Australian Tertiary Education Network on Disability

Pathways15: National Disability Strategy and Tertiary Education

Please note: there is no video available for this presentation, it is audio only (along with the captioner). The PowerPoint for this presentation can be downloaded from the link below.

Anthony Gartner, La Trobe University and Dr Lisa Stafford, Queensland University of Technology

As a signatory to the 2008 United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments of Australia are committed to a shared vision for “an inclusive Australian society that enables people with disability to fulfil their potential as equal citizens’ through the National Disability Strategy 2010-2020. The Strategy is currently under review. Lisa and Anthony will have a conversation about the strategy review in context to Inclusive Education in Tertiary Sector, current thinking on the directions it could take and the importance of future reference to the 2015 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals both for policy and practice.


Anthony Gartner is a social worker by background and recently joined La Trobe as manager of the AccessAbility Hub after 14 years at Swinburne. Anthony is passionate about positive employment outcomes for people living with disability and imagines the day when Australia sits at the top of the OECD list for employment outcomes for people living with disability.

Dr Lisa Stafford is a passionate social scientist, community planner and human geographer who specialises in inclusive communities, social-spatial justice for people with disabilities; and participation and transitions journeys of children and young people with disabilities. Lisa specialises in inclusive participatory research and community engagements methods. Lisa is a Senior Lecturer and ARC DECRA Fellow in School of Public Health and Social Work, a Program Lead of Ecologies of Justice Centre for Justice and Co-Chair Disability Inclusion Action Plan working group at QUT. Lisa has over 20 years of involvement in in the field across government, non-government and academia and in various practitioner, management and executive level roles. Lisa identifies as a disabled-chronically ill person and is a full member of Planning Institute of Australia (MPIA), Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG) and Disability Leadership Institute (DLI).