FAQs 2019-03-14T09:26:07+00:00

Frequently Asked Questions – Tasmanian Volunteering Awards

The Tasmanian Volunteering Awards were started in 2016 as a joint project between the State Government and Volunteering Tasmania, and are Tasmania’s only statewide volunteer recognition program.   The nomination period commences on International Volunteer Day (December 5); with the Awards Ceremony held every year at Government House in May, to signify the start of National Volunteer Week.

There are eleven award categories, nine individual awards and two for groups or organisations:-

INDIVIDUAL AWARD CATEGORIES:

Arts, Heritage and Tourism;

Community Care and Health;

Education, Science and Technology;

Emergency Services;

Environment, Animal Care and Conservation;

Sport and Recreation;

and the Premier’s Volunteer of the Year (chosen from the winners of the six previous categories).

OTHER INDIVIDUAL AWARD CATEGORIES include:

Lifetime Achievement Award, and the

Excellence Award – for Best Practice in Volunteer Management;

GROUP AWARDS:-

Volunteer Group or Program of the Year and

Corporate or Civic Award  – for Best Employee Volunteering Program

For more information about these Tasmanian Volunteering Awards please view the Awards home page, or contact us.

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.

For example:

• Anglicare Tasmania volunteers could be nominated for the Anglicare Tasmania Community Care and Health award.

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 or 1800-677-895

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 25 years.   If applicable, you are also able to nominate the person in any additional Award category that suits their current volunteering role/s.

The Aurora Lifetime Achievement Award was introduced during Volunteering Tasmania’s 25th year of operation to celebrate the organisations’ Silver Jubilee.

The inclusion of the award category was only made possible with the support of inaugural sponsor Aurora Energy.

The Corporate and Civic Award is awarded to a company or governmental organisation that has had a significant impact through its employee volunteering program. This award is open to any eligible organisation which encourages volunteering and releases their staff from employment to carry out volunteer activities as part of an employee or corporate volunteering program.

There is no limit, however each nomination must be made on a separate form.

Yes, you can nominate volunteers who have given their time at an event, as long as the event (or their volunteering activities at the event) aligns to one of our Award categories.

If you have any queries, please contact our team at Volunteering Tasmania on 03-6231-5550 or 1800-677-895.

Midnight, Sunday, 10 March, 2019.  Paper nominations must be received by 5pm on Friday 8th March 2019.

All online 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.

Yes. It is a condition of entry that you have informed the nominee. Please do not nominate someone if they have asked you not to.

Please note that you will also be required to provide contact details for the nominee as part of your nomination form.    We also suggest talking about the questions with them – they may be able to offer some extra information.

Nominations will be assessed by an independent Selection Panel chaired by Volunteering Tasmania. Nominations will be judged based on the answers given to the questions on the Nomination Form.

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 20, 2019, as a highlight of National Volunteer Week 20-26 May 2019. 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 2018 Tasmanian Volunteering Awards here, and the 2017 Tasmanian Volunteering Awards here. 

You need to tell the volunteer that you are nominating them as a condition of entry.  We suggest asking for them the correct spelling of their full name and their email address (preferable) or contact telephone number if they don’t have an email address.  You do not need to tell the volunteer what details you are putting in the nomination form, but you may find they can provide some more information about their volunteering work that will make it a stronger application for an award. Volunteering Tasmania will not share the details of your application with your nominee unless they progress to the finalist round.  For more information about this and privacy, please contact us at awards@volunteeringtas.org.au

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 may be requested for volunteer programs or groups that get through to the final round.  Queries on eligibility are welcome, please email awards@volunteeringtas.org.au.

Yes, only until 5pm on March 8. Volunteering Tasmania can view the nominations and confirm if you, or your volunteering program, have been nominated, and in which category.

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.