The eighth annual Tasmanian Volunteering Awards are a state-wide awards program showcasing inspiring stories and recognising excellence in volunteering – from individuals, groups and organisations.
By recognising our volunteers, we promote the importance of, and send a powerful message about, the value of volunteering, and the important contribution our 297,000 volunteers make towards building stronger, healthier and more resilient communities.
After another challenging year for many people, there is no better time to recognise and acknowledge the incredible efforts of volunteers, volunteer managers and organisations. Their contributions are keeping Tasmanian communities supported and connected.
Note: Volunteering activities must have occurred within the time period of April 2022 to March 2023.
Nominations close midnight, 6 March 2023.
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The Arts, Heritage, Tourism and Events Volunteer Award recognises the volunteers who contribute their time to informing, enriching, and entertaining Tasmanians and visitors across the state. Tasmania has a vibrant arts culture, a rich history, beautiful natural landmarks, and a variety of exciting events. Much of these activities would not be possible without extensive volunteer support. Volunteers share their passion and knowledge willingly, for the benefit of all who spend time in Tasmania.
The Best Practice in Volunteer Management Award recognises managers and coordinators (paid or unpaid) – in corporate, civic, and volunteer organisations – who demonstrate a leading example of their commitment to volunteer involvement. From effective recruiting and onboarding processes, to displaying exceptional leadership and encouragement, we recognise those who keep their volunteer teams running to the highest standards.
The Community Care and Health Volunteer Award recognises the countless volunteers who offer their time, skills, and compassion towards helping members of our community who need extra assistance with daily living, and to those volunteers that support fundraising efforts for their community-focused organisation. Many of the vital services that people rely on every day would not happen if it were not for volunteers – this category is for those who assist in keeping our community connected.
The Education, Science and Technology Volunteer Award recognises volunteers who help Tasmanians from all walks of life to develop their literacy, technical, and IT skills, as well as encouraging lifelong learning. This award also celebrates the citizen scientists who collect, count, observe, and help our scientists get the data they need. These volunteers are everywhere – in our classrooms, libraries, neighbourhood houses, online access centres and community sheds.
The Emergency Services Volunteer Award recognises the formal emergency services volunteers, but also the informal emergency volunteers – the ones who are there after disasters supporting their communities through the recovery phase. Tasmania’s emergency services rely on a multitude of skilled volunteers to help respond to a fire, flood, medical emergency, or other crisis. These volunteers dedicate large amounts of personal time to training and many of them are on call day and night.
The Environment, Animal Care and Conservation Volunteer Award is dedicated to the many volunteers who participate in land and environmental conservation and education; the rescue and rehabilitation of sick, injured, and orphaned animals; and the frequently overlooked support that goes on behind the scenes. Whether it be fundraising or creating awareness of issues, being outdoors regardless of the weather to care for animals, or working up a sweat with conservation management, this award recognises the devotion of these volunteers.
The Lifetime Achievement Volunteer Award is in recognition of an individual’s exemplary long-term commitment to volunteering. It is presented in recognition of outstanding contribution accumulated over a minimum of 25 years. This award celebrates an individual who has an established history of distinguished service across any category of volunteering, someone who has exhibited community spirit and provided inspiration to others, and who has positively influenced the community or communities they have volunteered in.
The Sport, Recreation and Service Groups Award recognises volunteers who turn up consistently and dedicate their spare time to help with a huge variety of tasks, whether it be at schools, clubhouses, or recreational venues across the state. Sport and recreational activities are enjoyed by countless Tasmanians, and many of these activities would not run without the generous support of volunteers. This category also recognises individuals in service groups making a difference, like those in Lions, Rotary and many more.
The Volunteer Group or Program of the Year Award recognises the exceptional things that corporate, civic, and volunteer organisations and groups have achieved across Tasmania. Sometimes there’s not just one volunteer making a significant impact – it can be a whole group that come together to make amazing things happen. Organisations and volunteers, as well as members of the community, are encouraged to nominate their own volunteer group or volunteer-run program to recognise the positive impact it has had.
The Youth Volunteer Award recognises the positive difference young volunteers between 0-25 years old make to Tasmania. Young volunteers contribute to our communities in many ways. From sports and the arts, to health care, to emergency services, to social welfare and the environment, young volunteers play an active role in every aspect of community life. We encourage community leaders and members to nominate a young person who has made an outstanding voluntary commitment and who, through their volunteering, has positively impacted the lives of others.
An independent judging panel will meet to discuss each category, and a maximum of three finalists for each category will be chosen.
Finalists will be notified via email/phone by May 2023. All finalists, their nominators, and a representative from the volunteer organisation will be invited to attend the awards ceremony on 19 May 2023.
Everyone nominated will receive a Certificate of Appreciation from Volunteering Tasmania.