2021 Volunteer of the Year Awards FAQs
February 17th, 2020
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.
The 2021 Nomination Form allows for two types of recognition for the volunteers of NSW.
The Volunteer of the Year Award categories are:
We only accept nominations through the official nomination forms on our website.
Volunteers/Volunteer Managers cannot nominate themselves.
We will send a copy of the full nomination form to the volunteer/volunteering team after submission.
No. provided the nominee did not finish working with the organisation before June 2021.
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.
To make recognizing 20 or more volunteers easier, use our bulk nomination spreadsheet and celebrate each volunteer. For bulk nominations email email@example.com and the Awards team will send you out the details.
If you complete the nomination form incorrectly, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to report the issue. You can submit a revised application before the closing date. We will try to contact you if a nomination form is incomplete so you can resubmit however, with a large volume of nominations received, this may not always be possible.
No. We will not accept supporting documentation or view any website links included in the submission. We will contact referees to verify details on the application as needed.
Nominations close: 5pm Friday 9 July, 2021.
We will acknowledge all nominations by email upon submission. Please double check both the nominee’s and the nominator’s email addresses are correct. If you do not receive an automated email, please contact The Centre for Volunteering via email@example.com
To cover the vast area of the state of NSW, the awards divide nominees into regions. There are 25 regions for the State of NSW comprising of 12 Greater Sydney and 13 Country Regions. The Centre for Volunteering 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. We will allocate your nominee’s Award Region based on your nominee’s residential address if an individual nomination, or on the organisation’s address if a team nomination. Winners from the regional awards will become finalists for the State Awards.
We will announce the Regional Winners at each local ceremony held between August to October 2021. We will acknowledge and present a certificate to all nominees at one of 25 ceremonies throughout the State. Each individual nominee may bring one guest, while each volunteer team nominee may bring up to three team members to the regional ceremony due to high nomination numbers.
Due to the large number of nominees for the NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards, we are not always able to invite the nominators to attend the Regional Ceremonies. In the event there are additional tickets available, nominators will receive an invitation to attend (one ticket only) closer to the date of the Regional Ceremony.
No – unfortunately we are not able to move nominees into other Regional Ceremonies. If a nominee cannot attend their nominated Regional Ceremony (based on their residential address), we will forward their certificate to them.
If you nominate a team in the Volunteer Team category, the individual members of that team will not receive an individual certificate in their name. We will present one certificate to the Volunteer Team only. If you would like each of your team members to receive their own personalised certificate, you must nominate them each in either the Young, Adult or Senior categories as well as the Volunteer Team category.
We remind nominees and nominators to double check all of their information throught the nomination process. We print the certificates using the information from the nomination form, so please make any required changes before the closure date of 5pm Friday 9 July 2021 via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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If you have not found the answer to your question on this Awards FAQs page please contact the Awards team at Award@volunteering.com.au or call on 02 9261 3600.