Strengthening Disability Advocacy conference 2014
Champions of change

4 & 5 August @ Melbourne & Olympic Park Convention Centre

Laurie Harkin

Photo of Laurie Harkin, Disability Services Commissioner

Disability Services Commissioner

Laurie is Victoria’s inaugural Disability Services Commissioner and his Office (DSC) commenced operation on 1 July 2007 in accordance with provisions of the Disability Act 2006. Commissioner Harkin brings extensive senior experience to this role, having worked in a range of social and community services, including disability services, over a period of three decades. During that time, Commissioner Harkin has been a senior executive within state and local government agencies, non-government services and in the private sector. In 2013, Commissioner Harkin was appointed as a member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the community, particularly through the care and protection of people with a disability.


Captains of change: Q&A with Commissioners, Public Advocate and Senior Practitioner

Monday 4th August, 2014: 3:30am - 5:00am

This conversation, moderated by Graeme Innes, former Disability Discrimination Commissioner, challenges thinking on ways to influence change. Panellists are asked about the way they advocate for change and how they use their positions of authority to safeguard the rights of people with a disability. How does this help advocates in their work? And what do they see as the hot topics?