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NOMINATE for ACLW's 2016 Diversity Award
NEW DEADLINE: Applications Close 12 May 2016
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About ACLW's Diversity Award
For 2016 International Women's Day, ACLW’s ‘Sustaining Women’s Empowerment in Communities and Organisations’ (SWECO) Award is being revisioned as ACLW’s Diversity Award to reflect the aim to honour women, men, groups and organisations for establishing a sustainable initiative in a community or organisation to empower women, particularly from marginalised groups.
Respecting, valuing and including differences in ethnicity, gender, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, education, and religion are core principles of diversity and inclusion in workplaces and the community.
With concerns about the underrepresentation of women, particularly women from marginalised social groups in leadership and the need for effective strategies to value and create opportunities for the inclusion and recognition of marginalised women, ACLW’s Diversity Award will recognise Diversity Champions (organisation or individual) for the initiatives they implement to include and empower women, particularly women from marginalised social groups. It will also recognise a Woman who has thrived as a result of a Diversity Champion’s initiative.
ACLW’s Awards Program commenced in 2006, culminating so far in three national awards for women’s advancement, with more than 60 national recipients beng recognised and awarded, including women, men and organisations. This year is ACLW's 10th Anniversary of its Awards Program for women's empowerment. The 2016 Diversity Award refines the spirit of ACLW's Award Program as it seeks to platform in a mainstream forum, recognition for community and organisational initiatives in Australia that value and empower women in Australia who come from diverse backgrounds, and particularly from groups that are marginalised.
Categories for the 2016 Diversity Award
The categories for the 2016 Diversity Awards are for an individual or organisation that:
Empowers Women in a community or organisation in Australia
Empowers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in a community or organisation in Australia
Empowers Women with a Disability in a community or organisation in Australia
Empowers Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) women in a community or organisation in Australia
Empowers Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender Intersex, Queer (LBGTIQ) women in a community or organisation in Australia
Empowers women experiencing disadvantage in a community or organisation in Australia
Empowers Older Women in a community or organisation in Australia
Empowers Rural, Remote and Regional women in a community or organisation in Australia
Self-nominations or nominations by others are accepted. Applications are evaluated in the above 8 Categories by a distinguished Panel of Judges according to the criteria of leadership, sustainability and impact of the initiative on women in the nominated group.
Proud Sponors of the Diversity Award
DIAMOND Category Sponsors:
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in a community or organisation in Australia, Diamond Sponsored by the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre and EY
Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) women in a community or organisation in Australia, Diamond Sponsored by Settlement Services International (SSI)
Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender Intersex, Queer (LBGTIQ) women in a community or organisation in Australia, Diamond Sponsored by ACON
Women experiencing disadvantage in a community or organisation in Australia, Diamond Sponsored by NSW Council of Social Service (NCOSS)
Rural, Remote and Regional women in a community or organisation in Australia, Bronze sponsored by Northern Rivers Social Development Council (NRSDC)
General Sponsors of the Diversity Award:
Diamond Sponsor: Aon
Silver Sponsor: Playgroup NSW
Silver Sponsor: Twig Marketing
Bronze Sponsor: M & M Trophy Warehouse
Bronze Sponsor: Ki Print
Diversity Award's Facebook page features how our sponsors are committed to diversity and why they are sponsoring this Award.
2016 Judging Panel
Georgia Prattis, Managing Director, MyriaD Consultants Pty Ltd
Georgia is Director of Myriad International Consulting Services Pty Ltd. She has over 20 years experience specialising in training development and delivery, research, evaluation, strategic planning, policy development, facilitation and stakeholder consultation. Areas of expertise include access and equity, cultural diversity, gender equality, equal opportunity, gender based violence, preventing bullying in the workplace and human rights. Gorgia is an accomplished consultant in diversity related organisational change programs and strategic planning that promote access and equity and develop workforce capabilities. She has extensive policy reform experience in the field of diversity working with the public sector, non-government organisations and community based agencies. Georgia has also participated on a wide range of Boards and committees. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts, Diploma in Education and a Master of Educational Studies.
Graham West is a National President of the St Vincent de Paul Society, Management Consultant in the NFP sector and a former CEO of St Vincent de Paul Society in NSW. Graham was a Member of Parliament in NSW for 10 years representing the Campbelltown area, and held a number of Ministerial positions including Juvenile Justice and Youth and has been active at a board level in the community sector for many years, especially in community development and youth drug and alcohol education and support. In addition, Graham has a continuing interest in community engagement policies, environmental strategies at the local level, and issues concerning indigenous youth, especially in the areas of employment and education. Graham has written on youth engagement in decision-making using social networking and Web 2.0 and is a regular speaker on the importance of community development. Graham holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Management, a Master of International Studies, is an Advanced Fire Fighter with the NSW Rural Fire Service, and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Logistics and Transport.
Janine has spent the majority of the last 20 years in Europe, she has in excess of 25 years’ experience in the Financial Services industry, working in both Australia and the United Kingdom. She spent 13 years with J.P.Morgan in London, working in Debt Capital Markets, covering both high grade and high yield transactions, in a range of industries across Europe and the Middle East. She has extensive management experience and held the title of Managing Director for her last five years with J.P.Morgan. She spent four years as a founding partner of an Australian private equity firm, Tasman Capital Partners and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Since returning to Australia in 2012, Janine has become heavily involved in the non for profit sector and is a Director of Outcomes Australia and ShareLife. Janine is also the Co-Chair of Australian Marriage Equality. Janine also volunteers for Glengarry Aged Care Facility for dementia patients and is a foster carer with the RSPCA.
Nareen Young is one of Australia's leading workplace practitioners and thinkers and managed, with enormous success, in the not for profit sector for over 15 years. She has received numerous awards and acknowledgements for this work, including the inaugural 100 Women of Influence honour for Diversity. Nareen is currently a Director at Pricewaterhouse Coopers Indigenous Consulting, spent 8 months in 2014 as Strategic Adviser - Flexibility at Westpac, is a mentor for the AFR Boss Emerging Leaders Program and utilises her knowledge as a reporting CEO for 15 years through governance. She is non-executive Director of Indigenous Business Australia, Netball Australia and the Institute for Cultural Diversity and the Chair of Groundswell Arts NSW.
Padma Raman has a long and established career committed to protecting and advancing human rights. She is the Executive Director of Australia's national human rights institution, the Australian Human Rights Commission and came to the position after establishing the Victorian Law Reform Commission which she ran for nine years. During that time, Ms Raman was also a member of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) for 4 ½ years. She was instrumental in assisting the Victorian Government develop and implement the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006. Prior to this, Ms Raman worked extensively in the community and academic sectors. She holds a Masters of Law by research, specialising in the experiences of immigrant and Indigenous women under the Australian legal system.
Dr Patricia Hamilton has a PhD in Rural Sociology. Patricia is President of the National Women’s Rural Coalition Ltd, a collaborative national voice for women living in rural, regional and remote Australia and a Board Member of the Regional Development Australia Yorke and Mid North. Patricia is a former Secondary Principal. Her leadership and management skills and the involvement in research and evaluation with both education and rural enterprises have equipped her with a wide range of processes and experiences to be a valuable contributor to the advancement of women in rural Australia as Patricia consistently highlights women’s critical role in sustaining and increasing the prosperity and productivity of family farming businesses and rural communities. In 2009, Patricia was acknowledged on the South Australian Women’s Honour Roll in recognition of her dedication and continuous commitment as an advocate and mentor for rural women and youth across the country.
Roy Rogers is the CEO of the Flagstaff Group, a commercially focused Australian Disability Enterprise operating in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven regions. Roy joined Flagstaff in 2005 and became CEO in 2011. Roy is a Chartered Professional Engineer with a degree in Civil/Structural Engineering and an MBA from Wollongong University. Roy is a member the Illawarra Community Advisory Panel, Light & Hope Mental Health Clubhouse committee and is on the Board of Family services Illawarra. Before moving the NFP sector Roy had over 30 years’ experience in corporate sector in both senior and general management roles, including BHP and various national and international manufacturing and supply businesses. Roy has been successful in the disability sector for raising the bar to create a variety of mainstream employment opportunities by building vocational skills and developing a strong work ethic that improves self-esteem and confidence.
Professor Shirley Randell AO, PhD was educated at Perth Modern School and the Universities of Papua New Guinea, Canberra, New England and London. As a leading expert in public sector and institutional reform, teacher education, gender mainstreaming and human rights in developing countries, Prof. Randell has provided specialist technical assistance to governments in the Asia Pacific Region and in Africa over the last 18 years. After working with UNDP and the Ministry for Women’s Affairs on a gender mainstreaming training program for senior public servants in 2004-5 in Bangladesh, Prof. Randell returned to Dhaka in 2014 on a three year project with ADB and the Ministry of Education as Pre-service Secondary Training Program Specialist, Bangladesh Teacher Quality Improvement Project ll, with Development Strategists International Consulting. In 2009 she established and directed the Centre for Gender, Culture and Development at the Kigali Institute of Education, now the Centre for Gender Studies at the University of Rwanda. She is the author of numerous journal articles and books and is a renowned international speaker. Prof Randell was one of Australia’s 100 Inaugural Women of Influence in 2012 and one of the International Alliance for Women’s 100 World of Difference Awardees in 2013. She is a Distinguished Alumni of the University of Canberra and University of New England Armidale, Patron of the Australian Centre for Leadership for Women and Sunshine Foundation Australia, and the Global Ambassador- Rwanda for The International Alliance of Women.
Sue Conde AM is a former President of Unifem Australia. Sue has held various executive leadership positions at State and National levels of Girl Guides Australia serving as Deputy Chief Commissioner from 1998-2002. International experiences include attending the UN General Assembly Special Session on Women in New York in 2000 and as a member of the Australian Government delegations; she has attended the UN Special Session on Children in 2002 and the Commission on the Status of Women in 2006 and 2010. She joined the UNIFEM Australia National Committee in 2002 and was elected Vice President in 2005. From 2003-2007 she was actively engaged as a member of the National Leadership Group in UNIFEM Australia’s launch of the new Australian initiative – the White Ribbon Campaign. Sue served as President of the AWC for three years from 2003-2006. In January 2005 Sue was appointed as a Member in the Order of Australia for service to the community through organisations and advisory bodies that promote the interests of women, to youth through the Guiding movement and to the Uniting Church in Australia.
Susan Ferrier, National Head of People, Performance & Culture, KPMG
Susan Ferrier is an accomplished senior executive with more than 30 years of international experience working with boards and executive teams in professional services, technology, financial services and legal organisations. Susan has been the CEO of a small technology start up and is a Director on The Royal Hospital for Women Foundation Board. She is passionate about leadership, indigenous issues and gender equity. Susan is committed to helping people achieve their full potential by building conversations and initiatives around inclusivity and curiosity – whether it is at work or with her four children.
Terese Edwards is the CEO of the National Council of Single Mothers and their Children Inc since 2009. She is also Chair of the South Australian Women Services Network. Terese is an ambassador for single mother families and speaks for women and children who contend with poverty, hardship and violence.She is also the Deputy President of ACOSS since February 2010. She is a Steering committee member of the Equality and Rights Alliance (National Women`s Alliance) since 2012 She is a Member of the Economic Security for women since October 2012 and a Child Support National Stakeholder Engagement Group Member since 2009. Terese has a Masters in Public Administration, a Graduate Diploma in Management and a Graduate Certificate in Public Policy.
Proud Ambassadors of the 2016 Diversity Awards
Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash Minster for Women Minister for Employment Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service
The Hon Pru Goward MP Minister for Women Minister for Mental Health Minister for Medical Research Assistant Minister for Health Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
The Hon Linda Burney MP, Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Shadow Minister for Education, Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Member for Canterbury
The Hon. John Ajaka MLC Minister for Ageing Minister for Disability Services Minister for Multiculturalism
Helen Conway, Fmr CEO Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA),Deputy Chair, Aon Superannuation Pty Ltd
ACLW’s 2016 Diversity Awards Application
Individuals/organisations may self-nominate or be nominated by another individual or organisation.
The application comprises a section for the Diversity Champion AND a section for a woman who has benefitted from the initiative.
Questions address the criteria of leadership, sustainability and impact of the initiative.
Diversity Awards Judging Criteria
Applications are evaluated by the Judges according to the following criteria:
Leadership: Leadership skills employed in effectively developing, implementing and evaluating an initiative for empowering women in a community or organisation relevant to the nominated category.
Sustainability:The initiative sustains empowerment for women within the community or organisation relevant to the nominated category.
Impact: Actual individual, social and economic impact of the initiative on women as demonstrated by quantitative (e.g. statistics) or qualitative evidence for corresponding key activities of the initiative (e.g. milestones reached towards stated goals) and the benefits experienced by the recipient woman (Part B of the application) from the nominated category
Diversity Awards 2016 Timeline
International Women's Day, 8 March 2016
Diversity Awards Applications Open
12 May 2016
Diversity Awards Applications Close
13 May 2016 - 31 July 2016: Judging period
Judging of Diversity Awards by Judging Panel
From 1 August 2016
All Finalists are notified and their profiles are promoted at ACLW
14 September 2016
Diversity Awards Ceremony - NSW Parliament House Sydney
There will be 3 Finalists (3 x Diversity Champion and a Woman benefiting) in each of the 8 Categories. All of the Finalists (Diversity Champion and a Woman benefiting) will be notified and their profiles will be promoted at ACLW. Online and off-line publicity of the winners and short-listed candidates and their initiatives will also ensue.
All Finalists (Diversity Champion and a Woman benefiting) must attend the Award ceremony to be recognised and presented with an official Award Certificate.
In each category, there will be only 1 Winner (A Diversity Champion and a Woman benfitting from that Diversity Champion's initiative). The Diversity Champion can be an Organisation or an individual.
The Winner will receive a trophy, an official Award Certificate and prize money. The table below outlines the prizes.
Diversity Awards Presentation
The 2016 Diversity Awards Dinner Ceremony will be held in NSW Parliament House Sydney on 14 September 2016. Finalists (Diversity Champion and Woman benefiting) must be present at the Award Ceremony on 14 September in Parliament House in Sydney.This will be a ticketed event with limited seating. All of the women Finalists who have benefited from the Finalist Diversity Champion's initiative will be offered a complementary ticket to attend the Dinner ceremony. More details of the Award Ceremony will be released closer to the date.
Terms and Conditions for ACLW’s Diversity Awards
- Sex: Female or Male
- Age: 18 or older
- Any individual, who is a relative of the judges, or is employed in the organisation of ACLW, the Judges, Sponsors or Ambassadors of this Award will not be eligible for an award under this program.
- An individual who has previously won any Award from ACLW will be ineligible. Organisations that have previously won any Award from ACLW are also ineligible.
- Only one application per individual, group or organisation will be accepted.
- The initiative must be continuing currently in Australia and must be benefitting women in Australia, but who are not necessarily Australian citizens.
Part A and Part B of the Diversity Award Application must be completed within the specified word limits for the entire application to be eligible for ACLW’s 2016 Diversity Award.
- The application must be submitted by email by 12 May 2016. The submitted application becomes the property of ACLW.
- Finalists allow the use of their application and image for publicity purposes.
- Finalists will make themselves available without cost for publicity purposes as required prior to, during and after the Awards Presentation. This may include being featured in promotional media.
- Finalists (Diversity Champion and Woman benefiting) must be present at the Award Ceremony on 14 September in Parliament House in Sydney. All of the women Finalists who have benefited from the Diversity Champion's initiative will only be offered a complementary ticket to attend the Dinner ceremony. ACLW will not be covering any other expenses.
- ACLW reserves the right to allocate the prizes in each category and to not award in a category if the applicants do not meet the criteria.
- The Judging panel reserves the right to consider an application for another category in the Award. The Judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.