Volunteers are in every community in Tasmania. They represent the third biggest workforce in our State, yet too often their impact goes unseen. This Awards program officially recognises the amazing variety and number of volunteers we have.
We encourage you to click on the Award categories below and nominate someone who has made a real difference to our State. In addition to individual nominations, you can also nominate a Volunteering Program or Group, a manager of volunteers or a for-profit company that runs an employee volunteering program.
We would like to thank the generous support of our sponsors, who make this Awards program possible.
The Tourism Industry Council Tasmania’s Arts, Heritage and Tourism Award aims to recognise and reward volunteers who contribute their time to informing, enriching and entertaining Tasmanians and visitors, both young and old. Tasmania has a vibrant arts culture, a fascinating past and a busy events calendar, all running with extensive volunteer support. Volunteers share their passion and knowledge willingly, without payment, for the benefit of our community and Tasmania’s economy.
The Anglicare Tasmania Community Care and Health Award is dedicated to those volunteers who willingly donate their time, skills and compassion towards helping citizens in our community who need extra assistance with daily living, health or family-based support; and to those volunteers that support fundraising efforts for their community-focused organisation, for example in a charity shop or as part of a school association.
The TasTAFE Education, Science and Technology Award recognises volunteers that help Tasmanians of all ages develop their learning and literacy skills; their practical, technical or IT skills; and also those volunteers that collect, count, observe and/or help our scientists in other ways to get the data they need. These volunteers are everywhere – classrooms, libraries, neighbourhood houses, community access centres, men’s sheds, in front of their own computer; in a car, inside, outside, wherever they can help.
Tasmania’s Emergency Services rely on an army of skilled volunteers to help respond to a fire, flood, ambulance emergency or other sudden crisis. These volunteers work all hours without payment, and dedicate large amounts of personal time to training. The Lifeline Tasmania Emergency Services Award aims to recognise the formal Emergency Services volunteers, but also the ‘informal’ volunteers – the ones who follow after the Emergency Services crews – those who are there through the long recovery phase, to help their neighbour, a friend, or even a stranger get back on their feet.
The NRM South Environment, Animal Care and Conservation Award is dedicated to the many volunteers who participate in land and environmental conservation and education, and to the huge-hearted volunteers who give up their time, their skills and sometimes even their homes to helping sick, injured and orphaned animals.
Sport and recreational activities are enjoyed by almost all Tasmanians – people of every age enjoy spending their leisure time doing activities at schools, clubhouses and indoor/outdoor recreational venues across the state. Many of these organised activities would not run without the generous support of volunteers who turn up consistently and help with a huge variety of tasks. The Bulk Nutrients Sport and Recreation Award aims to recognise those dedicated people who give up their spare time for the enjoyment of others.
The CatholicCare Volunteer Program of the Year award was introduced in 2017 so that volunteering involving organisations can nominate their volunteering program or group. Volunteers can also nominate their own group, or community members can nominate an exceptional volunteering group which has influenced their lives in a positive way. This Award aims to highlight the amazing things that volunteering groups can do and have achieved across Tasmania.
The Hydro Tasmania Excellence Award – for best practice in volunteer management – aims to highlight managers of volunteers (either paid or unpaid) who embrace the National Standards for Volunteer Involvement; through effective recruiting, training, support, encouragement and recognition of volunteers.
The Corporate Award is awarded to a company that has had a significant impact through its employee volunteering program. This award is open to any organisation who encourage volunteering and release and their staff from employment to carry out volunteer activities as part of an employee or corporate volunteering program.
The Premier’s Volunteer of the Year Award is chosen from the finalists across all six individual categories and is not a category that can be nominated for.