Informa Australia is part of the Informa Connect Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 3099067.

Register Your Interest


National Disability Summit

2-3 December 2021| Crown Melbourne And Virtually Delivered

We are excited to be returning to the Crown, Melbourne for the 12th annual summit and we will continue to offer the option to attend the event virtually

Register Your Interest Accessibility


The 12th Annual National Disability Summit will return this year on the 2-3 December 2021 2021. We will continue the discussion and review the progress and initiatives in supporting people with disability and their families to maximise independence and participation by creating greater choice.

This passionate audience is broken down into NDIS services providers, community care organisations, state & federal government agencies, council organizations nationwide, NDIS representatives, independent carers, aged care facilities, aged care providers and many more in a knowledge sharing environment.

Topics and Discussion Points:

  • Independent Assessments
  • The review provisions in the NDIS Act – how does this affect me?
  • Plan flexibility in a Post-COVID world
  • Understanding the changes to early childhood intervention
  • Reviewing the ‘impairment tables’ for Disability Support Pension eligibility
  • Living with Disability in Australia
  • Emergency management & emergency planning
  • Exploring alternative options to provide support
  • Human Rights
  • Diversity & social inclusion for CALD communities
  • Preventing and responding to abuse, neglect, and exploitation of people with disability
  • Navigating the Health System
  • Compliance and Safeguarding: are we putting people with disabilities first?
  • NDIS appeals process – what this means for you
  • Employment: advice, practical support, lasting impact
  • Redefining reasonable & necessary / reasonably necessary
  • Building a more accessible standard for housing
  • Creating accessible and inclusive communities
  • International Comparison


The Hon Bill Shorten MP

Shadow Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme

Senator the Hon Anne Ruston

Minister for Families and Social Services, Minister for Women’s Safety, Senator for South Australia, Manager, Government Business in the Senate

Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC

Minister for National Disability Insurance Scheme, Minister for Government Services, Senator for Western Australia

Pauline Luchetta

Carer and Parent, Managing Director, The Cassidy Crew

Thomas Banks

Managing Director, Centre for Access

Rachael Thompson

Manager – Advocacy and NDIS Appeals, RIAC

A/Prof Michelle Villeneuve

Associate Professor, Centre for Disability Research and Policy, University of Sydney

Natalie Wade

Founder and Principal Solicitor, Equality Lawyers

Senator Jordon Steele-John

Australian Greens Party

Angela Cook

Project Manager, Community Engagement, CFA

Dr Dinesh Palipana OAM LLB

2021 QLD Australian of the Year, Senior Resident in the Emergency Department at the Gold Coast University Hospital and Lecturer, School of Medicine, Griffith University

Darren O’Donovan

Leading Expert in NDIS, La Trobe University

Janine McIlwraith

Principal Lawyer, Margalit Lawyers

Professor Anne Kavanagh

Chair of Disability & Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne

Nick Mann

Founder and Principal, Polaris Lawyers

Adrian Munro

CEO, Richmond Wellbeing

Dr Rachael Sowden

Member, Disability Council NSW

Carol Jewell

Acting National Manager, Professional Practice and Development, Occupational Therapy Australia

Angela Kalantzis

The Brain Injury Community

Lucie Scott

Children’s Emergency Clinical Nurse Consultant, Emergency Department, Gold Coast University Hospital

Daniel Valiente-Riedl

General Manager, JobAccess

Robert Fitzgerald AM

NSW Ageing and Disability Commissioner

Bruce Woodhouse

Partnerships Manager - Customer and Communities Division, SGCH

Kate Smith

Chief Operating Officer, CIVIC Disability Services

Steven Strange

CIO and Founder, Health Metrics

Dr Gávi Ansara

PACFA Registered Clinical Psychotherapist, Clinical Educator, & AAFT Accredited Clinical Supervisor, Ansara Psychotherapy

Samantha Taylor

Acting NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commissioner

Vanessa Wischusen


Melinda Scaringi

Director, Communications - Ellis Jones

Jessica Birkett

Associate Director, Communications, Ellis Jones

Sue Dymond

Founder & CEO, iDareU

Commissioner Dan Stubbs

Victorian Disability Worker Commission

Christian Astourian

DnD Program Manager, Diversity and Disability, Migrant Resource Centre North-West

Joe Dreyfus

Social Impact Controller, Hireup

Louise MacLeod

A/g Deputy, Commonwealth Ombudsman



Health Box

Health Box is a video-on-demand service providing a deeper dive on key topics, themes and questions relating to health and life sciences events in Australia and APAC. Visit our website here

Health Box boasts a rich mix of free content for you to “snack on” at your own leisure including:

Speaker interviews
Executive briefings – short messages from organisation CEOs or senior management
Fast Chats – an interview style short video (5-10minutes) from an expert thought leader in your organization to provide solutions to challenges, announce new products, make a company announcement and many more.
Explainer videos – a short custom video providing targeted content as a potential elevator pitch, educating buyers about a specific issue or product feature.Expert panels
LinkedIn Recommended Ads – get your brand Infront of our market leading LinkedIn Groups.

We know you can’t always attend all our events, but we also know you like to get a feel for some of the key topics, themes and messages from events. Health Box offers a taste of what is on offer at our flagship conferences so you can make an informed choice on joining our events.

Each Health Box episode is different and each month we release new episodes on different topics.

Have a message, project or idea to share? Connect with us ahead of our upcoming episodes to learn how you can get involved or we can work with you to create a new episode. Let us take care of you!

For more information on how your company can get involved in a Health Box episode, contact

Danielle Newman
Senior Business Development Manager
+61 2 9080 4432


“Attending the National Disability Summit was a great experience. There was a wide variety of speakers and the Informa staff were amazing and accommodating to meeting everybody’s needs.”
Louise Bugeja, Internode

“You need to be there, to learn more.”
Stephen Odusa, CatholiccareNT

“Always a great event for networking with decision makers and key people from disability organisations that are working on innovative projects.”
Danny Hui, Sameview

“Such an interesting 2 days with a great quality and range of speakers. Well organised and great flow of themes.”

Health & Safety Commitments

When you join our event, you can expect to see that health and safety is a priority, and that a range of measures are in place to ensure everyone involved is able to enjoy a safe, hygienic, productive and high-quality organised event experience.

All Informa events will be run according to official government and local authority guidance in the first instance, as well as any venue or location-specific regulations. In addition, Informa Australia will follow some key health and safety priority commitments as part of “Informa AllSecure“.

Full vaccination against Covid-19 is required for all in-person attendees.

IMPORTANT: For more information on Informa’s Vaccination requirement for all in-person attendees, our Event Health & Safety measures in place and Conditions of entry, click here.


Our Commitment to Sustainability

In Australia, we are committed to running our events in an environmentally and socially responsible way. Across Informa Connect we are focusing on the short and long-term sustainability impacts we have on customers and colleagues alongside the communities we work in.

We recognise that it’s not just about the way we produce our events and products but recognising that we have a role to play in providing a space to work in partnership together with our markets to inspire the sustainable development of the industries we serve.

To read more on our latest sustainability reports and Faster Forward initiatives – click here.

when & where

02 - 03 Dec 2021

Crown Melbourne
8 Whiteman St,
Southbank VIC 3006
(03) 9292

Room rates start at $230p/n. Book accommodation via Crown Promenade Melbourne.

Rooms are subject to hotel availability at the time of booking. Guests will require a valid credit card when making the booking to guarantee the reservation. Cancellation policy is: reservation to be cancelled 24hrs prior to arrival to avoid one night cancellation fee.


Still have a question?

Katrina Bowns
Conference Producer

Danielle Newman
Senior Business Development Manager
+61 2 9080 4318

Get all the latest on Informa news and events

Informa Connect Australia is the nation's leading event organiser. Our events comprise of large scale exhibitions, industry conferences and highly specialised corporate training.

Find out more

COVID-19  Cancellation  Policy
Read  Policy  Terms