Awards

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. For information on how to nominate, please visit the nomination page.

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

The Yooralla Media Award of Distinction is an integral part of the Awards ceremony, with the nomination process for this Award category undertaken separately by Yooralla, and presented at the Awards ceremony. Yooralla is one of Australia’s largest and most proactive organisations working to support people with disability to live independent and fulfilling lives. More information can be found at the Yooralla Media Awards website.

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, teams and organisations who demonstrate excellence, passion, vision and a commitment to assisting people with disability to achieve their goals.

Award Categories

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

Members of the public can nominate an individual, team or organisation that has improved the lives of people with disabilities. Nominations are being accepted across nine award categories.

1. Lifetime Achievement Award in Disability

Recognises an individual with lived disability experience who, for a significant period, has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to improving outcomes for people with disability.

2. Emerging Leaders Award in Disability

Recognises an individual aged 15-35 years at time of nomination, with lived disability experience who demonstrates leadership qualities in their community through raising awareness and/or improving outcomes for people with disability.

3. Excellence in Accessible Communities Award

Recognises an individual, team or organisation that has made a significant contribution to the community by removing or reducing structural or communication barriers in a community, to help make communities more accessible for people with disability.

4. Excellence in Improving Social Participation Award

Recognises an individual, team or organisation that has made a significant contribution in improving the social participation of people with disability, including assisting people with disability to participate in sport, recreation, tourism, the arts and other social and cultural activities.

5. Excellence in Advocacy & Rights Promotion Award

Recognises an individual, team or organisation that has made a significant contribution in advocacy and promotion of the rights of people with disability, including helping people with disability speak up for themselves and their rights.

6. Excellence in Improving Employment Opportunities Award

Recognises an individual, team or organisation (small, medium and large organisations are encouraged to apply) that has made a significant contribution in improving awareness of, and providing quality employment outcomes for, people with disability.

7. Excellence in Improving Personal and Community Support Award

Recognises an individual, team or organisation that has made a significant contribution in providing and/or improving personal and community support for people with disability, including helping people with disability to be independent by providing more choice, information and control.

8. Excellence in Improving Education Outcomes Award

Recognises an individual, team or organisation that has made a significant contribution in improving education outcomes for people with disability of all ages, including helping people with disability to reach their full potential.

9. Excellence in Improving Health and Wellbeing Outcomes

Recognises of an individual, team or organisation that has made a significant contribution in improving health outcomes for people with disability, including targeting health promotion to people with disability and giving people with disability more support to make informed choices about their healthcare.

For information on how to nominate, please visit the nomination page.