Victorians are invited to nominate outstanding individuals and groups who have increased the rights and participation of people with disability for the 10th annual Victorian Disability Awards.
Despite the challenges of 2020, the year also highlighted many outstanding examples of inclusion and leadership by Victorians with disability, community groups and the disability sector in response to coronavirus and the bushfires.
“We’ve seen some wonderful examples of inclusion and the community coming together to promote the rights of people with disability during this challenging time”, said Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan.
Victorians are encouraged to help recognise these achievements over the past 18 months in this year’s awards.
“All Victorians should help us recognise some of the extraordinary efforts we’ve seen over the past year”, said Minister Donnellan.
Nominations are open to individuals and groups – including people with disability, family members, volunteers and people working in the sector – in 7 categories:
- emerging leader award
- excellence in creating inclusive communities
- excellence in employment outcomes
- excellence in promoting health, housing and wellbeing
- excellence in promoting rights, fairness and safety
- volunteer award
- lifetime achievement honour roll.
Minister Donnellan will select the winner of the Minister’s Award for Outstanding Leadership.
In 2019, Indigenous athlete Elise Muller won the Emerging Leader Award for her dedication to creating greater understanding of autism and inclusion in sport.
The awards also recognised the Voice at the Table initiative for increasing representation of people with disability on boards and committees, and the Find Your Voice All Abilities Choir from Victoria’s south west.
Nominations are open until Sunday 4 April 2021
Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in July.
Reviewed 19 March 2021