Media Release by Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield

NSW scoops 2014 National Disability Awards

NSW garnered the greatest number of National Disability Awards in 2014, with five individuals and organisations accepting the accolade at a gala event held at Parliament House in Canberra last night.

A disability advocate for more than 60 years, Bill Bradley from Hornsby received the prestigious ‘Lesley Hall Award for Lifetime Achievement in Disability.’

Mr Bradley was praised by judges “for his efforts as a role model and teacher and for advocating so strongly for the rights of people with disability in being able to participate in many varied sporting arenas”.

Sutherland resident Jordanna Smith received the ‘Emerging Leaders Award in Disability’ for participating in a number of voluntary and paid positions, her efforts to increase employment opportunities, her community participation and her advocacy.

Ms Smith, who has a hearing impairment, was described by judges as demonstrating “exceptional leadership qualities in her selfless community contribution and her endeavours to make significant positive changes for the Deaf Community.”

The Touched by Olivia foundation was established after parents tragically lost their eight-month-old baby girl to a rare illness. The Foundation’s work to create inclusive play spaces received an ‘Improving Inclusive and Accessible Communities Award’.

Under the guidance of Executive Officer Rebecca Ho, the organisation “provided a strong example in achieving best practice, creating inclusive play spaces for kids” that “help to create a more inclusive community, where belonging and acceptance becomes a part of the community fabric”.

The ‘Improving Advocacy & Rights Promotion Award’ was presented to national organisation First Peoples Disability Network (FPDN), which is based in Redfern.

North Gosford business Saronbell’s ongoing relationship with Job Centre Australia Ltd. made it the largest employer of people with disability on the Central Coast and joint recipient of the ‘Improving Employment Opportunities Award’.

The National Disability Awards are a major part of celebrations marking the International Day of People with Disability on 3 December each year.

The full list of 2014 National Disability Award recipients and more information can be found at