Award Categories


The Graeme Innes AM Disability Employment Award recognises excellence in disability employment initiatives and programs in the workplace.

Award Criteria

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The program or initiative takes into account the unique concerns of employees with disability, such as flexible approach to job design and work environment; training requirements and working time arrangements.

Evidence of consultation/surveying of the wider workforce, examples of flexible options designed to address a specific need.

Industry Recognition The program or initiative has been developed in consultation with appropriate bodies and aligns itself with principles or guidelines as appropriate.

Evidence of consultation with industry groups, accreditation or recognition by those groups etc.

Community The program or initiative is aligned with the community/environment within which the organisation operates.

Examples of engagement with local community groups and organisations, demonstration of how the initiative or program meets a local challenge.


Innovation The program or initiative represents a new and creative approach to the challenge faced by the organisation. Evidence of how initiative was developed and what resources were drawn on, i.e. brainstorming sessions, proposals from employees etc.
Culture The program or initiative incorporates a cultural change approach to diversity where principles are embedded in the DNA of the organisation. Examples of cultural change programs, relating to the initiative i.e. how the organisation has introduced the initiative so that they are embraced by staff and become a way of life.
Impact, Metrics and Outcomes The program or initiative has addressed the challenge, achieved the desired outcomes and/or positively impacted on the business. Evidence of improvements and outcomes identifiable as resulting from the program or initiative including metrics on engagement, retention, climate surveys etc.
Sustainability The program or initiative and its impacts or outcomes are sustainable and replicable for the organisation. Evidence of how the program or initiative will be repeated within the organisation i.e. planned roll out to other divisions, sites, ongoing scheduled activity, commitment within organisational strategy/ budgets etc.
Leadership The program or initiative is supported or led by the CEO and/or senior leadership team within the organisation. Statement of support from senior leadership team, evidence of their participation in driving and implementing diversity policies etc.