2019 NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards

The NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards have grown to become one of the largest celebrations of volunteering across the country.

The Awards are now in their 13th year and celebrate the efforts of our state’s volunteers across seven different award categories. More than 2,500 special guests, families and friends attend ceremonies at 20 locations across regional and suburban centres to celebrate the regional winners of the volunteer awards.

Finalists are invited to the Gala State Ceremony in Sydney to announce the final winners and overall NSW Volunteer of the Year.

More than 112,000 people from 470 organisations were recognised with awards and certificates at last year’s awards, with special messages of support received from the NSW Governor, our Prime Minister and the NSW Premier.

Get a quick video preview of the excitement of the awards celebration here.

Or read more about the awards success here.

Award Categories

  • Young Volunteer of the Year
  • Adult Volunteer of the Year
  • Senior Volunteer of the Year
  • Volunteer Team of the Year
  • Corporate Volunteer of the Year (Individual)
  • Corporate Volunteer Team of the Year
  • Excellence in Volunteer Management

Nomination Guidelines

People or teams can be nominated for judging or just for recognition in the NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards.

All volunteers in the Recognition stream will be acknowledged with a certificate at one of 20 regional ceremonies to celebrate their contribution to their local community.

Four parts of the nomination form must be completed to be eligible for this stream.

You can also nominate your local volunteer or volunteer team for inclusion in the final judging for a Regional and State Volunteer of the Year Award. This nomination consists of completing six parts of the nomination form, all of which must be completed to be accepted by the Judging Committee.  An additional seventh part is optional only for statistical purposes.

Volunteers and volunteer managers are not permitted to nominate themselves and all nominators must have permission from the person or team you are nominating to disclose their personal information as part of their entry.

Please read the nomination guidelines before completing your award entry.  

You can also read our FAQs here.

Nominations close Friday 12 July, 2019.

Bulk Nominations

For those organisations wanting to recognise 20 or more volunteers, we also have a bulk nomination spreadsheet which can be tailored for you to make it even easier to celebrate each and every one of your volunteers.  For bulk nominations email awards@volunteering.com.au and the Awards team will send you out the details.

Awards Resources

Help us recognise the countless volunteers in NSW by spreading the word! You can use our hashtag #NSWVolunteerAwards and we have a number of social media and email/newsletter images available for download. We thank you for your support!  View the images here.

Our supporters

The Centre for Volunteering would like to thank the generosity of the following organisations for their ongoing support of the NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards:

NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards Principal Partners

NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards Supporters

If you have any questions during the nomination process, please contact the Awards team via award@volunteering.com.au or 02 9261 3600.