media release


08 July 2019


Nominations now open for HESTA Community Sector Awards


Nominations are now open for the 2019 HESTA Community Sector Awards, recognising people and organisations making exceptional contributions to social justice in Australia.

Presented by HESTA in partnership with the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS), the national

Awards recognise excellence in service provision, advocacy, and leadership in the community sector.

Anyone can nominate themselves, an individual or organisation with nominations closing on 01 September 2019.

HESTA CEO, Debby Blakey, said the Awards are an opportunity to recognise the impact that those working in the community sector have in promoting social justice and in improving the lives of people around Australia.

“The Awards are a chance to shine a light on people and organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to enhancing the wellbeing of individuals and communities around Australia,” Ms Blakey said. 

 “This work provides invaluable support to people who may be facing poverty, disadvantage and discrimination and through the awards we’re proud to help highlight their extraordinary work.”

ME – the bank for you – a longstanding Awards sponsor, are generously providing the $30,000 prize

pool, to be divided among the winners in the three Award categories – Unsung Hero, Outstanding

Organisation and Social Impact.

ME CEO Jamie McPhee said the bank was incredibly honoured to help bring recognition to people working in the community services sector.

“Community sector professionals provide a service vital to the Australian community. They are challenging roles that are also often under-recognised, which is why these awards are so important in shining a spotlight on the exceptional work they do,” said Mr McPhee.

“ME is incredibly honoured to have been supporting the HESTA Awards since 2007, and we hope to continue doing so for many years to come.”

The winners of each Award category will receive $10,000 towards further education or service provision development.

Winners are announced at the 2019 HESTA Community Sector Awards on Tuesday 26 November 2019.

To submit a nomination visit:

The 2018 winners were:

Unsung Hero Award

Sue Miers

National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Normansville, SA

Awarded for her voluntary work supporting families struggling to manage and understand Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and for playing an instrumental role for the past 20 years establishing the recognition of this disability in Australia.

Outstanding Organisation Award

VisAbility Ltd

Victoria Park, WA

Awarded for developing an innovative model of remote delivery of orientation and mobility services (O&M) to people who are blind or vision impaired living in regional areas.

The project supports blind or vision impaired people by using the latest technology paired with O&M services.

Social Impact Award

End Rape on Campus Australia
Sydney, NSW

End Rape on Campus Australia (EROC) was recognised for its leadership in working to end sexual violence at universities and residential colleges. They support survivors and through their advocacy, promote prevention through education, and policy reform on campus and at the state and federal government levels.


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