Media Release by The Hon Jane Prentice MP

Celebrate International Day of People with Disability this Sunday

Events will be held across Australia this weekend to celebrate International Day of People with Disability, a United Nations sanctioned day held each year on 3 December.

The Hon Jane Prentice, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services, is encouraging all communities to come together to mark the 25th anniversary of this important day.

“International Day of People with Disability is a chance to reflect on and acknowledge the positive impact people with disability have in our community,” Mrs Prentice said.

“Many workplaces, sporting clubs, local councils and community organisations have already organised and registered more than 550 events to mark the occasion.

“These events aim to highlight and recognise the importance of building strong communities that support and celebrate people with disability.

“You can visit our website at and browse by state or territory to find out what events have been planned in your local area,” Mrs Prentice said. 

The Australian Government also celebrates International Day of People with Disability by holding the National Disability Awards, which recognise outstanding achievements and contributions of individuals and organisations who have improved the lives of people with disability.

Winners of the 2017 National Disability Awards will be announced at a ceremony at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra this Sunday.

To get involved or find out more about International Day of People with Disability and the National Disability Awards, visit