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The HESTA Community Sector Awards recognise outstanding service provision, advocacy and leadership in improving the lives of people who rely on access to the services of this sector.

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A story worth celebrating...

Finalists have been announced for the 2017 HESTA Community Sector Awards.

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Awards Dinner

Winners will be announced at the Sofitel Melbourne on Tuesday, 24 October.

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Prizes

Winners will share a $30,000 prize pool, courtesy of proud Awards sponsor ME- the bank for you.

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Nominations closed

Finalists for the 2017 HESTA Community Sector Awards will be announced on September 26.

Award categories

Unsung Hero

An individual working within the community sector who has made an exceptional contribution to social justice in Australia by enhancing the wellbeing of individuals or communities experiencing disadvantage.

Eligibility criteria

Outstanding Organisation

An organisation which has made an outstanding contribution to social justice in Australia through the development or provision of a high quality and innovative program, project or specific service.

Eligibility criteria

Social Impact

An individual, organisation or network that has made an outstanding contribution to social justice in Australia through policy development, advocacy, leadership or representation.

Eligibility criteria

Who can enter?

 

Australia’s community sector contributors are at the forefront of caring for and providing support to members of the community who experience disadvantage, discrimination, exclusion and hardship.

Colleagues, community sector professionals, volunteers and community sector contributors can nominate a special individual or team who has made a real difference to the lives of disadvantaged Australians. Everyone involved in the delivery of community services can nominate, or be nominated in accordance with the terms and conditions.

 

 

Recognition

Every person or organisation nominated will receive a certificate in recognition of their contributions.

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Acknowledgment

Finalists receive two tickets to attend the Awards dinner.

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Reward

Overall winners share in a $30,000 prize pool, courtesy of proud Awards sponsor ME- the bank for you.

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2016

This year's winners and finalists epitomise excellence and the highest levels of commitment to the community sector.

2016 winners

Unsung Hero Winner

Anne Mitchell was recognised for providing support and advocacy to young homeless people through leading the outreach program 'Steps'.

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Outstanding Organisation

Arts Project Australia is a full-time not-for-profit art studio for artists with intellectual disabilities.

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Social Impact

Women with Disabilities Victoria were recognised for contributing to the review and formation of government policy in order to bring about social justice and change for women with disabilities in Victoria.

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Social Impact

Women with Disabilities Victoria

 

Finalists

Advocare Incorporated

Fitted for Work

Justice Connect Not-for-profit Law 

Unsung Hero 

Anne Mitchell 

 

Finalists

Dr Claire Jones

Janne Bidenko 

Ronald Briggs 

Outstanding Organisation

Arts Project Australia 

 

Finalists

Communicare Inc. 

Youth Involvement Council 

SHINE for Kids Cooperative Ltd

 

 

 

 

2016

Relive the excitement of the 2016 HESTA Community Sector Awards Dinner.
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