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AED Legal Centre wins Tim McCoy Award ahead of strong field

14 November 2013

From left: City of Yarra Mayor, Councillor Jackie Fristacky, AED's Legal Manager Kairsty Wilson, and Justice Jennifer Coate at the presentation of the 2013 Tim McCoy Award to AED Legal Centre.The Association of Employees with Disability Legal Centre (AED) has won the 2013 Tim McCoy Award ahead of a strong field at the 26th Annual Tim McCoy Dinner, held at the Richmond Town Hall last Friday 8 November 2013.

AED was nominated for "outstanding achievement and determined persistence over ten years to achieve a significant result that will benefit a large number of people who have disabilities across Australia".

In 2012 and 2013 the AED spearheaded the Business Services Wage Assessment Tool (BSWAT) test case in the Federal Court of Appeal and the High Court. Their work resulted in the landmark decision in the High Court that the wage assessment tool was discriminatory, in contravention of the Disability Discrimination Act.

The culmination of sustained advocacy by AED Legal Manager, Kairsty Wilson, the victory was an affirmation of the human rights of people with a disbility across Australia, and will lead to an overhaul of the wage assessment process and the removal of the discriminatory elements that disadvantage people with an intellectual disability.

The Award was presented by Justice Jennifer Coate following her well-received guest oration on words and the law, and the announcement of a strong field of nominees for this year's awards.

Together with AED, the nominees were:

The 2014 Tim McCoy Award will be announced at the 27th Anniversary Tim McCoy Memorial Dinner, to be held by the Tim McCoy Trust on Friday 7 November 2014 at the Richmond Town Hall.

For media inquiries, please contact Darren Lewin-Hill, Communications Manager, on 0488 773 535.



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