NEW Registration is open to attend HaS either live onsite or online
Conference Dates and Times
• Monday 10.30am to 4.00pm
• Tuesday 9.30am to 4.00pm
• Wednesday 9.30am to 1.15pm
The Conference Dinner and Disco Tues. 22nd February from 6.30pm to 10.30pm
1. Conference main venue is located at Costa Hall, Deakin University, Waterfront Campus, Gheringhap Street, Geelong.
2. Dinner and Chat is at Wah Wah Ghee Restaurant, on the Pier, Geelong.
3. Disco is at the The Pier Geelong, located on Cunningham Pier, Western Beach Foreshore Road, Geelong.
- more information coming soon
In 2021, we tried to hold HaS in June, but Covid restrictions got in the way!
So the VALID Having a Say (HaS) Conference will be back to its usual February timeslot. We hope that this will give us the best chance of getting everyone together and enjoying our usual conference activities in a Covid safe way.
So everyone can be part of HaS, we will have three main streams online for those that can’t come ‘in person’.
So, come along to celebrate your best friend, who is ‘still’ despite the postponement of the conference, ‘your person’ … or the people who have helped get you through.
Our Choice Expo
Limited places available to be an exhibitor at HaS in the Our Choice Expo.
To register to exhibit in the Expo on Mon 21st Feb. 2022 and/or Tue. 22nd Feb. 2022 complete and return Expo Registration Form.
Email Christine if you are interested [email protected]
About the Having a Say Conference
The Having a Say conference is the largest conference for people with disabilities within Australia where people can find their voice, to speak up, to be heard and to be respected. This is the conference where people listen to each other, not just to the speakers on stage. This is the conference where people respect each other’s views and opinions, and celebrate their common cause. The aim of the conference is to empower people with a disability with the opportunity to ‘have a say’ about issues that affect their lives and to celebrate ability and achievement.
People enjoy coming to the conference for a range of reasons. Some are keen advocates for people with disability and want to debate about issues, others find the whole environment empowering and some just want to have fun! Many people come to the conference to have a say, such as open microphone to present or perform. We often get comments on the Evaluation Forms saying things like “It was great I felt important because everyone listened to what I said”.
There is always be a need for people to get together to share experiences and to celebrate achievements. The inaugural Having a Say Conference, held in Maryborough in 2000, was attended by 190 people and the enthusiasm generated each year has inspired the conference to grow. There are now over 1,000 participants from across Australia, and often from the international community, attending the conference each year.
The conference gets fantastic support from local disability services, the Local Reference Committee, City of Greater Geelong, Tourism Greater Geelong and Bellarine and local Geelong businesses.
Volunteer at Having a Say
The Having a Say conference attracts hundreds of delegates from across Australia and overseas and we are looking for volunteers to support participants with different activities at the conference.
The conference is a place where people with disability can speak up and have their voice heard, be respected and empowered and it’s a lot of fun!
What are the benefits of volunteering?
- See the achievements of people with disability
- Certificate of appreciation
- Letter of Reference
- Learn about inclusion
- Be inspired and have lots of fun
- Make new friends
Please note that all volunteers are required to have a current Police Certificate. If you already have a Police Certificate send a copy with your Volunteer application. It is also a requirement that all volunteers complete a Disability Worker Exclusion Scheme form.
Having a Say Feedback
Your feedback is important, it helps us to make the conference better.
Become a Sponsor
VALID conducts the Having a Say conference on a break-even basis, that is, to covers direct costs only.
As some of our sponsors have moved across to the NDIS funding system and are no longer able to support us, we now need new ways to fund activities within the conference either in-kind e.g. attendant care or sponsorship of the costs of the activity such as:
- Come and Try Activities
- Art Competition
- Printing of the Program
- Volunteer Support
- Conference DVD
- Attendant Carers
A number of Sponsors did sign on for the June conference that was postponed, but we do need a few more sponsors.
Thanks to ALL our Sponsors – they are all listed in this here