Media Release by Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield

Recognising local government achievements for people with disability

The Assistant Minister for Social Services has welcomed the introduction of a new category of the National Awards for Local Government which recognises councils for innovative work to support people with disability.

“The new Disability Access and Inclusion Award is an opportunity to acknowledge local councils making a difference for people with disability in their community,” Senator Fifield said.

Each year the National Awards for Local Government showcase the achievements of councils across the country.

“I am pleased this year we are introducing a new award that recognises local governments for their work with people with disability in their communities.”

“Local governments have an important role in supporting the inclusion of people with disability in their communities across a broad range of areas such as transport, community facilities, arts, sport and cultural activities.

“This award is an opportunity to highlight initiatives that make a difference.”

Senator Fifield said the new award will promote innovation and best practice across local government.

“I hope this new award sparks competition between local councils on best practice in this area.”

Entries for the National Awards for Local Government close on 21 March 2014. National Grand finalists will be presented with their awards at a ceremony in Canberra in June 2014.

More information about the awards, including assessment criteria, is available at