Program: Igniting Innovation Through Inclusion

8.30am: Registration 

We encourage in-person delegates to arrive at 8:30am to register, grab a cuppa and choose their table, ready for the Conference's prompt 9am start. Virtual delegates are encouraged to test their system beforehand to avoid technical issues on the day.

9.00am: Kurt Fearnley will kick off the day

We are excited to welcome back Kurt Fearnley AOthree-time Paralympic gold medallist, two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist, and 2018’s NSW Australian of the Year, to MC our 2021 Conference. Kurt will guide us through the thought-provoking and inspiring presentations from the esteemed speakers, providing his insights and experiences throughout the day. 

9.05am: Welcome and official opening

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

9.10am: The Legacy of Leonie Jackson – removing barriers and planting seeds

Ai Media continues the work of Leonie Jackson in providing real-time captioning for education, workplaces, conferences and events. Hear from Tony Abrahams, Ai Media CEO, on how Ai Media is breaking down barriers and innovating as digital meetings are more prevalent.    

9.30am: International Keynote Speaker – Innovative ways to drive the disability inclusion agenda

Founder of The Valuable 500, Caroline Casey is a passionate disability activist with innovative ideas to share. Hear about her experience building an international movement of change with 500 CEOs committed to putting disability inclusion on the business agenda. Caroline Casey will also share her learnings from the journey, and what she envisions for the future. 

10.10am: Morning tea 

For in-person delegates, morning tea will be served in the Conference lobby. For delegates connecting virtually, we encourage you to use this time to take a break from your screen, stretch and grab a cuppa with something to nibble on. 

10.35am: Panel discussion – Leading the way: Organisations standing up for disability inclusion through The Valuable 500

The momentum is building for disability inclusion. Hear from senior leaders at globally renowned organisations about their experience in committing to disability inclusion from the top, and how it is creating action and impact. 


11.20am: Congratulations to our 2020-21 Access and Inclusion Index Top Performers. 

We will show a short video congratulating and showcasing each of the 5 Top Performers of the 2020-21 Access and Inclusion Index. NDIA, RMIT, Medibank, ANZ and IBM share their journey being repeat participants and Top Performers of the Index, and what being a Top Performer means to them.

11.23am: Panel discussion – Measuring maturity to create robust roadmaps forward

Hear how different members are measuring their progress and using data to drive awareness and action across their organisations. 


12.05pm: Lunch 

For in-person delegates, lunch will be served in the Conference lobby. 

We will be reconnecting at 1.05pm.

1.10pm: Leading with Kindness 

Be ready to be motivated and inspired by an energetic presentation on the benefits of embedding kindness into your business and leadership. Facilitated by Anna Sheppard, CEO of Bambuddha.

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

Presentation by Cameron Gifford, Chief Operating Officer and Celebrating Ability Champion at the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department (AGD).

2.00pm: International Keynote Speaker – The innovation you get when businesses are allies

Susan Scott-Parker OBE, global expert and thought leader on disability as it affects business, discusses the role businesses play in disability inclusion and the innovation you get when businesses are allies.

2.10pm: The Power of Procurement

The purchasing power of organisations plays a vital role in creating inclusive and accessible environments, products and services. Hear from AND’s Accessible Procurement Taskforce on the progress made in creating tools and recourses to drive systemic change in procurement. Presented by Matthew Hawkins, Head of Group Services- Procurement, ANZ. 

2.25pm: Winning ways and targeted recruitment practices 

AND Members will share the success and outcomes of targeted recruitment programs to advance the employment of people with disability. Presented by Sharon Carroll at Australia Post, and Edwin van Raalte at Rabobank

2.45pm: Afternoon tea 

For in-person delegates, afternoon tea will be served in the Conference lobby. For delegates connecting virtually, we encourage you to use this time to take a break from your screen, stretch and grab a cuppa with something to nibble on.

3.05pm: Employee Resource Groups front and centre

Hear from Employee Resource Group Leaders on their role in influencing change and connecting with global colleagues to share great practice networkology. 


3.35pm: Panel Discussion – The Power of Language

A lively discussion on the power of language. Hear directly from activists and people with lived experience. This topic brings differing viewand is not to be missed, with an opportunity for the audience to engage in the discussion.


4.45pm: End of an era: Farewell from Suzanne Colbert

Official presentation to the network from Suzanne Colbert on her incredible journey and service.

4.52pm: Welcoming and Introducing AND’s new CEO

Official welcome to the Australian Network on Disability and introduction of Corene Strauss

5-7pm: Networking

We will say see you later to our virtual attendees. Whilst in-person, you can discuss what you have heard and the ideas to innovate further, with networking drinks and nibbles.


Igniting Innovation Through Inclusion Australian Network on Disability Annual Conference 10 June 2021

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