Agenda: Positive Forces for Change

Our 2019 National Conference offers an unparalleled opportunity for you to learn tested and pioneering strategies for employment, retention and inclusion of people with disability.

This year’s event is about energy, progress and empowerment. Each session is purpose-built to give you the impetus and know-how to effectively lean into this agenda. Learn from the experiences of our prestigious line-up of speakers and take away valuable, practical solutions you can apply in your own organisation.

The conference will connect a powerful network of 200+ business leaders, diversity practitioners, human resources professionals, industry experts and influencers from the public, private and for-purpose sectors.

Join us for this year’s momentous event: Positive Forces for Change. 


We're thrilled to have Julie McCrossin AM back as our master of ceremonies.

The Conference will start promptly at 9am. Delegates are encouraged to stay for a networking function following the conference, from 5 to 7pm. Full catering is provided throughout. 

Keynote: Leading the next generation of businesses for inclusion

We are honoured to welcome IBM’s Global Disability & Inclusion Leader, and Chair of the International Labour Organization’s Global Business and Disability Network, Yves Veulliet to deliver the keynote presentation at this year’s conference. 

With extensive experience developing the strategic direction of organisations, promoting the economic advantages of inclusion and implementing change across complex systems, Yves will inspire you to seize and progress this agenda. 

Toward universal design in communications access

Presentation by Tony Abrahams, Co-founder & CEO, Ai-Media

Learn more about the emerging trend of universal design as it relates to communications access. In this session, you’ll find out about regulatory approaches around the world and technology improvements that are revolutionising global communications practices.

Vehicles for change: Effective employee networks

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How are organisations harnessing their internal energy to drive systemic change? In this session, you’ll hear about the growth of three very different employee networks and how they’re being used to drive engagement, deliver cultural change and achieve substantive progress across their entire workforce.

Accelerating progress with the Access and Inclusion Index

Presentation by Amy Whalley, Deputy CEO, Australian Network on Disability 

Gain valuable insights into the state of disability confidence across Australian businesses with the official launch of our 2018-19 Access and Inclusion Index Benchmark Report. You’ll find out how organisations have used the Index to sharpen their strategic direction, empower their people and accelerate their progress.

Best practice, next practice discussion groups

Presentations by the Top Performers in our 2018-19 Access and Inclusion Index (to be revealed soon!) 

Discover best and next practices and connect with Australia’s strongest network of diversity and inclusion professionals in this interactive session. Led by the 2018-19 Access and Inclusion Index Top Performers, you’ll gain first-hand insights into how they made progress and explore some of the key initiatives that ensured their success.

Winning employment strategies

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Q&A facilitated by Yves Veulliet. 

What does a successful, sustainable strategy for employment of people with disability look like? In this session, you’ll hear about winning strategies from leading employers that you can apply in your own organisation. Through the unique experiences of our panel, we’ll explore innovative and tested tactics to understand and remove barriers, build inclusive employment into your business model, create targeted career opportunities for people with disability, and grow a culture of understanding beyond the recruitment process.

Sponsor presentation: Attorney-General's Department 

Presentation by Cameron Gifford, First Assistant Secretary, Celebrating Ability Co-Champion. 

Personal leadership

Panel, facilitated by Kurt Fearnley AO:

Kurt Fearnley will facilitate a thought-provoking conversation on personal leadership. You’ll hear from Angel Dixon and Jack Milne about their hopes and aspirations for young people with disability and how they’re applying their personal leadership to achieve change. Samantha Palmer, Executive Champion, will share her personal leadership journey and insights into how to energise and equip time-poor executive champions to engage their peers and whole organisations on the journey to disability confidence. Clayton Trevilyan will share his unique blend of knowing how to get things done, influencing up and pragmatism to achieve success through personal leadership.

Networking function (5-7pm)

Speakers, sponsors, partners and delegates will have the opportunity to connect at a networking function following the conference.