Past Award Nominees and Recipients
Australian of the Year
2018 WA Australian of the Year Nominee
Jaqueline MillsState: Western Australia
Advocate for people with disabilities
As the mother of a son with a complex disability and behaviours, Jaqueline Mills struggled to imagine a future for Eli. In 2006, Jaquie and her partner Darryl mortgaged their home to fly to North America seeking a solution. That solution came in the form of a concept called a ‘microboard’ – a small group of friends and family who form an incorporated association to help a person with a disability achieve their goals and needs. Eli, who has severe cognitive and physical disabilities that require 24-hour care, has a microboard who support his life goals: an active social life, the ability to travel and present at conferences, a girlfriend and independent living among the list. Now the Director of Microboards Australia, Jaquie continues to work and volunteer to help other families adopt the microboards model. A former high school teacher, Jaquie advocates to governments and systems, and works with families and individuals to find a better life. Jaquie is determined to help others, regardless of ability, to live the lives they want.