The knowledge, skills and tools to build disability confidence

In 2023, Disability Confident Training, run by the Australian Network on Disability, will be offered online and in-person at the UNSW Sydney campus.

The training will challenge participants, disrupt thoughts, and has the potential to facilitate change in practice and processes across the organisation through discussion, group activities, scenarios and videos, participants will be equipped with the knowledge, skills and tools to build disability confidence in the workplace and classroom, and include employees, students and all stakeholders with disability.

Please note that due to the interactive, confidential nature of in-person training sessions, recordings are not available. 

Disability Confident Training Schedule 2023 

Disability Inclusive Communications  

  • Friday 10 November, 10am-12pm, Online – Training fully registered

Digital Accessible Communications  

  • Friday 29 September, 10am-12pm, In Person (TBC, UNSW Sydney campus) – Training fully registered

All in-person training sessions will be held in wheelchair and lift accessible CATS rooms at UNSW Sydney Kensington campus (if not otherwise specified).   

  • Facilitators and panelists will speak using lapel or wireless hand-held microphones.  

  • Online training will have closed captioning enabled and transcripts can be provided upon request.  

  • PowerPoint slides can be provided in advance of the training upon request.  

  • Please indicate any further accessibility requirements in the registration form.  


COVID Safety 

  • Attendance for this training is capped at 40 participants to ensure physical distancing can be maintained.  

  • Masks are strongly encouraged in all indoor areas at UNSW. Please BYO mask.  

  • Please note that this training may pivot online at short notice due to COVID restrictions, and you will be notified accordingly.  

  • Do not attend training if you feel unwell, have recently experienced any cold or flu-like symptoms or are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test.

This session is open to all UNSW staff members and students.

Participants will develop greater awareness of what disability is and develop confidence to use the right language and understand the value of inclusive behaviours and attitudes.

The interactive delivery style provides skills and knowledge to confidently communicate with people with disability, while providing an understanding of accessibility and inclusion in the workplace and learning environment

NOTE: This session is appropriate for professional and academic staff who have people management roles. If this does not describe you, please consider registering for a Disability Inclusive Communications workshop, detailed above.

The training assists managers to confidently manage people with disabilities within their teams and facilitate an inclusive and enabling workplace.

By the completion of the training, participants will:

  • Understand the importance of disability confidence for individuals and the whole organisation
  • Have greater awareness of what disability is in the Australian society
  • Be confident in using the right language and doing the right things
  • Understand the value of inclusive behaviours and attitudes
  • Understand the key concepts, such as workplace adjustments, essential requirements and sharing information
  • Understand disclosure of disability from both an employee and an employer perspective

Participants will also develop inclusive management capabilities, such as:

  • Being confident to have appropriate discussions regarding performance management
  • Having awareness of the legislative requirements and considerations to the management of risk
  • Recognising the importance of access to learning and development opportunities

This session is open to all UNSW staff members and students.

This workshop will build confidence in the development and creation of accessible communications, building capacity to support the development and creation of accessible communications will ensure that your message is available to the widest potential audience. This session will provide ideas and practical tips to assist participants to develop inclusive and accessible communications for both an internal and external audience.

By the completion of the session, participants will:

• Understand the value of creating accessible communications.

• Know more about online / digital accessibility requirements.

• Have greater understanding of the impact of representation.

• Have practical information on how to develop accessible content using the MS Office suite of tools.

• Know where to find further information.


Session Outline

Why consider accessibility?

• Inclusive language

• Website Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)

• Assistive Technology

• Representation matters


Creating accessible content, including:

• Captioning / transcripts

• Colour contrast

• Social media

• MS Word documents

• Excel spreadsheets

• PowerPoint presentations

• Emails

• PDFs

More on disability at UNSW

Work enables people with disability to achieve financial independence, improve their social skills, develop friendships and improve their mental health. This course provides improved knowledge on the many types of disability and best practices to foster inclusion of disability in the workplace.

One of the five initiatives outlined by the Strategy 2025 is to implement UNSW’s Disability Action Plan (DIAP). This plan aims to make the learning, working and teaching experience welcome and inclusive for people of all abilities.

UNSW ensures the learning and teaching experience is welcoming and inclusive and that the University’s built and digital environment is accessible for students and staff with disability