Keynote Speaker

Bestselling author of 13 books and award-winning disability and human rights advocate Tara Moss has over 20 years of experience in the public eye, speaking at hundreds of universities, schools, writers’ festivals, town halls, community and corporate events and more. She has given an address at the National Press Club and in Australian Parliament, and has interviewed the iconic Gloria Steinem, Naomi Klein, Alison Bechdel, Amanda Palmer, Lynda La Plante, Michael Connelly and Rosie Batty, among others, and shared the stage as a panelist with Germaine Greer, Kathy Lette, Roxane Gay and more. Tara is an outspoken advocate for the rights of women, children and people with disabilities. She has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2007 and as of 2013 is UNICEF Australia’s National Ambassador for Child Survival, and has visited Australian hospitals, maternity wards and schools as well as Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon in her UNICEF role. In 2015 she briefed parliamentarians in Australia on the humanitarian crisis in Syria.

In 2015 she received an Edna Ryan Award for her significant contribution to feminist debate, speaking out for women and children and inspiring others to challenge the status quo, and in 2017 was named a one of the Global Top 50 Diversity Figures in Public Life. As a disabled woman and ambulatory wheelchair user diagnosed with CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome) after an injury in 2016, she works to dismantle stigmas around disability and mobility aid use through her writing and at her page Tara and Wolfie, and in 2021 was named as a ‘Global Change Maker in Disability and Chronic Pain by Conscious Being Magazine, UK. (For more accolades and awards, see below.)

Recent Awards and Accolades:

2012 Australia’s 20 Most Influential Female Voices

2013 Australia’s Most inspiring Women ‘who push boundaries, create change and motivate’

2014 Outstanding Advocacy Award for Manus Island: An insider’s report

2014 Cosmo’s The Women Who Made 2014 Better for The Fictional Woman

2014 Influential Women of 2014, alongside Malala, Laura Bates, Angelina Jolie and more

2014 The Hoopla‘s The Female Eunuch Award for The Fictional Woman

2015 Best Designed Non-Fiction Book Award, for The Fictional Woman designed by Tara Moss and Matt Stanton

2015 Part of the University of Sydney’s Leadership for Good

2015 Edna Ryan Award – ‘Grand Stirrer Award’ for making a feminist difference by speaking out for women and children, for a significant contribution to feminist debate and inciting others to challenge the status quo

2016 Champion of the West award for community service

2017 Order of Lambrick Park

2017 Recognised as one of the Global Top 50 Diversity Figures in Public Life, for using her position in public life to make a positive impact in diversity, alongside Malala Yousufzai, Angelina Jolie, His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama of Tibet and more.

2020 Long-listed for the Davitt Award for Dead Man Switch /The War Widow 

2020 Short-listed for the Danger Prize for Dead Man Switch /The War Widow 

2021 Global Change Maker for disability and chronic pain advocacy, Conscious Being Magazine

2021 Honorary Citizen of Victoria, for advocacy work in accessibility rights


Keynote subjects include:

Labels, Leadership and Why We Need More Women’s Voices: on women’s representation in media, fiction, politics and public life.

It isn’t Diversity without Disability : on the importance of accessibility, and inclusivity, and how to be a better ally for the 1/5 people in your community with disabilities

Activating Your Advocacy Skills : an ideal talk for fellow disabled and chronically ill people, their allies and carers: on using self-advocacy skills in public and in health care settings, and for activism online and in your community

Speaking Out – A 21st Century Handbook for Women and Girls: on how to speak out and why it matters. (Find out more on the book, here.)

The Tara Moss story: on Tara’s own journey. (Read her full bio here.)