NSW Disability Inclusion Awards

The NSW Disability Inclusion Award acknowledges local government organisations that deliver greater opportunities for people with disability to participate in community life through the implementation of innovative services, programs and/or policies.
This new LGNSW award is sponsored by NSW Department of Family and Community Services.  

Award Sponsor

Award Winners 2017

NSW Disability Inclusion Award, sponsored by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services

Division A – population less than 30,000

Winner: Cobar Shire Council - Improving Access at The Youthie

Highly Commended: Bland Shire Council - Bland But Not Inaccessible

Division B - population 30,000 to 100,000

Winner: Wollondilly Shire Council Stars in the Garden: Music and Access All Areas Film Festival

Highly Commended: Strathfield Council – Strattie Strikers

Division C - population more than 100,000

Winner: Wollongong City Council – Wollongong New Year’s Eve Celebration – An Inclusive Event

Highly Commended: Port Macquarie-Hastings Council – Acess friendly Businesses


About the Award - not offered in 2018

This LGNSW award recognised local government organisation projects and/or initiatives which respond to one of four focus areas of primary importance in creating an inclusive community, as outlined in the NSW Disability Inclusion Plan. 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.
Councils could, for example, enter initiatives or projects that:
  • Develop successful partnerships between government and/or business and/or community which led 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 council population:
  • Less than 30,000
  • Between 30,000 to 70,000
  • Greater than 70,000.

Award criteria

The project/initiative must be:
  • Managed by a local government organisation 
  • Address at least one of the four focus areas stipulated in the National Disability Strategy
  • Innovative and resulted in improvements that have achieved significant benefits for people with disability
  • Able to be replicated by other councils
  • Demonstrates leadership in its development, implementation and evaluation
  • Achieved its intended goals
  • Cost efficient and utilises existing resources
  • Undertaken in the 2016-17 financial year.