Creating a Voice for the Disability Sector

At Developing Australian Communities, we believe that working closely with Service Providers, Carers and Participants through our events will ensure that the much-needed change in our sector will be provided for the betterment of the services in our sector.

Despite the great work that the government is doing, they are only eight years into rolling out NDIS and it is still confusing, complex and challenging for people to understand what they can and can’t access, as well as for Service Providers and Carers to provide a world class service.

Combining our 50+ years experience in the Disability and Training sectors, the Developing Australian Communities team are simplifying the complex nature of NDIS. Through our large expos and conferences, participants will receive the right information from the right provider at the right time.

Through our highly relevant, advanced and customised professional development training programs, we are partnering with Service Providers to ensure their staff embed behavioural changes that constantly improve the quality of care they provide.


For Australia to become the world leader in Disability Services.


Provide a voice for the sector, increase professional standards and bring people together to talk about the most pressing issues in our sector to deliver solutions!

We’ll achieve this by providing world class expos, conferences and professional development to ensure service providers and carers deliver the highest levels of service to NDIS participants.

We are fortunate to live in a developed nation where the government prioritises the needs of our valued family, friends and neighbours with disabilities.

The Developing Australian Communities Story

This is the classic story of when two entrepreneurial minds with the shared values come together to make an impact.

River Night has a 26 year legacy in the Community Services and Disability Sector. Fuelled by his passion for service to others, River’s career has taken him through all levels of the industry, from where he started straight out of high school and into community care camps, through to working with Australia’s leading Disability authorities. This led River to creating an NDIS Service Provider business with one of Australia’s highest levels of service standards.

River wanted to take his knowledge and expertise of how he ran his organisation to support other Service Providers so that they too could provide the highest level of care to Participants.

This is where River and Mike Clark’s story began…

Mike has a 17-year track record in the training Industry. He has run over 1,000 events to over 50,000 people. One of his previous companies he turned into the World’s largest LinkedIn training organisation.

Mike sits as a mentor across a range of Growth Accelerators, this is where Mike began helping River expand his provider business.

After a couple of years working together, it became clear that both River and Mike developed a passion for wanting to raise the bar of service standards across the NDIS sector and felt that their two different levels of expertise were the perfect match for doing just that.

That was how Developing Australian Communities (DAC) was born!

Today, Developing Australian Communities stands to create a voice for the NDIS Sector, through our expos, conferences, surveys and professional development, we are giving Participants, Providers, Carers and industry leaders the opportunity to have their voice heard to bring about much-needed change.

Together, as a sector we can develop Australia into a World Leader in the Disability Service space. We’d love for you to come join us to bring this vision to life.

“The expo is for us, because we love to connect with people and this is a better place: this is just a grand place where you can meet with a lot of people, you can make a lot of connections and it’s a very big shout out for our company when we get to show what exactly we are providing and what we are offering.”

“The expo is definitely very good exposure and a very good environment: Open space, meeting different participants. There are heaps of participants asking how to apply for NDIS and also asking what services we can provide. So, we got to help the participants.”

“The expo is beautiful! Lots of people are coming who are desperate (for NDIS solutions). Now I can understand that Brisbane needs lots of services. We’ll be here soon – our office will be here (in Brisbane) soon.”

“It feels like there’s so much more, so many more providers here this year, and it’s really good to see so many different providers providing all sorts of different supports. It’s been amazing, great! Well done guys. Love it.”

“We really, really love this particular expo. There’s something that you guys do that’s really special. I think that whole developing of community just shines through and that’s the most important thing for us: We’re about community all the time, about making sure that our young people are connecting in community and supported and so, we can feel that in this kind of space and we love being a part of it, so, we are really grateful to be here.”

“It’s been a great experience for us because this is the first year participating in this. We tried last year, but we just were too late. So, we’re looking forward to more years, actually!”

“It’s been so busy we have been struggling to keep up, honestly. The great thing about this expo is that we have everything under one roof here. People can come and just explore all different aspects of services, specialised goods etc, so, it’s just great for the people coming to the expo. So, it’s just great for the people coming to the expo. We will definitely be back as a major sponsor next year.”

“It’s been such an amazing turnout. I’ve been so amazed even just by the mood of everybody here. Everyone is so welcoming and so excited about the different options here available. All the exhibitors have been so friendly. It’s been just a wonderful experience so far.”

“Oh, it’s amazing. It’s so refreshing to see a consistent stream of people coming through… every one I’ve attended it’s just getting bigger and better as we go. So well done. Great job. And we love being here. It’s been very busy and you know we just love seeing familiar faces and helping people get the support though they need, or at least give them information to get the support they need.”

“It’s been awesome, we’ve met so many great people, and a lot of participants have come up to say hello. We’ve actually found a lot of people coming over just to ask generalised questions. Sometimes they’re just not quite sure on who to actually talk to, so they’ve come, taken a seat and we’ve just been having a bit of a chat about what supported independent living actually is, and what short term accommodation is as well, because some people are not quite sure what the difference is. It’s been great really talking to the participants and their guardians as well around that.”

We would like to acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we gather for our event and pay our respects to their Elders past, present, and emerging. We extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples that attend any of our events.

Creating A Voice for the Disability Sector

ENHANCING AUSTRALIA’S DISABILITY SERVICES ONE STEP AND EVENT AT A TIME – At Developing Australian Communities, we believe that working closely with Service Providers, Carers and Participants through our events will ensure that the much-needed change in our sector will be provided for the betterment of the services in our sector. Learn more about us and our dreams for our community.

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