Agenda: Stronger Together

Our virtual conference is an unparalleled opportunity to hear from top performers on inclusion of people with disability.

This year’s event, Stronger Together, brings a prestigious line-up of speakers who will give you valuable and practical strategies you can apply in your own organisation.


We're pleased to welcome Kurt Fearnley AO as our master of ceremonies.

Kurt Fearnley will kick off promptly at 9am. Delegates are encouraged to test their system beforehand to avoid technical issues on the day.

Our virtual conference is structured into two sessions: 9am to 11am, and 1pm to 3pm to make sure you get a healthy break from your screen so you can actively engage in all sessions of the conference.

To strengthen the focus of the Q&A sessions, we encourage you to submit your questions before the event. There will also be a live chat function for you to submit questions during the virtual conference. 

9.00am: Welcome from the Australian Network on Disability 

By Peter Wilson AM FCPHR, Chairman, Australian Network on Disability. 

9.05am: Why now is the time to ensure we don’t leave anyone behind

By Suzanne Colbert AM, CEO, Australian Network on Disability.  

9.15am: Stronger Together 

By Kurt Fearnley AO

9.25am: Levelling the playing field while flattening the curve: How COVID-19 provides opportunities to improve accessibility and inclusion in the workplace

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

9.45am: Staying the course with the Access and Inclusion Index

Facilitated 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 2019-20 Access and Inclusion Index Benchmark Report. 

Hear from the Top Performers in our 2019-20 Access and Inclusion Index; RMIT, ATO and Medibank, to gain first-hand insights into the practices that led to their success and how they used the Access and Inclusion Index to their advantage. 

10.30am: Championing Inclusion  

Presentation by Paul O’Reilly and Michael Patterson from NSW Department of Communities and Justice.

Learn how NSW Department of Communities and Justice harnessed their internal energy to drive and sustain a culture of inclusion, especially through a time of ever-changing business priorities. Hear how the department enlisted the support of 50 engaged Champions and created empathy and understanding across the Senior Executive team.

11am: Close of the first session   

 We will be reconnecting at 1pm.

1pm: Winning Ways

Presentations by:

Hear about the strategies that have won awards over the last year. Stein Helgeby, Cassie Alexander and Josephine Julian from the Department of Finance will talk about how they won the AHRI Graeme Innes Disability Employment Award, Life Without Barriers’ Fiona Davies on winning AHRI’s Diversity Champion Award, and ANZ’s Darren Baird on Australian Access Awards corporate app of the year in 2019. 

1.50pm: Sponsor presentation – Attorney-General's Department 

Presentation by Kimberley Congram, Assistant Director, Integrity and Security Division, Attorney-General’s Department. 

Changing the language from advocating to leading can have fundamental impact. Kim Congram will discuss how Attorney-General’s Department’s Celebrating Ability Network drove substantive and systemic change within the department by changing the conversation.

2.05pm: Supporting networks and their members throughout the COVID-19 crisis.


  • Matthew Parker, Enablers Network, Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet
  • Ricki Sandler, Abilities Network, ANZ
  • Emily Reaper, Disability Ability Wellness Network (DAWN), Life Without Barriers 

Kurt will facilitate a thought-provoking conversation with Employee Network members from the Victorian Government, ANZ and Life Without Barriers about the role they have played to kept their networks connected during this time.

2.45pm: AND’s 20th anniversary and looking forward.

Presentation by Suzanne Colbert AM, CEO, Australian Network on Disability.


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