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National Leaders' Forum

National Leaders' Forums are designed as interactive one-day strategic sessions, and are aimed at CEO and management personnel.

They are a chance to meet with the board and staff, and to address topical sector issues and developments with colleagues from across the sector.

  • Forums are members only.
  • Traditionally, we host two forums per year. 

“The one day forum is perfect…Worth the investment.”

The 2017 National Leaders’ Forum is of critical importance. It will be held at the Hotel Realm, Canberra on 27 April 2017. This Leaders' Forum will is scheduled two weeks prior to the federal budget and timed to hold maximum information of what the new DES will look like, including the likely procurement process.

Fitting with the historic moment and the changes and challenges ahead, DEA will have prominent guest speakers to challenge members at this Leaders’ Forum. In different sessions through the day, speakers will present on:

  • How choice and control works in disability services
  • The procurement model
  • The NDIS and how economic participation will feature in people’s plans

We have invited The Hon. Jane Prentice MP, the Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services, to the forum with a keynote address on what 2017 and 2018 will look like. We are eager to hear the Minister’s ideas on employer engagement, best practice employment assistance and how these factors will contribute to improved disability employment services in Australia.

We have also invited James Christian PSM, Group Manager, Disability, Employment and Carers, Department of Social Services. We expect James will appraise the proposed new-look DES and the role of DES providers. Through the last two years DSS has worked with the sector to co-design the future model, so this is a timely opportunity to hear from James about where we are and the immediate next steps to the future of DES.

There will be a panel of high performing providers to discuss their best practice and the innovative practices they engage to deliver 4 and 5 star results.

However, the day will begin, based on feedback from our most recent Leaders’ Forum in Sydney, with an open floor discussion on the current DES programme, transition, and the journey to 2018.

Our Leaders’ Forum promises to be stimulating, challenging, informative and of value. Come along, if you want to learn and share and network!

Our National Leaders’ Forum is synonymous with forward thinking, and engaged, pragmatic debate. It is a place where you can test the best of your strategic thinking with the best in the sector.

We look forward to meeting with you in Canberra on 27 April 2017.

Who should attend?

The Disability Employment Australia Leaders' Forum is a members-only event. 
Attendees include senior Disability Employment Services staff, with particular focus on managers and CEOs.


  • One-day 
  • Interactive discussions including Q&A

Contact Information

For more information, please contact Helen Roland at  Disability Employment Australia. 
Phone: (03) 9012 6000
Email: events@disabilityemployment.org.au

Presentations from past forums

Download presentations from past Leaders' Forums

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