Compass Group Wins National Disability Employer of the Year Award

Thu 7 December 2017

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Congratulations to Platinum Member, Compass Group Australia, for winning the Employer of the Year Award at the 2017 National Disability Awards.

The Awards, hosted by the Australian Government on Sunday 3 December, recognise the outstanding achievements of individuals, teams and organisations that have improved the lives of Australians with disability.

In 2017 Compass employed an additional 77 people who identified as having a disability – partnering with clients to create supportive work environments that enable individuals to excel.

Head of Diversity Projects for Compass Group Australia, Natasha Caflisch was thrilled to receive the prestigious national award.

“We are proud to welcome people with disability to Compass Group, offering a flexible workplace where individual potential can flourish,” Natasha said.

“The success of our disability employment program has been a real joint effort. We’d like to thank the families of our employees with disability and our clients for the support they have provided, as well as our existing employees for creating an inclusive workplace.

“We’d also like to thank the Australian Network on Disability (AND). The encouragement and guidance AND has provided to us, including introductions to state based disability support agencies, has been of great assistance.

“When time is taken to match the right candidate with the right role, diversity employment is a win-win for all involved and has produced some unexpected business benefits for Compass. Our people derive a lot of satisfaction from being part of a team that supports someone with a disability to gain meaningful employment – which serves to strengthen our company culture of care and respect,” Natasha said.

Our congratulations also go to Gold Member ANZ Bank, who were finalists in this category.

Community Excellence Award

The Community Excellence Award was presented to Catia Malaquias. Catia is an advocate working to ensure people with disability have equal access to educational opportunities, as well as representation in the media.

She is a leading voice in Australia and internationally, advocating for the inclusion of people with disability in mainstream advertising and media. Catia has been involved in the inclusive advertising efforts of Kmart and Target in the last 18 months. She presented at AND’s 2017 Annual National Conference, and co-founded the Global Alliance for Disability in Media, which she helped launch in 2016 at the United Nations in Geneva.

Catia said “The Awards are a great opportunity to bring attention to the need for a fundamental shift in attitudes to disability. I believe that inclusive advertising and media have real potential to accelerate the inclusion of people with disability.”

AND Members can access Catia’s presentation on Inclusive Marketing in the Members Area of our website.

Excellence in Education and Training Award

The winner of the Excellence in Education and Training Award was Gold Member, The University of Sydney – Centre of Disability Studies.

“Gaining recognition on the International Day of People with Disability for those students with intellectual disability who are attending undergraduate classes at the University of Sydney through the uni 2 beyond initiative is a milestone for inclusion within university settings,” said Professor Patricia O’Brien, Director at the Centre of Disability Studies.

uni 2 beyond is a two-year personal enrichment initiative that supports people with intellectual disability to experience university life at The University of Sydney. Students attend lectures and tutorials of their choice as audit students (an audit student participates in a class without the benefit of a grade or credit for a course), and participate in university social life through engagement with mentors and other peers.

 Our sincere congratulations go to the winners and finalists in all categories of the  2017 National Disability Awards.

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