Media Release by The Hon Amanda Rishworth MP

Conferences more accessible for people with disability

Australians with disability will be supported to attend conferences across the country, thanks to $350,000 from the Gillard Government under the National Disability Conference Initiative.

Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers Amanda Rishworth, today announced 34 conference organisers will receive grants of up to $12,000 to assist people with disability and their carers to attend a range of disability-focused conferences in 2013-2014.

“Conferences are a wonderful opportunity for people from all walks of life, including disability advocates and leading academics, to come together to learn and share experiences,” Ms Rishworth said.

“Conferences support professional development and provide an opportunity for people with disability to further develop their leadership skills. Sadly, people with disability can still face barriers in accessing them. It is through initiatives like this that the Gillard Government is helping ensure that people with disability have the same opportunities as other Australians to fulfill their potential and participate fully in community life.

“This funding will ensure conferences that are focused on improving the lives of people with disability are more accessible and inclusive. This way more people with disability can get involved, be informed and have their say. We need more voices contributing to the national conversation around disability.

“The grants will be used to assist with the costs of conference fees, accommodation and travel for people with disability and their carers. Services such as Auslan interpreters, live captioning services, hearing loops, note-takers for people who are deaf and hearing impaired, and conference materials in a range of alternative formats such as Braille or larger font can also be covered.”

DisabilityCare Australia will fundamentally transform the way we support people with disability, their families and their carers.

“That’s why in the Federal Budget Labor provided $14.3 billion over seven years to 2018-19 to roll out DisabilityCare Australia nationally, on top of existing Commonwealth disability funding. This long term funding security will provide people with significant and permanent disability, their families and carers the certainty that they deserve,” Ms Rishworth said.

“DisabilityCare Australia will give people with disability, their families and carers the care and support they need over their lifetimes, and choice and control over the services they receive.

“In just over a month, DisabilityCare Australia will become a reality for about 26,000 people with disability, their families and carers in five locations across the country.

“Once the scheme is fully rolled out, DisabilityCare Australia will provide support for around 460,000 people who have a significant and permanent disability that results in substantially reduced capacity to participate in activities of daily living, as well as for people with disability for whom evidence shows would benefit from early intervention supports.”

Organisations receiving National Disability Conference Initiative funding are:


Conference Title



Queensland Advocacy

National Restrictive Practices Conference, Brisbane

3 Oct 2013


Illawara Disability Trust

2014 National Dual Diagnosis Conference, Sydney

24 Feb 2014


Association of Consultants in Access Australia

Towards Universal Design the Future of Access, Sydney

18 Nov 2013


Cerebral Palsy League of Queensland

Live the Life You Choose, Brisbane

16 Nov 2013


Australian Communications Consumer Action Network Limited

M-Enabling Australasia 2013, NSW

14 Aug 2013


Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education Ltd

Australasian Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Conference, Brisbane

19 Nov 2013


Community Resource Unit Incorporated

25 years of CRU Conference, Brisbane

13 Sept 2013


Vision Australia

Vision Australia Texpo 2013, Victoria

30 Aug 2013


Deaf Society of NSW

The 2nd International Conference of the World Federation of the Deaf, Sydney

16 Oct 2013


Julia Farr Association

Young People Together – Let’s Talk Leadership and Empowerment, Adelaide

15 Apr


Able Australia Services

Let’s Connect Conference, Brisbane

14 Oct 2013


Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability – NSW

2013 ASID National Conference, Research to Practice, Our Time, Sydney

6 Nov 2013


Rosie’s Place Incorporrated

Finding A Way-Breaking down barriers to a just response for children and young people with cognitive impairment who have experienced or are at risk of sexual abuse, Sydney

6 May 2014


Spinal Cord Injuries Australia Ltd

Spinal Cord Injuries Australia 2014 Independence Expo, Sydney

3 May 2014


Northside Community Forum Incorporated

Designing the Future Through Choice Enablement Arts and Disability, Sydney

11 Mar 2014


Stroke Association of Queensland Inc

SMART STROKES 2013 9th Australasian Nursing & Allied Health Stroke Conference Risk, Recovery and Reorganisation, Brisbane

22 Aug 2013


People with Multiple Sclerosis Victoria Incorporated

Living with Multiple Sclerosis, Victoria

3 May 2014


Haemophilia Foundation Australia

WFH 2014 World Congress, Melbourne

11 May 2014


National Disability Services

NDS Employment Forum & Workability International Conference 2013, Gold Coast

8 Oct 2013


Deafness Forum of Australia Ltd


3 May 2014


Round Table for Information Access for People with Print Disabilities

Round Table on Information Access Annual Conference, Brisbane

3 May 2014


People With Disability Australia Incorporated

Stop the Violence National Symposium – Improving Service Delivery for Women and Girls with Disabilities, Sydney

18 Oct 2013


Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA)

FECCA 2013 Conference – Breaking down the barriers – A strength-based approach for a just society, Gold Coast

7 Nov 2013


Victorian Advocacy League for Individuals with Disability Inc

Having a Say Conference 2014, Victoria

5 Feb 2014


Australian Sign Language Interpreters’ Association, Inc.

ANC 2013 — All in a Day’s Work, NSW

19 Oct 2013


Albinism Fellowship of Australia

Fair GO 2013 Albinism Fellowship of Australia 5th Biennial Conference, Sydney

11 Oct 2013


Belonging Matters Inc

One Person at a Time – What Could Be, Victoria

13 Aug 2013


Disability Employment Australia

Australia’s Disability Employment Conference 2013, Adelaide

7 Aug 2013


Speak Out Association of Tasmania Inc.

Speak Out Self Advocacy Conference 2013 (Choose your Future, Change your Life), Hobart

18 Oct 2013


Blind Citizens Australia

Blind Citizens Australia 2013 National Convention, Embracing Change, Sydney

26 Oct 2013


Trigeminal Neuralgia Association Australia Inc

The Road to Pain Relief Begins with You TNA Australia 5th National Conference, Gold Coast

26 Oct 2013


Short Statured People of Australia

2013 SSPA Annual National Convention, Tasmania

29 Sept 2013


Metabolic Dietary Disorders Association Croydon

Enabling and Empowering a better You, Victoria

21 Feb 2014


Arthritis Foundation of Victoria Incorporated

Living Well with Musculoskeletal Conditions – Overcoming the impact of disability on day to day activities, Melbourne

25 May 2014