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Accessible Arts training

Disability Awareness Training

Accessible Arts offers four open sessions per year in disability awareness training for managers, policy makers, frontline staff, cultural advisers, small businesses, and creative practitioners. Training sessions are held at the ground floor training rooms of the Arts Exchange Building in The Rocks.

The information and skill development gained from this training is crucial for effective delivery of arts strategy, arts and culture programmes, festival events and quality customer service. We offer practical and innovative solutions to give you the confidence to welcome people with disability to your venue, provide inclusive experiences and make accessibility a natural and integrated part of what you do.

Each session is four hours and covers

  • Defining disability – legally and culturally
  • The rumours and realities of the disability experience
  • Communicating with respect and confidence
  • Access barriers and creative solutions

The benefit of these disability awareness training workshops include networking, sharing and learning from the diverse experience in the room. Up to three staff from one organisation can attend these open workshops, and the workshops are followed-up by six months of free access to Arts Access Australia’s online learning portal.

Upcoming Training Dates: 
  • Wednesday 15 June, 9:30am – 1:30pm
Where: Ground Floor Training Room, The Arts Exchange, 10 Hickson Road, The Rocks, Sydney
Bookings and Enquiries

Contact Sarah Houbolt, Strategic Projects Manager, by email or by phone on +61 2 9251 6499 extension 107.

Register today for Accessible Arts Training by filling out the online Registration/Booking Form

Training Workshop Fees

Corporate/Government:                $150 per person

Community/Small Business*:          $85 per person

* Annual revenue turnover of less than $2 million 

Tailor-Made Training

Book tailor-made, in-house disability awareness training for your venue, organisation and resident companies at any time of the year. During an initial consultation, we work with you to assess your current situation and define specific areas of focus to deliver responsive training that meets your needs. We conduct training at a venue you organise, or at Accessible Arts. 

Investment in tailor-made training from Accessible Arts is an investment in expert delivery and an assurance that your trainers understand the practicalities and dynamics of diversity within the arts and culture context.

As a guide, the standard length of each training session is four hours with a maximum of 20 participants. 

Combine a training workshop with a consultation and mentoring package as an efficient way to ensure consistent support, with visible and long-term results.  

Bookings and Enquiries

Contact Access and Training Project Manager Sarah Houbolt by email or by phone on ++61 2 9251 6499 extension 107.

Group Training Fees

For Corporate / Government

$1850            per half day

$3150            per whole day

$525             per hour for up to 20 participants

For Community / Small Business

$1050            per half day

$1800            per whole day

$300              per hour for up to 20 participants

For training delivery to large groups and over multiple sessions, please contact us to negotiate prices.

Specialised Access Services

With our specialised access services, increase your organisation’s capacity to deliver a range of innovative solutions that meet legislative, cost and audience development considerations.

We provide:

  • Scoping and mentoring for access and inclusion initiatives and new audience development 
  • Expertise relating to access requirements for the built environment, marketing and communications, disability action plans, and safe work environments
  • Review and evaluation of disability action plans, venue access and community engagement processes
  • Access service delivery such as audio description, captioning, and sign interpreting
Bookings and Enquiries

Contact Access and Training Project Manager Sarah Houbolt by email or by phone on +61 2 9251 6499 extension 107.



Scoping / mentoring meeting $135 per hour

Research / assessment / evaluation $135 per hour or $850 per day

Access Service Delivery $250 per hour

Community/Small Business

Scoping / mentoring meeting $ 85 per hour

Research / assessment / evaluation $85 per hour or $525 per day

Access Service Delivery $200 per hour

Further Information

Contact Sarah Houbolt, Access and Training Project Manager, by email at, or by phone on 02 9251 6499 ext 107.

Please contact us for any fee enquiries and/or negotiations. Regional discounts may apply.

Testimonials about Accessible Arts Training 

“Very impressed - Genuinely Worthwhile Training - Very glad I did it - Went home and discussed with family - have thought about it a lot since.” Australia Council for the Arts staff member 

“The trainer and the content was outstanding.” Sydney Festival staff member 

“The course was delivered with skill and balance. I am leaving with ideas.” General training participant

“Great mix of take home resources, good visual aids, relevant stories and examples, engaging group activities in a relaxed and open learning environment.” Sydney Festival staff member

“The training helped us get ideas of the breadth of opportunities for inclusion and accessibility within our organisation.” Carriageworks staff member

“I like mixing with other organisations to get different perspectives and to see how other people support the disability community in their workplace.” General training participant

“I learnt so much more than I expected.” Sydney Festival staff member 

“I appreciated hearing from people with disabilities and their experience in both daily life and in the industry.” Australia Council staff member 

“Great session. Very engaging. I would definitely be interested in any other training sessions that would follow on from this session.” Office of Environment and Heritage staff member

“Everyone should do this training!” Carriageworks staff member

Testimonials about the Trainer

“Passionate, intelligent, great ideas, generous and welcoming. Sarah was fantastic… a great communicator.” General training participant 

“Sarah was excellent and very approachable, very responsive to the information we wanted to know!” Carriageworks staff member

“Sarah was balanced, knowledgable and easy to talk to about sensitive concerns.” Carriageworks staff member

“Excellent enthusiasm, energy and knowledge.” Office of Environment and Heritage staff member

“Totally Engaging.” Sydney Festival staff member