2022 Sydney

Disability Employment Conference 2022 was held in Sydney at Four Seasons Hotel Sydney on the 1st and 2nd June 2022.
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Day 1 – Plenary Sessions


Strategically engaging government

Andrew Porter
Counsel House

Siobhan Hamblin
Counsel House

Address from the Chair

Therese Campbell
Chair, Disability Employment Australia

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

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

Rick Kane
CEO, Disability Employment Australia

NDIS participants employment outcomes and the economics of the NDIS

El Gibbs
Award-winning writer and disability advocate

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

Ross Joyce

Michael Bois
Owner and Director, Beg Your Pardon

Laura O’Reilly
Co-founder, Hireup

Platinum Sponsor Address

Gil Sebbag
National Sales Manager, Prime Super

Practical tips for employment services

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

Thinking Traps and Social Apps – Hacking the Behavioural Science of our Sector

Dr Darren Coppin
Chief Behavioural Scientist, Azurum Pty Ltd

Day 1 – Breakouts

New Employment Services Model and Enhanced Services

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

NDIS Presentation

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

Autism, pathways to work, that work

David Smith
Managing Director, Employ for Ability

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

Chloe Moreau
Operations Manager, Jobsupport

Utilising soft skills training to enhance work readiness

Maria Smith
Founder and CEO, Bounce Australia

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

Paul Diviny
Director, Prospert

The Emerging Adulthood Period: What is it and how does it impact on the economic participation of young people with intellectual disability?

Jenny Crosbie
PhD Student, Centre for Social Impact, Swinburne University

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

Day 2 – Plenary Sessions


MC Brett de Hoedt
Mayor, Hootville Communications

The Public Service and disability employment – Canadian perspective

Yazmine Laroche
Deputy Minister, Public Service Accessibility, Canadian Government

Graeme Innes AM

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

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

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

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

Closing Words

Rick Kane
CEO, Disability Employment Australia

Day 2 – Breakouts

DSS Session – Current program

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

When the game changes: working with employers in the face of challenge and a shifting environment

Daniel Valiente-Riedl
General Manager, JobAccess

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

Hanif Mohamed
Training Manager, Disability Employment Australia

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

Stefanie Dimov
Project Manager, The University of Melbourne

Evaluating disability diversity and inclusivity in Australian workplaces

Fiona Kalaf
General Manager, Projects, APM

Reconceptualising a job interview through the use of a digital story résumé: the experiences of the viewer/recruiter

Dr Jane Turnbull
CEO / Founder, Own Words

Helping Compass Group Disability Employment Point in the Right Direction

Darren Otten
General Manager – Employer Partnerships, MAX Employment

Closing the participation gap by combining boxing, CBT and OT

James Weait
Founder & Director, Populi Solutions

Phoebe Hutchison
Counsellor, author, and Founder of PLP Solutions

Janine Botfield
Director, Younity Community Services

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