Awards finalists announced

Tue 17 October 2017

National Disability Awards

The 2017 National Disability Awards will be held on International Day of People with Disability, Sunday 3 December.

The Awards honour and recognise the outstanding achievements of individuals, teams and organisations that have improved the lives of Australians with disability and contributed to increased recognition of equality and human rights for all Australians.

The Australian Network on Disability (AND) is delighted to see some of our members named as finalists. Congratulations go to:

  • Platinum member, Compass Group for their comprehensive program to support the successful transition of new employees with disability into employment;
  • Gold member ANZ Bank, for strong progress in its goal to build an accessible and inclusive bank and be known as an employer of choice for people with disability;
  • Gold member, The University of Sydney for their ‘uni 2 beyond’ initiative that supports people with intellectual disability to experience university life at the University of Sydney;
  • And, 2017 AND Conference speaker Catia Malaquias for her advocacy work to ensure people with disability have equal access to educational opportunities, as well as representation in the media.

The Hon. Jane Prentice, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services, who made the announcement, said this year’s finalists are focused on workplace diversity, inclusive education, accessible communities, advocacy and innovation.

“From a social enterprise combining 3D printing with human-centred design to a bank creating an inclusive employment environment, all our finalists are helping to break down barriers for Australians with disability and I commend them for that.”

“This year, we received 145 nominations across five categories. An independent judging panel made up of disability sector and subject matter experts had the difficult job of selecting the top 12 finalists,” said Mrs Prentice.

Find out more and read the full line up of 2017 National Disability Award finalists on the International Day of People with Disability website. Winners will be announced during the ceremony on Sunday 3 December.

Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) Awards

The AHRI Awards is Australia’s most prestigious HR awards program and the awards categories are independently judged by an advisory panel of global leaders from HR and business.

We congratulate Gold Member, Department of Defence, selected as a finalist for the Graeme Innes AM Disability Employment Award, for their Inclusive Employment Program and Defence Administrative Assistance Program.

These programs deliver on the intent to increase the representation of employees with disability across the organisation, by offering career opportunities and increases capability of the organisation. 

Congratulations also go to Silver Member, Programmed who have been selected as a finalist in the AHRI CEO Diversity Champion Award, Stan Grant Indigenous Employment Award and Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO Gender Equity in the Workplace Award.

Find out more and read the full line up of AHRI Award finalists .Winners will be announced 29 November at the AHRI Awards Dinner.

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