Nominations for the NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards are now open!

The NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards, now in their 14th year, have grown to become one of the largest celebrations of volunteering across the country.

The Awards celebrate the efforts of our state’s volunteers across seven different award categories.  Special guests, families and friends will attend ceremonies at 26 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 123,000 people from over 500 organisations were recognised with awards and certificates at last year’s awards, with special messages of support received from the Prime Minister and the NSW Premier.

Get a quick video preview of the excitement of the awards celebration from 2019 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 for recognition only in the NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards.

All volunteers in the Recognition stream will be acknowledged with a certificate at one of 26 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 parts must be completed to be accepted by the Judging Committee.  An additional seventh part is optional for statistical purposes.

Volunteers and volunteer managers are not permitted to nominate themselves.  In addition, 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.  

Bulk Nominations

For those organisations wanting to recognise 20 or more volunteers, we also have a bulk nomination spreadsheet.  We can tailor this for you to make it even easier to celebrate each and every one of your volunteers.  For bulk nominations contact 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!  Download and view the images here.   

Nominations close Friday 3 July, 2020 at 5pm (AEST). 

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 please contact the Awards team via or 02 9261 3600.