Engagement and collaboration

A woman wearing sunglasses, a pink shirt and grey pants sitting in a wheelchair with a woman in a white shirt standing behind her. Both women are laughing.


The Partnership pursues a joint program of activities aimed at enriching the Disability sector and the University sector and foster an awareness in the wider community of the contribution of people with disability, their support needs, and the importance and value of social inclusion.

Examples of some of the Partnership engagement activities include:

  • The biennial Virtual Disability Conference: Raising Expectations was held on Wednesday 21 September. The conference program offered a wide variety of panels and presentations focused on raising expectations by and for people with disability, as a means of overcoming what Graeme Innes AM as the ‘soft bigotry of low expectations’. All the conference content is available as video on demand so it's not too late to register to view it.
  • Delivering free webinars as part of Social Sciences Week on a range of topics of interest to the disability community.

    2021 event: Customised Employment: An innovative approach to employment for people with disability
  • An annual Partnership Event featuring prominent speakers discussing important issues for the disability community. The 2021 event, Innovation for Inclusion , featured a panel of speakers exploring innovative enablers to inclusion for people with disability and how such enablers might be adopted in policy and implemented in practice.

    2021 event: Innovation for Inclusion


The Partnership aims to influence and develop the practice and culture of the University of Melbourne and Scope, to maximise inclusion for people with disabilities within those organisations.

Informed by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) we will:

  • Develop the capabilities of both the current and next generation disability workforce
  • Improve disability practices and the delivery of services
  • Influence government policy
  • Strengthen the culture of the partnership organisations and the community more broadly

If you are interested in engaging or collaborating with us, please email Julie Anderson.