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Volunteers give their time, effort and skills to better our society. The contribution of over three million Queensland volunteers (75% of adults) have provided unparalleled assistance to people and causes across our beautiful state.

Every year we come together to celebrate some of the volunteers who go above and beyond to keep their communities running. Next year, the gala event will be celebrated during National Volunteer Week at Brisbane City Hall in May, 2024.

Find the nomination guide for the 2024 Queensland Volunteering Awards below.

The Queensland Volunteering Awards Presentation

Every single volunteer, whether in a formal or informal setting deserves thanks from the Queensland Community, and it is the Queensland Volunteering Awards that highlight the people behind this immense positive wave which embodies the spirit of mateship and togetherness.

The Queensland Volunteering Awards will celebrate exemplary volunteers across six important categories.

Award Categories

Awards for Individuals

Presented in honour of an individual who has made an exemplary voluntary contribution and who through their volunteering has made a significant impact towards Queensland’s well-being.

Presented in celebration of an individual aged between 16 and 30 years, who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to volunteering in Queensland and who through their volunteering has positively impacted the lives of others.

Presented in honour of an individual who has made an exemplary life-long contribution to volunteering (15+ years) and who through their volunteering has contributed to the betterment of the community in Queensland.

Presented in acknowledgement of an individual salaried or non-salaried volunteer manager who have demonstrated outstanding best practice in the management of volunteers and the delivery of volunteering programs.

Awards for Organisations

Presented in recognition of a community volunteering program or activity that has made a positive, measurable and sustainable social and/or economic impact on the Queensland community.

Presented in recognition of a for profit business that has made a positive contribution to the Queensland community through the impact of its employee volunteering program.

All Queenslanders are encouraged to nominate those who shine bright in the volunteer roles, programs and organisations. Help us to highlight volunteers who dedicate themselves to helping others and spread the word about the positive impacts volunteering makes in the lives of individuals, groups, communities, and the environment.

Volunteering Queensland recognises that one of Queensland’s strengths is its diversity and the collective contribution of all its citizens. We welcome and encourage nominations from all members of our community. 

Social Media Templates

Want to share who you have nominated for the awards? You can find our Canva Template for social media tiles below:

Meet the 2023 Finalists

This year’s finalists have been announced! Thank you to all that nominated someone for the awards, the stories we have read were truly amazing. Our finalists are just 21 from the hundreds of generous nominees with unique stories to share.

Read more about the finalists and their volunteering journeys here or by clicking the image below.

(From left to right) Top row: Cayla Jones, Jasmine Renny, Jessica Hernandez, Blackwoods (Rockhampton & Gladstone), Maud Bagnall, Jennet Riven, Paul Wright.
Second Row: Brian Tovey, Gail Harrower, Robin Spencer, Clayton Utz, Care Kits for Kids, The Common Good (Ekka Strawberry Sundae), Orange Sky Australia.
Third Row: DJ Cronin, Jodi Salmon, Michael Creedy, Domino’s Pizza Enterprises, 3rd Space, Cycling without Age (Gold Coast), Palliative Care Queensland (Ambulance Wish).

The History of the Queensland Volunteering Awards

Since 2016 Volunteering Queensland has run and hosted the Queensland Volunteering Awards celebrating exceptional volunteers from all around Queensland. The past nine years have celebrated over a thousand nominated volunteers including the recipients of each award.

If you would like to get to know the recipients of each award better please view the recipients below!

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