The Enablement Awards / Conference

Raison D’ĂȘtre

To celebrate and reward excellence, innovation and exemplary achievements in the disability care sector. The awards have been created by the NDIS Update news media platform.

The philosophy behind the awards is;

  • To give recognition to efforts to advance profitability/surplus/outcomes for all participants,
  • And reward those who lift and enhance via innovation the customer experience/enjoyment/outcome.


All award winners must be Australia / New Zealand based and have operated throughout the period of Dec 2018 until Aug 2019, and be adjudicated by the judge to have been the best exemplar in the subset of their sector during this period.


Anyone is free to bring to our attention any individual / company he/she believe merits recognition. Please email [email protected]


The final arbiter will be the Editor of the NDIS Update. His decision will be final and no correspondence will be entertained.

The Editor has been involved in the sector for over 30 years.

The Editor is the most widely travelled observer in Australasian journalism, visiting and observing industry trends in 20+ countries each year, free of sector bias / association links / government funding, open to new entrants and conscious that significant changes to sectors often come via free thinking interlopers.

The Editor is free of commercial links and is in a unique position to make considered, balanced and impartial judgments based on intellect, effort, commitment, honesty and the rewards of both shareholder/stakeholder and the client/customer.


The 2019 Categories Are: Autism/Aspergers, Brain Injury, Day Care, Disability Services, Learning Disability (Adult), Learning Disability (Child), Mental Health Services, Rehabilitation, Spinal Injury, Stroke Rehab, Supported Housing, Supported Living, and Creative Living Housing Outcomes.

Each award is unique. Winners will have been adjudicated by a world authority to be the most outstanding exemplar in their chosen field in 2018-19. Each segment of the sector will be honoured. However if no one in a category in 2018-19 is considered worthy, no award will be made

Evaluation Qualities

The best performed / most meritorious performance / most innovative / courageous or positive initiative in each subset of the sector.

Conditions Of Acceptance

  • Each winner will be required to attend the next presentation ceremony in Melbourne on Friday, 30th August 2019
  • Each winner is entitled to bring up to five guests
  • The event fee of $685/- includes refreshments for all your guests / media package / media support for 12 months

Closing Date

Final day for nominations is 22nd August 2019, 5pm.


Each award winner will be notified no later than 27th August 2019. You will be notified by email.

You will be asked if you wish to accept the award.

If you decide to accept, you will be invited to attend the presentation of the Awards Ceremony to be held in Melbourne on Friday, 30th August 2019.

Your notification email will outline how to accept and provide you with the details of attendance.

It’s important you confirm your attendance to ensure your entry and comfortable hospitality for your guests.

Use of Award

You are able to use your award in sales, marketing and publicity initiatives without having to obtain consent.

You are not obliged to buy any products, subscriptions or advertising as a result of accepting your award.

General Observations (FAQ)

Q: Do I have to accept my award?

A: No

Q: How do I accept my award?

A: After you are notified by email of your award, you will need to RSVP within 1 day. If we do not hear from you within that time frame the award offer will be withdrawn and category cancelled.

Q: Can I accept my award and not attend?

A: No.

Q: Can a senior executive or colleague substitute for me?

A: Yes. A senior executive / colleague / senior government official is an acceptable substitute.

Q: What form does the award take?

A: Each winner receives a certificate with an accompanying Citation of Excellence.

Q: Can I bring additional guests to the awards ceremony?

A: Yes, you are able to bring up to five guests to accompany yourself.

Q: Can I change my guest list?

A: Yes, you are free to interchange your guest list for the presentation ceremony at any time.

Q: How will you communicate with me?

A: All communication with award winners will be via email/phone. It is your responsibility to add our email address to the “allowed senders list” or ‘white list’ within your email system to ensure communications delivery.

Award Presentation

The award presentation has this year been divided into two ceremonies. The numbers supporting each awardee have exceeded expectations. The first session on August 1st 2019 was a full house. The final presentation will be made in Melbourne on August 30th.

Awards Philosophy

The awards philosophy is to focus on performance. Awards sponsorship is refused; there is no securing of dinner tables, advertising or product placement fees.

The focus is to drive all-sized operators to be considered equally. Independent assessments are sought. All communications are confidential.