Celebrating excellence at Australian Disability Enterprises

Senator Mitch Fifield presents Mambourin Enterprises CEO, Rohan Braddy with the 2014 Excellence Award

Mambourin Enterprises has been announced as the winner of the 2014 Australian Disability Enterprises Excellence Award.

The Award recognises, encourages and promotes the significant contribution that Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs) make to the lives of people with disability.

The winner and runners-up are organisations that have achieved strong wage outcomes that are higher than the national average, and promote best practice, sustainable employment, innovative training opportunities and social inclusion for employees with disability.

Winner Mambourin Enterprises was established in 1972 as an organisation for children with intellectual disability and has expanded into an organisation that employs around 60 people in supported employment roles in Mambourin Packaging and Mambourin Gardening.

Mambourin Enterprises stood out for the Excellence Award assessors due to its strong business partnerships, Leadership Program for supported employees and innovative Enterprise Resource Planning system, which enables it to manage costs and enhance client outcomes in readiness for the NDIS.

Runners-up Mylestones Printing and Aware Industries were also recognised for the significant support and work outcomes they provide to people with disability, and their strong focus on accredited training options for supported employees.

Mylestones Printing is an initiative of the Cerebral Palsy League of Queensland. It offers a range of digital printing services and aims to be a leader in employment options and programs for people with disability.

Aware Industries provides a range of production, processing and finishing services, and allows people within the Albury/Wodonga region to earn an income, learn new skills and further their professional and personal growth.
This year The Pratt Foundation partnered with the Australian Government for the first time to support the Award, and generously donated $10,000 for the winner.  Woolworths also offered prizes for each of the runners-up.

The Excellence Award was presented by Senator Mitch Fifield, Assistant Minister for Social Services during the National Disability Services Disability at Work conference, held in Sydney on 21 August.

The quality of nominations overall was excellent and the Department would like to thank all nominees.

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