NSW Disability Inclusion Awards

Entries will open mid April 2017


The NSW Disability Inclusion Award acknowledges local governments that implement innovative services, programs and/or policies that deliver greater opportunities for people with disability to participate in community life. The Award is sponsored by NSW Department of Family and Community Services, and winners will be announced at the Local Government Week Awards Evening.

About the Award

The Award recognises councils who have developed projects and/or initiatives which respond to one of the four focus areas outlined in the NSW Disability Inclusion Plan as being of primary importance in creating an inclusive community. These are:

  1. Developing positive community attitudes and behaviours
  2. Creating liveable communities
  3. Supporting access to meaningful employment
  4. Improving access to services through better systems and processes.

For example, councils could enter initiatives or projects for this award that:

  • Develop successful partnerships between government and/or business and/or community which lead to increased opportunities for people with disability to participate in community life.
  • Facilitate the participation of people with disability, their families and carers in the economic, social, cultural, and recreational life of the community.
  • Enable communication and information systems that are accessible, reliable and responsive to the needs of people with disability, their families and carers.
  • Apply the principles of ‘universal design’ to council projects and infrastructure.

Award divisions

A winner and highly commended will be awarded within three divisions based on population:

  • Councils with a population below 30,000
  • Councils with a population between 30,000 to 70,000
  • Councils with a population greater than 70,000

Award criteria

  • The project was managed by a NSW council
  • The project addresses at least one of the four focus areas stipulated in the National Disability Strategy.
  • The project/initiative is innovative and has resulted in improvements that have achieved significant benefits for people with disability.
  • The project/initiative can be replicated by other councils.
  • The project/ initiative demonstrates leadership in its development, implementation and evaluation.
  • The project/initiative achieved its intended goals.
  • The project/initiative is cost efficient and utilises existing council resources.
  • The project was undertaken in the 2016-17 financial year.


Nominations will be assessed against the Award criteria. The Awards will be judged by a panel consisting of representatives from the NSW Department of Family and Community Services and Local Government NSW with judging based on the submitted entry form.