Australia-International Disability Alliance Reception, United Nations headquarters

As many of you know, Australia was one of the original state signatories to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (‘the Convention’). Accessibility is a priority for Australia’s international engagement in development, humanitarian and human rights.

Parliamentary Friends Group for Eye Health and Vision Care Dinner

The Parliamentary Friends group remind us of the values and principles that bind all of us in this iconic place. Eye health and vision care is a cause we can and should support. I commend Vision 2020 on advocating for the elimination of preventable blindness and vision loss for close to twenty years. Vision 2020 is a strong voice in ensuring Australia meets our obligations to the World Health Organisation’s Universal Eye Health: a global action plan 2014-2019.

2017 National Disability Awards

The Government is committed to improving the lives of People with Disability. Today, the International Day of People with Disability, we celebrate your achievements and commit to continuing to work towards a more inclusive community.

Disability Employment Australia (DEA) National Leaders Forum

I welcome the opportunity to talk to you today about the work the Australian Government is doing to improve employment supports for people with disability. Rick and his team from Disability Employment Australia are passionate about working closely with Government to ensure that we hear your feedback so we can build a better system.

National NDIS Mental Health Conference

The creation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (the NDIS) and what this means for people with psychosocial disability.

Committee for Economic Development of Australia Health Series

The NDIS offers significant hope for a better future for people with disability, and since its inception, we have seen it bring with it a new way of doing business for disability services.

National Carers Week Launch 2017

National Carers Week Launch and Gala Lunch 2017

Opening of ‘Changing Places’ facility at Brisbane Airport

Achievements such as this ‘Changing Places’ facility here at our Brisbane Airport is an excellent demonstration of what can be achieved when whole communities work together to address the challenges that people with disability face every day.

Disability Employment Australia (DEA) Conference 2017

Thank you for inviting me to attend the Disability Employment Australia annual conference. I imagine there will be a lot of discussion on changes to the DES program, and the disability sector more broadly. The program changes announced earlier this year are a culmination of extensive consultations with DES providers, employers, and people with disability. DEA has been instrumental in these consultations, working with Government to find ways to improve the performance of DES so that more people with disability achieve the social, emotional and financial benefits that work brings.

Down Syndrome Australia Strategy Meeting 2017

Thank you for inviting me to talk to you today. I am sorry I can’t be with you in person for your Strategy Day, but I do want to congratulate you all for the incredibly important work you do at Down Syndrome Australia. I want to acknowledge your efforts in breaking down barriers for people with Down Syndrome by raising awareness and making communities more inclusive.

Project Open Doors launch

Whilst we hear a lot about the National Disability Insurance Scheme, that will only support 460,000 Australians with permanent and debilitating disability. There are another 3.8 million Australians who identify as living with disability – probably someone you know. Most people may have a relative or a friend who identifies with disability and these people like us want to lead the life that they choose and we need to do more to support them.

Opening of NDIA Local Area Co-ordination office Toowoomba

Thank you for inviting me to the opening of the National Disability Insurance Agency’s Local Area Co-Ordination office here in Toowoomba.

BUSHkids Conference 2017 Opening

As Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services and Patron of the Friends of BUSHkids, I am honoured today to open the BUSHkids conference. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a major reform, giving choice and control to people with disability, and our Partners in the Community, such as BUSHkids, play a key role in implementing it.

Announcement of the Information, Linkages and Capacity-Building National Readiness Grant Recipients

Today I’m here to announce the successful recipients of the recent Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) National Readiness Grant Round, a vital component of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Address to the Australian Network on Disability’s Ninth Annual Conference

I am delighted to be able to join you for Australian Network on Disability’s ninth Annual National Conference, to talk about how we can support and maximise the potential of people with disability, so they can participate equally and fully in our society.

Opening address for the 2017 National Disability Services’ Annual Conference ‘Disability at work: Unleashing potential’

I am delighted to be at your 2017 National Disability Services annual conference. The theme of your conference – ‘Disability at Work: Unleashing Potential’ – highlights a key issue and an area of opportunity for people with disability. Disability employment, is as many of you are aware, one of my key focus areas.

NDS CEO Conference

Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for the opportunity to speak at your 2016 National Disability Services CEO Meeting. As I have said many times, this is a transformational time for the disability sector. In July of this year the National Disability Insurance Scheme began the three year transition to full scheme.

Launch of National Disability and Carers Advisory Council

Ladies and gentlemen, I am delighted to be here today to launch the National Disability and Carers Advisory Council.

National Disability Awards 2016

Speech for the 2016 National Disability Awards

Launch of Disability Employment Services discussion paper

We are rating at the moment 21 out of 29 OECD countries for disability employment. That is frankly not good enough. If it was an Olympic sport there would probably be an outcry from the community. So this discussion paper will help us identify people who are doing it the right way, the successful way.