Awards and accolades

Touching Base nominated for a Kookaburra Award2011 Honoured Nominee Award Kookaburra Award

Touching Base was honoured to be nominated by Eva Cox AO for a 2011 Kookaburra Award. Out of over 270 nominees Touching Base is 1 of only 30 charities that have been specially selected to be profiled in the official awards publication.  Please contact us directly if you would like to nominate Touching Base for an award or if you know of any grants that we could apply for to support our activities.

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The Too Hard Basket wins a Walkley Media Award

We offer a hearty congratulations to John Blades (Producer), Claudia Taranto (Supervising Producer) and Timothy Nicastri (Sound engineer) for creating such an outstanding piece of radio journalism which has so eloquently raised the issues of people with disability accessing sex workers and our work at Touching Base.

The Too Hard Basket (featuring a few members of Touching Base Inc) has won the All Media – Social Equity Journalism category at the Annual Australian Walkley Media Awards, which includes all print, television and radio journalism.

The winners of the Walkleys were announced at a gala dinner in Melbourne on Thursday 9 December at the Crown ballroom – with a delayed, edited broadcast on SBS later that evening.

The content and language is remarkably respectful of the work of sex workers. Taking part in this programme was obviously a golden opportunity that has bought the community closer to an aspect of sex work that is rarely portrayed, not just here, but internationally. In Australia for a journalist to be awarded a Walkley is the most prestigious recognition possible especially as it’s awarded by their peers.

The Too Hard Basket has also won an Australian Human Rights Award (for radio), and the Australian Broadcasting Union Award (radio documentary of the year out of 57 countries). It was also sent to represent the best of Australian Radio documentaries at the International Prix Italia awards earlier in 2010. Please distribute this good news far and wide through all your networks!


Touching Base endorses The Uluru Statement from the Heart and acknowledges First Nations as the traditional custodians of country throughout Australia, their diversity, histories and knowledge, and their continuing connections to land and community. As Australians all, we respect our nation’s First Peoples, their cultures, and Elders of past, present and future generations.