9.00am start

Welcome to Connecting Ideas, Shaping the Future - Julie McCrossin, MC

Accessibility and live captioning, Tony Abrahams, aiMedia

Introduction from the Australian Network on Disability - Peter Wilson AM, Chair 

Keynote presentation: Leadership, learning and legacy - Kate Nash OBE, Creator and CEO of PurpleSpace

Table introductions and discussion - Julie McCrossin, MC


25 Years of the Disability Discrimination Act – looking back, looking forward - Rosemary Kayess, Senator Jordon Steele-John 

2017-2018 Access and Inclusion Benchmark Report - Suzanne Colbert AM, CEO Australian Network on Disability 

Best practice, next practice discussion groups 

12.50pm LUNCH

Shared learning from discussion groups - Julie McCrossin, MC

Sponsor presentation - Denise Saunders, Attorney-General’s Department 

Mental health and wellbeing in the workplace: Doing it better - Marian Spencer, Black Dog Institute, Dr Peta Miller, Safe Work Australia

Sponsor presentation - Joanne Canavan, Woolworths


Employment winning practice - Compass case study - Rosie McArdle, Compass, Natasha Caflisch, Compass

Employment  influencers - Senator Jordan Steele-John, Will Kestin, National Disability Services, Cathy Brown, Diversity Council Australia

5.00pm close, followed by networking drinks to 7pm. 

Entertainment from Lara Nakhle

Please note. Session names may change. 

Optional workshop

On Wednesday 16 May from 9.00am to 12pm, we are hosting a workshop. Places are strictly limited. 


In this workshop you will hear about how Kate Nash is building disability confident organisations from the inside out by working with networks, allies and champions to drive business change.

Kate has developed the world’s largest pool of disability employee network leaders and supports them with resources and training that tackles serious issues with fresh conversations and a sense of fun.

Employee networks, when working well, can champion awareness, advance career development, influence strategy and deliver change.

This interactive workshop will engage attendees and discuss successes, challenges and opportunities of local networks.


  • Member: $220
  • Non-member: $250