Other Organisations who present Community Awards
Federal, state and local governments, together with businesses and organisations, make many awards to community members. Guiding people may qualify for an Award other than a Guiding Award and this list is designed to start you thinking. It is not a complete list and it will change. Search the links suggested for up to date information. Some Guide State Offices are notified when nominations are being received and follow through by advertising in the state newsletter or through social media.
Requests for support in making nominations are always welcomed and can be directed to the SGGOAGSAC.
We encourage nominations to the Australian Honours System, and ask that you please inform the State Commissioner in confidence. A supporting statement is generally sought by the Honours Secretariat from the State Commissioner if the nominee is noted to have contributed to Guiding.
As with our Girl Guide Australia Adult Good Service Awards, should be sent without knowledge of the nominee unless the rules of the external awards required the nominee’s signature, In that situation you should follow the rules for the particular award.
NOTE: Those completing nominations should advise their State Commissioner.
*This list is current at the time of publishing but is liable to change.
THE AUSTRALIAN HONOURS SYSTEM
Honours help define, encourage and reinforce national aspirations, ideals and standards by identifying role models. We give honours to recognise, celebrate and say thank you to those who make a difference, those who achieve their best and those who serve others. Appointments in the Order of Australia are publicly announced on Australia Day (26 January) and The Queen’s Birthday public holiday (June).
TELSTRA BUSINESS WOMENS AWARDS
Awarded by state for successful Women in Business.
YOUNG ACHIEVER AWARDS
The Awards are conducted on a state basis. Please click on your state to obtain further information.
AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR AWARDS
Nominations can be made at any time during the year and may take up to two years to be processed. Awarded each year by the Australia Day Council, with four categories celebrating the achievement and contribution of eminent Australians. Includes selection
LOCAL COUNCIL/GOVERNMENT – CITIZEN of the YEAR AWARDS
Awards are generally presented on Australia Day. The awards are determined by the local council and may include categories such as: Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Senior Citizen of the Year. See your local council, their website and newsletters for more information on these awards.
Website: www.australiaday.org.au/australia-day/awards-and-recipients or your Local Council/Shire website
NATIONAL DISABILITY AWARDS
These awards are part of the Australian Government’s celebration of the International Day of People with Disability, held annually in December. The Awards recognise people with disability who have achieved something remarkable or made a significant contribution to their community, and people or groups within the community who have contributed to the disability sector or improved access and inclusion. There are various categories and further information is on the website.
RURAL WOMEN’S AWARD – RIDC
The RIRDC Rural Women’s Award is Australia’s pre-eminent Award for rural women. The Award identifies and supports emerging women leaders.
PRIDE of AUSTRALIA MEDAL
For everyday Australians. Nominations generally close mid-year
New South Wales/ACT
NSW WOMEN of the YEAR AWARD
The Awards recognize and celebrate the contribution made by women across NSW to industry, community and society.
- Nominations generally open late November to early December for the following year.
- Nominations close early to mid-January in the current year.
- Website: women.nsw.gov.au/women_of_the_year_awards
PREMIER’S VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION PROGRAM
April each year
NSW VOLUNTEER of the YEAR AWARD
An initiative of the CENTRE FOR VOLUNTEERING. The NSW Volunteer of the Year Award recognises and celebrates the outstanding efforts of the two million plus volunteers in NSW and promotes the importance of volunteering to the community.
Website: https://www.volunteering.com.au/awards/ for Award categories, timeline, criteria and regions.
SENIORS WEEK – LOCAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
Introduced in 2014 to recognise senior volunteers who make an outstanding contribution to their local community. Nominations are made through the local Member of Parliament.
For more information visit: https://www.seniorsfestival.nsw.gov.au/resources/local-achievement-awards
NATIONAL COUNCIL of WOMEN NSW
NCW AWARDS are presented at the Foundation Day Luncheon in August. The Award is made to a woman who has made an outstanding contribution, nominated by NCW member organisations. JEAN ARNOT AWARD recognises women over 90 years who have served their communities. Nomination comes from their organisation. Recognition is made at the Jean Arnot Luncheon held in April each year.
Website: www.ncwa.org.au NCW New South Wales
UWS WOMEN & YOUNG WOMEN of the WEST AWARDS:
The Award Criteria: Each year members of the Greater Western Sydney community are invited to nominate women who: live and/or work in Greater Western Sydney, demonstrate leadership in their field and contribute to improving the lives of people in Greater Western Sydney. Nominations generally open in December of preceding year and close mid-January.
WOMEN IN RESOURCES NORTHERN TERRITORY AWARDS
Women in Resources Northern Territory Awards recognise, promotes and celebrate the achievements of women.
NT VOLUNTEER of the YEAR AWARD
- The Chief Minister’s Medal for Volunteering Achievement
- The Chief Minister’s Medal for Volunteering Service
- The Chief Minister’s Medal for Emergency Service
- The Volunteering SA&NT Award for Organisational Excellence (Small)
- The Volunteering SA&NT Award for Organisational Excellence (Large)
Sponsored jointly by the Dept of the Chief Minister and Volunteering SA-NT. For further information call:
- Alice Springs Office on 08 8952 9630
- Darwin Office on 08 8981 0027
NT DISABILITY SERVICES AWARDS
- Emerging Leader
- Excellence in Improving Learning and Development
- Excellence in Improving Participation
- Excellence in Promoting Community Awareness
- Excellence in Innovation
- Outstanding Disability Service Employee
- Outstanding Business and Community Initiative
The State Volunteer Awards recognize the invaluable work volunteers, community organisations and businesses contribute to the South Australian community. Nominations can be made in the following categories:
- Joy Noble Medal – is the highest distinction for individual volunteers in South Australia.
- Premier’s Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Volunteer Service – acknowledges the invaluable contribution, excellence and significant achievements of volunteers in community groups.
- ‘The Andamooka’ Community Project Award – recognizes volunteer projects of significant community benefit.
For more information, please contact the Office for Volunteers by email: email@example.com or telephone: 1300 014 712
CELEBRATING WOMEN’S ACHIEVEMENTS
- South Australian Women’s Honour Roll
- Women’s Roll of Honour for the 20th Century in South Australia
- Women Hold up Half the Sky Award
For more information visit the website: https://www.officeforwomen.sa.gov.au/womens-policy/womens-leadership/awards-and-honours
RUTH GIBSON MEMORIAL AWARD
The monetary value of this award fluctuates, currently approximately $4,000, to provide financial assistance for a woman to further her studies or research.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
- Irene Bell Community Awards for service to women in South Australia
- Irene Krastev Awards for service to women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
- Young Women’s Community and Spirit Award
TASMANIAN WOMEN OF HONOUR
Download a flyer with all the information and nomination information
PREMIER’S VOLUNTEER CHAMPION
WOMEN HONOUR ROLL VICTORIA
YOUNG ACHIEVER AWARDS VICTORIA
- Gippsland Region
- South West Victoria
PARKS VICTORIA – ENVIRONMENT AWARD
WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP
WA VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARDS
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