Thank you to all those who nominated.  All nominations will now be assessed by an independent panel of judges and three finalists will be selected from each category.

The nominators for each finalist nomination will be contacted during the week commencing 27 March 2017.  Finalists, their guests plus their nominators will be invited to attend the Awards ceremony at Government House on Monday May 8, 2017, as a highlight of National Volunteer Week 8-14 May 2017.  A special High Tea will be held in the ballroom, hosted by Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, who is the patron of Volunteering Tasmania.

Thank you again for helping us highlight the amazing things that occur through volunteering in Tasmania.

The 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.

Click here to read the Terms and Conditions of entry.

The Anglicare Lifestyle 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, and to those volunteers that support fundraising efforts for their community-focused organisation, for example in not-for-profit retail operations.

“Anglicare Lifestyle are delighted to partner with the Tasmanian Volunteering Awards. Volunteers contribute significant time and energy enabling others to live with hope, justice, respect and compassion which are the values that underpin Anglicare Lifestyle”.
Jenny Self, Chief Operating Officer, Anglicare Lifestyle.

Click here to read the Terms and Conditions of entry.

The MyState 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.

“We live in a vibrant state, where dedicated, talented people in the Tasmanian community achieve great things every day. MyState is privileged to support and encourage them through our many community projects and initiatives.”
Melos Sulicich, Managing Director and CEO MyState Bank

Click here to read the Terms and Conditions of entry.

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 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.

“Lifeline Tasmania is honoured to be sponsoring the Tasmanian Emergency Services Volunteer Award. Lifeline Tasmania has 380 volunteers and recognises the significant contribution that volunteers make to our community. Volunteers working in emergency services and ‘informal volunteers’ are critical to assisting those individuals, families and communities who face crisis and the long road to recovery after a disaster.”
Debbie Evans, CEO, Lifeline

Click here to read the Terms and Conditions of entry.

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.

“NRM South works to protect, sustainably manage and improve our natural resources for the shared environmental, social and economic benefit of the community. We could not do this without the tireless efforts of the many volunteers working in the natural resource management sector to protect and enhance our environment.
Donald Coventry, Chief Executive Officer, NRM South

Click here to read the Terms and Conditions of entry.

Sport and recreational activities are enjoyed by almost all Tasmanians – people of every age enjoy spending their leisure time 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. This Award aims to recognise those dedicated people who give up their spare time for the enjoyment of others.

Click here to read the Terms and Conditions of entry.

The CatholicCare Volunteer Program of the Year award is a new category in 2017, and has been introduced so that volunteering involving organisations can nominate their volunteering program or group. Volunteers can also nominate their own group, even individuals who have benefited from the efforts of a volunteering group may nominate. This Award aims to highlight the amazing things that volunteering groups can do and have achieved across Tasmania.

“CatholicCare Tasmania is delighted to be support the Tasmanian Volunteering Awards. We value the personal commitment and dedication volunteers bring to their roles in the community. This commitment supports and assists all people whose lives they touch, to reach their fullest potential with dignity and respect.”
Mandy Clarke, Chief Operating Officer, CatholicCare

Click here to read the Terms and Conditions of entry.

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, and recognition of volunteers.

“Hydro Tasmania is very proud that our employee volunteering program won this award last year. In an increasingly busy and complex world it’s often the things happening in our local community that have the biggest impact on us. People who volunteer and those who work in the sector are vital to our way of life. These awards recognise all the people who create an environment where volunteering can flourish”.
Kate Hickey, Stakeholder and Community Coordinator, Hydro Tasmania

Click here to read the Terms and Conditions of entry.

The Tasplan Super 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 release their employees from employment to carry out volunteer activities as part of an employee or corporate volunteering program.

“Businesses mindful of their influence in communities can deeply impact lives, beyond just the products and services they offer. What better way to do this than engaging with volunteering, which regularly touches the lives of the 100,000 members Tasplan represents. We’re thrilled to again be sponsoring the Corporate Award, and applaud this years’ entrants and their employees for choosing to make a positive difference.”
Nick Connor, Chief Operations Officer, Tasplan Super

Click here to read the Terms and Conditions of entry.

The Premier’s Volunteer of the Year Award is chosen from the finalists across all categories, and is not a category that can be nominated for. Last year’s winner, Mr Peter Martin, a longstanding volunteer at The Redwater Creek Steam and Heritage Society Inc, was chosen due to his outstanding record of dedication, enthusiasm, initiative and commitment to the values of volunteering.

For more information on how the Premier’s Volunteer of the Year is chosen, please refer to the judging process.

For information on last year’s winners, please click here.


The Tasmanian Volunteering Awards are an initiative of Volunteering Tasmania and are supported by the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

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