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Wednesday 19 August 2015 – Day One

  • Video Address from the Assistant for Social Services

    • Senator the Hon. Mitch Fifield

    Assistant Minister for Social Services, Australian Government


  • The Funding Envelope: Macroeconomics, Treasury and Disability Employment

    Stephen Koukoulas
    Managing Director,
    Market Economics

  • Panel: Building on Experience: Towards a Person-Centred Disability Employment Framework
    (John Riley’s presentation)

    • John Riley
    Branch Manager,
    Disability Employment Taskforce, Department of Social Services

  • Panel: Game-changer: The NDIS, Economic Participation and Strategic Opportunities
    (Roland Naufal’s presentation)

    • Roland Naufal
    Disability Services Consulting

Concurrent Sessions

  • Analysis of Income Support recipients with disability and their participation in the workforce

  • Ty Emerson
    Branch Manager, Labour Market Payments Policy Branch,
    Department of Social Services

  • Sharon Stuart
    Branch Manager, Disability Employment Services Policy & Performance,
    Department of Social Services

  • The $1,000 Tipping Point

    Thérèse Campbell
    Executive Director,
    WorkFocus Group

  • Digital Accessibility – The Quick Wins

    Alex Varley
    Media Access Australia


  • Positive Employment, Good Health: Addressing Psychosocial Barriers

    Dr Katrina Norris
    Occupational Psychologist,
    CIM Employment

  • What Happens if you Reward Quality?

    Dr Ann Nevile
    Senior Lecturer,
    Australian National University


  • Enhancing Transition to Work Outcomes Through Evidence-Based Practice Processes

    • Prof Vivienne Riches
    Clinical Assoc Professor, Psychologist, Senior Research Fellow,
    Centre for Disability Studies at The University of Sydney

  • Anne Goyer
    Work Manager,
    NOVA Employment and transition To Work Program


Thursday 20 August 2015 – Day Two

  • Identifying and Implementing Evidence-Based Practice

    Phil Tuckerman AM
    Founder and CEO,


  • The Impact of Emerging Technologies in the Workforce of the Future

    Prof Hugh Bradlow
    Chief Scientist,
    Telstra Corporation


Concurrent Sessions

  • Panel: Social Enterprises: New Markets and Capacity Building
    (Dr. Robbie Lloyd’s presentation)

    Robbie Lloyd
    SkillsLink Training (Port Macquarie Community College),
    Training & Development for People With Disability

  • Cutting the Mustard: Securing Meaningful Employment for People with an Acquired Brain Injury

    Nick Rushworth
    Executive Officer,
    Brain Injury Australia


  • Ex-offenders, Employment and Disability

  • Jenny Crosbie
    Research Fellow,
    Deakin University

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  • Donna Faulkner
    Disability Employment Australia

  • Attitudes and Unconscious Bias: An Immovable Barrier?

    Dr Kevin Murfitt
    Lecturer in Disability & Inclusion,
    Deakin University


  • What Are Employers Investing In and Why?

    Suzanne Colbert AM
    Australian Network on Disability


  • An Innovative Approach to Creating Employment Pathways for People with Mental Health Issues

  • Deb Marven
    Work for Wellness Program Manager,
    Ostara Australia

  • Frances Sanders
    General Manager Strategic Initiatives,
    MIND Australia


  • NDIA Trial Project: Provision of Career Guidance Prior to Participation in DES

    Mark Glascodine
    Bravo Consulting