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What are the Award categories?

There are eight award categories in 2016.

  1. Student
  2. Youth
  3. Adult
  4. Senior
  5. Volunteer Team

Categories 1 – 5 will be acknowledged at 20 regional ceremonies across the state where Regional Volunteers of the Year will be announced. These finalists will go on to the State judging.

  • Excellence in Volunteer Management
  • Corporate Volunteer (Individual)
  • Corporate Volunteer Team

Eligibility

 

Who is eligible for nomination for the awards?

Click on the category title to expand for detailed criterion2015 Award Winners

Student
Criteria for Student Volunteer of the Year:

  • Enrolled as a full-time student in Primary, Secondary, Vocational or Tertiary study;
  • Reside in NSW;
  • Completed significant volunteering effort during the previous 12 months for a legitimate not-for-profit organisation, community group, or other entity that engages volunteers in a safe and legal manner such as schools or government agencies;
  • Communities in NSW must be significant beneficiaries of the nominee’s voluntary work.
Youth
Criteria for Youth Volunteer of the Year:

  • Be 24 years old or under;
  • Reside in NSW;
  • Completed significant volunteering effort during the previous 12 months for a legitimate not-for-profit organisation, community group, or other entity that engages volunteers in a safe and legal manner such as schools or government agencies;
  • Communities in NSW must be significant beneficiaries of the nominee’s voluntary work.
Adult
Criteria for Adult Volunteer of the Year:

  • Be aged between 25 and 64 years old;
  • Reside in NSW;
  • Completed significant volunteering effort during the previous 12 months for a legitimate not-for-profit organisation, community group, or other entity that engages volunteers in a safe and legal manner such as schools or government agencies;
  • Communities in NSW must be significant beneficiaries of the nominee’s voluntary work.
Senior
Criteria for Senior Volunteer of the Year Award:

  • Be aged 65 years old or over;
  • Reside in NSW;
  • Completed significant volunteering effort during the previous 12 months for a legitimate not-for-profit organisation, community group, or other entity that engages volunteers in a safe and legal manner such as schools or government agencies.
  • Communities in NSW must be significant beneficiaries of the nominee’s voluntary work
Volunteer Team
Criteria for Volunteer Team of the Year:

  • Be made up of more than one individual;
  • Reside in NSW;
  • Completed significant volunteering effort during the previous 12 months for a legitimate not-for-profit organisation, community group, or other entity that engages volunteers in a safe and legal manner such as schools or government agencies.
  • Communities in NSW must be significant beneficiaries of the voluntary work of your nominated volunteer team.
Excellence in Volunteer Management
Criteria for Excellence in Volunteer Management Award:

  • Be a designated Volunteer Manager, a team of Volunteer Managers or a registered not-for-profit organisation.
  • Your nominee must operate within the guidelines of the Statement of Principles for Recognition of Volunteers and the National Standards for Involving Volunteers in Not-For-Profit Organisations; hold current Volunteers Workers Personal Accident Insurance and Public Liability Insurance, and will need to have operated within the NSW community during the past 12 months.
  • Volunteers and communities in NSW must benefit significantly from your nominee’s work.
  • Nominations within this category can be submitted as either teams or individuals.
Corporate Individual Volunteer
Criteria for Corporate Individual Volunteer of the Year:

  • Reside in NSW;
  • Be sponsored by their employers and released from employment to carry out volunteer activities for a legitimate not-for-profit organisation, community group, or other entity that engages volunteers in a safe and legal manner such as schools or government agencies.
  • Communities in NSW must be significant beneficiaries of the nominee’s voluntary work.
Corporate Volunteer Team
Criteria for Corporate Volunteer Team of the Year:

  • Be made up of more than one individual;
  • Reside in NSW;
  • Be sponsored by their employers and released from employment to carry out volunteer activities for a legitimate not-for-profit organisation, community group, or other entity that engages volunteers in a safe and legal manner such as schools or government agencies.
  • Communities in NSW must be significant beneficiaries of the voluntary work of your nominated corporate team.
The NSW Volunteer of the Year
The NSW Volunteer of the Year is selected from the regional winners of the Student, Youth, Adult and Senior categories. As such they will meet the following criterion

  • Finalists must be a resident of NSW.
  • Finalists must have been involved in a significant volunteering effort during the previous 12 months (from September 2014)
  • Finalists must have volunteered for a legitimate not-for-profit organisation, community group, or other entity that engages volunteers in a safe and legal manner such as schools or government agencies.
  • Communities in NSW must be significant beneficiaries of the finalist’s voluntary work.
  • Finalists in the student category must be enrolled full time in primary, secondary, vocational or tertiary education.

What is the definition of a volunteer?

The Centre for Volunteering’s formal definition is:

Volunteering is time willingly given for the common good and without financial gain.

For those who have volunteered as part of an employee or corporate volunteering program, it is understood that for some or all of the time volunteered, the nominee will have been paid by his or her employer.

Nomination Process

2016 Nomination FormHow do I nominate someone for an award?

Nominations are made only through the official nomination forms on our website.

Can an individual nominate him/herself?

No. All individual and corporate applications must come from someone other than the nominee volunteer. Nominators must be able to communicate the
achievements and contribution of the nominee.

The nominee must agree to be nominated and/or must sign the nomination form. An unsigned form will not be eligible to be judged.

In the case of the Team Award and Excellence in Volunteer Management Award, nominations can be made by a member of the public or a volunteer, staff member or an office holder or senior manager of a legitimate volunteer-involving organisation, company or other organisation. Office holders can include chairpersons, secretaries, CEOs, executive officers, general managers and volunteer managers.

As it is impractical to arrange for all members of a team to sign the nomination form, the nominator is required to certify that they have obtained the agreement of the team members to their being nominated.

Does a nominee still have to be working with the nominating organisation or organisation with which he or she volunteered?

No – provided the nominee did not finish working with the organisation before June 2015.

How many nominations can I make?

There is no limit but you must submit one form per nominee.  If you’re submitting over multiple award categories you will need to submit them separately.

What happens if I fill in my nomination form incorrectly?

If your nomination form is incorrectly completed you will need to contact us via award@volunteering.com.au and let us know what the issue is. You will have the opportunity to submit a revised application as long as it is received prior to the closing date. We will try to contact you if a nomination form is incomplete so you can resubmit.

Do I include support material and any referees’ letters with my nomination?

No.  We will not accept support material.  Referees will be contacted as required to verify details on the application.

When do nominations close?

Nominations have now been extended and will close at 17:00 (5 pm) Friday, July 22, 2016, AEST.

How do I know if you have received my nomination?

All nominations will be acknowledged by email on submission.  If you do not receive an automated email, please contact The Centre for Volunteering on 02 9261 3600 or email award@volunteering.com.au

Will nominations be returned?

As nominations are made online they cannot be returned.

Judging Criteria

What are the judging criteria?

You can view all our guidelines on our website.

How are the award regions determined?

Due to the vast area of the state of NSW covered by the awards, nominees are divided into regions. There are 20 regions for the State of NSW comprising of 8 Greater Sydney and 12 Country Regions. Sydney regions have been based on geography and population size. The Centre has structured these regions so that there is a substantial population in each and some natural synergies between the local government areas in each region. Country Regions are based on NSW regions apart from South Coast and Southern Inland which are combined into South Coast/ Southern Inland. For more details, visit our Award Region section

Winners from the regional awards will become finalists for the State Awards.

Awarding

When are the winners announced?

State GalaThe Regional Winners will be announced at each local ceremony, which will be held between September to October 2016. All Nominees will be acknowledged and presented with a certificate at one of 20 ceremonies throughout the State.

All Regional Winners will be invited to attend the NSW Volunteer of the Year Award Ceremony in Sydney, where the state winners will be announced. Please note due to the popularity of this event, only two representatives from each of the finalist Teams will be invited to the state ceremony.