Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference 2024
Shaping Tomorrow, Empowering Today: Leading the Way for Disability Rights

Thursday 19th September, 2024 | NAB The Hall , 700 Bourke Street, Docklands


We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to see real change for people with disability as a result of the Disability Royal Commission into violence abuse neglect and exploitation and also with the NDIS review.

While we will have the government’s response soon, there will still be work that needs to be done to ensure that we speak with one voice and push for the recommendations that we believe are vital, to be implemented. We must keep up the pressure and ensure sustained attention on the importance of these findings.

What do we need to do as a State to ensure that the rights of people with disability to live their lives free from violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation, and also have robust, strong foundational supports, outside of the NDIS?

Where does Victoria need to go from here, and what is the role for disability advocacy to steer this in the right direction?

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Thursday 19th September, 2024

Registration and Tea and Coffee

Time: 9:00am - 9:30am

Location: NAB Hall Foyer

Conference Opening

Time: 9:30am - 9:45am

Location: NAB Hall

Speaker: Melissa Hale, DARU Coordinator

Welcome from VCOSS

Time: 9:45am - 10:00am

Location: Nab Hall

Keynote: Nothing about us without us: Advocates Leading from Lived Experience:

Time: 10:00am - 11:00am

Location: NAB Hall

Speaker: Christina Ryan, Chief Executive Officer, Disability Leadership Institute

Morning Tea

Time: 11:00am - 11:30am

Location: NAB Hall Foyer

Workshop: Disability Royal Commission 

Time: 11:30am - 12:30pm

Location: NAB Hall


Time: 12:30pm - 1:15pm

Location: NAB Hall Foyer


Time: 1:15pm - 1:45pm

Location: Nab Hall

In Conversation……

Time: 1:45pm - 2:15pm


Panel Discussion: Making Victoria the Safer State- Safeguarding People with disability against Violence Abuse Neglect and Exploitation

Time: 2:15pm - 3:00pm

Location: NAB Hall

Afternoon Tea

Time: 3:00pm - 3:30pm

Location: NAB Hall Foyer

Presentation: Playing the Political Game 

Time: 3:30pm - 4:00pm


Wrap-up and Conference close

Time: 4:00pm - 4:15pm

Location: NAB Hall

Speaker: Melissa Hale, DARU Coordinator


Christina Ryan, CEO and Founder of the Disability Leadership Institute

In 2016 Christina Ryan took one of the most radical steps in her long career of activism and change making: she put the two words disability and leadership into the...

Dan Stubbs, Victorian Disability Worker Commissioner

Dan Stubbs is the Victorian Disability Worker Commissioner and is the head of the Commission. He was appointed in October 2019 by the Governor-in-Council. As the Commissioner, Dan is responsible...

Inkrewsive, Hip Hop Group

Inkrewsive is a collective of hip hop artists who live with disability, neurodiversity and complex mental health. Their music serves as a compelling platform for storytelling, pushing boundaries, and advocating...

Melissa Hale, Manager, Disability Advocacy Resource Unit

Melissa Hale is the Manager of Disability Advocacy Resource Unit auspiced by the Victorian Council of Social Services (VCOSS) and Disability Advocacy Victoria which resources and builds the capacity of...

Tanya Harding, Team Leader, Advocacy and NDIS Appeals, Rights Information and Advocacy Centre

I am a Team Leader of Advocacy and NDIS Appeals and works for the Rights Information and Advocacy Centre. (RIAC) As a disability advocate, I am deeply committed to promoting...


National Australia Bank have created a hub in Melbourne’s CBD with a range of meeting rooms and technologies available to NAB customers in a modern, architecturally interesting building.

The building design incorporates access features including talking lifts with tactile buttons, accessible toilet on the same level as The Hall and safe taxi drop off and pick up point. Being located right next to Southern Cross station with entrance directly from the Bourke Street concourse further adds to the access credentials.

These facilities are offered to NAB not-for-profit customers free of charge. DARU is pleased to take advantage of this offer and we look forward to welcoming you here in September.

Getting There

The Hall is located on level 3.  There are two main entrances:

  1. Bourke Street concourse (the pedestrian bridge extension of Bourke Street) – level 2
  2. Taxi drop off – level P1 (see taxi information below for details)

From both the concourse and P1 entrances there is lift, escalator and stair options to take you to Level 3.  Look out for the volunteers to ask directions. They’ll be waring red vests with a fire logo.

If you need assistance at either Southern Cross or Flinders Street stations, get in touch with Travellers Aid.   They provide a buggy service, mobility aid hire and companion assistance amongst other things.

Here’s information to assist your journey in getting there…


Southern Cross Station is virtually on the doorstep which is very convenient as most metropolitan lines, and all regional lines, go through Southern Cross.

Coming from a train platform at Southern Cross Station:

  1. Head to the northern end of the platform (the Etihad stadium end).
  2. Take the lift up to the Bourke Street concourse.
  3. Once you reach the concourse, turn left.

You should see the NAB building almost immediately as it is the first building on the right over the tracks. Once inside the very impressive atrium, take the escalator directly in front of you, or the lift on the right, up one level to The Hall.


Trams that stop at Southern Cross station include:

  • Spencer Street routes – 12, 48, 75, 96, 109 & City Circle
  • Collins Street routes – 11, 12, 42 & 109
  • Bourke Street routes – 86 & 96


The taxi drop off point at 700 Bourke Street is located opposite the Channel Nine studios. The taxi rank located outside Platform 28 night club can also be used as a drop off point. The Platform 23 rank is recommended as the pick up point when booking taxis for return journeys home.

Getting to NAB from the Platform 23 rank:

  1. Cross at the pedestrian lights.
  2. Turn right and follow the footpath to the NAB entrance. You have arrived at level P1.
  3. Go to level 3 using either the lift or escalator.
  4. On level 3, The Hall is located to the right of the escalator.


Etihad Stadium’s car park provides 24-hour security and surveillance seven days a week. The fully covered and underground facility is located only a short walking distance from NAB.

Visit the website for  information on rates or to book your space in advance online:

Note: Event discounts are only applicable for events held at the stadium.



  • Ticket type: Full Delegate
    Ticket description: For organisations, government and individuals.
    Price: $75.00
  • Ticket type: Concession Delegate
    Ticket description: For DSP recipients, concession card holders and students.
    Price: $35.00

Payment Options

Credit Card: This is the preferred payment method. The platform used to manage secure transactions is PayPal.

Invoice: You can request to pay via invoice, we will send you an invoice separately once you have booked your tickets through Humanitix.

Cash: Will not be accepted for this event.

Check In

Tickets are NOT available at the door on the day and entry will be denied to anyone who is not on the attendee list. We need to be strict because the room capacity is dictated by OH&S restrictions.

On the day, go to the registration desk to check-in and receive your pass and program.

Cancelation and Refunds

Tickets for this event are not refundable. However, tickets are transferrable. If you can no longer attend, contact DARU to change the details on your ticket.

Access Information

Companion Card is accepted for this event. Contact DARU to arrange:
T: (03) 9639 5807
E: [email protected]

Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference 2024

Shaping Tomorrow, Empowering Today: Leading the Way for Disability Rights


NAB Hall, 700 Bourke Street, Docklands


Thursday 19th September, 2024


$35 - $75


Bookings open!

NAB The Hall
700 Bourke Street, Docklands