Agenda

Tuesday 31 May 2022
5:30 pm7:30 pm

Grain Bar

Welcome Reception & Registration

Wednesday 1 June 2022
8:00 am9:00 am

Registration

9:00 am9:05 am

Grand Ballroom

Welcome

MC Brett de Hoedt
Mayor
, Hootville Communications

9:05 am9:15 am

Grand Ballroom

Welcome to Country

Matthew Doyle
Cultural Consultant

9:15 am9:45 am
9:45 am10:00 am

Grand Ballroom

Address from the Chair

Therese Campbell
Chair
, Disability Employment Australia

10:00 am10:30 am

Grand Ballroom

Improving DES – a young person’s perspective

Mija Gwyn
Manager
, Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS)

Simon Green
Programs Coordinator
, Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS)

Renae Flanigan
YDAS Young Leader Program

10:30 am11:00 am

Grand Ballroom

DES reforms – where are we at and where are we going?

Rick Kane
CEO
, Disability Employment Australia

11:00 am11:30 am

Exhibition in the Grand Ballroom Foyer

Morning Tea

11:30 am12:00 pm

Grand Ballroom

NDIS participants employment outcomes and the economics of the NDIS

El Gibbs
Award-winning writer and disability advocate

12:00 pm1:00 pm

Grand Ballroom

Panel discussion: Employing Disability Matters

MC Brett de Hoedt
Mayor
, Hootville Communications

Scott Connolly
Assistant Secretary
, ACTU

Dani Fraillon
CEO
, Get Skilled Access

Alexi Boyd
CEO
, COSBOA

Ross Joyce
CEO
, AFDO

Michael Bois
Owner and Director
, Beg Your Pardon

Laura O’Reilly
Co-founder
, Hireup

1:00 pm1:05 pm

Grand Ballroom

Platinum Sponsor Address

Gil Sebbag
National Sales Manager
, Prime Super

1:05 pm1:55 pm

Exhibition in the Grand Ballroom Foyer

Lunch

1:55 pm2:40 pm

Grand Ballroom 1

New Employment Services Model and Enhanced Services

Melissa Ryan
First Assistant Secretary
, Department of Education, Skills and Employment

Grand Ballroom 2

NDIS Presentation

Mary Hawkins
Director Employment Outcomes, Market Innovation and Employment Branch
, National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)

Studio 1, 2 & 3

Autism, pathways to work, that work

David Smith
Managing Director
, Employ for Ability
Australia

Gallery 1, 2 & 3

Best practice supporting people with Intellectual disability in employment – What is the evidence?

Professor Vivienne Riches
Clinical professor/ Snr Research Fellow
, CDS/The University of Sydney
Australia

Chloe Moreau
Operations Manager
, Jobsupport

2:45 pm3:30 pm

Grand Ballroom 1

Utilising soft skills training to enhance work readiness

Maria Smith
Founder and CEO
, Bounce Australia

Grand Ballroom 2

Rise of Mental Health Conditions and Impact on Employer Engagement in Employment Programs

Jo Ingold
Associate Professor
, Dept of Management, Faculty of Business & Law, Deakin University
Australia

Paul Diviny
Director
, Prospert
Australia

Gallery 1, 2 & 3

Headspace Work and Study – Support for DES Providers and their Participants

Anna Lam
Work and Study Coordinator
, Headspace

Zoe Walsh
Clinical Advisor - Work and Study Service
, headspace
Australia

3:30 pm4:00 pm

Exhibition in the Grand Ballroom Foyer

Afternoon Tea

4:00 pm4:30 pm

Grand Ballroom

Practical tips for employment services

Yenn Purkis
Advocate, Author, Mentor, Public service since 2007

4:30 pm5:00 pm
6:30 pm7:00 pm

Grand Ballroom Foyer

Pre-dinner drinks

7:00 pm11:00 pm

Grand Ballroom

Gala Dinner & Hall of Fame Ceremony

Thursday 2 June 2022

Conference Day 2

8:00 am9:00 am

Registration Open

9:00 am9:15 am

Grand Ballroom

Welcome

MC Brett de Hoedt
Mayor
, Hootville Communications

9:15 am10:00 am

Grand Ballroom

The Public Service and disability employment – Canadian perspective

Yazmine Laroche
Deputy Minister, Public Service Accessibility
, Canadian Government

Graeme Innes AM
Facilitator

10:00 am10:45 am

Grand Ballroom

Panel: Improving supports, access and employment outcomes for young people with disability

MC Brett de Hoedt
Mayor
, Hootville Communications

Saxon Phipps
Co-Founder and Co-CEO
, Year 13

Kat Reed
CEO
, Women with Disability ACT

Martin Wren
CEO
, Nova Employment

Cecile Sullivan Elder
Executive Officer
, Family Advocacy

Dr Darren Coppin
Chief Behavioural Scientist
, Azurum Pty Ltd

10:45 am11:15 am

Exhibition in the Grand Ballroom Foyer

Morning Tea

11:15 am12:00 pm

Grand Ballroom 1

DSS Session – Current program

Vanessa Beck
Branch Manager, Disability Employment and Carers Branch
, Department of Social Services

Studio 1, 2 & 3

The three E’s of DEA Training: Expand, Experience, Engage

Hanif Mohamed
Training Manager
, Disability Employment Australia

Gallery 1, 2 & 3

Participant perspectives on factors influencing access to work and the role of the DES program in improving employment outcomes

Dr Alexandra Devine
Research Fellow
, University Of Melbourne
Australia

Stefanie Dimov
Project Manager
, The University of Melbourne
Australia

12:05 pm12:50 pm

Grand Ballroom 1

Evaluating disability diversity and inclusivity in Australian workplaces

Fiona Kalaf
General Manager, Projects
, APM
Australia

Studio 1, 2 & 3

Helping Compass Group Disability Employment Point in the Right Direction

Darren Otten
General Manager – Employer Partnerships
, MAX Employment
Australia

Gallery 1, 2 & 3

Closing the participation gap by combining boxing, CBT and OT

James Weait
Founder & Director
, Populi Solutions
Australia

Phoebe Hutchison
Counsellor, author, and Founder of PLP Solutions

Janine Botfield
Director
, Younity Community Services

12:50 pm1:30 pm

Exhibition in the Grand Ballroom Foyer

Lunch

1:30 pm2:00 pm

Grand Ballroom

What the DRC has learned about DES, employers and best practice support and assistance for people with disability

Sally Crawshaw
Manager, Engagement Branch
, Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability

2:00 pm3:20 pm

Grand Ballroom

The great debate – Disability Employment and turning good policy into best practice

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MC Brett de Hoedt
Mayor
, Hootville Communications

Jo Collins
Senior Executive
, National Disability Insurance Agency

Catherine McAlpine
CEO
, Inclusion Australia

Michael Dobbie
Strategic Adviser - Disability
, APM

Prof Byron Keating
Professor of Services Marketing
, QUT Business School

Rick Kane
CEO
, Disability Employment Australia

Professor Simon Darcy
Social Inclusion
, University of Technology Sydney

3:20 pm3:30 pm

Grand Ballroom

Closing Words

Rick Kane
CEO
, Disability Employment Australia

3:30 pm4:00 pm

Exhibition in the Grand Ballroom Foyer

Afternoon Tea