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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.”

Date:  22 November 2018
Time: 9am to 4.30pm. AGM from 4.45pm to 5.15pm. Networking drinks 4.30pm to 6.15pm
Venue: Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport

The November Leaders' Forum is an exclusive opportunity for DES CEOs and senior management, including Board members, to take part in an open dialogue on the first five months of the new DES.
This forum will give DES sector leaders the chance to review what is working and what can be improved. This is a big picture meeting, considering the financials, compliance, performance framework, strategic imperatives and employer engagements.
The timing of the forum could not be better. The new DES is coming up to six months, NDIS interface is becoming clearer, and the federal election looms.
DSS and NDIA bureaucrats will be on hand to listen to the Forum's core messages. They will provide their perspective – both quantitatively and qualitatively – on the status of the new DES and its projections as well as the existing and emerging connections between the NDIS and DES.
The forum will raise and consider a range of questions, including:

  • Has the DES sector settled enough to now strategically and operationally move beyond the transition? 
  • How is the new performance framework working in view of the aims of the new DES?
  • Are we delivering holistic, person-centred assistance and, if not, how do we get there?
  • What can government do to assist your work with employers?
  • Are we seeing best practice performance and quality service delivery in this market driven model?
  • Where are we at with the NDIS and what more can we know to better operate in the NDIS?
  • Does the current DES sector have the capability to work with core NDIS participant cohorts?
  • Where is the assessment system review at?
  • How can DES providers better engage with the review of the jobactive program?

 The Leaders' Forum is designed to build your capacity to deliver on these questions. It is your chance to ask questions and give frank and fearless feedback on the new DES. And also to build the intersections with NDIS, jobactive and the mental health reforms.

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 Sydney on 22 November 2018.

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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