Please note that this is a draft program and subject to change.

Tuesday 27 August 2019

All delegates are welcome to attend the networking drinks at The Waiting Room Bar at Crown Towers Perth.

5:30 pm7:30 pm

Welcome Reception and Registration

Wednesday 28 August 2019

8:00 am9:00 am

Registrations open

Plenary Sessions

9:00 am9:05 am
Welcome to day one

Brett de Hoedt
Mayor
Hootville Communications

Crown Ballroom

9:05 am9:15 am
Welcome to Country

Elizabeth Hayden
Noongar Elder

Crown Ballroom

9:15 am9:45 am
The Value of Employment: ‘Focus on Ability’ short film presentation

Martin Wren
CEO
NOVA Employment

Crown Ballroom

9:45 am9:50 am
Address from Chair

David Coles
Chairperson
Disability Employment Australia

Crown Ballroom

9:50 am9:55 am
9:55 am10:00 am
Minister’s video address

Senator the Hon Anne Ruston
Minister for Families and Social Services
Parliament of Australia

Crown Ballroom

10:00 am10:30 am
Puzzling out the bigger picture

Samantha Jenkinson
Executive Director
People with Disabilities WA (PDWA)

Crown Ballroom

10:30 am11:00 am

Morning Tea

Exhibitor Area

11:00 am11:25 am
Why the future of work is human

Luke Condon
Partner
Deloitte Access Economics

Crown Ballroom

11:25 am12:25 pm
Disability workforce participation meets the future of work

Brett de Hoedt
Mayor
Hootville Communications

Luke Condon
Partner
Deloitte Access Economics

Donna Eiby
Creative Director
The Future Work Skills Academy

Emma Dawson
Executive Director
Per Capita

Michael Goldsworthy
Managing Director and Principal Consultant
Australian Strategic Services

Peter Smith
Visiting Fellow, Cornell University, NY and Director,
Centre for Disability Employment Research and Practice

Crown Ballroom

12:25 pm12:30 pm
12:30 pm1:30 pm

Lunch

Exhibitor Area

Breakout Sessions

1:30 pm2:15 pm
Disability inclusion in the cooperatives and mutuals sector in Australia

Emma Dawson
Executive Director
Per Capita

Terry Agnew
Chair
Business Council of Cooperatives and Mutuals, Curtin Business School Advisory Council, and Edge Employment Solutions

Crown Ballroom

Lifeback Tracker: Four powerful steps to better mind health

Anthony Hart
Founder
Hart Wellbeing Pty Ltd

Ballroom 3A

Performance framework in the new DES

David Best
Senior Policy Officer
Disability Employment Australia

Ballroom 3B

Advancing work and health solutions through technology

Dr Kylie Henderson
Managing Director
Back2Work Health Specialists

Ballroom 3C

2:15 pm3:00 pm
A jobless future – what if there were no jobs to find? Would you still operate the same as you do today?

Peter Smith
Visiting Fellow, Cornell University, NY and Director,
Centre for Disability Employment Research and Practice

Ballroom 3A

DES today, DES tomorrow…the governance and organisational journey to employee-centric business models in a competitive marketplace

Michael Goldsworthy
Managing Director and Principal Consultant
Australian Strategic Services

Ballroom 3B

Privacy and prejudice: Why individuals chose not to disclose their disability in the Australian Public Service

Patricia Gray
Higher degree by Research student
Institute of Governance and Policy Analysis

Ballroom 3C

3:00 pm3:30 pm

Afternoon Tea

Exhibitor Area

3:30 pm4:00 pm
A user perspective: Assistive technology and its capacity building opportunities with employment

Jocelyn Franciscus
Occupational Therapist, AT Chat Engagement Officer, Founder/Director.
Cord

Crown Ballroom

4:00 pm5:00 pm
NDIS Participant Employment Taskforce, SLES and a provider’s perspective

Jeannie Hodges
Director, NDIS Participant Employment Taskforce
National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)

Brenda Odewahn
Chief Operating Officer
Ability Options

Crown Ballroom

Hall of Fame and Gala Dinner Ceremony

7:00 pm7:30 pm

Pre-dinner drinks

Optus Stadium

7:00 pm11:00 pm

Gala Dinner and Hall of Fame Ceremony

Optus Stadium

Thursday 29 August 2019

8:00 am9:00 am

Registrations open

Plenary Sessions

9:00 am9:10 am
Welcome to day two

Brett de Hoedt
Mayor
Hootville Communications

Crown Ballroom

9:10 am9:50 am
The future of disability employment

George Sotiropoulos
Group Manager, Disability, Employment & Carers Group
Department of Social Services (DSS)

Crown Ballroom

9:50 am10:40 am
Why person-centred is the core of disability policy and where is it taking us?

Dr Ben Gauntlett
Disability Discrimination Commissioner
Australian Human Rights Commission

Cátia Malaquias
Lawyer, Board Director and Founder
Starting with Julius

Crown Ballroom

10:40 am10:45 am
10:45 am11:15 am

Morning Tea

Exhibitor Area

Breakout Sessions

11:15 am12:00 pm
(Human) Future work skills: The opportunity for a human renaissance

Donna Eiby
Creative Director
The Future Work Skills Academy

Crown Ballroom

Looking back, moving forward

Dr Ann Nevile
Honorary Associate Professor
Australian National University

Ballroom 3A

“Ask an expert” about employment and Down syndrome

Kylie Preston
National ILC Project Manager
Down Syndrome Australia

Andrew Domahidy
Deputy Chair
Down Syndrome Advisory Network - Down Syndrome Australia

Ballroom 3B

The power of feedback: how JobAccess is using Net Promoter Score to drive service delivery improvement.

Daniel Valiente-Riedl
General Manager - JobAccess
WorkFocus Australia

Ballroom 3C

12:00 pm12:45 pm
Understanding the needs of people with intellectual disability to improve their lives, economic participation and employment

Peter De Natris
Principle
Houthera Pty Ltd

David Petherick
Deputy CEO
Valid

Crown Ballroom

Disability and employment: Evidence from the IDES and YES research programs

Stefanie Dimov
Project Manager
University of Melbourne

Ballroom 3A

How does length of unemployment impact what we do in DES?

Simon Fairall
General Manager
Ability Options Olympus Solutions

Martin Rowley
General Manager
Ability Options Olympus Solutions

Dr Kylie Henderson
Managing Director
The Better Health Generation

Ballroom 3B

12:45 pm1:30 pm

Lunch

Exhibitor Area

1:30 pm2:30 pm
The motivated and committed employer (panel session)

Brett de Hoedt
Mayor
Hootville Communications

Vanessa Davies
National General Manager Diversity & Inclusion
Compass Group Australia

Renae Greenway
HR Business Partner
City of Cockburn

Jennie Milne
General Manager, Human Resources
The Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia (RAC)

Andrew Rocchiccioli
Regional HR Manager WA
Bunnings

Ian Tsolakis
Group Disability Employment Manager
Crown Perth

Crown Ballroom

2:35 pm3:20 pm
DSS and DEA Q&A: Building success together (panel session)

Rick Kane
CEO
Disability Employment Australia

George Sotiropoulos
Group Manager, Disability, Employment & Carers Group
Department of Social Services (DSS)

Stewart Thomas
DES Branch Manager
Department of Social Services (DSS)

Selvina Bustelo
DES Delivery Lead
Department of Social Services (DSS)

Crown Ballroom

3:20 pm3:30 pm
Closing address

Rick Kane
CEO
Disability Employment Australia

Crown Ballroom

3:00 pm3:30 pm

Afternoon Tea

Exhibitor Area

End of conference