This award recognises the efforts of individuals and organisations, with any or no religious affiliation, that have done the most to improve understanding between Muslims and non-Muslims in Australia. It was developed in 2012 in conjunction with the Australia Day Council of SA. It is part of the centre’s remit to work towards improving relations between those who are Muslims and those who are not and is a means of celebrating those members of the community who have done the most to improve understanding between Muslims and non-Muslims in Australia.
- widely disseminates good practices that make a significant contribution to improving relations between Muslim and non-Muslim people
- publicly acknowledges and rewards good works and inspirational role models
- acts as a catalyst for public debate and engagement.
Our hope is that the award will contribute to developing national social harmony and community cohesion.
Nominations for the 2013 Award for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding closed on 20 September 2013. Winners will be announced in December 2013 at the University of South Australia.
Funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.
2012 award recipients
The recipients of the inaugural Award for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding were:
Individual: Bachar Houli, who was recognised for his work as an AFL multicultural ambassador and has been credited with tremendously increasing awareness about his religion among AFL, AFL clubs and the mainstream community.
You can read more about Bachar's activities on his website.
Organisation: Exchange Community Centre, which is nestled in the heart of Kelvin Grove Urban Village some 2.5 km from the Brisbane CBD. The centre opened in 2009 and, in response to a growing representation of Muslim people in the neighbourhood, worked to develop services and programs that encourage community engagement, promote health and well-being, and reduce social isolation.
More information about the Exchange Community Centre is available at its website.
About the Australia Day Council of South Australia
The Australia Day Council of South Australia (ADCSA) is an independent, non-profit, membership based association. Funding and support comes from the Australian Government (via the National Australia Day Council), the Government of South Australia, our membership base (including all Local Councils, Corporate Club and Individual Members), sponsorships, grants, merchandise sales and partnerships with like-minded organisations.
For further information about this award,
please contact the Australia Day Council of SA:
Phone: 08 8463 5436