Disability Confidence Awards

About the Disability Confidence Awards Night

Our annual Disability Confidence Awards night was a heartfelt celebration of the passion, determination and achievements of individuals and organisations who have worked hard and instigated changes to improve accessibility and inclusion of people with disability.

More than 100 organisations and individuals entered the awards, and more than 300 people attended the awards ceremony at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on May 8, hosted by former Disability Discrimination Commissioner Alastair McEwin.

Congratulations to our Finalists and Award Recipients

All the nominees and finalists were exceptional, and we want to congratulate everyone for their significant achievements.

The individual award for Disability Changemaker of the Year went to Briar Harte from NBN Co.

Briar’s recognition as this year’s Inclusive Changemaker is a testament to her unwavering commitment to fostering an inclusive environment at NBN Co. Briar’s initiatives are many. They include spearheading the NBN Co Disability Reference Group, influencing policy changes for hybrid work, embedding accessibility into procurement, uplifting NBN Co’s brand for accessibility, contributing to many forums and government programs, and developing comprehensive training modules.

The Commonwealth Bank won the Inclusive Initiative of the Year and the Disability Employee Network of the Year was won by Jacobs Group (Australia).

Ruth Bonser from Westpac won the Mentor of the Year award and Esther Pritchard from Optus won Mentee of the Year.

Joanne Rae from the Victoria Department of Education won the Supervisor of the Year award and Claire Smith from the National Disability Insurance Agency won Intern of the Year Award.

Coles Group was the Top Performer in the Access & Inclusion Index, followed by Westpac and NBN Co which benchmarks organisations on their long-term commitment to understand and implement practices to meet the needs of customers and employees with disability.

View the full list of finalists and award recipients

Awards Night

You can download the Disability Confidence Awards Night program (PDF, 922kb) which contains a list of the finalists and judges.


This event is sponsored by WISE Employment and GradWISE.

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