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The Live Work and Play: NSW the State of Inclusion conference was held in May 2017 at the International Convention Centre, Sydney.

This unique two-day event brought together over 600 people with disability, disability inclusion policy leaders, practitioners and community stakeholders and all levels of government to experience the 70 local and international presenters, and 30 tradeshow exhibitors and to showcase the progress NSW has made in implementing the NSW Disability Inclusion Plan.

The program included keynote and plenary sessions focusing on the conference themes of employment, accessible tourism, building liveable communities accessible technology. There were focused workshops targeting disability inclusion across multicultural settings, across the NSW public sector and in the Arts

“the best part of the conference has been the connections I have made with people I probably would not have met otherwise” –   LWP 2017 Delegate

A highlight of the conference was the launch of the See the Possibilities campaign by the Minister for Disability Services, the Hon. Ray Williams MP. The conference also showcased the International Convention Centre as a venue that is inclusive and welcoming to those with disability.

The conference outcomes echoed the message that New South Wales is the State of Inclusion.

The Program and links to the presentations and other material is available for Day 1 and Day 2 of the conference.



Opening address by the NSW Minister for Disability Services and the launch of the See the Possibilities disability employment campaign

Key note presentations

Dr Karen Wolffe (Austin, Texas)
Sandra Chipchase (CEO Destination NSW)

Conference presentations

Presentations from over 25 industry and policy leaders focusing on the themes of employment for people with disability, inclusive tourism and planning liveable communities, and assistive technology and accessible IT.

Focused Workshops

Workshops focusing on Disability Employment in the NSW Public Sector, Multicultural Disability and Disability and the Arts.

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Key note presentations

Mark McLane (Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Barclays Bank, London) and Professor Hung Nguyen (University of Technology, Sydney).

Conference presentations and facilitated workshops

Presentations across four concurrent sessions featuring more than 20 speakers with stimulating and thought provoking discussion in the four facilitated workshops shaping the future for disability inclusion in NSW.

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Conference themes

The conference featured keynote addresses from Australian and international though leaders on the three conference themes Live, Work and Play which relate to the priority areas as set out in the NSW Disability Inclusion Plan 2015:

  • Employment for people with disability
  • Inclusive Tourism and planning Liveable Communities
  • Assistive technology and accessible IT to enhance inclusion for people with disability

Focused workshops on employment in the NSW Public Sector, Multicultural Disability Inclusion, Inclusion and the Arts and an Innovation incubator

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