Gala Dinner

The annual Gala Dinner, to be held on the 28th of August 2019 at the newly-opened Optus Stadium, is a much anticipated event throughout the Disability Employment Services sector. Guests will enjoy fine food and drinks at a formal three-course sit-down dinner, along with music to dance the night away to. We encourage delegates to come dressed in your glamorous and brilliant best!

The evening will also feature the Hall of Fame Award Ceremony, acknowledging excellence, innovation and long-term commitment to the evolution of disability employment in Australia (see one of last year’s inductees, Dean Clifford, below).

Following last year’s sell out event, we expect to enjoy the evening with up to 200 guests. Be sure you book in to attend when registering for the conference! The evening will also feature live music from local 10-piece band Twenty Feet Beat. They’ll be playing Motown, soul and contemporary hits with their incredible singers, great horn section and accomplished musicians.

The 2019 Gala Dinner will be a great night of amazing food, networking, dancing, drinks and fun – don’t forget to book in when registering!

Welcome Reception

The Welcome Reception will be the first official opportunity for all delegates to meet with one another and enjoy informal networking.

This is a great opportunity to network with your existing contacts and make new ones across the sector. The Welcome Reception will take place on Tuesday 27th August 2019.

Social Media


Join us and fellow delegates online via Twitter for up-to-the-minute commentary and discussion about conference sessions, themes, and important information.

  • Connect with Disability Employment Australia: @disabilityemplt #DEA2019
  • At the conference, check the conference handbook for Twitter IDs for our speakers, sponsors and exhibitors.


Connect with us on Facebook to join an online community of individuals and organisations committed to disability employment. We’ll also be posting conference and gala dinner pics via Facebook after the event.


Want to follow up on a conference theme with sector colleagues? The DES LinkedIn Group is the perfect place to start a discussion with over 1000 professionals in, or connected to, the Disability Employment Services sector.