Creating a voice for the Disability Sector
Creating a voice for the Disability Sector

Melbourne Disability Connection Expo 2023

 
  • Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
  • 21st – 22nd April 2023
  • 10am – 4pm both days

Are you a participant, carer or family member looking
to understand how to navigate the NDIS?

With almost 130,000 Victorian participants receiving NDIS help - and more than 55,000 people with disabilities accessing the scheme for the first time - it can be a bit like looking for a needle in a haystack when it comes to searching through the hundreds of providers to connect with THE right one, which is why our 2023 Disability Connection Expos are so vital.

Event Details
Where
1 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf VIC 3006,
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
When
21st – 22nd April 2023
Quiet Time
10:00 am - 10:45 am
Free to Attend
Covid Safe

The Melbourne Disability Connection Expo 2023, can change lives by bringing hundreds of NDIS business providers and thousands of participants together under one roof for two fantastic days of fun and information.

These NDIS exhibitors are ready to connect, engage and support participants and their carers and families with experienced and expert advice, and essential goods, services and products. Vital connections made at these expos have the potential to continue long after the event ends.

We will have a clear COVID policy at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre to keep you safe and as well as that commitment to you, we’ll make it super easy for participants and visitors to find you at the expo.

You will also be able to access our NDIS Q&A Concierge desk, facilitated by experts where visitors can go for answers to any of their burning NDIS questions and we will even be doing lots of live streaming over the two days so participants who aren’t there know about you. Centrestage will come alive when we showcase a wide range of all the exhibitors and a diverse range of services that they bring to the table. There will be constant fun, entertainment and activities throughout both days from live demonstrations and performances to obstacle courses and face painters!

 

Why is this a must-attend expo?

Get answers to your
NDIS questions

Many NDIS Participants, Carers and Family members have questions about their funding, how it works and who to work with. We have Q&A Concierge Desks, 1:1 meeting rooms and an online booking system for you to search and find helpful Providers and Exhibitors

Clarity on your NDIS Funding Plan

Connect with informed and experienced Providers that can give you certainty so that you’re informed, educated and you can make the best decisions for your situation.

Have some fun!

We’ve designed the expo to include loads of entertainment (face painters, balloon artists, hair braiders and more), hourly performances and lots of chill out areas so you can enjoy your time, not just access information.

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What People are Saying

  • SHARIA, BLUESTAR HOME CARE SERVICES

    “The expo is, basically for us, because we just, 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.”

    SHARIA, BLUESTAR HOME CARE SERVICES
  • BLOSSOM COMMUNITY CARE

    “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.”

    BLOSSOM COMMUNITY CARE
  • KURIAN, A BETTER LIFE HOME CARE SERVICES

    “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.”

    KURIAN, A BETTER LIFE HOME CARE SERVICES
  • CHRIS AND CHERYL, ASPIRE HUB

    “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.”

    CHRIS AND CHERYL, ASPIRE HUB
  • ALLISON, THE ORCA PROJECT, WESLEY MISSION

    “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.”

    ALLISON, THE ORCA PROJECT, WESLEY MISSION
  • SUPPORT CARE ANGELS

    “It's been fun and we even go dancing and singing over there. It's been a great experience for us because this is the first year we are participating in this. We tried last year, but we just were too late. So we're looking forward to more years, actually!”

    SUPPORT CARE ANGELS
  • VERN POWELL, HOLISTIC HORIZONS

    “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.”

    VERN POWELL, HOLISTIC HORIZONS
  • SYDNEY, BRAINCARE

    “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.”

    SYDNEY, BRAINCARE
  • SULETT, AFFORD

    “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.”

    SULETT, AFFORD
  • FRAN, AUSTRALIAN COMMUNITIES

    “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.”

    FRAN, AUSTRALIAN COMMUNITIES
    Event Participants
    Exhibitors and displays from
    service providers

    We have invited and will be showcasing a diverse range of exhibitors:

    • Over 15,000 Service Providers, Professionals, Capacity Building Experts, Therapy, Early Intervention and Disability Focused Aged and Child Care options Australia-wide have been invited to exhibit.
    • Up to 250 exhibitor spaces will be available and there will be a diverse range for you to find that perfect fit option for you, your loved ones, or those you support or work with.
    • There will also be a focus on resource options, equipment and therapeutic services.
    • The more diverse the range of Service Providers, the more valuable and attractive the expo is for Participants and visitors.
    Event Participants
    Connection sessions with service providers
    Want to sit down and talk to some of the Service Providers over the two days of Expo 2023?
    • Don’t just walk past tables and gather pamphlets.
    • Meeting spaces with an online booking facility to make appointments with participating Providers you would like to speak to directly will be available each day.
    • Arrange a sit-down and talk to some potential Providers to find that perfect fit for you.
    • Providers with capacity will have 20-30 minute appointment times. Attendees can book on either of the two days to find out more in a safe and no-pressure setting.
    • Traveling around having meetings with different Providers usually takes time. Meet a few on the same day and make it a little easier to compare and find the right ones for you.

    This might be your chance to find that great option you have been looking for!

    Products and services you'll find at the expos

    • Accommodation / Tenancy Assistance
    • Assistance Animals
    • Assistance in Coordinating or Managing Life Stages, Transitions And Supports
    • Assistance to Access and Maintain Employment or Higher Education
    • Assistance with Daily Life Tasks in a Group or Shared Living Arrangement
    • Assistance with Travel/Transport Arrangements
    • Assistive Equipment for Recreation
    • Assistive Products for Household Tasks
    • Assistive Products for Personal Care and Safety
    • Assistive Technology and Equipment Registration Groups
    • Communication and Information Equipment
    • Community Nursing Care
    • Customised Prosthetics
    • Daily Personal Activities
    • Development of Daily Living and Life Skills
    • Early Intervention Supports for Early Childhood
    • Exercise Physiology and Personal Training
    • Group and Centre Based Activities
    • Hearing Equipment
    • Hearing Services
    • High Intensity Daily Personal Activities
    • Home and Vehicle Modification registration Groups
    • Home Modifications
    • Household Tasks
    • Innovative Community Participation
    • Interpreting and Translation
    • Management of Funding for Supports in Participants’ Plans
    • Participation in Community, Social and Civic Activities
    • Personal Mobility Equipment
    • Professional Registration Groups
    • Specialised Disability Accommodation
    • Specialised Driver Training
    • Specialised Hearing Services
    • Specialised Support Coordination
    • Specialised Supported Employment
    • Specialist Positive Behaviour Support
    • Therapeutic Supports
    • Vehicle Modifications
    • Vision Equipment

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