Award criteria

  1. Lesley Hall Leadership Award

Recognises excellence in development of reform opportunities that improve the lives of people with disability.

Criterion Criterion name Weighting out of 100
a) Relevance of the nomination to the category description 10
b) Demonstrated outcomes, success and positive impact on Australians with disability that distinguish the approach from others or that could be replicated by others.

  • Demonstrated leadership and driving improved outcomes for people with disability across any or all of the National Disability Strategy outcome areas
  • Excellence in development of reform opportunities that improve the lives of people with disability
  • Demonstrated personal qualities, including resourcefulness, leadership, tenacity, inventiveness
  • General activity in the community, including level of activity, energy, positive influence, encourages inclusion and participation and quality outcomes
  • Degree to which the nominee encourages, motivates or empowers others in a practical manner, provides or creates opportunities for self and others
60
c) Demonstrated commitment to upholding the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to enable a disability rights-based culture. 15
d) Degree to which the individual has achieved well above national benchmarks and standards. 15
  1. Employer of the Year Award

Recognises excellence in workforce diversity by providing sustainable employment opportunities for people with disability.

Criterion Criterion name Weighting out of 100
a) Relevance of the nomination to the category description 10
b) Increased access to sustainable employment for people with disability, or providing opportunities in employment for people with disability through one or more of the following:

  • a focus on inclusive workplace practices
  • innovative employment approaches and practices
  • sustainable initiatives and programmes undertaken to remove barriers for employee(s) with disability, and the desired outcomes have been achieved
  • promote and encourage the employment of people with disability
  • providing meaningful employment opportunities and career paths for employees with disability; facilitate flexible workplace design and conditions; offer appropriate and relevant training
  • initiatives or programmes have been developed in consultation with employees with disability, the disability sector, and relevant guidelines
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c) Increased employment of people with disability either within a team, organisation or nationally; stable or increasing retention rates. 20
d) Implementation of successful organisational change and practices promoting the employment of people with disability. 20
e) Degree to which the nominee has achieved well above national benchmarks and standards. 15
  1. Community Excellence Award

Recognises excellence in improving access and participation in Australian life for people with disability.

Criterion Criterion Name Weighting out of 100
a) Relevance of the nomination to the category description. 10
b) Demonstrated excellence in improving access and participation for people with disability and their families through one or more of the following:

  • commitment, creativity and ability to adapt and develop new approaches to make a real difference in communities
  • assisting people with disability participate in, or strengthen their participation in, sport, recreation, tourism, the arts and other social and cultural activities
  • removing barriers from the physical environment to make communities more accessible for people with disability
  • removing or reducing structural, social or communication barriers, to make communities more accessible for people with disability
  • consulting people with disability in design and delivery of policies, programmes and services; and demonstrating greater community engagement in supporting inclusion of people with disability in community life
  • services and equipment facilitate the greatest level of independence and the enjoyment of a lifestyle that reflects the choices of people with disability
  • the activity delivers measurable improvement in community access and/or participation for people with disability
60
c) The outcomes achieved are sustainable and/or can be replicated. 15
d) Degree to which the nominee achieved well above national benchmarks and standards. 15
  1. Excellence in Innovation Award

Recognises excellence in innovation in services, places, communities or accessible technologies to improve the lives of people with disability.

Criterion Criterion name Weighting out of 100
a) Relevance of the nomination to the category description. 10
b) Demonstrated excellence in innovation in services, places, communities or accessible technology through a new or significantly new approach to improve the lives of people with disability, through one or more of the following:

  • taking a universal approach so that services, environments and communities are accessible and usable by all people to the greatest extent possible without the need for specialised modification
  • improving communications, technology and information systems that are accessible, reliable and responsive to the needs of people with disability
  • innovative approaches to improving access to mainstream services for people with disability
  • initiatives which have enabled people with disability to pursue their goals and aspirations
  • the innovation addresses a specific challenge facing people with disability
  • people with disability are consulted in the development of solutions in response to challenges and are involved in the design of policies, programmes, services, approaches, initiatives or technologies
  • the solution delivers measurable improvement for people with disability
60
c) The outcomes achieved are sustainable and/or can be replicated. 15
d) Degree to which the nominee has achieved well above national benchmarks and standards. 15
  1. Excellence in Education and Training Award

Recognises excellence in inclusive education or vocational training that delivers improved economic and social outcomes for people with disability.

Criterion Criterion name Weighting out of 100
a) Relevance of the nomination to the category description. 10
b) Demonstrated excellence in inclusive education or vocational training that delivers or will likely improve, economic and social outcomes for people with disability in one or more of the following:

  • Inclusive, high-quality educational programmes for people with disability, from early childhood through to adulthood
  • reducing barriers and simplifying access for people with disability to high-quality, inclusive education from early learning, school and further education
  • access to timely and effective early intervention for young children with disability entering the education system
  • strengthening pathways for students with disability accessing higher education
  • developing learning strategies for students with disability that are innovative, accessible, reliable and responsive
  • establishing best practice for transition planning and support through all stages of learning and from education to employment
  • individuals can reach their full learning potential
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c) Reducing disparity in educational outcomes for people with disability and others. 20
d) The outcomes achieved are sustainable and/or can be replicated. 15