International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is a United Nations sanctioned day that occurs annually on 3 December.

The day celebrates and recognises the achievements, contributions and abilities of people with disability. The day also provides an important opportunity to raise awareness about disability issues more broadly across the community and, ultimately, to support the development of an inclusive Australian society.

The National Disability Awards (the Awards) are also held each year as part of the International Day of People with Disability celebrations.

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

The National Disability Strategy has many ideas for improving different parts of life for people with disability, including:

  1. Taking part in the community
  2. Rights for fair treatment
  3. Work, money and housing
  4. Getting support
  5. Learning and skills
  6. Health and wellbeing

The Award categories are aligned with these key policy areas of the National Disability Strategy and celebrate and acknowledge people and organisations who demonstrate excellence, passion, vision and a commitment to assisting people with disability to achieve their goals.