Enter the Awards

The nomination period has been extended until 5pm on Friday 2 September 2016

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State Awards’ Criteria

  1. Submissions must be on the Volunteering Victoria nomination form
  2. Please address each of the criteria listed for the selected award and describe how the nomination meets that criteria. The assessment criteria document should not exceed 2 A4 pages.
  3. Please provide clear evidence to support this nomination. This may include letters of support, references, photographs, media coverage or other supporting materials of up to a total of 4 pages per application.     NB: Please do not include website links.
  4. Applications will be scored according to how well they meet the criteria and the quality of the evidence provided.

Download the nomination form and enter today!


Innovation Award

Awarded to a volunteer manager, volunteer delivered program or volunteer involving organisation for an innovative, unique volunteering program or model that engages volunteers and makes a significant contribution to the work of the organisation; improving its ability to achieve its purpose and objectives, and to deliver positive outcomes for its stakeholders.

Criteria

Applications will be judged according to the following criteria:

  1. Evidence that the program or model is innovative. Is it new and original, or is it a creative and distinctive application of an existing program or model?
  2. The need, challenge or opportunity the program or model sets out to address.
  3. The main beneficiaries of the program or model.
  4. Clear evidence on how the program or model effectively achieved its purpose.
  5. Evidence outlining how the effectiveness of the program or model was measured and evaluated.

Excellence Award

Awarded to a volunteer manager, volunteer delivered program or volunteer involving organisation for demonstrating and championing best practice volunteer management. This should include consideration of The National Standards for Volunteer Involvement.

Criteria

Applications will be judged according to the following criteria:

  1. Commitment and adherence to the National Standards for Volunteer Involvement
  2. Detail on how volunteer management is resourced, supported and recognised in your organisation.
  3. Feedback from and high levels of satisfaction of volunteers about how they are managed and supported
  4. Evidence of how best practice volunteer management contributed to the organisation’s purpose and achievements

Inclusion Award

Awarded to a volunteer manager, volunteer delivered program or volunteer involving organisation that engages with and includes individuals or groups who are often excluded from mainstream or traditional volunteering. This might include any groups that routinely experience social isolation or discrimination, such as CALD community members, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, people with a disability, senior Victorians, LGBTI people, and recently arrived migrants and refugees.

Criteria

Applications will be judged according to the following criteria:

  1. Identification of the group of disadvantaged persons needing support for inclusion in volunteering
  2. Process used to identify this need
  3. The activity undertaken demonstrates the deliberate and successful inclusion of volunteers from this identified group
  4. The steps taken to make this project accessible to the identified group
  5. Cultural competency practices and strategies employed by your organisation to prepare for this project
  6. Evidence on the success of this project
  7. Evidence of project evaluation

Impact Award

Awarded to a volunteer manager, volunteer delivered program or volunteer involving organisation that has made a positive, measurable and sustainable social, environmental and/or economic impact on the community, individuals or cause supported by the program.

Criteria

Applications will be judged according to the following criteria:

  1. The impact/outcome of the program
  2. Evidence from the beneficiaries of the program
  3. Evidence on how the impact/outcomes were measured, such as quantitative or qualitative feedback or data
  4. Evidence that this program can be sustained into the future

Thought Leadership Award

Awarded to an individual or team who made a significant contribution to the advancement of knowledge and/or research regarding volunteering practice or theory.

Criteria

Applications will be judged according to the following criteria:

  1. The content of the knowledge/research gained
  2. The realised or potential benefit of this knowledge/research to volunteering in Victoria
  3. The practical and/or theoretical applications of this knowledge/research
  4. How this knowledge/experience been shared and with whom

Employee Volunteering Award

Awarded to an organisation that delivers a specific, significant and sustained benefit to one or more volunteer-involving organisations through its employee volunteering program. The volunteering contribution may include general (team) or skilled volunteering, including pro bono work.

Criteria

Applications will be judged according to the following criteria:

  1. Evidence of the organisation’s commitment to employee volunteering (i.e. how employees are encouraged and supported to engage in volunteering)
  2. Evidence of employee engagement
  3. Evidence on employee volunteering program eg. number of attendees, number of hours, number of dates
  4. Evidence on the measureable benefit/impact of the corporate volunteer work on the volunteer involving organisation

NB: Support letters from volunteer involving organisations supported by the employee volunteering program are required to support this nomination

NB: Organisational size and resources will be taken into account to ensure small businesses have equal opportunities to achieve this award. 

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