2017 National Disability Awards winners announced

There were 145 nominations across five categories this year with the winners announced at a glittering ceremony in Canberra.

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These wonderful annual awards recognise the outstanding achievements of organisations and individuals working to bring about exciting positive change and outcomes in the lives of people with disability.

This year, there were 145 nominations across five categories. An independent judging panel made up of disability sector and subject matter experts had the difficult job of selecting the top 12 finalists, who were focused on workplace diversity, inclusive education, accessible communities, advocacy and innovation. Winners were announced at a glittering ceremony in Canberra on December 3.

Achievements of this year’s finalists include:

  • working with large corporations on inclusive advertising practices to ensure people with disability are represented in mainstream campaigns
  • providing a mentoring program that supports young people living with disability across a range of areas including school, anti-bullying and respectful relationships
  • supporting people with intellectual disability to experience university life
  • advocating for human rights and fundamental freedoms of people with disability.

2017 National Disability Award winners and finalists

Employer of the Year Award Winner

Compass Group, QLD


ANZ Bank, VIC; and Family Chips, NSW

Community Excellence Award Winner

Catia Malaquias, WA


Julia Farr Youth, SA; and Cricket Australia’s National Inclusion Championships, VIC

Excellence in Innovation Award Winner

AbilityMate, NSW


University of Melbourne, VIC; and Northcott, NSW

Excellence in Education and Training Award Winner

University of Sydney – Centre for Disability Studies, NSW


Deborah Pearce, SA

Lesley Hall Leadership Award Winner

Sue Salthouse, ACT

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