Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference 2023
Other lifeboats in the ocean

Mon 4 Sept 2023 | 10am - 4:30pm

Julie Phillips

Photo of Julie Phillips, Disability advocacy Victoria

Disability advocacy Victoria

Julie Phillips has been working in the disability sector for over 30 years.  As a Community Worker for the Victorian Deaf Society, Julie began advocating for members of the Deaf Community and supporting their rights to equal access in 1989 and continues that involvement to date.

Currently, Julie is Manager of the Disability Discrimination Legal Service, and a Disability Advocate who specialises in using human rights legislation to assist people with disabilities gain their rights.

Julie’s special area of interest is children with disabilities and their access to education. Her priorities are the use of evidence based approaches to education, and the cessation of violence and abuse against students with disabilities who display behaviours of concern.

Julie was awarded the National Disability Advocacy award in 2015 .  She is a member of various Boards, Working and Reference Groups whose aim is to support the rights of people with disabilities.


All hands on deck: Implementing effective inclusion

Monday 4th September, 2023: 3:10pm - 4:15pm

With a tidal wave of evidence and research providing practical recommendations on how to remove barriers and make things better, why is implementing them all at sea?  Some gains have been made in universal access and there are protections for people with disability under discrimination law, but mostly it feels like rationing to ships biscuits.