ACLW's Diversity Award Ceremony

on Tuesday, 02 August 2016. Posted in Diversity Award, Recognition - Flagship Awards Program

ACLW's Diversity Award Ceremony 

ACLW proudly announces the 2016 national Diversity Awards Ceremony to be held in NSW Parliament House Sydney on 14 September 2016.
Join Ministers, Award Judges and Award Sponsors to celebrate the excellent diverse achievements of our inspiring national Finalists (Diversity Champion and Woman benefiting) in each of the 8 categories. 
  1. Empowers Women in a community or organisation in Australia

  2. Empowers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in a community or organisation in Australia

  3. Empowers Women with a Disability in a community or organisation in Australia

  4. Empowers Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) women in a community or organisation in Australia

  5. Empowers Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender Intersex, Queer (LBGTIQ) women in a community or organisation in Australia

  6. Empowers women experiencing disadvantage in a community or organisation in Australia

  7. Empowers Older Women in a community or organisation in Australia

  8. Empowers Rural, Remote and Regional women in a community or organisation in Australia


This inaugural Award recognises individuals and organisations that empower women, particularly from marginalised groups, through community and organisational initiatives and women who have utilised this assistance in advancing professionally and personally in workplaces and/or communities in Australia

Congratulations to all our 2016 Diversity Award Long-Listed candidates and Finalists.

Event Details

When: Wednesday, 14 September 2016, 6.45pm for a 7pm start. 

Where: Strangers Dinning Room in NSW's Parliament House, 6 Macquarie Street, Sydney

Cost: $95 AUD. Seating is limited, so please purchase tickets asap. Registrations need to be done separately even if using the same credit card.

Registrations have closed.

Guests will enjoy: 

  • a delicious 3 course meal. Dessert will be supplied by our Award Ceremony Sponsor, Sweet Fantasy Cakes.
  • juices and soft drinks
  • great entertainment

Please note that special dietary requirements are only being applied for the entree and main course meal, but not for the dessert. Please provide your special requirements for the first 2 courses when using the Paypal facility.  

Dress Code: Semi-Formal

Location Information for Parliament House:

Information on Disability Access:


Event Entertainment & Diversity Award Ceremony Sponsors


Shanell DraganShanell Dargan, a case worker, 21, from the Macarthur region touched the heart of the nation with her honest audition on The X Factor with her moving rendition of Beyonce’s Ave Maria,  but it was her emotional backstory that brought the country to tears. Ms Dargan, known by most as Nellie, publicly thanked her role model, Irish grandmother Patricia, on Channel 7, for raising her while her parents were in and out of jail. As a youth worker, Shanell believes it is even more imperative she shares her personal story of experiencing domestic violence. Since she posted her story it has received over 20,000 likes and more than 2,000 shares. And despite some negative backlash, Shanell remains positive about coming out publicly on such a taboo subject. Ms Dargan attended Ambarvale Public School and Campbelltown Performing Arts High School and said she is proud to represent her home.



SGLC2Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir (SGLC) is a non-auditioned choir which welcomes members regardless of their sexual identity or musical experience. The choir is open to all – lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, intersex, queer and our straight allies.  Since beginning in 1991, SGLC has performed Carl Vine’s Mythologia with Sydney Dance Company at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Arts Festival, hosted the first Australasian Gay and Lesbian Choral Festival, performed at the Sydney Gay Games Choral Festival, and toured Europe, New Zealand and North America. Its 2009 production of Henry Purcell’s The Fairy Queen was the first opera in the world to be staged by a queer choir. In 2011, Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir celebrated its 20th anniversary with a gala concert at Sydney Town Hall. In 2014, Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir toured Northern Europe, visiting Finland and Estonia where the choir sang with local gay, lesbian and ally choirs. The tour culminated with participation in the World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia.

More information about SGLC is at



Greek dancersThe Greek Folk Dancers of NSW was founded in 1992 under the Instruction of Vasilios Aligiannis with the belief in the preservation of dances, music and costumes in their traditional form and that the teaching and stage presentation of dances must be based on ethnographic research of the areas or villages presented. The Greek Folk Dancers of NSW is an active member in the Greek Community and can be found at




Sound Manager: Anthony Skapetis

Anthony SkapetisAnthony Skapetis SE

Anthony Skapetis is the owner of the retro style music cafe, Soundsepresso where he combines his love for music and the preservation of vinyl records. He is a Co-host of Karamela Greek Radio 2RDJ and Co-host of Marrickville Mornings at Radio Skidrow. He is involved in assisting many community charities for the Greek community and celebrating Greek culture. Soundsepresso is at  and



Konstantina and father Aruthur Georgolas
Desert supplied by Konstantina and Arthur Georgoulas from Sweet Fantasy Cakes
Saki and Peri Georgoulas established Sweet Fantasy Cakes on the 23rdof December, 1993, bringing his experience and traditional recipes from his home country of Greece, and working with the best ingredients possible. Sweet Fantasy Cakes is now run by Arthur and his daughter Konstantina, paired with an amazing team of individuals which make up their “sweet” family in their 2 stores in Bankstown and Ramsgate Beach. From light European creams to sweeter Greek treats, there’s something to suit everyone’s palate. Sweet Fantasy cakes was a Winner in 2015 & Finalist in 2016 for the Australian Business Champion Awards.  Konstantina Georgoulas was a 2016 Finalist in the Australian Business Champion Awards Entrepreneur of the Year.
Sweet Fantasy Cakes' website is

Official Photographer: Deeann Green

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Deeann Green is a 3rd year double degree student at the University of Wollongong. She studies a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Music) and a Bachelor of Science (Biology) as well as a minor in Photography. In 2013, she graduated from Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts and made the NSW HSC Distinguished Achievers List. She has been playing the violin for 13 years, has six years teaching experience and teaches the violin and piano to 30 students. Deeann also has a passion for photography, especially for portraits, dance and expressive photography and events. Her photos have featured in exhibitions at the Wollongong Town Hall, the 'Paws for a Cause' exhibition, fundraising for WIRES, WARN and the RSPCA, the Illawarra Mercury and Wollongong Central. In the near future, she hopes to have a body of work published in a photography magazine. 
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