, experts and influencers.
  • Connect with a powerful network of business leaders, diversity practitioners, industry experts and influencers.
  • Learn tested and pioneering practices that facilitate employment, retention and inclusion of people with disability in the workforce.
  • Take away practical, effective strategies you can apply in your organisation.


Our 2022 conference agenda examines the change we’ve experienced through COVID, and how it has brought a whole new understanding to accessibility and inclusion in the workplace.

We’ll look at the upcoming trends and the ways accessibility and inclusion can be promoted and sustainably embedded in organisations.

Read the full conference agenda.

Meet the speakers

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 our esteemed conference speakers. Meet the conference speakers.

How to register

During the registration process, you’ll be asked to provide the following information:

  • Full name
  • Email address
  • Organisation name
  • Job title
  • Dietary and accessibility requirements
  • Mobile number
  • Payment information.

Payments can be made by Visa, Mastercard or American Express. Please note that payment by American Express incurs an extra 1.1% fee. Or by invoice if you are unable to pay via credit card.  All transactions are processed in Australian Dollars (AUD) and must be paid through Humanitix.

If you have any questions or experience any difficulty with the registration process, please email or call 02 8270 9200.

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Ticketing and cancellation policy


  • If, after booking you are unable to attend, you are welcome to nominate someone else to attend in your place.
  • If a non-member replaces a member, an additional fee will be charged to reflect the correct non-member rate to attend.
  • If you change from a virtual ticket to an in-person ticket, an additional fee will be charged to reflect the correct rate to attend.
  • Please update your details on the registration platform using the ‘modify’ button, at least 7 days prior to the event.
  • Places cannot be shared.


  • Cancellation more than 3 days before the event: 100% refund
  • Cancellation less than 3 days, no refund
  • Cancellation must be made by the ‘unregister’ button on the registration platform



We are making every effort to ensure our Conference is accessible to everyone. Please see below the accessibility features of our hybrid event:

  • The event will be live captioned by ai-Media.
  • Transcripts of each session will be available on our website following the conference.
  • All videos played at the conference will be captioned and audio described, with transcripts available before and after the conference upon request.
  • Auslan interpreters will be present throughout the conference. Hearing loop will also be made available at MCEC.
  • If you require accessible, digital versions of printed material available on the day (this includes plain English alternatives), please contact We will have these sent to you prior to the event. These will also be available on the conference virtual platform website.

Accessibility features specifically for the in-person event:

  • There are accessible toilets, ramps and lifts throughout MCEC, including lift access from the car parks.
  • Braille is provided on all room door signage and fixed directional signage throughout the venue. MCEC is guide dog friendly and welcomes any registered assistance dogs into all areas of the building.
  • Most meeting rooms within the Convention Centre are equipped with TTA Hearing Assisted telephones, and they also have other hearing assisted devices available to hire.
  • Captioning can be accessed remotely via your personal device, as well as displayed on screens in the venue.
  • A designated quiet space will be available.

Read more about ICC Sydney’s accessibility features. MCEC Accessibility FAQs.

If you have any questions, or require any additional adjustments in order to access the event, please email or phone 02 8270 9200. 

COVID Safety Plan

To ensure the in-person aspect of our Annual Conference is COVID safe and follows the VIC Government COVID regulations we will:

  • Regular and thorough sanitisation and cleaning of surfaces and equipment.
  • Hand sanitiser and hand washing facilities available.
  • Vaccination status in-line with Victorian guidelines.
  • All MCEC employees trained on COVID safety and sanitisation protocols.

Find out more about MCEC’s COVID precautions.


How to get there and parking

Conference venue: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC)

Address: 1 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf VIC 3006

The Conference will take place on Level 2 in Melbourne Room 1.


Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre has a car park located within the Exhibition Centre. Additionally, there are secure car parks located in and around South Wharf including, South Wharf Retail Car Park, Siddeley Street Carpark, Freeway Carpark and Montague Street Carpark. Find out more about parking at MCEC and the closest carparks.

Public transport 

There are a number of ways to get to MCEC by public transport:

  • Tram: Tram routes 96, 109 and 12 (Stop 124A Casino/MCEC) will all take you to our Clarendon Street entrance. Otherwise, tram routes 70, 75 and the City Circle (Stop D5) take you to Flinders Street. From there, it’s just a short journey up Clarendon Street until you reach MCEC.
  • Train: The closest station is Southern Cross. Once you exit the station, you can catch the 96, 109 or 12 tram routes and arrive at MCEC in just a few stops.
  • Car: If you’re getting a lift to the Convention Centre, the entrance near DFO is the closest drop off point. If you’re driving in, our Exhibition Centre car park can be accessed via Normanby Road.
  • Bus: From Monday to Friday, bus route 237 goes via Southern Cross Station to Lorimer Street, which is roughly a five-minute journey to MCEC.
  • Taxi or Uber: If you’re going to the Convention Centre, ask your driver to drop you off at Convention Centre Place, next to Pan Pacific Melbourne and DFO South Warf. There are two nearby taxi ranks – Crown, Clarendon Street and DFO, Convention Centre Place.

Please use Public Transport Victoria’s Journey Planner for up-to-date transport timetables and further trip planning.

If you have any questions, or require any additional adjustments in order to access the event, please email or phone 02 8270 9200.


Become a Sponsor

The Australian Network on Disability’s national conference is the hallmark event in disability as it relates to business.

Held each year, the conference attracts 350+ delegates, who are all engaged, solutions-focused, forward thinking change makers from both the public and private sectors, who are passionate around issues related to inclusion of people with disability. In past years it has sold out.

Held in the world-class venue, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), the conference offers a unique and valuable way to demonstrate your organisation’s commitment to initiatives that support inclusion of people with disability.

In addition to the branding and reputational benefits, the conference also provides significant opportunities to network with and influence senior decision-makers from leading Australian organisations, in a positive, collaborative environment.

We invite you to join us as a sponsor of our 2022 event. With six different sponsorship options and limited availability, this is an opportunity not to be missed.

Download our Sponsorship Proposal for information about sponsor benefits.

We are happy to discuss tailored options that meet your organisation’s specific objectives. Early confirmation of your sponsorship will ensure an even higher level of exposure. To express your interest in sponsorship and discuss your options, please contact Megan Jones


Our Sponsors and Partners

The Australian Network on Disability’s Annual National Conference is made possible by our generous sponsors.

Major Sponsors

Logo "Max Solutions: Employment. Support. Community.

MAX is a leading provider in human services delivering employment, training and health services across Australia since 2002. As MAX Employment, we are one of the largest Disability Employment Service providers in Australia. We understand how to bridge the gap between traditional recruitment practice and disability inclusive employment, working with businesses large and small across a range of industries across the country.

Giving every person. Every chance.

Australian Government Attorney-General's Department

The Attorney-General’s Department is the central policy and coordinating element of the Attorney-General’s portfolio. We deliver programs and policies to maintain and improve Australia’s law and justice framework, and to facilitate jobs growth through policies that promote fair, productive, flexible and safe workplaces, affecting the lives of everyone in Australia and Australians overseas. Through the Australian Government Solicitor, we also provide legal services to the Commonwealth, including legal advice and representation.

We strive to be an employer of choice, committed to building a culture where everyone feels they belong and where flexibility is valued and promoted. We embrace diversity and inclusion, and value the contribution and experience of all our people including people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres-Strait Islander people, LGBTIQ+ people, women, and people with culturally diverse backgrounds. We are committed to breaking down barriers that might prevent an employee or stakeholder with disability or mental health condition from fully participating in our workplace.

Through our employee strategies and policies, we aim for our workforce to represent the Australian community we serve, as we understand that a diverse organisation is good for our staff, our organisational culture, and good for our business as we fulfil our mission of achieving a just and secure society.

Silver Sponsors

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Down Syndrome Australia Logo

Event Partners

AI Media LogoAccess haven logoDeaf Connect logo. It reads 'deaf connect: Serving our community, sharing our cultureeeon logo


Past AND Conference presentations

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