The Inaugural Disability Confidence Awards 

The Disability Confidence Awards. Wednesday 8 June at 6pm at the MCEC. Australian Network on Disability.

Building disability confidence in an organisation takes commitment and passion. These awards highlight the organisations and individuals who have shown commitment to disability confidence in 2022. 

Disability confidence is a journey and there is always opportunity to learn and grow. We want to celebrate the impact that is being made every day. The following awards recognise the hard work and dedication in disability inclusion and celebrates the impacts that we are making towards a more equitable future. 

  • Access & Inclusion top performers 2021-22 
  • Disability Confident Recruiter 2022 
  • Disability Employee Network of the year 2022 
  • Disability Confident Changemaker of the year 2022 

Our Awards night was on Wednesday 8 June 2022 at The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre at 6pm.

Meet our MC

Sarah Houbolt

Sarah has been an international performer, working in theatres, film and TV, including for Cirque du Soleil. She has worked for arts and disability peak bodies such as Arts Access Australia, Arts Access Victoria, and Accessible Arts. Sarah has also represented women and girls with disability at the United Nations in New York. She is driven by social justice and passionate about diversity, access and inclusion.

Sarah is a Sydney 2000 Paralympic swimmer, TEDxSydney speaker and Australian Disability Leadership Institute Award recipient.


See our Nominees 

Find the list of awardees and nominations.  Well done to everyone for the amazing impact you are making.



Thanks to our sponsor

Coles Logo

We’re all different. And at Coles, we know that’s a good thing. Just as we have for over a century, we’re making Coles somewhere everyone feels like they belong. So that we can all live healthier and happier lives.

As part the Coles’ Access and Inclusion Plan, we’re working on a number of exciting initiatives continue to make our stores, sites, and workplaces accessible for people with disability, and supporting our customers and communities with sustainable and leading initiatives.

This includes recruitment and talent programs that have seen us increase the number of people with disability hired at Coles by 285% in the last year.

We are on track to achieve our Accessibility targets before the set date of December 2023. These include: 90% of our team members completing Disability Confidence Training; Quiet Hour being available in over 420 Coles supermarkets nationally; and ​​continuing to improve our score in the Access and Inclusion Index.

Coles CEO is also a signatory of Valuable500, a global business collective made up of 500 CEOs and their companies, innovating together for disability inclusion.

We’re proud of our progress. But we know there’s plenty more to be done. That’s why Coles will continue to work towards passionately for accessibility and inclusion.

Thank you to Coles for being the exclusive sponsor for our Awards Night.


Our annual conference is a brilliant way to learn what is happening globally and locally as we share best practice and key learnings. Connect with a powerful network of business leaders, diversity and inclusion practitioners, human resource professionals, industry experts and influencers from the public, private and for-purpose sectors.

Our 2022 conference agenda looks at how the era of change we’ve experienced through COVID has brought a whole new understanding to accessibility and inclusion in the workplace. At this conference we’ll look at the upcoming trends and the ways accessibility and inclusion can be promoted and sustainably embedded in organisations.

Find out more about our conference..