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Finalists in 2014 National Disability Awards

28 October 2014 at 10:38 am
Xavier Smerdon
Some 23 individuals and organisations from across Australia have been named as finalists in the 2014 National Disability Awards.

Xavier Smerdon | 28 October 2014 at 10:38 am


Finalists in 2014 National Disability Awards
28 October 2014 at 10:38 am

Some 23 individuals and organisations from across Australia have been named as finalists in the 2014 National Disability Awards.

The finalists were chosen from more than 200 nominations received across the eight categories of the awards.

Finalists in the top award – the Lesley Hall Award for Lifetime Achievement in Disability include disability mobility expert Bill Bradley from NSW, Tricia Malowney, a systemic advocate for inclusive practices and regular contributor to Pro Bono Australia, and disability advocate Jill Wishart.

Senator Mitch Fifield, the Assistant Minister for Social Services, said the finalists are fine examples of the work being done to improve the lives of people with disability.

“I commend their commitment to improving the economic and social participation opportunities for people with disability in Australia.”

“The eight categories of the awards reflect the priorities of the National Disability Strategy 2010-2020.  The strategy represents a commitment from all levels of Government to deliver a united approach both now and into the future to address the challenges that continue to be faced by people with disability.”

Achievements by the finalists include:

  • creating inclusive play spaces for children and their families,

  • forming a partnership to increase fire safety awareness for the hearing impaired,

  • establishing facilities to ensure wheelchair users can be included on cruise tours,

  • raising the profile of the unmet needs of Aboriginal people with disability, and

  • developing inclusive performing arts.

All finalists will be invited to attend the national awards event at Parliament House in Canberra in November.

The National Disability Awards are a major part of celebrations marking the International Day of People with Disability on 3 December each year.

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1.    Lesley Hall Award for Lifetime Achievement in Disability


Bill Bradley

Hornsby, NSW

Tricia Malowney

Ringwood, VIC

Jill Wishart

Brighton, SA

2.    Emerging Leaders Award in Disability


William Johns

Bankstown, NSW

Jordanna Smith

Sutherland, NSW

Brandon Ah Tong

Melbourne, VIC

3.    Improving Inclusive and Accessible Communities Award


Jervis Bay Wild

Huskisson, NSW

Opera Australia

Southbank, VIC

Touched by Olivia

Drummoyne, NSW

4.    Improving Advocacy and Rights Promotion Award


First Peoples Disability Network (FPDN)

Redfern, NSW (national)

Self Advocacy Resource Unit

Melbourne, VIC

The Umbrella Network

Rockhampton, QLD

5.    Improving Employment Opportunities Award


Australia Post

Melbourne, VIC (national)

John MacDonald

Browns Plains, QLD


North Gosford, NSW

6.    Improving Personal and Community Support Award


Cerebral Palsy Support Network

Preston, VIC

Community Leadership Loddon Murray Inc.

Donald, VIC

Technology Assisting Disability WA (TADWA)

Bassendean, WA

7.    Improving Education Outcomes Award


Everyone Everyday Project Team, Disability ACT, Community Services Directorate, ACT Government

Canberra, ACT

Stirling Community Early Learning Centre

Stirling, SA

8.    Improving Health and Wellbeing Outcomes Award


Julian Trollor and his team at the Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry (known as 3DN)

Randwick, NSW

Living Safer Sexual Lives: Respectful Relationships

Bendigo, VIC

Vicdeaf (SLC VIC)/ Emergency Management Victoria

East Melbourne, VIC

Xavier Smerdon  |  Journalist  |  @XavierSmerdon

Xavier Smerdon is a journalist specialising in the Not for Profit sector. He writes breaking and investigative news articles.

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