SHINE for Kids was named as one of five finalists for the Community Organisation Award in the 30th annual Human Rights Awards 2016. The Community Organisation Award is presented annually to a non-government or community-based organisation with a proven track record in promoting and advancing human rights in the Australian community.

The finalists were commended for their commitment to finding innovative solutions to pressing social problems. “Faced with complex challenges, these organisations have responded with creativity and compassion,” said Australian Human Rights Commission President Professor Gillian Triggs. “Through their work across Australia, we can see that community-led initiatives are making a positive impact on people’s lives,” she added.

The winner for 2016 was Bus Stop Films who has provided, for the last 8 years, film studies and film-making opportunities for people with disabilities, as well as advocating for inclusion in the film industry. Congratulations to Bus Stop for their recognition.

The other finalists for the 2016 Community Organisation Award were:

  • Maranguka Community Hub works with Aboriginal families that are experiencing very high levels of social disadvantage and rising crime, with the goal of breaking the cycle of imprisonment for Aboriginal people living in Bourke.
  • Mental Illness Fellowship of Western Australia has provided support and services for people with severe and persistent mental health issues and their families to educate and to empower them, for more than 25 years.
  • SHINE for Kids uses innovative approaches to support and protect children who have a parent who has been incarcerated, with the goal of minimising and reducing adverse impact.
  • Together for Humanity Foundation: Since 2006, Together for Humanity has worked at local levels to ensure that Jewish, Muslim, Aboriginal and other Australians can enjoy a life free from prejudice and discrimination through a variety of programs and activities.

Human Rights CommissionAbout the Human Rights Awards

Sponsored by Ernst & Young, the 2016 Human Rights Awards were held on Friday 9 December at the Westin Sydney. The Human Rights Awards is the pinnacle of human rights recognition in Australia, celebrating the outstanding contribution of individuals and organisations in promoting and protecting human rights and freedoms. This year marked the 30th anniversary of the Australian Human Rights Commission. The Commission’s President, Professor Gillian Triggs, opened the Awards and Dame Quentin Bryce delivered a special tribute to 30 years of milestones in human rights.