Frequently Asked Questions – Tasmanian Volunteering Awards

The Nomination Form does not have a set question about the name of the volunteer/s you want to nominate, this information can be put in the ‘Describe the Nominee’ section. You don’t need to know their last name, just how to contact them if your nomination gets through to the finalist round. We will contact you if this happens, and then you may contact them, or we can contact them directly if you want to remain anonymous.

Each category has its own eligibility criteria. Please check the Terms and Conditions for each award, which can be found under each category description.

Self-nominations are welcome and encouraged. One of the goals of this Awards program is to let people know about the many and varied ways individuals can volunteer, the special goals of volunteer programs and how they benefit Tasmania. Therefore self-nomination is not about seeking fame, but about highlighting the amazing opportunities that exist for people who volunteer.

Most definitely. Every nomination is judged on its merit, not on the organisation the nominee is volunteering for.

Examples include:

• Anglicare Lifestyle volunteers, who could be nominated for the Anglicare Lifestyle Community Care and Health award

• NRM South Environmental volunteers who have been trained to collect data in the field for scientific research, who could be nominated for the MyState Education, Science and Technology and the NRM South Environment, Animal Care and Conservation awards.

For more information on the judging process please click here.

Nominations are made via the online official nomination forms listed under each category. Paper nomination forms are also available by request by calling Volunteering Tasmania on 03-6231-5550
There is no limit. Please check carefully the Terms and Conditions and Eligibility Criteria for each Award before nominating. Once a nomination has been submitted, it cannot be altered, updated or withdrawn. Nominations that do not meet the Eligibility Criteria will not proceed to the finalist round. The judges’ decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
They can be nominated for a variety of categories – The Arts, Heritage and Tourism category if the event/s invite people beyond the local community; the Sport and Recreation category because a public event is a recreational activity; maybe even the Excellence Award if the volunteer event manager has to coordinate a team of volunteers to run the event. We suggest writing your nomination text in a Word document and then copying into a Nomination Form, for each nomination highlight the areas that most fit with the Award Category.
Five pm, March 3, 2017
All nominations will be acknowledged by email on submission. If you do not receive an automated email, please email awards@volunteeringtas.org.au. Paper nominations will not be acknowledged on receipt – please wait seven working days after posting, then call Volunteering Tasmania on 03-6231-5550 to receive a verbal confirmation of receipt.
As nominations are made online they cannot be returned. Paper nominations will also not be returned.
No. We need your name and contact details in case your nomination gets to the finalist round.
No, you do not need to tell the nominee that you are nominating them for an Award, although we advise you do, as they may be able to provide more information that will strengthen your nomination. Please note that you will need to provide the contact details of your nominee if your nomination is chosen to go into the final round.

Nominations will be assessed by an independent Selection Panel chaired by Volunteering Tasmania. Nominations will be scored against the criteria set out in the Nomination Form for each category.

Each category has its own Selection Panel, consisting of three judges; one from Volunteering Tasmania, one from a Sponsor organisation, and an independent judge with demonstrated breadth of experience working in the volunteering environment covered by the Award category.

In order to maintain an impartial judging process, a sponsoring organisation is not permitted to judge their sponsored Award category if a nomination has been received for a volunteer, volunteer manager or volunteer group from their own organisation, its subsidiaries or affiliates.

For more information about the judging process please click here.

The winners will be announced at an 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.
You can read all about the MyState 2016 Tasmanian Volunteering Awards here.
The Nomination Form does not have a specific question about the name of the volunteer/s you want to nominate, this information can be put in the ‘Describe the Nominee’ section. You don’t need to know their last name, just how to contact them if your nomination gets through to the finalist round. We will contact you if this happens, and then you may contact them, or we can contact them directly if you want to remain anonymous.
If a volunteer group or program earns money for products sold, services performed or fundraising activities, then this income must be banked by a not-for-profit organisation, a government organisation (e.g. a local Council) or donated to a charitable cause, including, but not limited to, the continuation of the volunteering program. Third-party evidence will be needed for volunteer programs or groups that get through to the final round. Queries on eligibility are welcome, please email admin@volunteeringtas.org.au

Yes, only until 5pm on March 3 when nominations close. Volunteering Tasmania can view the nominations and confirm if you, or your volunteering program, have been nominated, and in which category. We cannot provide any further information, (e.g. who nominated you or what does it say).

Yes. Please re-do your nomination form, then send us an email to tell us to replace your first nomination with your new one. In your email please give us your contact details and the category you had nominated under so we can find your first nomination easily. Our email is: awards@volunteeringtas.org.au
No, unfortunately not. Our Terms and Conditions state that Nominees who make it to the finalist round must agree in writing that they are eligible and the nomination is an accurate representation of their voluntary work, volunteer role or volunteer program.