Disability Champions acknowledged in National Disability Awards

Wed 27 November 2013

Twelve individuals and organisations have been recognised for their outstanding work to improve the lives of people with disability at this year’s National Disability Awards.

Assistant Minister for Social Services, Senator The Hon Mitch Fifield, congratulated the winners at a ceremony at Parliament House last night.

Australian Network on Disability member Westpac Group won the Excellence in Improving Employment Opportunities Award – and we offer Westpac our hearty congratulations. Westpac received the award in recognition of their ABLE Employee Action Group and Westpac Group’s Diversity and Flexibility Team, National.

ABLE – Assisting Better Lives for Everyone – is a Westpac action group of seventy employees that aims to ensure greater levels of access and inclusion to the corporation’s employees and customers. The ABLE group is driving a culture of inclusion through education and awareness with 12.1 per cent of employees disclosing a disability. The judges commended Westpac Group’s innovative solutions for recruitment by growing its presence as an employer of choice for people with disability, providing unconscious bias training to its recruitment teams and working with community partners to employ people with disability.

Congratulations to AND member Penrith City Council, for winning the Excellence in Improving Social Participation Award. The Council received the award for the No Boundaries inclusive multimedia arts project which demonstrates the benefits of participation in art for people with disability, the capacity of technology to provide new opportunities for participation, and the influence their creative contributions can have for social inclusion.

The Lesley Hall Award for Lifetime Achievement in Disability was awarded to Ann Procter (ACT) and John Moxon (NSW) for their advocacy work over many decades for the rights of people with disability.

The Excellence in Improving Personal and Community Support Award was won by not-for-profit organisation Hear for You for its mentoring program for Deaf and hearing impaired young people.

Minister Fifield said the awards had been impressive this year, with more than 200 nominations received across the nine categories. 

“This year we have seen people who have dedicated more than 30 years to supporting people with disabilities,” Minister Fifield said. “We awarded emerging leaders who are pioneering attitude change both domestically and internationally. These individuals and businesses exemplify the benefits to all of helping people with disability take part in all aspects of social, economic and community life.”

Media outlets were also recognised for their significant contribution through the Yooralla Media Award of Distinction.

The National Disability Awards form an important part of the Australian Government’s celebration of the United Nations’ International Day of People with Disability. See the full list of winners

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