The Volunteering Awards are an opportunity to recognise and thank Victorian volunteers for the incredible contributions they make to our state and local communities.

Showcasing excellence by individuals and organisations, the Awards are run by Volunteering Victoria with the support of the Victorian State Government.

How to nominate

Nominations are to be submitted online using the dedicated AwardsForce platform.

The guidelines for making a nomination can be found below and should be read before submitting a nomination.

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Nominations are OPEN!
Follow the link below to submit a nomination in the 2024 Volunteering Awards.

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Key dates

Nominations close

Monday 22 July 2024, 5pm

Assessment & Selection

July - October 2024

Announcement of finalists

December 2024

Awards ceremony

February 2025

Award categories

Individual Awards

Volunteer of the Year - Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Award

The prestigious Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Award recognises extraordinary volunteering service, commitment and impact for people, a community, group, organisation, or cause in Victoria.

This Award is not open for nominations. The recipient of this award will be selected from outstanding candidates in the individual volunteer categories below.

Young Volunteer Award

Celebrates the enthusiasm, initiative and leadership of young people in volunteering. Nominees will be inspiring young people who have made a remarkable impact and contribution through volunteering for people, a community, group, organisation, or cause in Victoria.

This award is open to individuals 25 years and under, across all locations and work types.

Volunteer Commitment Award

Pays tribute to dedicated and passionate individuals with a sustained and substantial record of commitment to people, a community, group, organisation, or cause in Victoria. Nominees may be long-serving volunteers and reliable hard workers whose significant contribution and enthusiasm for volunteering is an inspiration to others.

This award is open to individuals of all ages, locations and work types.

Volunteer Leadership Award

Recognises people who have shown exceptional volunteer leadership and influence in support of people, a community, group, organisation, or cause in Victoria.  Nominees will be inspiring people who may have built effective volunteer networks and partnerships, empowered others, or engaged and strengthened community.

This award is open to individuals of all ages, locations and work types.

Volunteer Impact Award

Celebrates people whose volunteering has made a remarkable difference for people, a community, group, organisation, or cause in Victoria. Nominees may be volunteer innovators and pioneers or dedicated hard workers whose contributions have helped to improve outcomes or supported important changes.

This award is open to individuals of all ages, locations and work types.

Organisation Awards

Volunteering Excellence – Volunteer-Involving Organisation of the Year Award

This new award category recognises an exceptional volunteer involving organisation that demonstrated overall excellence in making a significant difference for people, a community, group, or cause in Victoria.

This award is not open for nominations. The recipient of this award will be selected from outstanding candidates in the organisation categories below.

Inclusive Volunteering Award

Celebrates diversity and inclusion in volunteering programs to enhance support for people, a community, group, or cause in Victoria. Nominees will have demonstrated inclusive and accessible volunteering practices that increased volunteer diversity or improved participation for a greater range of community members.

This award is open to not-for-profit organisations of any size, across all sectors and locations. 

Volunteering Partnerships Award

Pays tribute to the importance of collaboration and partnerships to achieve greater outcomes for people, a community, group, or cause in Victoria. Nominees will have made a significant difference through establishing or maintaining effective and enduring partnerships with other organisations, business, or local community.

This award is open to not-for-profit organisations of any size, across all sectors and locations. 

Volunteering Innovation Award

Recognises the role of innovation and adaptation to continually improve the volunteer experience or enhance supports for people, a community, group, or cause in Victoria. Nominees may have delivered positive outcomes through a unique volunteering program, or new practices or operating models to improve the work of their organisation.

This award is open to not-for-profit organisations of any size, across all sectors and locations.

Grassroots Volunteering Award

Celebrates the commitment, impact, and importance of grassroots organisations in supporting local communities, people, groups, or causes in Victoria. Nominees will be small community-led organisations that may have provided important local services, led positive change, or supported social and community life.

This award is open to organisations that are entirely volunteer led and operated, with a turnover of less than $50,000 a year.

Information sessions

If you have questions or are needing support in submitting a nomination, Volunteering Victoria will be holding online information sessions:
Session 1

Wed 5 June 2024
2pm – 2:45pm

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Session 2

Tues 11 June 2024
1pm – 1:45pm

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Session 3

Tues 25 June 2024
2pm – 2:45pm

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Session 4

Tues 2 July 2024
1:30pm – 2:15pm

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