Full Conference Agenda with Speakers and Timings Now Available, Meet Our Disability Confidence Award Finalists, Stepping Into Alumni Launch, and more.

Full Conference Agenda with Speakers and Timings Now Available

Agenda Update Alert!

Australian Network on Disability events are wonderful opportunities to network and learn from others. Our annual conference is our signature event to immerse yourself and learn from others in the inclusion space.  

The complete agenda for our upcoming conference is now available, featuring an incredible line-up of speakers and detailed timings for each session.

View the full conference agenda, including information about our esteemed speakers and their topics.

With only a handful of in-person Conference tickets left, get in quick before you miss out on your opportunity to attend.


Meet Our Disability Confidence Award Finalists!

We are thrilled to announce the finalists for our highly anticipated Disability Confidence Awards.  

These remarkable individuals and organisations have demonstrated exceptional commitment and made significant contributions towards fostering disability confidence within our community. Find out who our Disability Confidence Award finalists are.

The winners of each category will be announced at our upcoming Disability Confidence Awards Night on Monday 5 June.

Limited tickets are available. Make certain you’re there to network with Australia’s leaders in disability inclusion. Get your Awards Night tickets.

Stepping Into Alumni Launched

Last week we were delighted to celebrate the launch of Alumni Connect, Australia’s first alumni network for talented graduates with disability. The network connects over 2200 alumni who have taken part in our award-winning Stepping Into Internship Program (SIP) over the past 18 years, with employers who want to broaden their recruitment pool.

SIP began in 2005 with 7 students and organisations and has grown to encompass 229 organisations and 2248 students.

More the 150 employers and graduates attended our launch event, kindly hosted by IAG. There was a wonderful buzz in the room as guests spent the evening sharing stories and making valuable connections.

AlumniConnect gives our SIP graduates further opportunities to attend career development events and network.

We would like to thank Alumni Connect’s founding partners Acciona, CBA, Deloitte, IAG, QBE and Life Without Barriers for making this ground-breaking initiative possible.

If you’re an employer and want to get involved in Alumni Connect, register your interest.
If you have completed a Stepping Into Internship and want to get involved in Alumni Connect, register your interest.


Nominate your staff to mentor a jobseeker

Expressions of interest for the Spring 2023 PACE Mentoring program are now open. PACE Mentoring aims to challenge views and tackle unconscious bias about people with disability. It builds disability confidence and develops leadership skills across your organisation.

Exclusively available to members of Australian Network on Disability, the PACE Program is designed to be mutually beneficial to both mentors and mentees. Managers and supervisors develop leadership skills and disability confidence while jobseekers gain vital workplace experience, build employment skills, and expand their networks.

To participate in PACE Mentoring for Spring 2023:

  • Member expressions of interest close Wednesday 31 May 2023
  • Mentor applications close Friday 23 June 2023
  • Mentor briefings and the program launch: August 2023

Submit an EOI form by Wednesday 31 May or contact Tia Kwan at tia.kwan@and.org.au or call 0370 323 523 to lock in your spot for PACE Spring 2023!


Host an intern with disability

It’s time to register your interest in participating in our Stepping Into Internship Program and hosting an intern over the Summer. We recruit suitable university students and recent graduates with disability to the roles provided by our member organisation’s who are building their disability confidence and looking to provide a paid internship.

As one of our most successful initiatives, the Stepping Into Internship Program gives you access to an amazing talent pool of applicants and the opportunity to improve your disability confidence.

If you are interested in participating in the program over the Summer, contact Rudy via email at Rudy.Haruta@and.org.au


Improve boardroom diversity

Is your organisation looking to demonstrate leadership in disability inclusion? Then why not start at the top?  The Directing Change Mentoring Program has been developed by the Australian Network on Disability to address the under representation of people with disability in Australian boardrooms.

Launched earlier this year with its first intake, the program is designed for board members/C-suite executives to mentor leaders with disability, meeting monthly over an 8-month period. A second intake is now available, with the program commencing in September 2023.

Applications close 23 July 2023.

Interested leaders can register for a free information session or contact Dragan Tomic at directingchange@and.org.au

  • Prospective Mentors Information Sessions:
    • Monday 26 June 2023 2pm (AEST)
    • Tuesday 18 July 2023 2pm (AEST)

Register for a 30 minute mentor information session.

  • Prospective Mentees Information Sessions:
    • Tuesday 20 June 2023 11am (AEST)
    • Wednesday 12 July 2023 2pm (AEST)

Register for a 30 minute mentee information session.


Come work with us!

We are looking for a Head of Marketing and Communications to join our expanding team.

Reporting to the CEO this position leads a diverse team responsible for all aspects of Marketing and Communications, including campaigns, events (including conferences), PR, brand, digital/social, website and projects.

Please contact Guy Reynolds at Soda Talent for a confidential discussion (0405 1297446) or send your CV and cover letter to guy@sodatalent.com.au no later than Friday 12 May 2023.


Are you our next top model?

We are looking for volunteers to participate in an Australian Network on Disability photoshoot!

Currently there is a gap in what stock images are available, with many being inauthentic and misrepresenting people with disability – we want to change that. Our photoshoot will capture a series of images for use across our organisation, that are inclusive, genuine and truly representative of our diverse community. And what better way to do so then by featuring our team members, wonderful students,  jobseekers and people from our member organisations!

We will be holding two shoots, one in our Melbourne office and one in our Sydney Office.

If you’d like to be involved, please fill out this survey, or email emilie.vanosschmitt@and.org.au ,  or phone (02 8270 9216) by close of business Thursday May 25

Welcome to our new members

Australian Network on Disability has over 440 members. We are delighted to welcome the new members who joined our rapidly growing network since April.


  • Dabserv
  • Transurban


  • Ausgrid
  • Publicis Communications Australia


  • Department of Resources
  • Future Super Services
  • Gateway Health
  • Good Sammy Enterprises
  • Jemena

See our complete list of members.