2021 Volunteering

The 2021 Volunteering Awards recognise and celebrate the impact volunteers, volunteer leaders and volunteer programs have in building resilient communities, services and connections across Victoria. Showcasing excellence by individuals, teams and volunteer involving organisations, the 2021 Awards are being run by Volunteering Victoria with the support of the Victorian State Government through the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH).

The 2021 Volunteering Awards are a combination of the Premier’s Volunteer Champions Awards and the Volunteering Victoria State Awards.

Read the Premier's media release

Key dates

Nomination period (October 2021 – January 2022)

  • Nominations open 12:30pm, 20 October 2021
  • Nominations close 5:00pm, 14 January 2022

Assessment and selection (January – February 2022)

  • Judging panel assesses nominations
  • Shortlisted nominees notified
  • Shortlisted nominees accept Terms & Conditions and are subject to a National Police Check

Announcement of shortlist

  • Shortlist announced 23 February 2022

Awards ceremony

  • March 2022

Previous winners

Categories and selection criteria

There are a total of eight categories in this year’s Volunteering Awards with seven open for direct nomination. Please refer below for more information and the selection criteria for each category.

The Premier’s Volunteer of the Year known as the Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Award will be selected from nominees shortlisted for these categories: Volunteering Pathways to Skills and Community Inclusion; Inclusive Volunteering; Volunteering Leadership and Volunteering Partnerships.

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

All nominations must be submitted online.

Open to volunteer-involving organisations

For volunteer-involving organisations

View categories and nominate a volunteer-involving organisation or program here.

Open to individuals of all ages, locations and work type

For individuals

View categories and nominate a volunteer or Leader of Volunteer here.