Meet the Judges – Employment Awards – Sharon Boyce

Sharon Boyce_Judge LTU AwardsMeet on of the Judges  of the Long Term Unemployment, Employment Awards, Sharon Boyce

 Sharon is a part time education academic at University of Southern Queensland (USQ) and also a consultant in disability awareness, working across Queensland. She also is the Qld facilitator for the Leaders for Tomorrow program.

Sharon was diagnosed with Juvenile Chronic Arthritis at 11, she ended up confined to a wheelchair as a young adult. Since then she has devoted her life and her considerable talents to promoting a true understanding of disability and diversity.

Sharon founded Discovering Disability and Diversity and helped design the Discovering Disability and Diversity program which helps students and teachers experience and explore a wide range of disabilities, instead of just talking about them.

Sharon’s PhD Research and her recent filmed lectures at USQ give an experience and help you to explore and understand a little more about hidden disabilities.

Sharon has also written a couple of books. She is designed an educational resource kit called Another Day in the life of Sharon Boyce. This includes a DVD and 20 laminated wall posters. She has also written a children’s book called ‘Discovery at Paradise Island, this deals with the issues of social justice, disability and how children react to it. This book has been chosen as part of the NSW School Syllabus.

Sharon Boyce awards and recognition include:

  • Received the Human Rights Award for Individuals 2008 for her contribution to creating inclusion across the community,
  • Honoured with the Queensland Regional Achiever Regional Service Award 2012, Regional Achievement and Community Awards.
  • Awarded the Australia Day regional Citizen of the year for work in awareness raising and creating inclusive communities (2013)
  • YWCA – Top 125 Queensland Women Leaders (2013)

Employment Awards

The Awards aim to recognise, raise awareness, and promote the benefits of employing Long Term Unemployed. We are seeking nomination for these Awards on the following categories:

  • Disability Employment;
  • Mature Age Employment;
  • Youth Employment;
  • Indigenous Employment; and
  • Regional Employment Initiatives.

The Awards provide an excellent opportunities for networking and recognition of innovation. Award winners will be profiled by media partners and on the conference website and social media. Awards will be presented at the Long Term Unemployment Conference Welcome Reception.

Who can apply – Representatives from all types of organisations active in employment initiatives across Australia, including not-for-profit, corporate and government agencies that are aiming to better serve their communities across Australia.

Presentation  – The Award Presentation Ceremony is at the Long Term Unemployment Conference Welcome Reception on 18th August 2014 at the QT Hotel, Surfers Paradise

What do winners receive? An engraved award and certificate along with recognition at the Award Presentation Ceremony.  Winners will also be profiled on the conference website and social media sites.

Important Dates

  • Nominations open 16th August 2013
  • Nominations Close 16th June 2014
  • Award Ceremony 18th August 2014

Award – Submission Online entry for the Awards via this website form.

Entry Guidelines

Entries open 16 August 2013 and close 18 June 2014 and entries will only be accepted during this timeframe. To enter you must complete the online entry form.

The online entry:

  • requires you to provide a brief overall description of your project, for use in the Conference Proceedings and other promotional material
  • has a 300-word limit to each criterion
  • requires all selection criteria to be addressed as appropriate to the project; if a criterion is not relevant to the project state ‘not applicable’.

Selection criteria

Entries for the awards should address the following selection criteria:

  • Innovation and/or best practice:  How does your program/initiative demonstrate innovation and/or best practice in the recruitment, employment and retention of LTU employed?
  • Process and planning: Describe the process, planning and consultation for your program/initiative for the LTU employed
  • Community needs:  How are community needs met by this program/initiative for LTU employed

The judging process – Each Award category will be judged by the Advisory Committee with judging based on the submitted entry form (entrants do not present). Judging will be based on the material provided by you, within the online entry form.

More information – If you require more information about the Awards submission process and sponsorship please contact the Secretariat.

Employment Awards 2014
18 August 2014, QT Hotel Surfers Paradise
URL:    Ph: (61 7) 5502 2068