Strengthening Disability Advocacy conference 2014
Champions of change

4 & 5 August @ Melbourne & Olympic Park Convention Centre


Welcome to the Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference 2014, which brings together champions of change from across Australia, representing many sectors and issues.

This conference takes place at a time of great change and importance:

  • the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is being rolled out, with launch sites operating amid much political, policy and practical uncertainty
  • the Victorian state disability plan 2013-2016 has been in place for a year
  • the new Federal Government has been in office for a year and its first Budget has outlined major changes to disability eligibility and support and the defunding of Australia’s Disability Discrimination Commissioner
  • disability advocacy organisations are set to commence the final year of our three year contracts
  • a state election will be held in Victoria in just a few months.

This year’s program therefore seeks to take stock of the dramatic changes we have seen since we met up last in 2012 and the challenges and opportunities we face in the coming years. We want to look at what change has been achieved, how it came about, whether it has delivered what we hoped for, and what our priorities now must be.

We look forward to coming together with you all to:

  • learn more about the big issues facing people with a disability including employment, inclusive education, the justice system and the NDIS
  • discuss new and creative ways to advocate for change
  • meet new people and increase your professional and personal networks.

We hope these two days provide you with much food for thought, lots of connections, and practical tools to help with your work. Of course, we also want to make sure you have some fun too!

Latest news

Conference transcripts online

As you know the audio podcasts from the Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference : Champions of Change have been available online for some time.  The transcripts have been a slower process but DARU is pleased to announce that the transcripts for the following sessions are now available: Captains of Change Working for Change Not another Brick … Continued

More Champions of Change Podcasts

Podcasts for all the sessions are now available.  You can find links to them from the various session pages on the  conference website and also in the forum summaries section on the DARU website. The sessions that are new this week include: Strength in Numbers, VSAN Committee Real Change or Short Changed, kairsty Wilson & Viv Avery Deafblind World, … Continued

Conference podcasts now available

There has been a lot of work behind the scenes since the conference in August to get some resources together.  We are very pleased to announce that all the sessions in the River Room, the main plenary, are now available as audio podcasts from the DARU website. Over the next few weeks the full transcripts … Continued

Self Advocates on their Way

A group of self advocates from FRANS in Sydney were interviewed by James Carlton from Radio National breakfast to discuss their participation at this year’s Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference. Listen or download the interview at:

Registrations have Closed

Ticket sales have now closed for this year’s conference.  The planning committee is looking forward to welcoming delegates next week at Melbourne Park. Delegates attending are advised to check out ‘The Venue’ information that has directions on how to get there and layout and access maps.

Brick Walls and Plans for Champions of Change

Honestly, you’d be mad to miss it – it looks amazing!  The program is finalised and details for all sessions are now available at: Here’s a taster for what’s in store… Not Another Brick in the Wall! Lauren Matthews, Executive Officer, Early Childhood Intervention Australia (ECIA) Victorian Chapter will chair a panel discussion to … Continued
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