Victoria 2016 State Forum

On this page you will find details on the Victoria State Forum, an outline of the program, registration options, and options to pay your registration.

Saturday 12th November 2016.

Bayview on the Park Hotel
52 Queens Road Melbourne

The Program


Call to Order – Chair, John Simpson
Housekeeping Announcements, Welcome and Roll Call

Disability in Victoria; An Overview
Liz Wright: Co-Chair, Disability Reference Group, Victorian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission.
Colleen Furlanetto: Acting Chair, Disability Advisory Council Vic.
Chris Stewart: Chair, Public Transport Access Committee.

Introducing the BlindSquare Internal Navigation System
Q and A Session via audio link from Canada
Emma Bennison: BCA President.
Rob Nevin: BlindSquare.

Morning Tea

Workshop A: NDIS Implementation in Victoria
Facilitator: Cathy McAlpine, Disability Loop Project AFDO.
Representative from NDIA: to be confirmed.
A speaker involved with implementation in Victoria.
BCA, what’s our roll?

Workshop B:
My Aged Care what’s it all about?
Facilitator: Leah van Poppel
Speaker from Council on the Ageing Vic: to be confirmed.
A consumer’s viewpoint: speaker to be confirmed.


Blindness Services Update
Guide Dogs Victoria Dr Alastair Stott GM, Client and Guide Dog Services.
Insight Education Centre: speaker to be confirmed.
Vision Australia. Ron Hooton, Chief Executive Officer.

National Women’s Branch Forum “Holding Our Head Up”
An Interactive discussion facilitated by Helen Freris.

Celebrating 150 Years of blindness service in Australia
Intro: John Simpson BCA Vice President.
Cake cutting ceremony with a special guest.

Afternoon Tea

The Big Issues

  • Audio Description on TV
  • The Marrakesh Copyright Treaty, what’s in it for us?
  • Accessing Touchscreen Terminals
  • BCA, The way ahead

Members Q and A – President Emma Bennison and Vice President John Simpson to respond to members questions.

Closing and Thank you – John Simpson Conference Chair

Forum Close

Forum Dinner
MC: Michael Janes
Feature: “The other 60,000 words” – Graeme Innes shares some of the reflections that did not make the final version of his book “Finding a Way”.

If you would like to download a copy of the program please Go here Victoria forum program (Word doc 120kb)

The forum will also be streamed live and can be access through the BCA website at:

Payment Options for Forum registration

Registration can be paid by PayPal or Credit Card using the PayPal button below. For other payment options, please contact the BCA National Office on 1800 033 660

Payment Options


You have several ways to register for the forum. You can download and complete the Victoria Forum Registration form (Word doc 36kb)

Contact the BCA office by phone on 1800 033 660 or email

Alternativly, complete the on-line registration form below.

Victoria 2016 State Forum Registration form

  • The Victoria State Forum will be held at the Bayview on the Park Hotel 52 Queens Road Melbourne, on Saturday 12th November 2016.

    To register, you can either: complete and submit this form or call the National Office Toll Free on 1800 033 660 between the hours of 9:00am and 4:00pm.

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