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Essential Conversations Online Series

Run over two weeks, ‘Essential Conversations’ is an online series of thought-provoking briefings and masterclasses that cover topical issues that may be controversial (and perhaps not discussed...

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Essential Conversations Online Series

banner with image of elephant and text reading Essential Conversations: Acknowledging when there is an elephant in the room
Location: National (online)
Date: 12/08/2022 to 26/08/2022
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The ‘Essential Conversations’ is an online series of briefings and masterclasses that will start on 12 August and run for two weeks.

Sessions will be thought-provoking and cover topical issues that may be controversial (and perhaps not discussed openly enough).

All sessions will be offered as a single event, so you can choose one or several sessions, depending on your interests.

Sessions will be interactive and recorded and available on-demand for ticket holders.

Themes include the future of the NDIS, governance, DES, Supported Employment, Support Coordination and the essential conversations providers should be having with the new government.

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Plus a range of professional development masterclasses to complement the sessions. New sessions will be added each week in the lead-up to the launch on 12 August.

Who Should Attend?

The series is specifically for middle managers, senior managers, and CEOs in the disability sector who want to stay up to date on key issues and emerging themes, and the work underway to address them. More than 500 delegates are expected. 

Event Details

Date: Sessions will run from Friday, 12 August to Friday, 26 August 2022. New sessions added weekly in the lead-up to the launch.
Time: Between 11.00am and 5.00pm AEST
Location: Online

How does it work?

The 'Essential Conversations' series will be online and live streamed. Each session is interactive. We’ll be listening to your comments, concerns, and feedback. Let's use the power of our ‘hive mind’.

During the registration process, you will be able to select one or more sessions to attend, including the first session free. You will also be able to register for one or more people to attend the sessions.

Tickets include ongoing access to an on-demand session link, so if you can’t make a session, a recording and complementary resources will be available. (The Essential Conversations series is designed with flexibility in mind so that even the busiest managers in our sector can stay on the pulse.)


Friday, 12 AugustReset or rebuild: Has the NDIS lost its way? (First session free)
Tuesday, 16 AugustNavigating financial stress
Wednesday, 17 AugustSupport Coordination: Navigating conflict of interest and boundaries
Wednesday, 17 AugustSupported decision-making and the role of providers
Thursday, 18 AugustViolence in shared living homes
Wednesday, 24 AugustWill another workforce plan save us?
Thursday, 25 AugustCan poor governance lead to criminal charges?
Thursday, 25 AugustBenchmarking for provider sustainability
Thursday, 25 AugustThe Future of SDA: Have we got the settings right?
Friday, 26 AugustIs DES broken?
Friday, 26 AugustThe future of Supported Employment
Tuesday, 16 AugustDignity of risk
Thursday, 18 August Essential conversations disability services should be having with the new government
Tuesday, 23 AugustThe future of WHS and HR in the disability sector
Tuesday, 23 AugustIncident reporting and investigation

Register for first session free 

Our first session will be an opportunity to hear from Laurie Leigh, NDS CEO and other members of the NDS management team, on ‘Reset or Rebuild’ and a reflection on the first principles of the NDIS.

NDS is pleased to offer this session FREE to all NDS Members, Organisational Associates and Industry Supporters when any other briefing or Essential Conversations ticket is purchased (one briefing ticket per transaction).

Register now for one or more sessions


Prices per Briefing:

  • Early bird NDS Member/ Organisational Associate: $79
  • Early bird NDS Industry Supporter: $89
  • Early bird Non-member: $139
  • NDS Member / Organisational Associate: $89
  • NDS Industry Supporter: $99
  • Non-member: $149

Prices per Masterclass:

  • Early bird NDS Member / Organisational Associate: $169
  • Early bird NDS Industry Supporter: $195
  • Early bird Non-member: $220
  • NDS Member / Organisational Associate: $179
  • NDS Industry Supporter: $205
  • Non-member: $230

Registrations close at midnight the day prior to each session.

Early bird pricing refers to registrations booked prior to 11.59pm, 12 August 2022 AEST.

Register for three sessions and received a 10 per cent discount.

Group registration applies to three or more delegates attending the event from the same organisation, booked collectively. Additional attendees cannot be added to the group booking after the initial booking has been made.

Register now for one or more sessions


Sponsorship opportunities are available! If you are interested in supporting the 'Essential Conversations' series, learn more below from our sponsor prspectus. Or contact the Conference and Events team for a discussion submit enquiry/feedback

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