9.00am start

9.00am - Welcome - Emcee, Julie McCrossin

9.10am  - Accessibility - Tony Abrahams

9.20am - Welcome from the Australian Network on Disability - Peter Wilson AM, Chair. 

9.30am  - Keynote presentation: Leadership, Learning and Legacy - Kate Nash OBE, Creator and CEO of PurpleSpace.

10.15am - Meet your colleagues - Emcee, Julie McCrossin

10.30 - 10.55am  - MORNING TEA

11.00am - Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) Panel Discussion: Looking Back - Looking Forward - Senator Jordon Steele-John, Senator for Western Australia and Rosemary Kayess, Interim Director Disability Innovation Institute UNSW and a human rights lawyer

11.50am - Access and Inclusion Index - Suzanne Colbert AM, CEO Australian Network on Disability. 

12.00pm - Discussion Groups 

12.50pm - 1.50pm - LUNCH

1.50pm - Shared Learning from Discussion Groups - Emcee, Julie McCrossin

2.10pm - Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace: Doing it Better - Marian Spencer, Head of Operations, People and Culture at the Black Dog Institute and Dr Peta Miller Strategic WHS Adviser Safe Work Australia

2.50pm - Joanne Canavan, Head of Culture and People - Information Technology, Woolworths Group 

3.05 - 3.35pm - AFTERNOON TEA

3.40pm - Employment - Winning practice - Rosie McArdleExecutive Director, Human Resources and Risk, of Compass Group 

4.00pm - Employment  Influencers - Senator Jordon Steele-John, Senator for Western Australia, Will Kestin, Tasmanian State Manager of the National Disability Services  and Cathy Brown, Policy and Research Manager, Diversity Council Australia. 

4.50pm - Event wrap up - Suzanne Colbert AM, CEO Australian Network on Disability. 

5.00pm close, followed by networking drinks. 

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