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SACOSS Disability & Essential Services Conference 2018


SACOSS Essential Services and Consumers Living with Disability Conference 2018: Energy, Water, Telecommunications and Transport


Everyone has a right to affordable and equitable access to essential services such as energy, water, telecommunications and transport. With over four million people in Australia with some form of disability, essential service businesses can ensure that people living with a disability are well considered. In this context, it is vital to deliver best practice, affordability, consumer protection, and effective regulation to enable access, participation and choice in the energy, water, telecommunication and transport sectors.

The 2018 SACOSS Essential Services and Consumers Living with Disability Conference will bring together businesses, government, community sector workers including disability advocates, service providers and consumers living with a disability (including families and carers) in the energy, water, telecommunications and transport space. Delegates will share and hear about the needs and experiences of those living with a disability and explore how essential service businesses can address disadvantage for those in vulnerable situations.

This Conference is one in a series of SACOSS Vulnerability and Affordability Conferences for the essential services sectors.

If you are a person living with a disability and you are unable to afford the ticket price but would like to attend, we encourage you contact us on 08 8305 4224 or email gabie@sacoss.org.au(link sends e-mail)as we may be able to subsidise your place. If you require special assistance such as a hearing loop, visual assistance guide or AUSLAN interpreter in order to fully participate in the conference we will make every effort to provide for your needs. All areas of the venue are wheelchair accessible.


Our keynote speaker Cosmo Graham is a Professor of Law at the School of Law, University of Leicester and Director of the Centre for Consumers and Essential Services. He specialises in the regulation of public utilities and is co-editor of the Utilities Law Review. Professor Graham was a member of the UK's Competition Commission (1999-2008) and the European Commission’s working group on vulnerable consumers in the energy sector.

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Conference Event Partner: SA Water

Conference Sponsors: ESCOSA - International Keynote session sponsor | Baptist Care SA - Industry Showcase session sponsor | Origin Energy - Power of Choice session sponsor | Energy Australia - Catering sponsor | Australian Gas Infrastructure Group - Post Conference Networking session sponsor | HESTA - Community Sector sponsor | The Royal Society For the Blind - Community Sector sponsor


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Monday, 14 May 2018 - 8:30am to 5:00pm