What is it?

OZeWAI is the Australian Web Accessibility Initiative, which is a strong and established group of members. OZeWAI is proud to provide a valuable source of information on accessibility issues and ideas to the broader community.

The OZeWAI conference brings together the most knowledgeable digital accessibility experts, specialists and researchers from all over the world, as well as leaders in the industry, government and non-profit organisations to explore and support digital inclusion topics and ideas.

It will be held over three days, with the schedule covering a wide range of accessibility and inclusive design topics.

Who is it for?

The OZeWAI Conference 2018 is for anyone interested in accessibility and inclusive design including accessibility experts, web researchers, web designers, user experience and user interface designers, front-end developers, project managers and more.

2018 Schedule

The OZeWAI Conference 2018 will be held over three day, and cover a wide range of accessibility and inclusive design topics.

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Featured speakers

Renata Zanetti

Renata Zanetti is an inclusion specialist and an accessibility consultant with Intopia. Renata is passionate about promoting inclusive communication, dignity and human rights. Renata has progressed work in aid and development, health, education and mainstreaming disability inclusion over the past ten years. She helped teach public speaking at Harvard University, where she was a Kennedy Fellow. She has a background working with UN (UNICEF, UNESCO), NGOs, think-tanks, foundations and Australian government. A qualified facilitator, Renata also has high-level experience in stakeholder engagement and project management and is an avid ideas generator. Engaging in the nexus between health, disability and inclusion, Renata managed the Avoidable Blindness Initiative at AusAID, worked on the team that won an Australia Day Award for the Malaria 2012 conference, and worked to advance disability-inclusion throughout the Australian aid program.

Globally, Renata has worked to create an inclusive communication module for UNICEF, and guidance on universal design. Renata supported a foundation and the DIAUD working group to promote inclusion through the UN Habitat conference and events. She has a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University and a Masters in International Affairs from Geneva. Her thesis on access to education for people with disability through the Marrakesh Treaty was nominated for the best thesis in international law.

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Eugene Goossens Hall
ABC Studios Sydney
ABC Ultimo Centre
700 Harris St, Ultimo NSW 2007
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Mercure Sydney

OZeWAI attendees are eligible for a 10-15% discount (which is already applied to the best flexible rate) via the Mercure booking link.

Guests only need to input the location and dates of their stays to enjoy the corporate rates at Mercure Sydney, Novotel Central and ibis Sydney World Square, noting that these 3 hotels will have different preferred rates.

Other accommodation in Sydney

There are many nearby accommodation options, some are walking distance and others are a short drive or bus ride away:


The Mercure Sydney Hotel is a 4-minute walk from the Conference Venue. View Google Map of directions.

Central Station is the closest railway station to the ABC. It is a ten minute walk from Central Station to the ABC’s main entrance on Harris Street. Or from Central Station take the underground pedestrian tunnel all the way to the rear entrance of the ABC (heading towards Haymarket).

There are a number of bus stops on Broadway and George Street within a few minutes walk of the ABC Ultimo Centre. Monorail and Light Rail stops are close by in Haymarket. For more details, call 131 500.

Parking – closest parking is the Novotel Sydney Central at 169-179 Thomas Street, which offers ABC staff and guests a preferential rate of approx. $25 a day, with validation at a ticket machine in the ABC foyer.

Other transport options are available via the Sydney transport trip planner.


Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Dinner will be at OLIO Kensington Street

  • Located at Level 2, The Old Rum Store, 2-10 Kensington Street, Chippendale NSW 2008
  • We have booked the 3-course $78 set menu (vegetarian options are similar to the shared menu), details can be viewed by downloading the OLIO function pack
  • Reply to conference@ozewai.org by Monday 19 November to confirm your booking

Thursday, 22 November 2018

Dinner at Four Elements Restaurant, Mercure Sydney

Entrée (alternate drop)

  • Caramelised Mushroom Medley. Served with frisse, hazelnut butter, toasted brioche, baby herbs
  • Beef Carpaccio. Served with baby capers shaved pecorino, baby herb salad

Mains (alternate drop)

  • Chicken Breast. Served with parsnip puree, wilted spinach, sautéed mushroom
  • Salmon Fillet. Served with beans, mash potato and lemon butter

Dessert (alternate drop)

  • Butter Popcorn Brulee. Served with sea salted caramel ice cream & caramel popcorn
  • Home style baked cheesecake

The restaurant is aware of the relevant dietary requirements already supplied.

Friday, 23 November 2018

Drinks at Cafe 80

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