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September 2018

Meeting Place 2018
Araluen Arts Centre, 61 Larapinta Drive, Alice Springs, NT 0870

September 24th - 26th

Meeting Place is held annually and brings artists with disability together with industry leaders in an accessible and supported space, to present, perform, discuss and debate the latest in arts and disability.

Disability Ageing and Lifestyle Expo, My Life My Choice

We are pleased to present the annual Disability, Ageing and Lifestyle Expo, Adelaide’s largest Disability and Ageing event and an exciting community event that attracts audiences of 4,000 people with upwards of 160 exhibitors.

The Disability, Ageing and Lifestyle Expo explores practical ideas, research and initiatives under the ‘My Life, My Choice’ theme. My Life, My Choice, is about empowering individuals, couples and families to ensure that they remain at the centre of decisions related to their needs and what types of services and support planning is available.

The expo also continues to focus on improving the physical, social and emotional well-being of people living with disabilities, those on the ageing journey and those interested in living an active lifestyle. It’s about encouraging people to welcome and embrace the option of choices and flexibility when making important resolutions about their well-being, care and support.

NDIS Networking Event
Club York, 95-99 York Street, Sydney, NSW

Time: 5:30pm – 8pm

Working under the NDIS - a free ‘speed dating’ networking event for disability practitioners

Are you working under the NDIS or preparing to do so? National Disability Practitioners (NDP) invites you to attend a free networking event to meet other local disability practitioners and share your experiences. 

The event will feature ‘speed dating’ style networking, providing an opportunity for you to meet and build connections with a number of new people in a short period of time. Informal networking will follow.

Finger food and soft drink will be supplied. 

October 2018

Step UP! for Down syndrome

Step UP! celebrates the 13,000+ people in Australia with Down syndrome. Through October and November, Step UP! events bring people together to walk, socialise and enjoy FREE activities and entertainment, whilst raising public consciousness of diversity within the community. As Australia’s largest annual Down syndrome community event, Step UP! is dedicated to improving the lives of people with Down syndrome. People with Down syndrome possess many wonderful talents and qualities, but most importantly they want to live a meaningful and productive life like everyone else!

Mental Health Awareness Month
New South Wales

Following the huge response and fantastic community events and feedback from last year, Mental Health Month 2018 will be keeping the theme from last year – Share the Journey.

Share the Journey is an important message, and one which mobilised communities in outstanding ways.

Keeping the theme allows us to announce it even earlier, which means that even more communities will have the chance to get involved. Grants will open earlier, in mid-May, and we can spend more time promoting the amazing work communities are doing. And if you have resources left over from last year, they can all be reused this year.

Please Share the Journey with us another year, and let’s all work to make this Mental Health Month, and good mental health and wellbeing, a journey everyone in New South Wales can share.

Australia Wide

Assistance Dogs Australia is a national charity which trains high quality dogs to help people living with disabilities. We support people living with physical disabilities, children & families living with Autism, people living with post-traumatic stress disorder as well as placing Assistance Dogs into schools and community facilities.

Uniquely, Assistance Dogs are placed free of charge with their new owner, providing support for up to 10 years of the dog's working life.

Their tireless efforts to enhance the lives of people with disabilities is heart-warming. The difference they make is life-changing. To date we have placed more 200 Assistance Dogs with clients and we currently have 150 people on our waiting list.

Accessible Arts Disability Inclusive Training Oct 2018
The Arts Exchange, Ground Floor, 10 Hickson Road, The Rocks, NSW

Time: 10:00am – 12:30pm

Our training sessions offer practical and innovative solutions to help increase your confidence in engaging effectively with people with disability. They are for anyone interested in arts and disability, from managers, policy makers, and frontline staff to small businesses and creative practitioners. 

If your business or organisation would like to receive training tailored to your specific industry or employee group, please contact us for more information.

National Amputee Awareness Week
Australia Wide

'National Amputee Awareness Week' serves to promote the causes of amputation to the wider community and create awareness for those living with limb loss.

Disability Awareness in Emergencies Training
Melbourne Town Hall – Media Presentation Suite, Swanston Street, Melbourne, VIC

Time: 9:30am – 11:30am

This training has been designed to:

  • raise awareness;
  • provide information; and
  • identify practical solutions 

for how the needs of people with a disability are met during an emergency. 

World Cerebral Palsy Day 2018

World Cerebral Palsy (CP) Day is Saturday 6 October 2018. More than just an awareness day, it is an opportunity to:

1. Celebrate and express pride in the lives and achievements of those with CP and the people and the organisations that support them
2. Create a powerful voice for those with CP to change their world
3. Connect organisations across the globe so they are better equipped to meet the needs of those with CP
4. Create new solutions to everyday problems
5. Act as a catalyst for social change and education campaigns that create solutions to universal challenges
6. Produce tangible, actions and outcomes that measurably improve the lives of those with CP
7. Raise awareness of CP and the issues that affect people with CP at a local, national and international level to create more inclusive societies.
The project is coordinated by the World Cerebral Palsy Initiative, a group of non-profit cerebral palsy organisations with a global vision to create real change for people living with CP.

MS Moonlight Walk
Cultural Forecourt at South Bank Parklands, Melbourne St, South Brisbane QLD 4101

6pm – 9pm

Brisbane’s annual riverside MS Moonlight Walk is back! This year’s walk will be on a Saturday evening, and will see the Brisbane community get active and celebrate our great city like never before.

Choose between a leisurely and safe 5km or 10km walk as the sun sets and the moon rises.  Walkers on both courses will be supported by course marshals, volunteers and refreshment stations.  The 5km course is wheelchair friendly, and walkers can choose to do a shorter distance if they would prefer.

National Employment Solutions Conference – the Changing Face of Work and the Workplace
Twin Towns Services Club, Tweed Heads, NSW

The annual conference will examine the changing face of work and the workplace and will include topics of four generations in the one workplace, entrepreneurship, youth employment, government programs, mature age employment, the impact of technology, training and support, GIG, migrants, underemployment, transferable work skills, mental health and disability employment.

Professional Learning: Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in High Schools
UNSW Australia – Room 119, Level 1 John Goodsell Building, High Street, Kensington, Sydney, NSW

Post school outcomes for students with autism spectrum disorder remain poor compared to students without disabilities. Research shows that the use of evidence-based practices to develop the skills of these students increases the chances for successful employment, engagement with further education, and independent life. This course will provide participants with knowledge of evidence-based practices that they can use in their high school classrooms to facilitate students’ learning. Instruction and tools will be provided in the areas of social skills, self-determination development, and development of self-advocacy skills. Evidence-based practices, such as peer-mediated instruction; video modelling; social skills groups, etc., will be introduced.

A Right to Respect: Preventing Violence against Women with Disabilities
Doncaster/Templestowe Room, 687 Doncaster Road, Level 2, Doncaster, VIC

Manningham Council and Women with Disabilities Victoria (WDV) invite you to attend the Right to Respect: Preventing Violence against Women with Disabilities (WWD) Program, to learn about;

  • impacts of violence against women with disabilities
  • why gender inequity is a key driver (enabler) of violence against WWD/women
  • strategies and tools to prevent violence against WWD/women

The program runs over two sessions:

  • Wednesday 10 October 2018 8.45am to 12.30pm (morning tea provided)
  • Wednesday 24 October 2018 8.45am to 12.30pm (morning tea provided)
Carers NSW 2018 Biennial Conference
Novotel Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney, NSW

The Carers NSW 2018 Biennial Conference ‘Caring: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow’ will be held on Thursday 11 and Friday 12 October 2018 at the Novotel Sydney Olympic Park. The conference is proudly funded by the NSW Government.

The conference provides an opportunity for delegates to explore best practice, innovation, policy, research and initiatives in carer support.

NDIS: The Basics for 0 to 8 Years Old
Plumtree, Yabsley Avenue, Jarvie Park, Marrickville, NSW

Time: 10am – 11:30am

Wondering what the NDIS is all about? What does it mean for your young child?

The Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) approach supports children aged 0-6 years who have a developmental delay or disability and their families/carers. The ECEI approach helps children develop the skills they need to take part in daily activities and achieve the best possible outcomes throughout their life. 

Although this workshop is designed for children aged 0 to 6 years old, the majority of information will also be suitable for slightly older children (6-8 years old).

Working with Schools and Other Professionals to Support Inclusion
Plumtree, Yabsley Avenue, Jarvie Park, Marrickville, NSW

Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm

We all want our children to have a successful learning and social experience at school. There is a lot we can do as parents to help the school and other specialist supports, to work in partnership to achieve this. 

In this workshop, Dr Jackson will share practical strategies to help your child have a successful time at school. Dr Bob Jackson will discuss: 
- Your role in making sure that meetings with the school focus on ways to maximise inclusion
- Tips on building a relationship with your classroom teacher 
- Tips on supporting the class teacher and school to create inclusive environments.

Hunter Disability Expo
Newcastle Jockey Club, Broadmeadow NSW

The Hunter Disability Expo is set to be the biggest and most anticipated Disability Expo on the 2018 Hunter Calendar. The National Disability Insurance Scheme has now rolled out across most of NSW, and thousands of residents with disabilities from the greater Hunter region have gained greater control over their lives and will be on the lookout for the most suitable services in their local area to meet their individual needs.

The Expo will involve:

  • a variety of over 100+ exhibiting service & product providers
  • presentations and speakers from the NDIS, Government agencies and Disability Organisations
  • cafe & break out rooms
  • kids entertainment & live all-ability performances
Loud Shirt Day

9am – 5pm
You’re invited to get LOUD for deaf kids. It couldn’t be simpler to show your support.
All you need is a wacky shirt and to get LOUD! 

Deaf Festival
Parramatta, NSW

Time: 10am – 4pm

Save the Date!
This year is going to be bigger and better than ever. We have already started planning this years event.
Keep an eye out for more information coming soon!

Invictus Games 2018
Sydney Olympic Park

9am – 7:30pm | October 20th - 27th

500 competitors from 18 nations will contest 11 medal sports and two feature events over eight days of fierce but friendly competition across Greater Sydney including Sydney Olympic Park and on and around Sydney Harbour. 

The Invictus Games is more than a sporting event – it captures hearts, challenges perceptions and changes lives. In October 2018 join us to celebrate the unconquerable spirit of our wounded warriors.

Toilet Training for Children with Disability or Developmental Delay
Plumtree, Yabsley Avenue, Marrickville, NSW

Time: 1pm – 3pm

Developing independence with using the toilet is a milestone for children which involves a range of motor, language and thinking skills. This workshop is an introduction to toilet training and an initial problem-solving session for families who are preparing to begin toilet training.

Club Cool
The Gov, Hindmarsh, SA

A socially inclusive event for people with a disability and their friends, featuring live music.

27th National Conference on Incontinence
Hotel Grand Chancellor, 1 Davey St, Hobart, TAS

Time: 9am – 5pm

Join us at Australia’s premier conference on incontinence, the ideal opportunity to access the most dynamic, committed and informed group of medical, nursing, physiotherapy and specialist health professionals in the continence field, combined with a comprehensive trade exhibition and concurrent scientific program.

Ability Links Info Session
Miranda Library, 31 Wandella Road, Miranda, NSW

Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm

Ability Links supports people with disabilities of all ages to reach their goals. Come and join us for a talk and activities that promote the inclusion of people with disabilities. Find out about this free program that helps people join groups, gain employment or take up an opportunity. Also supports families and carers.

A Right to Respect: Preventing Violence against Women with Disabilities
Doncaster/Templestowe Room, 687 Doncaster Road, Level 2, Doncaster, VIC

Manningham Council and Women with Disabilities Victoria (WDV) invite you to attend the Right to Respect: Preventing Violence against Women with Disabilities (WWD) Program, to learn about;

  • impacts of violence against women with disabilities
  • why gender inequity is a key driver (enabler) of violence against WWD/women
  • strategies and tools to prevent violence against WWD/women

The program runs over two sessions:

  • Wednesday 10 October 2018 8.45am to 12.30pm (morning tea provided)
  • Wednesday 24 October 2018 8.45am to 12.30pm (morning tea provided)
MSA & NUS Disability and Accessibility Conference
G81 Learning & Teaching Building, 19 Ancora Imparo Way, Monash University, VIC

Time: 9am – 5pm

The National Union of Students (NUS) Disability and Accessibility Conference is a chance for students with disabilities and access conditions to come together to discuss and organise around campaigns and causes faced on university campuses. The conference is organised by the NUS Disabilities Department in collaboration with the Monash Student Association (MSA) Disabilities and Carers Department. It will be held from the 29th to the 30th of September 2018 at Monash University Clayton campus. Any questions email disabilities@nus.asn.au and msa-disabilties@monash.edu

November 2018

Engaging Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities in the NDIS
Settlement Services International, Level 2, 158 Liverpool Road, Ashfield, NSW

Time: 9am – 4:30pm

Settlement Services International (SSI) and their FutureAbility project are delivering this interactive one day workshop which will equip people working in the disability sector with the tools to apply a complex understanding when working with people with a disability from CALD backgrounds. Participants will identify strategies to optimise the reach and quality of disability services under the NDIS for CALD participants.

AAAH 2018 Youth Health Conference – Owning Future Change
Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa, 158 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise, Queensland

7th - 9th November, 9am – 5pm

This year’s conference will explore Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people’s health, diversity and health, and sexuality education and sexual health as its major themes. Technology, mental health, and young people with chronic illness and disability will be just some of our other streams.

Tri State Games
Port Adelaide / Semaphore, SA

The Tri State Games is an annual week long sporting event for people with a disability. The games will be held in Port Adelaide / Semaphore area with support from the Port Adelaide Enfield Council from Monday 12th to Friday 16th November 2018.

The Tri State Games:

  • Encourage and promote sport to people with a disability residing in Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales.
  • Provide people with a disability the opportunity to compete against their peers in a range of sporting activities.
  • Encourage participation in sport as a means of improving health, fitness and quality of life for people with a disability.
  • Provide a respite option for families and carers who support people with a disability.
  • Encourage people with a disability to pursue sporting interests in mainstream competition.
  • Promote the sporting achievements of people with a disability to the broader community.

The Tri State Games are generally held for two years by a host region and are run for a week in November of each year.  One of the main attractions of the Tri State Games is that it offers an opportunity for people with a significant/profound disability to participate in sporting activities that they may generally not have had an opportunity to have.

52nd Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability (ASID) Conference
Gold Coast Convention Centre, Queensland


This year’s Conference theme is Let’s Shake it up, human rights for everyone. The theme was chosen by a group of self-advocates and reflects their vision of a world in which human rights are truly extended to ALL people.

This theme extends a challenge and an invitation to come together as researchers, practitioners, service providers, governments, families and people with a lived experience of intellectual disability to debate, discuss and collaborate on better ways to make inclusion and equal rights a reality.

The Conference program strives to provide an innovative and inclusive space for participants to respond to this call for action through a range of exceptional keynote speakers, invited guests, concurrent papers and poster presentations.

Melbourne Disability Expo
Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

The Melbourne Disability Expo is set to be the biggest and most anticipated Disability Event on the 2018 Calendar. The National Disability Insurance Scheme is now rolled out or being rolled out progressively across most of Victoria metro and regional areas. This means thousands of residents with disabilities from the greater Melbourne region have gained greater control over their lives and will be on the lookout for the most suitable services in their local area to meet their individual needs.

The Expo will involve:
  • a variety of exhibiting service & product providers from the greater Melbourne regions
  • presentations & speakers from government disability agencies and service providers
  • tasty cafe & kids play area
  • a variety of live all-ability performances
Australian Para-Badminton International & Oceania Para-Badminton Champions
Leisuretime Centre

Badminton is an Olympic, Paralympic, and Commonwealth Games sport. Para-Badminton caters for people with physical impairments and will be an official sport for the first time at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

December 2018

International Day of People with Disability

IDPwD is a United Nations sanctioned day that is celebrated internationally. The Australian Government has been supporting IDPwD since 1996. IDPWD aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate the achievements and contributions of people with disability.

NDS WA Lunch in Celebration of International Day of People with Disability
Astral Ballroom, Crown Perth, Convention Centre, Great Eastern Highway, Burswood WA

Time: 11:30am – 1:30pm

NDS will celebrate International Day of People with Disability by hosting an exciting lunch event. International Day of People with Disability is a United Nations-sanctioned day that aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate the achievements and contributions of people with disability. The event will be attended by more than 500 people from across the disability sector, as well as private, corporate and government sectors. It aims to showcase and celebrate the achievements of people with disability in Western Australia. Complimentary tickets are available to people with disability to attend the lunch. To register, please submit your expression of interest, including the number of tickets you require (including companion if applicable) to Partner&Prosper on events@partnerandprosper.com.au or 08 9443 3468 by Friday 19 October 2018. Please note: These tickets are subject to funding and applicants will be notified of the outcome in early November.

Delivering Disability Care Forum
Mercure Sydney, 818-820 George Street, Chippendale, NSW 2007

Since the launch of the NDIS in early 2013, disability care providers have faced significant uncertainty, pressure to maintain standards and concerns over financial sustainability. With the disability care landscape now a crowded and competitive market, maintaining high-quality services is critical and an extensive understanding of consumer needs is paramount for success. 

To succeed and thrive under the NDIS requires a fundamental rethink in the way your organisation does business - the Delivering Disability Care conference will be your toolkit for success. With thought-leading presentations, innovative ideas and extensive opportunities for networking, this conference proactively tackles the challenges faced by NDIS service providers and explores the practical solutions for ensuring your success.

1st National NDIS Conference: Doing it Our Way
Marriott Hotel, Brisbane

The 1st National NDIS Conference: Doing It Our Way is designed to provide organisations, service managers and front line workers in the disability sector the opportunity to network, discuss and share information in regards to the successes and challenges they have experienced in the roll out and the implementation of one of Australia’s largest social policy reforms, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) which aimed to provide the person living with a disability, better choice and control over their own lives, their own care, empowering them to make decisions to address their needs and wants.

An ABS survey stated that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples experience disability at more than twice the rate of other Australians. They also experience inequality and prejudice across a spectrum of health, well-being and social indicators, often facing multiple barriers to their meaningful participation within their own communities and the wider community. Because of these intersections between race and disability, Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander peoples living with a disability and their families are amongst the most disadvantaged and disempowered members of the Australian community, overwhelmingly highlighting the adverse intersectional impact of being Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and having disability across a range of wellbeing and social indicators including health, educational attainment, employment participation, personal safety and exposure to the criminal justice system.



February 2019

2019 Disability Support Workers Conference
Brisbane, Queensland

8:30am – 4:30pm

Multicap and CPL will once again be hosting the Disability Support Workers (DSW) Conference on the 19th and 20th February 2019. 

The DSW Conference is a two-day conference specifically designed for disability support workers offering an opportunity to engage with industry leaders and peers, learn cutting edge techniques and hear firsthand experiences from people with disability.

The DSW Conference will empower you, inspire you and invigorate your passion for supporting your customers to reach their goals each and every day!

March 2019

NDS Victorian Conference
Crown Conference Centre, Melbourne, VIC

9am – 5pm

In the final year of NDIS full scheme roll out, the disability sector has been riding a tsunami of change for several years.

Now it is time to focus on bedding down good processes and practice that lead to truly individualised support.

Join us for the opportunity to delve into an array of subjects underpinned by examples of good practice and different ways of operating.