Victorian Premier's Volunteer Champions Awards

Nominations for the 2018 Premier’s Volunteer Champions Awards have closed.2018 Premier's Volunteer Champions Awards Logo

Nominations have been received from all sectors, and across all forms of volunteering. These included nominees from a single organisation, across multiple organisations and outside of formal organisational structures. We also recognised contributions in both one-off projects and ongoing roles.

Judging will take place during June, and shortlisted nominees will be advised of the outcome in July 2018.

About the Awards

The Awards were created to recognise the incredible impact volunteers have across Victoria in building our communities, services, and connections.

All awardees will be honoured at a special presentation ceremony, and receive a certificate and badge. Up to 60 Awardees will be selected from the nominations.

In addition to Awards in the categories of Leadership, Impact, Service, and Teamwork, the Premier’s Volunteer of the Year, Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Award will be selected from all Award recipients to honour their significant contributions and outstanding commitment.

Read the Nomination Guidelines, including full terms and conditions

Overview of 2018 award categories

Service awards

Do you know someone who has given service to one or more organisations or causes for many years, or in many capacities? Perhaps they’re the person who always says “yes” whenever there’s a call for help, or who has helped with everything from the canteen to the committee, or perhaps they’re someone everyone relies on to keep things moving? Or do you know someone who just always shows up and does their best to help?

Impact awards

There are some people who see a problem or an issue and figure out a way to solve it, not just for themselves, but for everyone in the community. Do you know someone who has fixed a problem, facilitated a solution, or simply figured out how to deliver change, whether small or large for their organisation, sector, or community?

Leadership awards

Leaders are the people that bring others together, that set the path, that can identify a way through to solve an issue, improve a service, or connect the dots. They’re the ones that not only create change, but bring others on the journey with them. Leaders occur at all levels of an organisation, not just those in formal leadership positions! Do you know someone who has established or improved or grown a service, engaged others and built a team, or helped build connections?

Teamwork awards

Sometimes we create the most effective results by working together! Do you know a small group of people (up to 10 individuals) who have become a team to set up a project, run a service, or build an organisation? Have they created something bigger than themselves and made it stronger through teamwork?

More information

For more information on the Victorian Premier's Volunteer Champions Awards, please contact:

Email: premiersvolunteerawards@dhhs.vic.gov.au
Phone: 03 9096 7302

Previous award recipients

2017 recipients

Recipients of the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Volunteer Champions Awards were formally recognised at a celebration and ceremony on Sunday 11 February 2018 at Government House in Melbourne.

Premier's Volunteer of the Year, Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Award

Riley Briese, Gateway Health Gender Service
Impact
An outstanding advocate, Riley’s work has contributed to the a changed landscape of care and support for transgender people. Over the past four years, Riley has spent countless hours co-facilitating events and his contribution has improved the lives of young transgender people in the Wodonga region and beyond.

Riley Briese (centre), with the Governor of Victoria, the Hon. Linda Dessau AC, the Premier of Victoria, the Hon. Daniel Andrews MP; and Ms Penny Fowler, Murdoch family representative

Picture: Riley Briese (centre), with the Governor of Victoria, the Hon. Linda Dessau AC, the Premier of Victoria, the Hon. Daniel Andrews MP; and Ms Penny Fowler, Murdoch family representative.

A full list of the 2017 Awardees, and an overview of their achievements is included in the Showcase:

2016 recipients

View the Volunteer Champions Showcase to see the full list of Award recipients and all of the nominees and the highly commended shortlist.

2015 recipients

View the Volunteer Champions Showcase to see the full list of Award recipients and all of the nominees and the highly commended shortlist.