Health and community services is full of ordinary people doing extraordinary things, day in, day out, across Australia. That's why we created the HESTA Awards Program.
HESTA Australian Nursing & Midwifery Awards
Nominations open: 30 October 2023
Nominations close: 4 February 2024
HESTA Excellence Awards
Nominations open: 4 March 2024
Nominations close: 12 May 2024
HESTA Early Childhood Education & Care Awards
Nominations open: 18 March 2024
Nominations close: 16 June 2024
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We have been highlighting the exceptional leadership and work taking place in health and community services since 2007.
It has been our privilege to recognise, reward and share the stories of these exceptional professionals.
2021 finalists and winners
Advancing Pedagogy & Practice
KU Isobel Pulsford Memorial Preschool Team
KU West Pymble Preschool
Jumbunna Community Preschool & Early Learning Centre
Team Excellence -Community Services
2020 finalists and winners
Outstanding Organisation -Aged Care
Community Based Support (CBS)
Southern Cross Care (SA, NT & VIC) Inc
Outstanding Organisation -Allied Health
Advance Rehab Centre
Little Wings Limited
Outstanding Organisation -Community Services
Little Dreamers Australia
Team Excellence -Aged Care
Aged Care Services Team, Footprints in Brisbane Inc
Wound Champions Team, Southern Cross Care (SA, NT & VIC) Inc
Team Excellence - Allied Health
PACE (Pulmonary and Cardiac Exercise and Education) Team, Alpine Health
IDHS Allied Health Team, Inglewood & Districts Health Service
RFDS Partnership Speech Team
Team Excellence -Community Services
The Plenty Project, Midlas
Tresillian 2U mobile Early Parenting Service
Community Outreach Nurse Program, Anam Cara House Geelong
Kidsburns, The Children's Hospital at Westmead
Redevelopment Team, St George Hospital
Advancing Pedagogy and Practice
The Healthy Lifestyle Team and #HerTribe, Victorian Aboriginal Health Service
Lymphoedema Senior Management and Clinical Team, Calvary Public Hospital Bruce
Mars Clinic for Children's Continence, Mars Clinic
Paediatric Disability Rehab Team, NAPA Centre Pty Ltd
Armadale Health Service Intensive Care Unit
Anglican Retirement Villages Goodhew Gardens Leadership Team
Bruce Clare Holland House Palliative Aged Care Consultancy Team
Arts Project Australia
Youth Involvement Council
SHINE for Kids Cooperative Ltd
Southern Cross Care (SA & NT)
Lifeview Residential Care
Maurice Zeffert Home
Sub-Acute Care Program
Flametree Dementia Care Project
Manager in Training Program
Vietnam Veterans Social Group
Holistic Wellness Program @ Southern Cross Care Keon Park
The Companion Therapy @ Bupa Aged Care Berwick
Stronger Carers @ BaptistCare NSW & ACT
Identify Pain: Ask, Observe, Report @ Wesley Mission Brisbane
Health and community services is full of ordinary people doing extraordinary things, day in, day out, across Australia. That's why we created the HESTA Awards Program, to recognise outstanding contributions in nursing and midwifery, aged care, allied health, disability, and community services as well as early childhood education and care.
There are many great reasons to nominate:
Every nominee will receive a certificate in recognition of their achievement and outstanding contribution to their sector. Certificates will be made available for nominators to download and present to the person, team, or organisation that they nominated.
All finalists in each category will be presented with a trophy in recognition of their achievement, two tickets to attend the Awards celebration, including flights from the nearest capital city to the event, and one night’s accommodation.
The winner in each category will receive a winner’s trophy and a cash prize of up to $10,000, to be used for personal or professional development or further development of processes or services in the workplace.
Further details can be found in the nomination Terms and Conditions for each Award on our Awards website.
Key dates will change each season, so please check our Awards website regularly for the most up-to-date information, including:
The awards are open to people working in health and community services. For full eligibility criteria please refer to our Awards website.
No. Anyone who works in health and community services can be nominated, only if they meet the eligibility criteria.
Yes you can, however someone in a senior leadership position, e.g. manager, owner etc. must be aware of the nomination. If your nomination is shortlisted, you will be required to provide the details of two seconders and/or a reference from a program partner or recipient of your services.
Yes. You can nominate more than one person, but you’ll need to complete a separate nomination for each nominee.
Yes, past nominees can be nominated if they fit the current Awards eligibility criteria. Further information can be found on our Awards website.
Yes. There are minimum requirements for nominees in the following Awards:
The categories and eligibility criteria for all the Awards can be found on our Awards website:
Categories may change from year to year, so check our website for up-to-date information on the Award categories.
The nominator is the person who submits the nomination. Nominator details are required in order to verify the nomination. Nominators may be required to provide additional information about the nominee via phone. If your nomination is shortlisted, you will be required to provide the details of a seconder – someone who has direct knowledge of the nominee’s work. Remember that the nominee’s employer must be made aware of the nomination before submitting.
Please visit our Awards website to read about the categories and criteria for the Awards before you proceed:
If you have any questions about categories, criteria and eligibility, please call the HESTA Awards team on 03 8660 1600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can then register online via our Awards website. Please note: the nomination system works best in Google Chrome.
If you don’t receive a confirmation email after registering, please check your junk mailbox.
Before you start, we recommend you watch this short video which explains the nomination process.
Then, collect as much of the following information as possible – which you’ll need to include in the nomination:
All nominations need to be submitted online by completing all fields, answering all questions, acknowledging and agreeing to the Awards terms and conditions.
Yes. Nominators are required to inform the nominee's employer before submitting a nomination. Often, the employer is also able to assist with the nomination by providing additional information and evidence of the impact made by the nominee.
Terms and conditions for each Award can be viewed here:
You will be asked to provide your name and contact details for yourself (the nominator) as well the name of the person, team, or organisation you are nominating.
Next, you will need to:
No. You can continue to edit your nomination until the closing date. Your entry will be automatically saved by the system continuously, however the automatic save feature does not start until you have saved your entry for the first time. Please do not click the ‘Submit nomination’ button until you are 100% satisfied with the answers and all information provided.
Supporting materials can include references, testimonials, statistics, video, media coverage, financial or business metrics and/or statements, or data reports to boost your submission. However, there are limits to the size (maximum file size of 5MB) and number (five) of attachments that can be uploaded.
If you are having problems uploading a document or file, please let us know. Supporting materials are looked upon favourably by the judges, so consider their content, relevance, and format.
If your nominee/nomination has been shortlisted, you will be required to provide contact details of a seconder/referee who can verify the nomination. We will contact you via phone if you are shortlisted.
A seconder or referee is someone with direct knowledge of the nominee’s contribution. It needs to be someone within a senior role outside the organisation, someone independent familiar with the nomination. This helps the judging panel understand and research your nominee’s achievements and contributions. One seconder/referee per nomination except if the nominee and nominator is the same person, then two seconders will be required.
You should check that each seconder is willing to support the nomination. It is helpful to send seconder a copy of the nomination, as well – this may help them to understand the nomination and think of relevant information.
Yes. Most questions have a limit of 400 words. There is no word limit for the supporting materials or evidence provided. However, please only include relevant material and consider the amount of reading the judges are required to undertake for each submission.
Yes. Once you are ready to submit your nomination in your online account, you will have the ability to add attachments, where you can upload your video or a link to it. Please make sure that videos are relevant to the nomination.
Depending on the Award you are entering, there are four or five questions to be answered. Please be as specific and concise as you can with your answers. You can make edits to your nomination until the closing date.
You can save and come back to your nomination any time, during the nomination period, before you press the submit button.
This depends on how well you are prepared. We strongly recommend you register on the platform and read through the nomination questions as soon as you can. Then, you can draft answers to each question in your own time, proof-read and copy them into the form.
You can continue to edit your nomination until the closing date.
Once you have completed the nomination and clicked on the ‘Submit’ button you will receive an email notification confirming that it has been successfully submitted.
If you don’t receive the confirmation email, please check your junk mailbox.
If it’s not in your junk mail, your organisation may have firewall protections in place that are blocking the email. If so, please contact your IT team and ask them to whitelist the following domains to allow email notifications coming from the HESTA Awards Program:
We've been running the HESTA Awards since 2007 and in that time, we've seen some great nominations. Here are some tips to help you write a nomination that our judges will love to read:
Here’s a more comprehensive list of tips from our judges
All nominations are carefully reviewed to ensure they fit the criteria, prior to being assessed by a panel of industry professionals with a broad range of experience.
Judging is allocated to ensure that there is no conflict of interest in respective categories. Each judge will score all qualified submissions. Their scores will determine the finalists of each category.
The information you provide during the nomination process is treated as confidential, and approval will be sought before any publication.
We collect personal information for the primary purpose of promoting the HESTA Awards. This may include verifying nominations, registering attendance at the HESTA Awards events, communicating information about the HESTA Awards, and publicity
We will only collect personal information which is necessary for the purposes of carrying out our functions as promoter of the HESTA Awards. We may disclose personal information to:
Not directly. However, as the nominator, we will provide you with an Award certificate that you can present to the person you nominated, after we announce the finalists. Remember, if you are nominating an individual, you are required to notify their employer before submitting the nomination.
All nominators will be notified via email as soon as the finalists are announced. Shortlisted nominations may receive a phone call to confirm details before the final judging round.
The date for the finalists announcement can be found on our Awards website. A media release announcement will be distributed to all nominators and will be published on the website.
All finalists are required to attend the Awards celebration. This may be in person or via broadcast. A representative from the HESTA Awards team will contact you and will provide all required information about the attending the Awards event.
After the official announcement, our Awards team will work with finalists to co-ordinate announcements and approvals of all communications regarding the Awards.
H.E.S.T. Australia Ltd ABN 66 006 818 695 AFSL 235249, the Trustee of HESTA ABN 64 971 749 321. The information you provide when nominating, and any subsequent information you provide to us or our service providers in relation to this form, is collected in accordance with the HESTA Awards Privacy Collection Statement available at www.hesta.com.au/awards/hesta-awards-privacy-policy.html