First Annual Disability Legal and Regulatory Conference - special rate for delegates from disability service organisations
27 and 28 October 2016
Sheraton Hotel, Melbourne

Australia’s disability sector is experiencing a massive change, with the coming roll-out of the NDIS and the Senate Inquiry into institutional abuse.  At the same time, community awareness of the needs of persons with disabilities is leading to very significant changes to policy and regulation in the field.

It is vital now, more than ever, for disability service providers and legal practitioners to be across the ever-shifting landscape. The conference examines the myriad of legal and regulatory issues facing the sector, including the role of the NDIS, community participation, discrimination and estate planning issues.

Thursday 27 October 2016


Morning Chair:  Libby Klein, Principal Lawyer, Melbourne (Legal, governance and strategic advisor for charities, Not for Profits and social enterprises) 

  • First Keynote Address: NDIA – Overview of the Legal Framework of the National Disability Insurance Scheme - Andrew Ford, Corporate Counsel, National Disability Insurance Agency
  • Not for Profit Organisations in a NDIS Landscape - Joseph Connellan, Director, MC Two, Melbourne
  • Support Services and Entitlements for People with Disabilities - Alistair Macpherson, Director, Corney & Lind, Brisbane

Disability, Society and the Community

Afternoon Chair:  Therese McCarthy, Barrister, Victorian Bar, Melbourne

  • Second Keynote: Human Rights and People with Disabilities - Therese Sands, Co-Chief Executive Officer, People With Disability, and Director, Australian Cross Disability Alliance, Sydney
  • Affordable and Accessible Disability Accommodation: Pipe Dream or Potential Reality? - Michael Bleasdale, Chief Executive Officer, Home Modifications Australia (MOD.A), Sydney – and Joseph Connellan, Director, MC Two, Melbourne
  • Dealing With Institutional Abuse – Rights of People with Disabilities and Responses to Abuse - Emma Turner, Special Counsel, Russell Kennedy, Melbourne
  • Disability and Discrimination: Breaking the Barriers to Community Participation - Ben Fogarty, Barrister, Denman Chambers, Sydney

Friday 28 October 2016

Disability and Employment

  • Disability at Work:  Legal Obligations with Practical Outcomes - Magda Marciniak, Special Counsel, Justitia, Melbourne
  • Employment Law Issues for Disability Service Providers: Know Your Achilles’ Heel - Stephen Booth, Principal, Coleman Greig Lawyers, Sydney

Estate Planning, Capacity and Tax

  • Estate Planning for Beneficiaries With Disabilities - Allan Swan, Director, Estate Planning Equation, Melbourne
  • Guardianship and Decision Making:  Ethical and Legal Dilemmas Involving People with Intellectual Disabilities - Brian Herd, Partner, CRH Law, Brisbane
  • Tax and Disability: Concessions, Exemptions and Entitlement - Nathan Yii, Principal, Nathan Yii Lawyers, Melbourne

Important information

The conference venue is accessible for people using wheelchairs and is equipped with a hearing loop.  Conference materials will be available in accessible electronic form upon request to our conference executive Jenna Pickrell @ or call her direct on (03) 8601 7729. 

If you have any other access requirements in order to particulate fully, please let us know in the comments box on the brochure registration form or in the online registration form, or contact Jenna.  To ensure that we can cater to your need, we will need to know your special requirements no later than 13.10.2016.

There will be no charge for carers supporting disabled persons at the conference.

If you would wish to receive an MS Word version of the conference program, please contact Jenna Pickrell (contact details above).

This registration option is only for delegates from disability service organisations.  Please use the other registration option online if you are not from a disability service organisation.

Product Code: MDSOCT16
 Price:   $1,925.00 (Inclusive of GST)
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