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Nominations open for WA Disability Support Awards 2018

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The 2018 WA Disability Support Awards celebrate the significant contribution of individuals and teams in providing services to support people with disability to achieve their goals.

The Awards recognise and reward people who go beyond ordinary standards of service and provide the highest degree of individualised support to people with disability.

NDS is excited to officially open the nominations for the 2018 Disability Support Awards, and to announce that the gala dinner will be held on Saturday, 28 April 2018 at Crown Perth.

This year, there will be an opportunity to recognise excellence within organisations that are providing leadership or applying innovation to continuously improve supports and create better outcomes.

The Award categories for 2018 are:

  • Excellence in Home and Family Support
  • Excellence in Supporting Social Inclusion
  • Excellence in Improving Employment Opportunities
  • Excellence in Regional Support
  • Excellence in Advocacy and Rights Promotion
  • Excellence in Leadership
  • Excellence in Innovation

The nomination form and guidelines can be downloaded from the Disability Support Awards website. Nominations close at 5.00pm on Friday, 9 February 2018.

If you would like support to write and submit a nomination, NDS will be hosting half-day workshops on 17 and 22 January to answer any questions you may have and take you through the nomination process.

You can register to attend the workshops here:

NDS WA State Manager Julie Waylen encourages people with disability, families, carers, and staff in disability sector organisations to make nominations.

“A high-quality workforce that strengthens safeguards and provides greater choice for people with disability is a vital part of building quality services in local communities across all parts of the state,” Julie says. “The Awards showcase the very best approaches and help the sector to attract, recruit and retain capable and committed support workers to the disability sector.”

We would like to thank our Gold Sponsors: HESTA, Black Swan Health, and Insurance Commission of Western Australia. If your organisation is interested in sponsoring the event, please contact Joseph Madeley at .

For further information:
Phone: 08 9208 9830

Contact information
Joseph Madeley, Communications and Events Officer, 08 9208 9810,