Fifty-four recipients of the 2018 Awards were formally recognised at a celebration and ceremony on Sunday 9 September 2018 at Government House in Melbourne.


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

Dr Sue Lopez Atkinson, Early Years Education


A powerhouse of energy, intellect and wisdom, Sue is a proud Yorta Yorta woman and early childhood educator who, working with her community, has collectively put culturally relevant education into policy and practice. Sue has spent years supporting, teaching, explaining, sharing, laughing and encouraging, to achieve respect and justice for her people.

Sue Lopez Atkinson with Minister Mikakos

Congratulations to all recipients

Recipients of the 2018 Premier’s Volunteer Champions Awards were awarded across four categories.