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Employment Symposium

Monday 10th October 2022 

9:00am – 4:30pm AEST

Aerial UTS Function Centre, Level 7, Building 10, 235 Jones Street, Ultimo, NSW

Register Here

Keynote Speaker: Graeme Innes AM 

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About Blind Citizens Australia (BCA)

Blind Citizens Australia (BCA) is the national representative organisation of people who are blind or vision impaired. Our mission is to inform, connect, and empower Australians who are blind, or vision impaired and the broader community.

About An Eye to the Future

BCA recently launched An Eye to the Future; a project aimed at changing perceptions associated with hiring someone who is blind or vision impaired, and to highlight the skills, knowledge and diversity they can bring to the workplace.

Who should attend BCA’s Employment Symposium

Our Employment Symposium is designed for businesses, organisations, and government departments who are keen to make their workplace more accessible and inclusive. We encourage management and HR staff to attend this event, as well as IT staff who would benefit from learning about assistive technology.

Anyone who wants to explore how to employ someone who is blind or vision impaired and learn more about how to make their workplace more accessible and inclusive, including:

  • Chief Executive Officers (CEOs)
  • HR staff
  • Management
  • Recruitment professionals
  • Diversity & Inclusion leaders
  • Employers and their representatives
  • IT staff interested in accessibility

Program and speakers

By attending BCA’s Employment Symposium, you will:

  • Develop a better understanding of how to enhance organisational diversity and inclusion
  • Be provided with the facts about cost, productivity and safety
  • Hear from employers and managers about their experiences hiring staff who are blind or vision impaired
  • Have an opportunity to network with other businesses, organisations and government attendees committed to strong diversity and inclusion practises
  • Hear from employees who are blind or vision impaired about what assistive technology and accessibility adjustments they use in the workplace
  • Hear about our successful Internship Program that is increasing employment opportunities for people living with vision loss.

Our speakers include:

  • Keynote Speaker: Graeme Innes AM

Graeme Innes AM is a lawyer, mediator and company director, and was Australia’s Disability Discrimination Commissioner from December 2005 to July 2014.

  • JobAccess

Created by the Australian Government, JobAccess brings together the information and resources that can ‘drive disability employment’. JobAccess is the national hub for workplace and employment information for people with disability, employers, and service providers.

  • Guide Dogs NSW/ACT

Guide Dogs NSW/ACT is one of the leading providers of Guide Dogs and Orientation & Mobility services in NSW/ACT that enable people who are blind or vision impaired to get around their communities safely and independently.

  • BCA staff and members who are blind or vision impaired about what assistive technology and accessibility adjustments they use in the workplace

You can download the full program here.

Registration

As the Employment Symposium is a free, catered event, we would appreciate your commitment to your registration. Tickets are currently limited to three per organisation.

Register Here

If you register for the Employment Symposium and then you are unable to attend, please email cheryl.gration@bca.org.au to advise us of your cancellation.

Event and venue details

Venue: Aerial UTS Function Centre

Level 7 of 235 Jones Street Ultimo (UTS Building 10).

(Enter at 235 Jones St Ultimo Foyer, take the lift to level 7 and proceed to the Function Centre.)

Date: Monday, 10 October 2022

Time: Registrations open 8:30am

Event start: 9:00am

Event close 4:15pm

Accessibility

The Aerial UTS Function Centre is fully wheelchair accessible with ramps and lifts, and an accessible toilet.

The Employment Symposium will include Auslan interpreters and captioning, and a hearing loop is available on request.

Please list any accessibility requirements on your Registration Form so that we can make the Symposium accessible for everyone.

Parking & Public Transport

Parking is available on-site at the Interpark UTS Car Park. View parking hours and fees.

  • Level 7, UTS Building 10. Enter at 235 Jones St Ultimo Foyer, take the lift to level 7 and proceed to the Function Centre.
  • Car park entrance is accessed from Thomas St (travelling West), with lift access to level 7.
  • Metered street parking is available in Thomas Street but limited.
  • Aerial is a 5-minute walk from Central Railway Station and 15 minutes to Sydney CBD.
  • The airport is a 30-minute drive (allow for Traffic).
  • Public buses run regularly to the City from Broadway.
  • Broadway Shopping Centre is a 5-minute walk along Broadway to the West.

Contact us

If you require any further information, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our friendly staff on 1800 033 660 or email cheryl.gration@bca.org.au for more information.