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National Disability Summit

20-21 August 2018 | Novotel Melbourne on Collins

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The 9th Annual National Disability Summit will take place on the 20th-21st August 2018 at the Novotel Melbourne on Collins, and will continue the discussion and review the progress and initiatives in supporting people with disabilities and their families to maximise independence and participation by creating greater choice.

The conference features keynote addresses from;

  • An Update on the NDIS Journey…
    Alexandra Gunning, Acting Branch Manager Participant Pathway Design, National Disability Insurance Agency
  • The New NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework-The Journey So Far
    Graeme Head, From July 1st 2018, Inaugural Commissioner, NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission
  • Every Opportunity: Victorian Economic Participation Plan for People with Disability 2018-2020
    A representative from the Office for Disability, Department of Health & Human Services
  • Using My NDIS Funding to Create a Big Life
    Thomas Banks, Managing Director, Centre for Access


  • Compliance with the Safeguarding Framework and Disability Service Standards
  • Planning for Individualised Care-Where is the NDIS at in Terms of an Individualised Approach?
  • Mental Health and Disability
  • Balancing the Market for Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA)




8:50 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

9:00 am

OPENING KEYNOTE ADDRESS | An Update on the NDIS Journey…

Alexandra Gunning, Acting Branch Manager, Participants Pathway Design, National Disability Insurance Agency

9:30 am

KEYNOTE | The New NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework – The Journey So Far

Graeme Head, From July 1st 2018, Inaugural Commissioner, NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission

10:00 am

  •  The Commonwealth Ombudsman’s role, particularly as it relates to programs delivered to or for people with disability
  •  Trends and issues arising out of complaints about the NDIA and the rollout of the NDIS
  •  How the Ombudsman’s Office is working with the NDIA and other stakeholders to influence improvement in the NDIS

10:30 am

Networking and refreshment break

11:40 am

  • The total cohort of people needing support
  •  The current system
  •  Recommendations for the future, within the framework of the 5th National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan

12:10 pm

Our take on the increasing difficulty in assisting people to get NDIS packages, Disability Support Pensions, Companion Cards, and other supports even if accompanied by medical evidence. The need for more tailored training for GPs, specialists and healthcare professionals as to how to help their patients get the support they need. How do we change this?

12:40 pm

Lunch and networking break

1:40 pm

  •  Families and carers need targeted support and training to assist with capacity building and supported decision making
  •  The NDIS has the potential to increase choice and control for both participants, their families and carers, if family context is adequately taken into account
  •  Carers NSW experience working with families and carers of people with intellectual disability, within and outside of the NDIS, indicates that individual support, group-based training and carer recognition are key to achieving this.

2:40 pm

  • Discuss the status of choice and control for participants in the NDIS with specific reference to current research and outcomes
  •  Highlight the importance of capacity building for service providers now and in the future
  •  Outline why it is essential to the practical and legal requirements of ‘choice and control’ for people accessing services that service provision organisations be sustainable and able to maintain services over a period of time

3:20 pm

Networking and refreshment break

3:45 pm

  • A brief background into an ongoing appeal on behalf of an NDIS participant
  • A discussion of barriers to choice and control for the participant at the planning stage and at the appeal stage (with a focus on the impact of delays upon the participant)
  • Lessons learned and analysis of themes and practical tips for participants and their carers

4:25 pm

  •  New models for delivering services to people with disabilities aims to empower service users by allowing increased input in planning and selecting their care
  •  How well do current systems address individual interests/needs?
  •  What’s changing to improve this?
  •  Affordability – What’s the current status of out-of-pocket expenses and future direction?

5:05 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

5:15 pm

Networking Function

8:50 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

9:00 am

KEYNOTE ADDRESS | Every Opportunity: Victorian Economic Participation Plan for People with Disability 2018-2020

9:30 am

The roll out of the NDIS is establishing an environment that encourages organisations to develop new and innovative approaches to the engagement of service users, and to the provision of service. Windaan Aboriginal Services has developed partnerships with a range of Aboriginal controlled organisations throughout NSW for the purposes of delivering support coordination and early childhood early intervention disability services. These initiatives effectively integrate a cultural model of care and community connectedness with integrated multidisciplinary allied, and primary, health services.

10:10 am

  • Mental health and the NDIS
  • Current provisions for individuals with a mental illness, either primary or secondary to a physical injury
  • Current challenges and how to overcome these

10:50 am

Networking and refreshment break

11:20 am

This presentation will provide an overview of the key published NDIS Appeals from the AATA and the Federal Court.

  •  What are the key points of contention?
  •  The wide discretion afforded the NDIA in assessing what is ‘reasonable & necessary’
  •  The leading decision of McGarrigle
  •  Decisions post McGarrigle – Has there been any change?

12:00 pm

  • How can community housing providers meet the needs of nonSDA funded NDIS customers seeking housing independence, but needing some level of SIL site support?
  •  What sort of ‘mixed community’ can be created for this potential group in collaboration with a common SIL service within medium density buildings?
  •  Customers – What system, policy and procedural changes will be needed?
  •  ‘Pain points’, the risks and the costs

12:40 pm

  • Current and emerging technologies being used in accessible housing design
  • Findings from evaluation of user (tenant) experiences of technology
  • Key considerations in application of integrated, assistive and smart technologies in housing and support design
  • ‘My Home Space’ – Interactive virtual housing tool for exploring and planning housing, technology and support design

1:20 pm

Lunch and networking break

2:20 pm

In responding to the opportunities presented by Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) developers and housing providers face a range of risks and challenges in assessing and understanding demand, responding with both current and planned supply of suitable housing stock, managing vacancy and tenancy issues, as well as staying on top of maintenance responsibilities. How can developers and housing providers ensure this is managed and costed?

3:00 pm

  •  The invisibility of children with a disability in family violence situations and government reports
  •  The reality of life as a carer of a child with special needs in a family violence situation
  •  The multiple additional challenges to be faced
  •  Introducing the Special Needs Assessment Template – A solution to saving lives

3:30 pm

Networking and refreshment break

3:55 pm

  •  Participation of people with disability in the labour force, the reported types of employment restrictions, and the support and assistance available to enable participation in the labour force
  •  Participation of people with disability in education and the positive affect that support, assistance and available equipment can have on participation in education
  •  Reported experience of discrimination for those living with disability and the source of that discrimination

4:25 pm

  •  Not fitting into any boxes
  •  Maximising my choice and control
  •  How using my NDIS funds helped me to realise my potential

4:55 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

5:05 pm

End of Conference


Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$1695$1495+GSTEarly BirdEarly Bird
Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$100+GSTEarly Bird
  • Early bird rate expires 15 June 2018
  • Book 3 delegates and receive the 4th delegate pass at no cost. To take advantage of this offer, call us today on 02 9080 4307 or email
    * All delegates must be from the same company and register at the same time to qualify.

Note: Concession Rate is for person with disability, their family and carers.


Alexandra Gunning

Acting Branch Manager, Participants Pathway Design, National Disability Insurance Agency

Graeme Head

From July 1st 2018, Inaugural Commissioner, NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission

Michael Manthorpe

Commonwealth Ombudsman

Meg Parsons

Branch Manager A/g,Technical Advisory & Complaints, National Disability Insurance Agency

Tony Stevenson

National Chief Executive Officer, Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia

Andrew Giles

National Policy Officer, Multiple Sclerosis Australia

Sarah Judd-Lam

Manager Policy & Research, Carers NSW

Kelli-Ann Sives

Manager, Carer & Disability Support, Carers NSW

Bronwen Jackman

LLM; SAB Dip. Law Course Co-Ordinator Grad.Cert, NDIS Business Development (UNE), Lecturer School of Law, University of New England

Nick Mann

Founder and Principal, Polaris Lawyers

Elena Katrakis

CEO, Carers NSW

Janine McIlwraith

Principal Lawyer, Slater and Gordon

Dylan Reynolds

Executive General Manager, Growing Potential

Joseph Archibald

Manager Aboriginal Service Development, Growing Potential

Kate Heine

Managing Director & Founder, Heads Together for ABI

Jessica Rosla

Associate, Slater & Gordon

Bruce Woodhouse

Projects Manager, Innovation and Impact Team, SGCH

Libby Callaway

Occupational Therapist, School of Primary and Allied Heathcare, Monash University

Associate Professor Kate Tregloan

Architect, Monash Art Design & Architecture, Monash University

Anthony Ryan

CEO, Youngcare

Edward Birt

Chief Operating Officer, The Disability Trust

Emma Gierschick

Family Violence Specialist for Children with a Disability

Lucy McCrossen

Disability, Ageing, Carers and Mental Health Section, Australian Bureau of Statistics

Thomas Banks

Managing Director, Centre for Access

when & where

20 - 21 Aug 2018

Novotel Melbourne on Collins
270 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Book Accommodation with Lido Group
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