Inclusive Learning Conference 2016

Supporting Successful Engagement in Education and Vocational Preparation

Friday 10 June 2016

Monash University Peninsula, Campus McMahons Rd, Frankston

Keynote: Jeanette Purkis

Believe in the potential

Jeanette Purkis is an author, public speaker, public servant and autism self-advocate. In between writing books and working for the Australian Public Service in Canberra, Jeanette frequently gives talks about living well with Autism and mental illness including the Asia Pacific Autism Conference 2015, Aspect Autism in Education Conference 2014, TEDx Canberra and more recently in Melbourne when Temple Grandin came to speak. She hosts her own internet radio show, facilitates a women’s support group and is an ambassador for a number of Autism organisations. She also featured in the ABC documentary Alone in a Crowded Room.

Target: Professional’s with an interest in learning and education for people with disability aged 14 years and over with complex learning needs

  • Stream One: Inclusive practice in education
  • Steam Two: Mentoring and vocational preparation
  • Early Bird $100
  • Late registration $150
  • Stalls $50

Early Bird Participant and Stall Registrations now open

Important dates

  • Call for Presentation Papers Open 23 November 2015
  • Early Bird Registrations Open 1 February 2016
  • Call for Presentation Papers Close 22 February 2016
  • Early Bird Registrations Close 25 April 2016

Registrations Close 30 May 2016

For further information about the Inclusive Learning Conference 2016

Webinar: Supporting Tertiary Students with Disabilities

ADCET in partnership with The National Centre for Vocational Education Research is excited to bring you a webinar showcasing the finding from a recently released research project ‘Supporting tertiary students with disabilities: Exploring the use of individualised and institution-level approaches in practice’.

This webinar will be presented by two of the researchers, Dr Annie Venville and Professor Ellie Fossey is to be held Thursday 10 March, 1pm – 2pm AEDT.

Research aim: To improve understanding of the range and impact of individual reasonable adjustments and institution level learning supports on the learning experience for tertiary students experiencing disability or ongoing ill-health.

This study investigated the provision of supports for students with disabilities in tertiary education from the viewpoints of three key stakeholder groups: i) tertiary students experiencing disability or ongoing ill-health; ii) specialist disability service staff; and iii) teaching staff with course or curriculum leadership roles.

Key findings

  • Supporting students with disabilities to participate in tertiary education is a complex process in practice. This process includes identifying, negotiating and implementing learning supports, and involves engaging multiple people (students, teachers & disability staff).
  • Many types of individualised reasonable adjustments were identified, reflecting diversity in the students’ needs, but also the learning tasks, assessments and learning environments for which the adjustments are intended.
  • Students and staff define the effectiveness of learning supports in different ways. Some adjustments described as useful by students in this study (e.g., extended time to complete assignments) are typically also available as institution-level learning supports for all students.

The Webinar will focus on the following implications for practice

  • The provision of institution-level learning supports may be made more visible so as to foster learning environments that are inclusive of tertiary students with disability.
  • The provision of relevant and effective reasonable adjustments for individual students could be enhanced with greater emphasis on collaboration among the parties involved, with the student at the centre.
  • Enhancing student awareness of available learning supports and increasing transparency about the nature and types of disability support available could reduce the variability in tertiary student experiences of learning support.

More information available here.

To register for this webinar click here

Caring Connections

  • Why do kids behave the way they do?
  • What discipline strategies really work?
  • They have been through so much…what will
  • help them feel secure and safe??
  • What about resilience? How can we help our
  • children handle the tough stuff in life?

If you are a relative, grandparent or friend sharing
your home with children who can’t live with their
parents – for whatever reason….this is for you.

Caring Connections is a program for all Kinship Carers.

To download the Fact Sheet, please click here.

For information on how to register, please click here.


Circle of Security

This program is a relationship-based parenting program run over 8 sessions in Cranbourne, commencing Thursday 3 March 2016.

Fully funded, there is no cost for participants.

To download the flyer, please click here.

Registration for the program can be made by calling Mary Tresize-Brown on 9794 6921

Inclusive Learning Conference 2016

Save the Date: Friday 10 June 2016

Monash University, Peninsula, Campus McMahons Rd, Frankston

Target: Professionals with an interest in learning and education for people with disability aged 14 years and over with complex learning needs.

Important dates

Call for Presentation Papers Open 23 November 2015

Early Bird Registrations Open 1 February 2016

Call for Presentation Papers Close 22 February 2016

Early Bird Registrations Close 25 April 2016

Registrations Close 30 May 2016

Call for presentation papers

Practitioners are encouraged to submit a short paper outlining a presentation to share experience and knowledge of inclusive practices that lead to positive outcomes within a classroom or vocational training environment.

Lightning presentations will be a 10 minute stand up and talk demonstration on a specific targeted topic and allow 5 minutes for questions.

Workshops or general presentations will be 40 minutes plus 10 minutes for questions.

Examples include:

  • Incorporating diversity within a classroom;
  • Modification of programs, course material, activities, assignments and exams;
  • Strategies and activities that enhance opportunities for student self realisation, self knowledge, autonomy, self advocacy and self efficacy;
  • Case studies of best practice in vocational preparation and vocational training;
  • Mentoring programs in education, VET and employment.

The Conference organisers particularly invite participation from:

  • Secondary Teachers/ Teacher Aides/ School Leaders;
  • Education Consultants;
  • Education sectors – government/ non government (Senior managers/ Principals, leaders and all educators);
  • Therapists/ Counsellors;
  • Researchers and academics; and
  • Tertiary Educators (RTO/TAFE/University) and students.

Download presentation submission form

For further information about the Inclusive Learning Conference 2016

Sally Bailey National Disability Coordination Officer (03) 9784 0400

Young Parents Education Program (YPEP) 2018

This program offers young people who are pregnant or parenting:

  •  Adult learning environment
  • Child-friendly – infants in the classroom and/or quality and accessible childcare
  • Flexible delivery of curriculum – not time limited
  • Intensive parent support education and pastoral care
  • Literacy education for parents and infants
  • Multiple entry and exit points – rolling entry and exit
  • Accessible via public transport

In 2018, YPEP will operate from two separate locations, one in Cranbourne and one in Narre Warren. Students are welcome from within the South East Region (Casey, Cardinia, City of Greater Dandenong). Enrolment is via interview.

Further information about the program development is available from Mary Tresize-Brown, YPEP Coordinator on 9794 6921.

To download the Cranbourne YPEP flyer, please click SELLEN_Young_Parents_Flyer_2018.
To download the Narre Warren (NCLC) YPEP flyer, please click NCLC_Young_Parents_Education_Program_2018

Young Parents VCAL Program

The Young Parents Education Program reconnects young parents to access VCAL in a supportive and flexible environment.

A holistic approach means babies are in class with their parents whilst studying VCAL and learning great parenting tips from experts within the community.

The Young Parents Program means the young person can:

  • complete Foundation/Intermediate/Senior VCAL studies to develop skills in areas of interest to them
  • obtain direct experience in business & industry, developing skills and attitudes required in the workplace
  • develop Literacy and Numeracy skills
  • complete a nationally accredited Cert II in Business Administration
  • successfully complete VCAL and a pathway to an apprenticeship, traineeship, employment or further studies
  • learn about early parenting
  • join in early childhood workshops

Places are limited to a maximum of 16 young parents in total and entry is via interview.

Contact:   Kathie Jacobs on 0410 490 007

Venue:       Cranbourne Secondary College, Stawell St. Cranbourne

Session Times:   Mon, Thurs & Fri 9:30 – 2:30

To download the flyer, please click HERE

LLEN Review

In 2012, Allen Consulting Group completed a review on the Local Learning and Employment Network Model of Network and Partnership Support. The review demonstrates fantastic support for LLEN and the work they do for their local communities. An executive Summary of the review is now available here.


National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO) Apprenticeship & Traineeship Forum

This Forum is designed to increase awareness of apprenticeships and traineeships for disability and equity groups. Presenters will explore the structure of apprenticeships and traineeships, financial incentives available to employers, DAAWS funding, learning support assistance available to students and real life case studies. The Forum would benefit for school staff (Careers, Welfare, Integration and others), Disability Employment Services, pathways services, welfare agencies and others.

The Forum is being offered in three different locations across the Southern Metropolitan region of Melbourne in late May. Click here to view the Flyer.

Girl’s Make it Go!

LAST CHANCE – Book now for “Girl’s Make it Go!”

Come along to a fun and inspiring day “Girl’s Make it Go” at Chisholm Institute Dandenong Wednesday the 27th of March.
Meet young women working in engineering, advanced manufacturing, technology and participate in interactive activities representing a number of engineering and technical skill sets.

Morning tea and lunch are provided & Free return transport.

For girls currently enrolled in years 9 or 10.
To book in students please contact Kara Barnes via phone (03) 9794 6921 or email:
If you have any queries about the event you can also contact Kara Barnes on: (03) 97946921