Awards for volunteers and volunteer-involving organisations

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Awards can be a great way to acknowledge the contributions of your volunteers. While it is wonderful when they win (for your volunteer and your organisation), even being nominated shows your volunteers you hold them in high regard.

Below is a non-exhaustive list of awards to consider submitting nominations for to recognise your volunteers’ achievements.


International Awards

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is an exciting international youth development program. Anyone between the ages of 14 and 25 can take part. The Duke of Ed has 3 Award levels: Bronze, Silver or Gold. Each level has different time commitments. You design your own program around the things that interest you most. The Award sections are: Service, Skill, Physical Recreation, Adventurous Journey, and Residential Project. When you successfully complete an Award level you will receive an internationally recognised certificate and badge.

The Bridge Award

The Bridge Award is a positive youth development program that is both fun and challenging. It is based on The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award and offers young people the opportunity to gain new skills, improve their physical fitness, participate in community service and develop a spirit of adventure. The award is available to young people aged 11 and a half to 25 years. It builds confidence and resilience and is a great introduction for the many young people who progress on to the Bronze level of The Duke of Edinburgh (from the age of 14).


National Awards

Order of Australia Medals

In the Australian honours system appointments to the Order of Australia confer the highest recognition for outstanding achievement and service.

Order of Australia QLD Senior Volunteer Awards

The purpose of the Senior Volunteer Awards is to recognise and reward outstanding continuing voluntary contributions made by senior Queenslanders to their communities independently or through organisations with which they are associated.

Pride of Australia Medal

An important community endeavour, the Pride of Australia Medal plays an important role to celebrate and acknowledge the contribution and achievements of members of the community. Each State is awarded five medalists, an Editor’s Choice medalist and one Australia Post award.


Statewide (Queensland) Awards

7 News (Queensland) Young Achiever Awards

The purpose of the Seven News Young Achiever Awards is to acknowledge, encourage and most importantly promote the positive achievements of all young people for Queensland up to and including 29 years of age as of 31st December each year.

Queensland Community Achievement Awards

The Queensland Community Achievement Awards are designed to encourage, acknowledge and reward the valuable contributions individuals, communities and businesses are making throughout Queensland. There is a category for LGIAsuper Community Volunteer Award.

Queensland Greats Awards

The Queensland Greats Awards recognises the efforts and achievements of extraordinary people for their remarkable contribution to the history and development of our great state. Individual, institution and posthumous awards are given.

Queensland Multicultural Awards

The Queensland Multicultural Awards recognise the valuable contributions of Queenslanders who support and promote a united, harmonious and inclusive Queensland community.

Volunteering Queensland Awards

The Queensland Volunteering Awards honour the inspiring endeavours of hundreds of volunteers, volunteer managers, volunteer-involving organisations and businesses that invest in employee volunteering programs, to bring about positive change in our community. Nominations open on International Volunteer Day and recipients are announced during National Volunteer Week each year.


Location Based Awards

Brisbane City Council Lord Mayors Australia Day Awards

The 2019 Lord Mayor's Australia Day Awards recognise Brisbane's unsung heroes. The awards pay tribute to the special people in our community who have gone above and beyond to help improve the lives of others and contribute to the city's vision of a diverse, friendly and strong community.

Gold Coast Council Australia Day Awards

Every year, City of Gold Coast recognises community members and groups who have made an outstanding contribution to the Gold Coast for exceptional achievement, by presenting the City of Gold Coast Australia Day Awards.

Lilley Australia Day Awards

The Lilley Australia Day Awards recognise the generous contributions made by volunteers to the north side of Brisbane’s local community. These are personal awards granted to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to non-profit organisations on a voluntary basis. The organisations include school parent groups and tuckshops, aged care, youth groups, sporting clubs, meals on wheels, neighbourhood watch, community centres, church groups, scouts and guides, service clubs and any other of the non-profit organisations which add so much to our community.

Lions Club Australia Community Service Award

The Community Service Award has been introduced by the Trustees following many calls and enquiries from Clubs who wanted to acknowledge members of the community or organisations that have supported their club or have done activities in their area worthy of recognition. The Award is designed to be presented to Non-Lions or organisations by Clubs.

Logan Loves Volunteers Awards

Logan City Council has staged the Volunteers Awards annually since 1988 to acknowledge the outstanding contributions of individuals and organisations in their local community. Each year more than 7,000 volunteers in the City of Logan demonstrate the strength of Logan's community spirit.

Mackay Regional Council Heritage Awards

The Heritage Awards are a biennial event which pays tribute to those individuals, schools, organisations and the broader community, who make outstanding contributions to the promotion, conservation and understanding of local history and heritage.

Mackay Tourism Awards

These awarde recognise the extraordinary personal and professional achievement and contribution by an individual to the Mackay Region tourism industry. There is a category for outstanding contribution by a volunteer or a volunteer group.

Moreton Bay Regional Council Australia Day Awards

The Australia Day Awards Program offers Council the opportunity to recognise the valuable achievements of individuals who contribute to the vibrancy of Moreton Bay community life across the Region.

Rockhampton Region Australia Day Awards

The Rockhampton Region Australia Day Awards celebrate the achievement and contribution of individuals and organisations in the Region. These awards are an opportunity to publicly acknowledge those who have made an extraordinary contribution or are an outstanding achiever.

Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards

The Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards are a celebration of the contribution that individuals, community groups and organisations make in the region.

Townsville Australia Day Awards

The Australia Day Awards recognise Townsville's unsung heroes. The awards pay tribute to the special people in the community who have gone above and beyond to help improve the lives of others and contribute to a diverse, friendly and strong community.

Townsville City Council Seniors Awards

The Townsville City Council Seniors Awards are open to people aged over 60 who have voluntarily given their time for the good of the Townsville community.

Whitsunday Regional Council Australia Day Awards

The Whitsunday Regional Council Australia Day Awards celebrate the achievement and contribution of individuals and organisations in the region. These awards are an opportunity to publicly acknowledge those who have made an extraordinary contribution or an outstanding achiever.

Wide Bay, Fraser Coast and Burnett Annual Volunteer Awards

For almost twenty years, Wide Bay Volunteers have been celebrating the efforts of their local volunteering heroes throughout the Wide Bay, Fraser Coast and Burnett. Each year, a red-carpet event is held to acknowledge the efforts of every volunteer that is nominated. Then a judging panel selects the one volunteer that stands out in each region and deserves the title "Volunteer of the Year". Each of these winners is then put forward for the selection of the Wide Bay, Burnett and Fraser Coast Volunteer of the Year.

 

Your local Federal or State Member of Parliament will often also have a local award for their electorate.


Sector Specific Awards

AFL State Volunteer of the Year Award

To recognise and reward volunteers and ensure their efforts do not go unnoticed, each club, league or association is invited to nominate an outstanding volunteer as an AFL State Volunteer of the Year. The volunteer may have contributed to the completion of a major or significant project throughout the year or they may be someone who has contributed in a number of roles over a long period. Each state and territory will evaluate the nominations and ultimately will determine their State Volunteer of the Year. Other volunteer awards include the AFL Merit Awards and the AFL Volunteer Certificate.

Equestrian Queensland Awards

This award recognises an individual who contributes to the running of equestrian sport and events in Queensland voluntarily. The recipient of the Volunteer of the Year award may be an administrator, coach, official, etc. They foster positive difference in the lives of others through support and encouragement, often with self-sacrifice and without personal gain.

Good Sports Club Champion of the Year

This award recognises the sports club volunteer who is the beating heart of their club. They make their community sporting clubs stronger and more family-friendly by going above and beyond the usual undertakings of a volunteer.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services values, supports and promotes the appropriate recognition of its workforce, paid and volunteer, across the department for their bravery, dedication and outstanding service above and beyond what is expected in their roles. There are many honours and awards that their workforce, paid and volunteer, may be eligible for. These can be national, state or QFES awards.

Riding for the Disabled Association of Australia

RDA Australia depends almost entirely on the efforts of some 3,000 volunteers throughout the country to assist with the delivery of programs, administer centres and care for the horses on who so much depends. Each year, RDA Australia holds its National Volunteer Awards Dinner to honour those volunteers without whom the organisation simply could not function.

Rugby Australia Volunteer of the Year

Volunteers are the backbone of our rugby community; donating countless hours to the club, offering words of encouragement and providing support wherever it’s needed. The HSBC Volunteer of the Year Award is your chance to say thank you to those who have given so much. The award considers anyone who has volunteered in grassroots rugby in the past two years – whether at a club, school or sub/zone union. The HSBC Volunteer of the Year is a role model who inspires others to get involved with our great game.

Special Olympics Volunteer of the Year

There are so many people that make the Special Olympics Australia community rich, rewarding and welcoming. Special Olympics Australia has a range of national annual rewards to say thanks.

Yachting Queensland Volunteer of the Year Award

The Queensland Yacht Squadron at Manly has a long history of supporting and encouraging sailing as a sport and are proud of their Sailing Academy which is instrumental in introducing the next generation of sailors to the sport. Their Squadron’s Tackers youth program has developed into one of the largest and most successful in the country. And of course this success has been supported by their wonderful volunteers, and honours them with their Yachting Queensland Volunteer of the Year Award.