Chief Minister's Inclusion Awards

WE MAKE INCLUSION HAPPEN by celebrating excellence and promoting inclusion in the ACT.

The Chief Minister's Inclusion Awards acknowledge the outstanding achievements of business, organisations and individuals who have clearly demonstrated their commitment to encourage, welcome and support people with a disability in their workplace, business and community.

 

 

Given the impacts of the COVID-19 Health Emergency, the 2021 Chief Minister’s Inclusion Awards was not able to be held.

However, we are doing something different to celebrate the inclusion, support and engagement of people with disability over the last year.

We have commenced the release of a series of videos, each with a specific theme  which align with Inclusion Awards categories and highlight great examples of progress make toward better inclusion in our community.

The videos focus on celebrating the good and positive stories which have emerged since the beginning of the COVID-19 Health Emergency. Celebrating inclusion in our community rather than awarding individuals and organisations.

The video of the Chief Minister’s message and the Inclusion and Employment video were released on I-Day and the Inclusion in Housing and Inclusion in Government Health Services videos ahave also been released. Upcoming videos include Inclusion in Business, Inclusion by disability providers and support workers as well as a video highlighting Canberra justice organisations who are working to ensure their services are inclusive and accessible so people with disability hae equal access to justice. A tribute to the late Sue Salthouse will also be released in early February 2022.

 

To celebrate and acknowledge the individuals, organisations and businesses nominated in 2021, a series of social media posts has commenced via Involved FaceBook.

The posts highlight the outstanding achievements of people who were nominated earlier this year and their stories will also be uploaded to the Involved website.

We hope you enjoy these stories of inclusion across Canberra.

 

Traditionally an individual or business or organisation are celebrated at the Inclusion Awards, aligning with International Day for People with Disability on 3 December from the following 12 Awards, across 4 categories:

Recognising people with disability who are leaders in inclusion

  • Emerging Young Leader 
  • Achievement in Inclusion
  • Excellence in Making Inclusion Happen

Excellence and innovation in community access and inclusion

  • Inclusion in Private Sector Employment
  • Inclusion in Public Sector Employment
  • Inclusion in Education and Training
  • Inclusion in Business
  • Excellence in Innovation, Design and Access

Achieving inclusion through supporting the independence and wellbeing of people with disability

  • Excellence in Inclusive Services and Disability Support 
  • Excellence in Volunteer Support 

Championing rights protection and justice

  • Sue Salthouse Award for Championing Human Rights and Equality

An overarching Award for Excellence is then selected from award recipients. 

 

 

The  Inclusion Awards were also not held in 2020 due to the COVID-19 Health Emergency.

2019 Finalists and Winners

Follow the links below to news posts about each finalist summarising some of the fantastic achievements in inclusion. 

Emerging Young Leader

This award recognises a person aged 16-35 years with disability who is an outstanding leader in their community. The finalists were:

Achievement in Inclusion

This award recognises a person with disability who has over a long period of time (more than 10 years) made a significant personal contribution to creating an inclusive ACT community. The finalists were:

Excellence in Making Inclusion Happen

This award recognises a person with disability who works to celebrate and enable people with disability to participate in the community and reach their full potential as equal and valued citizens. The finalists were:

Inclusion in Private Sector Employment

This award recognises a business, organisation or individual within the private sector that has provided inclusive and innovative employment practices.  The finalists were:

Inclusion in Public Sector Employment

This award recognises an organisation, team or individual within the public sector that has provided inclusive and innovative employment practices.  The finalists were:

Inclusion in Education and Training

This award recognises an educational and training organisation or individual either within the private sector or government funded that has provided exceptional or innovative educational or training opportunities for people with disability. The finalists were:

Inclusion in Business

This award recognises a business that has delivered exceptional or innovative services and facilities that empower and include people with disability and celebrate their contribution to the community.  The finalists were:

Excellence in Innovation, Design and Access

This award recognises an organisation, team or individual who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to accessibility or innovation in design* to create greater inclusion for people with disability.
(*Design encompasses inclusive design in the areas of art, building, architecture, landscape architecture, information technology, equipment and craft, or designing system or processes).

The finalists were:

Excellence in Inclusive Services and Disability Support

This award recognises an organisation who has demonstrated excellence in providing services that promote inclusion, and respond to the needs and aspirations of people with disability.  The finalists were:

Excellence in Volunteer Support

This award recognises an individual volunteer who supports people with disability who has shown outstanding dedication to empowering people with disability to increase their independence, enhance belonging in community and achieve goals.  The finalists were:

Excellence in Support Work

This award recognises an individual support worker who has shown outstanding dedication to empowering people with disability to increase their independence, enhance belonging in community and achieve goals.  The finalists were:

Life Time Achievement in Supporting People With Disability

This award recognises a person that has over a long period of time (more than 10 years) shown innovation and leadership in supporting people with disability to increase their independence, enhance belonging in community and achieve goals.  The finalists were:

Excellence in Championing Human Rights and Equality

This award recognises an individual, organisation or service who demonstrates excellence in the promotion and fulfilment of human rights. The finalists wre:

Further information

Videos screened at 2019 Inclusion Awards:

 

Canberrans celebrated at Inclusion Awards - Media Release from ACT Chief Minister, Andrew Barr MLA - 5 December 2019 

2019 Chief Minister's Inclusion Awards

2019 finalists

2018 winners

2018 finalists