2024 Victorian Disability Awards

The Victorian Disability Awards celebrate those who promote the rights of people with disability
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Important dates

  • Entries open: 24 June 2024
  • Entries close: 19 July 2024

Award categories

The 2024 Victorian Disability Awards have four categories. These categories reflect the plan: ‘Inclusive Victoria: State Disability Plan 2022-2026’. Categories are:

  • Advocacy for People (including Self Advocacy)
  • Leadership in Co-design
  • Disability Pride Champion
  • Lifetime Achievement Award

Please see the nomination guide for category information.

How to nominate

Victorians are encouraged to nominate someone they know that’s making a real difference. Co-design, advocacy, innovative ideas and programs can have a big impact including:

  • Making everyday activities easier and more accessible for everyone
  • Standing up for the rights of people with disability
  • Building more inclusive workplaces and communities
  • Promoting disability pride and celebrating diversity

Before you begin, it’s a good idea to read the nomination guide and allow up to two weeks to get the information you need.

If you’re having trouble completing your nomination online or need help submitting it in another format, please contact the Awards Team by phone on 03 9285 3873 or by email awards@dffh.vic.gov.au.

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Nominations close on 19 July 2024.

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We would love your help to promote the nomination period for these awards.

We’ve provided a printable poster in Easy Read, an information toolkit and social media tile:

Judging panel

Judges for the Victorian Disability Awards are from Victoria’s disability community. The judges volunteer their time to look at the nominations and make final recommendations.

The judges will review the nominations to consider each of the nominee’s contributions to improving the lives of people with disability. The judges will then make their recommendations to the Minister for Disability.

Contact

Victorian Disability Awards Team

If you have any questions, you can contact the Awards Team:

Phone: (03) 9285 3873
Email: awards@dffh.vic.gov.au

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Previous award winners
2022 award winners

Congratulations to the following winners of the 2022 Victorian Disability Awards:

Winners and inductees by award category

Award categoryWinners and Inductees
Emerging leader award
  • Abbey Dalton
  • Chloé Hayden
Excellence in creating inclusive communities
  • Lance Nilsson - Doncaster All Abilities Basketball Inc
  • Change Your Reactions - Autism Public Education Campaign
Excellence in employment outcomesWhere is My Coffee?
Excellence in promoting health, housing and wellbeingJane Tiller
Excellence in promoting rights, fairness and safety Mary Ritchie - Rubix Support
Excellence in promoting disability prideI CAN Network Mentoring Team
Volunteer awardBlind Sports & Recreation Victoria Volunteer Ambassadors
Lifetime achievement honour roll
  • Effie Meehan
  • Nigel Caswell
  • Karen Underwood
  • Amanda Golding
  • Sue Dymond
Minister’s Award for outstanding leadership Blind Sports & Recreation Victoria Volunteer Ambassadors

Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit a nomination for the 2022 Victorian Disability Awards.

Finalists

2022 finalists
Award categoryFinalists
Emerging leader award finalists
  • Abbey Dalton
  • Chloé Hayden
  • Emily Unity
Excellence in creating inclusive communities finalists
  • Lance Nilsson - Doncaster All Abilities Basketball Inc
  • Change Your Reactions - Autism Public Education Campaign
  • Mandy Hose and Kate Jones, Too Peas in a Podcast
  • Frankston All Abilities and Walking Basketball Programs
  • Em Dewhurst
Excellence in employment outcomes finalists
  • Where is My Coffee?
  • Northeast Health Wangaratta Tidy Team
Excellence in promoting health, housing and wellbeing finalists
  • Jane Tiller
  • Blind Sports & Recreation Victoria team
  • Western Health Vaccination Sedation Clinic
  • Disability Healthcare Access Service
  • Rosie's Love and Care
Excellence in promoting rights, fairness and safety finalists
Mary Ritchie - Rubix Support
Excellence in promoting disability pride finalists
  • Chloé Hayden
  • I CAN Network Mentoring Team
 Volunteer award finalists
  • Blind Sports & Recreation Victoria Volunteer Ambassadors
  • Sandra Bennett
  • Marwa Mostafa
 Lifetime achievement honour roll finalists
  • Effie Meehan
  • Nigel Caswell
  • Karen Underwood
  • Amanda Golding
  • Sue Dymond

Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit a nomination for the 2022 Victorian Disability Awards – all the nominations were fantastic.