150 years of Universal Education in Australia: Progress made and remaining challenges for students with disability

Event Details

This is a past event.
150 years of Universal Education in Australia: Progress made and remaining challenges for students with disability
6:30pm – 8:30pm (Melbourne time zone)
Monash University Clayton Campus and Online live stream
Free (Limited light refreshments provided)
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This year marks two significant anniversaries for Australian education:

  • 150 years since the first public education system was first created through Victoria’s Free, Fair and Secular Education Act 1872, and
  • 30 years since the educational rights of students with disability were legislated through Australia’s Disability Discrimination Act 1992.

These movements were motivated by overwhelming evidence of systemic inequity and affirmed a bold vision of a fairer society for all Australians, aspiring to address structural inequalities arising from poverty or disability. Australia as a nation has also reaffirmed its commitment to a fairer and more equitable society by protecting the rights of all students to access a high-quality and inclusive education.

In honour of these two anniversaries, join our panel of leading academics in the field, students, educators and advocates as they examine the progress made and the remaining challenges to overcome so we can obtain a better society through universal access to an inclusive education for all students.

The Chair for this event is Graeme Innes (AM), a human rights advocate and Australia's former Disability Discrimination Commissioner (December 2005 to July 2014).

Important information regarding COVID-19: This event is currently scheduled to be a hybrid event, with a limited number of attendees joining us on-campus at Monash University, Clayton Campus. If we are unable to host the event in person due to COVID -19 restrictions, the event will take place exclusively online. We will provide attendees with further updates in due course. You must not attend the in-person event if you are unwell. Get tested for COVID-19 if you have any of the following symptoms, however mild – fever, chills or sweats, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, loss of sense of taste or smell – and stay home until you’ve received a negative result. For information about testing, visit the Department of Health website. We will continue to follow our COVID Safe plan to ensure we meet the latest health and safety requirements set out by the Victorian Government. We're committed to adapting our event experiences and operations to ensure the health and safety of our community and we will keep the community informed as the situation continues to evolve. For the latest COVID-19 information and updates to Monash University operations, please visit our COVID-19 updates website.

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Event Schedule

Arrival, registrations and networking for in-person attendees.
Two keynote presentations commence in room and online.
Limited light refreshments for in-person attendees to take into presentation room and a short break for online attendees (10 minutes), followed by a panel discussion. There will be question time from the audience at selected points throughout the event.
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