People from across NSW are being urged to nominate their neighbours, colleagues and family members for the 2019 NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards.

The Awards are presented at 21 regional events held across every corner of the state, culminating in the State Finals at a Gala Ceremony in Sydney at the end of the year.

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 seven 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
  • Corporate Volunteer Team of the Year
  • Excellence in Volunteer Management

Regional finalists are invited to the State ceremony where winners in each award category are acknowledged and the 2019 NSW Volunteer of the Year announced.

The Centre for Volunteering CEO Gemma Rygate said more than 112,000 volunteers from 470 organisations were recognised at last year’s awards, shining a light on our state’s volunteers and the groups they represent. You can view a brief video from the State Ceremony here.

“The awards are a very special way to say thank you to the two million people in NSW who give their time each year to help others,” Ms Rygate said.

“Each year, more and more volunteers are celebrated, providing the opportunity for us to share their stories and learn about their work and the organisations they represent.”

The 2019 NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards are supported by principal partners the NSW Department of Family and Community Services and ClubsNSW, which represents the state’s 1,400 not-for-profit clubs.

Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Gareth Ward said the volunteering sector represented the largest workforce across the state, helping to contribute billions of dollars to the economy each year.

“Volunteers are the backbone of our society and without their contribution our communities would not thrive like they do,” Mr Ward said.

“These awards celebrate volunteers and give us all the opportunity to nominate someone making a real difference in our community.”

ClubsNSW CEO Anthony Ball said that volunteers were the backbone of registered clubs across the state, so it was a natural fit for the industry to support such an important program.

“The calibre of volunteers never ceases to amaze me, and I’m proud to represent an industry in which around 32,000 help to make clubs such great places,” Mr Ball said.

“There are plenty of worthy nominations for this year’s awards program, which recognises the important contribution of these volunteers to society.”

Nominations are open until Friday 12 July 2019 at

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About the Centre for Volunteering

The Centre for Volunteering is the peal body in NSW which promotes and supports volunteering and community participation. It provides leadership on volunteering issues in NSW and connects people and organisations to enrich the community through advocacy, volunteer referral, volunteer recognition, training, resource development, as well as information and educational services.

The Centre is a not for profit organisation with 40 years of history. It includes Volunteering NSW, a volunteer referral service, and the National School of Volunteer Management, its RTO.

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