AED Legal Centre wins Tim McCoy Award ahead of strong field
14 November 2013
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:
Gerard Brody of the Consumer Action Law Centre for the Do Not Knock campaign to address exploitation and harassment by door-to-door direct salespeople, including through a Do Not Knock sticker advising salespeople they are in breach of the law if they continue. The legal validity of the sticker was affirmed in a Federal Court test case brought against energy retailer, AGL.
Tamar Hopkins of the Flemington and Kensington Community Legal Centre for continued excellence in her work for the Police Accountability Project.This included the settlement in February this year of a racial profiling case against Victoria Police that included in the terms of settlement a Victoria Police inquiry into racial profiling.
Hugh de Kretser for his contribution to leadership in the community legal sector over a decade as Executive Director of the Human Rights Law Centre, former national spokesperson for Community Law Australia, and for six years as Executive Officer of the Federation of Community Legal Centres.
Human Rights Law Centre for their "No to Homophobia" campaign, a groundbreaking collaboration between the HRLC, LGBTI organisations, human rights organisations, and mental health experts.
North Melbourne Legal Service, for their innovative Acting on the Warning Signs project with the Royal Women's Hospital integrating legal help and advocacy on family violence with health care.
PILCH (now Justice Connect) Homeless Persons' Legal Clinic for their advocacy on the impact of infringements on vulnerbale people, and the project, In the Public Eye, which was launched by Attorney-General Robert Clark and featured the video stories of six homeless people and their experience of fines.
- Youthlaw for pursuing independent investigation of complaints against police and achieving victory in a public interest test case that will help protect public interest litigants from costs orders made against them if they do not succeed.
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.
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