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Image Credit - Salty Dingo, 2022 NSW Volunteer of the Year Award Ceremony

About the 2023 NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards 

The NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards are in their 17th year and have grown to become one of the largest celebrations of volunteering across Australia. They are an annual program run by The Centre for Volunteering to recognise the outstanding work of volunteers in every region across NSW.

Individuals or teams can be nominated in one of eight award categories:

Nominations for the 2023 NSW Volunteer of the Year awards has closed. Thank you to all who nominated their wonderful volunteers for their amazing work.

The Awards Team will be in contact with the nominees before the end of July in relation to their local Regional Volunteer of the Year awards ceremonies.

The Gala State ceremony for the announcement of the 2023 NSW Volunteer of the Year Award Winners will be held in Sydney on Thursday 7 December.

If you have any questions, please contact the Awards Team on award@volunteering.com.au.

2023 NSW Volunteer of the Year Nomination guidelines

All nominees must:

  • Be a volunteer in NSW, a practice defined as time willingly given for the common good and without financial gain*.
  • Have volunteered during the previous 12 months for a legitimate not-for-profit organisation, community group, or other entity which engages volunteers in a safe and legal manner, such as schools or government agencies.

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 (three extra questions).  All parts must be completed to be accepted by the judging committee.

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

For all conditions and eligibility, please read (prior to your submission) the full Nomination Guidelines.

Nominations are closed.

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Image Credit - Salty Dingo, 2022 NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards Ceremony

Bulk nominations

For organisations wishing to recognise 20 or more volunteers, you can request a bulk nomination spreadsheet through The Centre for Volunteering Awards Team. This has been tailored for you to make it even easier to celebrate each and every one of your volunteers.

Awards resources

Help recognise and amplify the work of countless volunteers in NSW with The Centre’s official hashtag #NSWVolunteerAwards. Alternatively, contact the Awards team for images and tiles for social media, websites and newsletters.

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


For all questions concerning the nomination process, including request for bulk nomination form, please contact:

Email award@volunteering.com.au