2019 NESA AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE

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Innovation in Disability Employment

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Overarching Award Eligibility Criteria: applicable to all Award categories

 All Awards relate to activities undertaken during the qualifying period 2018 – 2019 financial year

 All Awards are open to current NESA members and the job seekers and employers assisted by them

 Nominees must also meet the specific eligibility requirements for the Award category in which they are nominated

 All submissions and supporting information is treated as confidential

 Assessment of nominations is managed according to the NESA Awards for Excellence Judging Process

 Multiple nominations are permitted and encouraged with a separate submission required for each nomination

 Where a team is eligible to be nominated in an Award category, “team” is defined as:

• At least 2 people working together to achieve specified outcomes

• An entire branch or office

• A geographically based group i.e. regional or employment area

• A work group with an ongoing role in the organisation, or a time-limited group formed to achieve a specified purpose or outcomes e.g. project team

Category Description:

This Award recognises employment service providers, employment organisations or employers using innovative service strategies or initiatives that contribute to the employment inclusion of people living with a disability.

Category Eligibility:

Covers all applicable elements of the Overarching Award Eligibility Criteria as per above.

In addition, open to employment services organisations, individuals, or teams:
 that provided employment services to job seekers with a disability or to employers of people living with a disability during the qualifying period: 1 July 2018 – 30 June 2019
 that provided an innovative service or initiative focused on supporting employment outcomes of people living with a disability, including innovation delivered through collaboration with other stakeholders

An “innovative service or initiative” may include but is not limited to projects, programs, case management or support strategies including innovative workplace initiatives/strategies resulting in employment inclusion of people with a disability

The innovative service or initiative may be focused on all job seekers with a disability or a particular cohort e.g. Indigenous, youth, women or mature aged job seekers with a disability; or job seekers living with a particular type of disability e.g. cognitive, sensory, physical, psychiatric, learning.

Category Criteria

Introduction to the Nominee - Up to 300 words - Unscored but essential to provide background to the judges

Provide a brief overview of the nominated organisation, individual or team including as relevant

 The organisation and its aims and objectives
 The individual’s role, position within the organisation, key performance objectives
 Team background (e.g. when it was formed and its position within the organisation) aims and objectives
 Employer’s name, description of their business including size and composition of their workforce

Criterion 1 - Up to 300 words Weighted 15%

 Describe the background and catalyst leading to the development of the innovation
 Detail the aims and objectives of the innovation

Criterion 2 - Up to 600 words – Weighted 35%

 Describe the innovation (including workplace innovation by a nominated employer) with practical detail of how it was implemented and how it addressed the aims and objectives

Criterion 3 - Up to 800 words – Weighted 15%

 Provide up to 2 case studies (client’s real name not required) that illustrate how this innovation assisted job seekers living with a disability to achieve and/or retain employment.

Criterion 4 - Up to 400 words – Weighted 35%

 Detail the number of people living with a disability assisted by the service or innovation, providing information and data that demonstrate its contribution to the achievement of employment of those assisted.

Supporting Material (Optional) - Unscored

You may provide up to five A4 pages of evidence to support the claims made in the nomination. Cross-referencing supporting material in the criteria response is essential. Supporting information may include, but is not limited to, photos, data, graphs, and copies of commendations or other letters of recognition.

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