Adult Good Service Awards and Membership Recognition Policy


The purpose of the Girl Guides Australia Adult Good Service Awards and Membership Recognition is to:

  • Recognise the contribution of adult members and non-member volunteers to Australian Girl Guiding, its members and the community, utilising a system that is equitable, credible, relevant and resourced and which can be applied consistently across the organisations and between individuals.
  • Encourage the proactive and timely recognition of members and supporters of Guiding and ensure the organisation’s gratitude is continuously communicated.


Girl Guides Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that involves volunteers at all levels of its operations who must demonstrate a commitment to the Girl Guide Promise and Guide Law and the Code of Conduct. The Organisation is committed to providing a high quality volunteering experience aligned to the National Standards for Volunteer Involvement in Not-for-profit Organisations. The Girl Guides Australia Adult Good Service Awards and Membership Recognition System is one of the ways we recognise and reward individual effort, contribution and service to our Organisation.

Strategic Alignment and Value

The Girl Guides Australia Adult Good Service Awards and Membership Recognition System supports the successful realisation of our strategic plan goal “Enhance and develop the volunteer experience.

A well understood, communicated and utilised awards system is a key retention and reward strategy for Girl Guides Australia and the State Girl Guide Organisations and plays a significant role in growing our Organisation.

Most importantly the Organisation appreciates the` significant role volunteers play in Girl Guiding. We want our volunteers to feel valued and acknowledged for the contributions they make and the positive impact they have within the Organisation and in the community.

Adult Good Service and Membership Recognition System

The Awards System has three categories:

Good Service

This category represents all awards for meritorious service and contribution to Guiding in Australia whether the involvement is at a local, state, national or international level.


This category recognises commitment to Guiding in terms of the number of years of membership and has one Award, namely “Years of Membership”


This set of Awards recognises acts of courage across the membership of Girl Guiding in Australia.

Structures and Mechanisms

To achieve the vision put forward in this policy and deliver an equitable, credible and relevant Adult Good Service Awards and Membership Recognition System, Girl Guides Australia and SGGO’s will support permanent structures and mechanisms which include:

A Network of Adult Award Committees

To strive to keep consistency throughout the organisation by adhering to the Charter of the GGA Adult Good Service Awards Committee and the Adult Good Service Awards and Membership Recognition System.

Consistent Resources, Material and Collateral

A commitment by the National and SGGO Committees to share and use common resources, materials and practice for Adult Good Service Awards and Membership Recognition.

Opportunity for Education

To provide relevant development and learning opportunities to the members of the Australian Adult Awards Committees network that supports their continuous improvement of evaluation and validation and creates positive succession planning opportunities.

Definitions and Abbreviations

Adult MemberAn Adult Member of Girl Guides Australia or a State Girl Guide Organisation is aged eighteen years or over, lives their life as a female and satisfies the requirements for membership.
Area of WorkThe area of Girl Guiding in which the nominee predominantly provides her good service – Unit, District, Region, State, National or International.
Awards CommitteeCommittee appointed by either a SGGO or GGA
Chief CommissionerThe Volunteer Leader responsible for Girl Guiding in Australia
Girl Guides Australia Adult Good Service Award CommitteeThis committee coordinates and implements the GGA Adult Good Service Awards and Membership Recognition Policy in accordance with the procedures included on Guide Lines.
Guide LinesGuide Lines for Girl Guides and Girl Guide Volunteers is an online library where the policies and procedures of Girl Guides Australia can be found. Guide

Lines should be italicised when it is referenced.

LeaderAdult Member over eighteen years of age committed to principles of Guiding, who has completed a GGA Leadership qualification and is appointed to a leadership role.
Non-Member VolunteerA person who is not an Adult Member of a SGGO or GGA but supports Girl Guiding in a volunteer capacity
Olave Program MemberMembers aged eighteen to thirty years undertaking the Olave Program
SGGOState Girl Guide Organisation
State CommissionerVolunteer Leader responsible for Girl Guiding in a State Girl Guide Organisation
Support GroupGroup of adults within a Girl Guiding District who work to support Guiding but are not members
Trefoil GuildThe Trefoil Guild links Adult Members, former Adult Members, female members of Scouts Australia, and women who have not been Adult Members but who are prepared to make the Girl Guide Promise.
UnitSeparate groups of youth members working with support of a Leader
WAGGGSWorld Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts
Youth MemberCurrent financial member of a SGGO under 18 years of age

Last Modified: 26/09/22 at 11:29 AM