3 December 2019
Life Without Barriers is honoured to have received two awards from the Australian HR Institute (AHRI).
Life Without Barriers was awarded the Stan Grant Indigenous Employment Award for actively recruiting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and carers, and embedding culturally-appropriate policy and procedure when providing services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who are placed in care.
Life Without Barriers spokesperson Scott Orpin said, “We acknowledge that we will always have more work to do in this area, but we are proud that we have laid foundations to ensure that voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are prioritised. Reconciliation is an ongoing journey and we know we need to embark on a journey of ‘knowing more, doing more and listening and sharing more’ to address systemic barriers.”
Life Without Barriers’ Manager Diversity and Inclusion Fiona Davies took out the Diversity
Champion Award. In her three years at Life Without Barriers, Fiona has established an Accessibility, Inclusion and Employment Plan to improve accessibility for and increase our employment of people with disability, as well as an LGBTQI action plan. Fiona has also embedded broad accountability measures for diversity and inclusion in reporting lines.
“We have been working hard to foster a more inclusive and diverse organisation – both in terms of our workforce as well as providing the best possible services to the diverse group of people we support. We know we have more work to do, but we are humbled to have been recognised for our efforts in this area.”