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

Sean Murphy

Sean Murphy works at Cisco Systems, Inc. in the Accessibility compliance USA based team from Sydney Australia and is one of the Global Disability Awareness Network employment resource organisation leads. He received the USA Career Magazine disable employee of the year 2010 award for his work in the field of disabilities. In 2018 he was invited to join the expert Reference Group for the Australian Human Rights Commission – Human Rights future technology project, AI in accessibility. In August 2018 he obtained the IAAP CPACC and WAS certification. In 2001 to 2003 he worked for Freedom Scientific as a Jaws script developer. Follow on Twitter: @mhysnq1964

Sean is a member of the Digital Gap Initiative who is a grass roots project dedicated to bringing about legal and other systemic reforms in accessibility. A member of the Vision Australia Client Reference group in Information Access. Sean is a role model through his ‘can-do’ attitude which inspires others in their daily life. If a barrier is found, he always seeks and finds a solution. A quote from one of Sean’s many presentations that he has done within Cisco, sums his attitude up nicely - “don’t look at me differently, rather look at the similarities between us”.

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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

Featured sponsors


AccessibilityOz is an accessibility consultancy based in Australia and the United States. Gian Wild, the founder and Director, has worked on the accessibility of various web sites since 1998 and spent six years with the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group contributing to WCAG2.…

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