Our sponsorships

The Australian Government, through the Department of Social Services, sponsors a small number of national awards, events and activities across Australia. The aim of our sponsorships is to:

  • raise awareness of International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) across Australia, and
  • promote awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability among mainstream audiences.

We do not currently provide funding or sponsorship opportunities for local IDPwD events.


Our sponsorships in 2023 were:

ABC Regional Storyteller Scholarship and Content Partnership

International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) partnered with the ABC to showcase the creative work of emerging content makers with disability. The partnership included professional employment opportunities for people with disability as well as stories by, and about, people with disability across ABC websites, radio, social media, TV, and IView. To find out more, visit the ABC website.

AIS Sport Performance Awards

The AIS Sports Performance Awards, run by the Australian Sports Commission, acknowledges Australian athletes, teams, coaches, volunteers and leaders.

IDPwD sponsored the 2023 Male and Female Para-Athlete of the Year Awards, which recognise the contributions and achievements of a para-athlete in both sport and non-sport settings. To find out more, visit the AIS Sport Performance Awards website.

Focus on Ability International Short Film Festival

The Focus on Ability Film Festival is Australia’s largest disability film festival. It encourages filmmakers with disability to tell a story for the world to view, and to use the power of film to change perceptions about disability. Free public screenings are held across Australia and internationally. To find out more, visit the Focus on Ability Short File Festival website.


If you manage a national award, event or activity that meets the above criteria and you would like considered for a sponsorship opportunity, please send a proposal to idpwd@dss.gov.au.

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