Program


DEA’s 2024 Conference will be held on Tuesday 11 – Thursday 13 June 2024 at Grand Hyatt Melbourne

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

Tuesday 11 June 2024

Workshop, Forum & Welcome Reception

12:00 pm1:00 pm

Forum/Workshop Registration & Lunch

1:00 pm3:00 pm

Mayfair Ballroom

DEA’s Practitioners’ Forum in Association with genU Training

Wayne Herbert Director of Progress and Property, LEAD Disability Services

Matt Levy OAM Author, gold medal winning swimmer, motivational speaker & inclusion advocate

Lauren Peacock CEO, Institute of Capacity Building

Dan Gavin National Business Development Manager, GenU

Paul Diviny CEO, Prospert

Rana Kordahi Reverse Marketing Sales Coach, Employment Services Training

Keryl Neville CEO, Lead Employment

The Residence

Tender Writing Workshop

Darren Coppin CEO & Chief Behavioural Scientist, Azurum

Jess Barwood APAC Account Manager, AutoGen AI

Malene Rohde Chief Operating Officer, Prospert

Peter Bacon Chief Executive Officer, Disability Employment Australia

Tim Flowers Principal, Insight First

3:00 pm3:20 pm

Afternoon Tea

5:30 pm7:30 pm

The Residence

Welcome Reception

Wednesday 12 June 2024

Conference Day 1

8:00 am9:00 am

Exhibition Area

Registration

9:00 am9:10 am

Savoy Ballroom

Welcome – Day 1

Brett de hoedt MC, Hootville Communications

9:10 am9:20 am

Savoy Ballroom

Welcome to Country

9:20 am10:00 am

Savoy Ballroom

The Disability Royal Commission: what did we learn?

Alastair McEwin AM Disability Consultant

10:00 am10:30 am

Savoy Ballroom

The Australian economy in 2024, labour market movements, trends and indicators for disability employment

Callam Pickering Senior Economist, Indeed Hiring Lab

10:30 am11:00 am

Exhibition Area

Morning Tea

11:00 am11:45 am

Savoy Ballroom

Diversity Pathways ILC Project and Employment Findings

Jung Yoon Senior Researcher, Flinders University

Claire Hutchinson Senior Researcher, Flinders University

Bristol Room

Building employer confidence to recruit and retain employees with communication disability and low literacy

Mrs Ashana Comport Project Worker, Speech Pathologist, Communication Access Consultant, Scope (Aust.), Australia

11:45 am12:30 pm

Savoy Ballroom

Unlocking Potential: NDIS to Open Employment, Empowering Participants and Employers

Mrs Rebecca McIntyre Employment Services Manager, The Disability Trust, Australia

Mayfair Ballroom

Accessible Websites – what works?

Aamir Qutub CEO, Enterprise Monkey

Bristol Room

Update on Workforce Australia

Melissa Ryan Group Manager, Department of Employment and Workplace Relations

11:45 am12:30 pm

Savoy Ballroom

IncludeAbility – Ensuring equality in employment

Rhiannon Walker Director, IncludeAbility, Disability Rights Team, Human Rights Commission

Erin Wilson Centre for Social Impact, Swinburne University

12:30 pm1:30 pm

Exhibition Area

Lunch

1:30 pm2:15 pm
2:15 pm3:15 pm

Savoy Ballroom

Panel Session – Unpacking DES Reform

Catherine McAlpine CEO, Inclusion Australia

Mathew McIntyre Manager, Disability Trust

Dr Ann Nevile Social Policy Researcher, ANU

Peter Bacon Chief Executive Officer, Disability Employment Australia

Suzanne Colbert AM, GAICD Advisor, NED, Founder and former CEO of AND, and Inaugural DEA chairperson

3:15 pm3:45 pm

Exhibition Area

Afternoon Tea

3:45 pm4:20 pm

Savoy Ballroom

Pop Culture & Policy – Why Visibility of Disability Matters

Lisa Cox Inclusive Communications Professional

4:20 pm5:00 pm

Savoy Ballroom

In our words

Wayne Herbert Director of Progress and Property, LEAD Disability Services

Yenn Purkis Autistic author and advocate

Alastair McEwin AM Disability Consultant

6:30 pm11:00 pm

Savoy Ballroom

Gala Dinner & Hall of Fame Ceremony

Thursday 13 June 2024

Conference Day 2

8:00 am9:00 am

Exhibition Area

Registration

9:00 am9:15 am

Savoy Rooms 1 & 2

Welcome & Acknowledgement of Country

Brett de hoedt MC, Hootville Communications

9:15 am10:00 am

Savoy Rooms 1 & 2

Plenary Sessions

10:00 am10:30 am

Savoy Rooms 1 & 2

Creating Neurodivergent Inclusive Workplaces

Sonny Wise Author, advocate and public speaker

10:30 am11:00 am

Exhibition Area

Morning Tea

11:00 am11:30 am

Savoy Rooms 1 & 2

Getting ready for the sub 8 hour benchmark participants – how do we effectively work with these clients?

Catherine McAlpine CEO, Inclusion Australia

Luke Nelson Policy Officer, Inclusion Australia

11:30 am12:30 pm

Savoy Rooms 1 & 2

Employer Panel

Jo Ingold Professor, Australian Catholic University

Mr Daniel Valiente-Riedl General Manager, JobAccess, Australia

Saraya O’Connell General Manager, Hotel Etico Australia

12:30 pm1:15 pm

Exhibition Area

Lunch

1:15 pm2:00 pm

Savoy Rooms 1 & 2

A systemic change approach: explore and improve school to work transition for young people with disability

A/Prof Sue Olney UoM-BSL Principal Research Fellow, University of Melbourne, Australia

Ms Sinead Gibney-Hughes Senior Policy Officer, Brotherhood of St Laurence, Australia

Ms Michelle Wakeford Senior Advisor Youth Transition Disability, Brotherhood of St Laurence, Australia

Mayfair Ballroom

Breakout Sessions

Savoy Room 3

Getting workplace adjustments out of the “too hard” basket

Dr Catherine Maitland Research Lead, Australian Network on Disability Ltd, Australia

Bristol Room

Vocational supports within a person's primary human service- the headspace experience

Ms Carolyn Watts Head of Vocational Programs, headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation, Australia

Ms Adrienne Hazeldene IPS Program Manager, headspace Youth Mental Health Foundation, Australia

2:00 pm2:45 pm

Savoy Rooms 1 & 2

Breakout Sessions

Mayfair Ballroom

Partnering with employers

Suzanne Colbert AM, GAICD Advisor, NED, Founder and former CEO of AND, and Inaugural DEA chairperson

Savoy Room 3

Breakout Sessions

Bristol Room

DES Reform and what it means for the Sector

David Best Policy Manager, Disability Employment Australia

2:45 pm3:15 pm

Exhibition Area

Afternoon Tea

3:15 pm3:45 pm

Savoy Rooms 1 & 2

Bale’s story and Artificial Intelligence and the future for Australia

Balendran Thavarajah CEO, GetMee

3:45 pm3:55 pm

Savoy Rooms 1 & 2

Closing Remarks

3:45 pm4:15 pm

Exhibition Area

Networking

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

Registrations now open!

Registrations for the Disability Employment Australia 2024 Conference are now open. Please contact Conference Works on 03 9870 2611 if you have any queries.

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