Program

DEA’s conference will be held on Tuesday 31 May – Thursday 2 June 2022 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney!

We’re excited to be providing stimulating and challenging presentations, panels and breakout sessions, with exhibitors and event partners to support your organisation.  

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

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
1:05 pm1:55 pm

Exhibition in the Grand Ballroom Foyer

Lunch

1:55 pm2:40 pm

Grand Ballroom 2

NDIS Presentation

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

Grand Ballroom

Government Relations and Media Engagement

Counsel House
Kerry-Anne Walsh, Journalist and Communications Strategist

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

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

MC Brett de Hoedt
Mayor
, Hootville Communications

Department of Social Services

NDIA

Catherine McAlpine
CEO
, Inclusion Australia

Michael Dobbie

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

For more information, please contact our Policy Manager, David Best 0400 867 656, david.best@disabilityemployment.org.au.