Volunteers are in every community in Tasmania. They represent one of the biggest workforces in our State, yet too often their impact goes unseen. The Tasmanian Volunteering Awards program officially recognises the amazing variety and number of volunteers we have.
We encourage you to click on one of the Award categories below and nominate someone who has made a real difference through their volunteering activities.
In addition to nominating an individual, you can also nominate a Volunteering Program or Group, a Manager of Volunteers (paid or unpaid) or a for-profit company or government entity that runs an optional employee volunteering program.
We are also delighted to introduce a new award in 2019, the ‘Aurora Energy Lifetime Achievement Award‘. This award will be presented in recognition of an individual’s outstanding contribution accumulated over 25 years or more.
Find the nomination forms in the links below.
Nominations close at midnight, Sunday, March 10, 2019.
These awards would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors.
The Spirit of Tasmania 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, and to those volunteers that support fundraising efforts for their community-focused organisation.
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 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 inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award has been introduced to the 2019 Tasmanian Volunteering Awards program in recognition of an individual’s exemplary long-term commitment to the volunteering sector.
The Lifetime Achievement Award recognises an individual who has an established history of distinguished service, who has made a lasting impact, who has exhibited community spirit and provided inspiration to others, and who has positively influenced the community or communities they have volunteered in.
It is presented in recognition of an individual’s outstanding contribution accumulated over a minimum of 25 years.
The Aurora Lifetime Achievement Award was introduced during Volunteering Tasmania’s 25th year of operation to celebrate the organisation’s Silver Jubilee. The inclusion of the award category was only made possible with the support of inaugural sponsor Aurora Energy.
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 or Civic 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 CatholicCare Tasmania 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 Premier’s Volunteer of the Year will be selected from the six winners of the individual Award Categories* by a panel of three judges – the CEO of Volunteering Tasmania and representatives from Southern Cross Austereo and the Department of Premier and Cabinet.
* The Six Individual Award Categories are Arts, Heritage and Tourism; Community Care and Health; Environment, Animal Care and Conservation; Education, Science and Technology; Emergency Services; Sport and Recreation.