Congratulations to the 58 recipients of the 2019 Premier's Volunteer Champions Awards who were honoured at Government House on 1 December 2019 for their unwavering passion, commitment and dedication to others.

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

Carmel Benjamin AM

Leadership

Radiating compassion and a powerful sense of justice, Carmel has dedicated more than 50 years to creating a more egalitarian society by championing the rights of people using the criminal justice system. Over the years she has volunteered as a victim counsellor, official prison visitor, board member, ambassador and consultant on ministerial advisory committees, as well as establishing vital initiatives.

In 1980 she founded Court Network, a volunteer-based organisation devoted to the welfare of court users at Prahran Courthouse. Thanks to Carmel’s ongoing involvement, the organisation now helps more than 190,000 court users a year across 36 courts throughout Victoria and Queensland.

The Hon. Luke Donnellan, Minister for Child Protection, Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers, Ms Carmel Benjamin AM, 2019 Volunteer of the Year, The Hon. Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria, Ms Penny Fowler, Chairman, Herald and Weekly Times
L-R: The Hon. Luke Donnellan, Minister for Child Protection, Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers, Ms Carmel Benjamin AM, 2019 Volunteer of the Year, The Hon. Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria, Ms Penny Fowler, Chairman, Herald and Weekly

More information

For more information on the Victorian Premier's Volunteer Champions Awards, please contact:
Email: premiersvolunteerawards@dhhs.vic.gov.au
Phone: 03 9096 0325 or 03 9096 1183