2021 Quills: Reporting on Disability Issues, sponsored by the Victorian Government

Luke Henriques-Gomes of Guardian Australia has won the 2021 Quill for Reporting on Disability Issues, sponsored by the Victorian Government.

The award carries a $3,000 prize and is supported by the Victorian Government.

Judges' citation

The judges noted the high quality of the entries in the category this year. But Luke Henrique-Gomes' entry stood out for revealing widespread problems in the administration and provision of services under the multi-billion dollar NDIS. In his series of reports, Henrique-Gomes exposed funding cuts to basic and vital care services. Using AAT and court documents, plus interviews with funding recipients and their families, the reporter, exposed how the NDIS has turned into a bureaucratic and legal nightmare for those often poorly placed to advocate for themselves.

The winning entry

'"Brought me to tears’" family who won landmark NDIS challenge now face cut to support', Guardian Australia

'Terminally ill NDIS participant facing re-hospitalisation after funding cut for 24-hour nurse', Guardian Australia

'Legal challenges against NDIA decisions more than triple in five months', Guardian Australia

Highly commended

Jessica Longbottom, ABC News, 'The Australian-born children the government wants to deport because they have a disability'

Other finalists

Adam Carey, Sunday Age, 'Autistic siblings removed from specialist school after good results'

Jewel Topsfield, The Age, '"It doesn't define me": What is it like to live with dementia?'


Please note: the above link/s may not comprise the entirety of an entry submitted for consideration.

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