Key Note Speakers
SDA Conference Conference 16th Nov 22
VIP Guest Speaker
Honourable Jo Palmer
Minister for Disability Services,
Minister for Primary Industries and Water,
Minister for Women,
Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence,
Deputy Leader for the Government in the Legislative Council,
Liberal Member for Rosevears
Jo Palmer was elected to the Legislative Council in August 2020, representing the electorate of Rosevears.
She lives with her husband and four children in West Launceston, having grown up in Trevallyn since the age of six.
She is passionate about increasing community pride, local jobs and small business growth, and has great belief in the power of education.
Jo has supported our community in Ambassador roles for sick or traumatised children, people with disabilities and medical research. She is a Tasmanian of the Year recipient for her charity work. She believes a hand-up offers far greater long-term benefits than a hand-out and is committed to the importance of individual responsibility.
Jo served Tasmania for 20 years as a trusted journalist and news reader. With your support she will be your trusted voice for Rosevears in Parliament and within the State Government.
Jo has been appointed to Deputy Leader of the Legislative Council in May 2021 and membership of the Sessional Committee Government Administration B, Government Business Scrutiny Committee B, Estimate Committee B, Select Committee on Taswater, Deputy Chair GAB Committee for Disability Services in Tasmania, Road Safety in Tasmania Select Committee and Joint Standing Committee on Integrity.
In April 2022, Jo joined the Tasmanian Government Ministry as Minister for Primary Industries and Water, Minister for Disability Services and Minister for Women, and also remains Deputy leader for the Government in the Legislative Council
Founder and Principal Consultant
National Director Health Aged Care and Seniors Living
Director | Architect | SDA Assessor
NDIS Registered Provider
Just Advisory Services
Greg has been devotedly involved in the SDA space since its inception in 2017 and is focused entirely upon assisting NDIS Participants on their SDA journeys, particularly on SDA approvals. Greg has a unique combination of industry expertise, having also previously developed over 200 dwellings designed for people with disabilities, and lived experience, being co-carer for his severely disabled adult daughter.
Laila is the National Director of the Health, Aged Care and Seniors Living team.
She specialises in providing valuation and property advice.
Over the course of her career, Laila has worked across a range of asset classes including residential, commercial and industrial properties. In her current role, Laila undertakes valuations and advises clients in relation to medical, retirement, aged care and disability assets including going concern and freehold valuations on existing and proposed projects. Laila specialises in the valuation of large portfolios for financial reporting purposes together with providing extensive market, demographic studies, acquisition and divestment advice.
Laila has been working in the property sector since 1997 providing a range of valuation services in both the residential and commercial sectors and also spent five years managing and operating her own real estate practice.
Alison is a highly accomplished general manager with multi-disciplinary commercial experience on a national scale. Her professional services are now focused as a strategic advisor in the areas of advisory, acquisition/disposal, and influence in the areas of SDA and housing affordability areas.
This includes working collaboratively with the property development industry, finance industry , disability sector and public policy advisors
Tony Rutherford is a Partner in the Projects and Infrastructure Group at Holding Redlich, a large commercial firm.
He has advised financiers, governments, developers, sponsors and contractors on large and complex infrastructure and housing projects in Australia, Asia, The US, the Middle East and Africa. His recent projects include the New Footscray Hospital PPP and the Victorian Public Housing Renewal Program PPP
David Watson is the director of Archr Design and a Registered Architect, Access Consultant, SDA Assessor and Developer with a vested interest in developing residential designs that promote liveability and accessibility.
Throughout his life he’s witnessed his sister, born with Spina Bifida and a full-time wheelchair user, struggle due to simple ‘industry standard’ construction methods that limit her access and manoeuvrability. His passion for disability sensitive design originates from the frustration of realising the lack of housing that can cater for someone with a physical disability.
His unique life experience and skillsets has given him a broad knowledge with understanding industry best practice when it comes to SDA.
Justin ‘s international experience spans multiple sectors including property development, project management, construction, banking and finance, social enterprises and the not-for-profit sector.
His international commercial experience and business acumen are further supported academically with the completion of his Master's in Business Administration (MBA) with Distinction at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). The focus of Justin's Master's Thesis was on creating pathways for people with disability to purchase and own their own home, a luxury that few are able to enjoy and a project he is passionate about implementing.
Justin is an active member of the community and sector best practice and prides himself on giving back. He has been volunteering and supporting people with disability since the age of 11 and continues to champion the cause for people with disability as an ambassador to EPIC Assist a disability employment service provider.
He currently serves on the board for Hotel House Keeping a social enterprise initiative focusing on community inclusion, runs Just Advisory Services a social impact consulting firm and is the Managing director of Just SDA Management an SDA provider.