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 Canberrans with disability, businesses, organisations and individuals who go above and beyond their core role to be inclusive and demonstrate their commitment to encourage, welcome and support people with disability in their workplace, business and community.
The 2023 awards were announced at a gala night at the National Ballroom at Hotel Realm on Wednesday 6 December 2023.
You can see the list of finalists, find out about the winners and view highlights from the event on the 2023 Inclusion Awards webpage.
The 2022 Chief Minister’s Inclusion Awards were celebrated at a gala dinner at the Hotel Realm on Wednesday 7 December 2022.
Given the impacts of the COVID-19 Health Emergency, the 2021 Chief Minister’s Inclusion Awards was not able to be held.
However, to celebrate the inclusion, support and engagement of people with disability during the pandemic a series of videos were released, 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 people with disability as well as individuals or businesses or organisations are celebrated at the Inclusion Awards 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:
- Bunnings Warehouse
- Business Boost Centre
- Cam Sullings
- Commonwealth Bank
- Daana Restaurant, Curtin
- National Convention Centre Canberra
- The RUC
- Seeing Machines *WINNER*
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:
- ACT State Emergency Service – Tuggeranong Unit *JOINT WINNER*
- Australian Bureau of Statistics
- Department of Agriculture
- Department of Communications and the Arts’ Disability and Carers Steering Committee
- The Diversity Team, Department of Health
- Diversity and Inclusion Policy, Australian Public Service Commission
- Donna Rowbotham at Department of Defence
- Feedback, Behaviour, Investigations and Assistive Technology Team at Department of Defence
- Katie Costabile at Major Projects Canberra
- Questacon *JOINT WINNER*
- Veronique Gouneau at Canberra Institute of Technology
- Yarralumla Nursery
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:
- Black Mountain School
- Charles Weston School Coombs
- Jake Naylor *WINNER*
- Learning Support Team at St Michael’s Primary School
- Panache Driver Training
- The Pastoral Care Team at The Woden School
- Rebecca Jefferys
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:
- Canberra Business Chamber
- Ikea Canberra
- Shaw Building Group
- Stella Bella Children’s Centre
- ThinkPlace *WINNER*
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:
- ACT Courts and Tribunal
- ACT Emergency Services Agency
- ACT Parks and Conservation Service *JOINT WINNER*
- Belconnen Arts Centre
- Canberra Metro and The ACT Government’s Light Rail Project Team
- Ceilidh Dalton
- Cycle Solutions team, TADACT
- The Future is Inclusive podcast *COMMENDATION*
- Juliet Brown
- Peter Churcher, Public Schools Infrastructure Program
- Social Infrastructure Branch, Major Projects Canberra
- Technology for Ageing and Disability ACT (TADACT) *JOINT WINNER*
- Tilly Davey
- Workforce Impact Collective led by National Disability Services ACT
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:
- Achieve By Design
- Acute Support Social Work Department at The Canberra Hospital
- ACT Down Syndrome Association *COMMENDATION*
- Ausdance ACT
- Belconnen Community Service *WINNER*
- Beyond Bank
- Canberra Yacht Club Sailability
- The Disability Trust Score Raiders
- Forward to the Future
- Hands On Studio
- Hartley Lifecare
- Imagine More
- Inclusive Volunteering Program, Volunteering ACT *COMMENDATION*
- Marymead Autism Centre
- Mixed Bag Singing Group at Community Services #1
- Network Student Engagement Team, ACT Education Directorate
- Nexus Human Services
- Sharing Places
- Therapy 4 Kids, Early Start Australia
- UnitingCare Kippax
- Women With Disabilities ACT
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:
- Greg Ophel
- Individuals supporting Special Olympics ACT Golf – Malcolm Brown, Denis Donoghue, Neville Gathercole, Gareth Dear and Kerry Atkins
- John Brookes *WINNER*
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:
- Advocacy for Inclusion
- Canberra Community Law *WINNER*
- Disability Justice Reference Group *COMMENDATION*
- Mary Mallett
- The Office of the Senior Practitioner
- Rebus Theatre
- Women With Disabilities ACT *COMMENDATION*
Videos screened at 2019 Inclusion Awards:
Canberrans celebrated at Inclusion Awards - Media Release from ACT Chief Minister, Andrew Barr MLA - 5 December 2019