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NDIS Workforce Symposium 

Thank you to all who attended this event  on 19th April 2024 at the ParkRoyal Hotel, Parramatta, NSW 

Thank you Sydney!
The NDISLINK Conference and Events NDIS Provider Workforce Symposium on 19th April was hosted at the ParkRoyal Parramatta Hotel and was a resounding success thanks to Speakers and Sponsors 

The event gathered leaders in the field, including Disability Employment Service Providers, WHS Compliance Managers, NDIS Providers, and Consultants in Sydney. Thank you to all who attended. The audience was actively engaged and left with a wealth of information and updates on procedures, practical components, regulations, and matters of the heart. It's clear that high-quality service is crucial to ensuring the well-being and safety of all participants. Remaining compliant, updated, and informed is essential in these ever-evolving times.

We invite all Leaders in this space to join us for future events, including the next NDIS Workforce Symposium scheduled for May 16th in Adelaide at Lakes Resort West Lakes Adelaide.

Pictures from the Event 
Event video is being updated 


Who attended?  

NDIS Providers, Disability Service Providers, CEO's Directors, Managers, Disability Employment Providers , Managers, Coordinators

Please see program below ;

  subject to slight amendment 

8.30am - 9.00am 

Registration and Arrival 

9.00am - 9.15am 
NDISLINK Director 

9.15am - 9.45am 

Lorraine Salloum

Founder and MD 

Ability Advocates

Welcome and Introductions 

Strategies to attract, keep and train workers across the care and support sector to ensure a capable and sufficient disability workforce

Format : Presentation followed by open audience discussion

9.45am - 10.15am 

David Moody 

Management Governance Australia & Workforce Plus inc

Navigating Tomorrow: Crafting Proactive Leadership in Disability Sector Governance

David Moody shares critical insights on proactive leadership's role in the evolving Australian disability sector. Drawing on his extensive experience (including successes and failures!) as a leader and people manager across the public, private and non-profit sectors, David explores the impact of leadership on organisational growth, resilience, and innovation.

This presentation covers key strategies for embedding visionary leadership, leveraging technology, and fostering sustainable practices within governance structures.

For leaders seeking to navigate the sector's future challenges and opportunities.

10.15am - 10.30am 

10.30am - 11.00am 

Ben Watt

Lawyer & Registered Migration Agent

11.00am - 11.30am 

Melissa Owen 
Assistant State Inspector
SafeWork NSW 

11.30am - 12.00pm 

David Moody


Management Governance Australia & Workforce Plus inc

12.00pm - 12.30pm 

Lorraine Salloum 


Ability Advocates 

12.30pm - 1.15pm 

Morning tea 

Employer Sponsored Visas: The answer to the NDIS staffing issues?

Managing psychosocial workplace hazards in the Disability Sector

This presentation will explain -

  • SafeWork NSW and what they do; .

  • WHS laws in NSW and expectation of businesses

  • What are psychosocial hazards and risks?

  • Common psychosocial hazards and risks in the Disability sector.

  • Best practice approach to addressing psychosocial risks

  • Tools and resources to assist

  • Q&A

Energising Our Teams: Strategies for Motivation and Burnout Reduction in the Disability Sector

Leveraging more than three decades of experience as a leader and manager, David Moody addresses the pressing challenges of staff motivation and burnout in community services. 

David draws upon evidence-based solutions for creating supportive work environments, engaging staff, and fostering resilience. 
The presentation highlights the importance of, and how to embed, recognition, work-life balance and professional development in sustaining a motivated workforce. 
Insights for executives looking to reduce burnout and enhance staff well-being across their organisation.

How to proactively work to prevent and respond to allegations of violence, abuse, neglect discrimination and exploitation 


1.45pm - 2.15pm 

Laure-Elise Kenworthy

Senior Workplace Relations Consultant

HR Assured 

Explaining the proposed Fair Work Amendment Closing Loopholes Bill

Laure-Elise will discuss: 

  1. Fair Work Amendment Closing Loopholes Bill

  2. Same job, same pay

  3. Workplace delegates rights

  4. Wage theft offence

  5. Small business redundancy exemption

  6. Increased discrimination protections

  7. Industrial manslaughter offence

  8. Closing Loopholes No.2

2.15pm - 2.45pm  

Tania Gomez

Tania Gomez Consulting 

Understand the minimum requirements for complaints and incident management systems for all persons receiving funding under the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 (NDIS Act) including how to deal with reportable incidents


Tania will discuss: 

  • What are the requirements for complaints and incident management systems 

  • Practice standards requirements 

  • NDIS rule requirements 

  • Common non conformances 

  • Tips to document this at audit 

2.45pm - 3.30pm   

Tania Gomez

Tania Gomez Consulting 

The Essentials of NDIS Mandatory Reporting: What Every Provider Needs to Know

This session will cover ; 

  • What is an incident 

  • What is a reportable incidents

  • Timeframes for reporting

  • Recent enforcement actions 

  • Provider pain points 

  • Training staff on incident reporting 

  • Developing a robust incident reporting system

3.30pm - 4.00pm  

Q & A, 

4.00pm - 5.30pm 

Networking and close 

Program subject to change slightly ** 

Key Note Speakers 

The Agenda and Speaker panel  is accurate at the time and may slightly change due to any unforeseen circumstances* 

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