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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...

Do you know someone with a story worth celebrating? Nominations close August 3 2018.

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Awards Dinner

The 2018 Awards dinner will be held in Sydney on October 29 2018.

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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 now open

The 2018 HESTA Community Sector Awards will close on August 3 2018.

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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2017

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

2017 winners

Outstanding Organisation

WEstjustice was recognised for establishing the 'Employment Law Project' which helps migrants and refugees living in the western suburbs of Melbourne overcome barriers in employment.

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Social Impact

Community Legal Centres Queensland was recognised for campaigning for increased Government funding for their services, which provide support and advocacy to 33 independent, community-led legal centres.

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Unsung Hero

Jenny Glare was recognised for her work helping Australians raised in orphanages and children's homes access historical records from their time spent in child institutions across Victoria.

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Social Impact

Community Legal Centres Queensland

 

Finalists

Blind Citizens Australia

Good Pitch Australia

Jesuit Social Services

WIRE Women's Information

Outstanding Organisation

WEstjustice

 

Finalists

Good Shepherd Microfinance

Little Dreamers Australia

Orange Sky Australia

Puuya Foundation

Unsung Hero

Jenny Glare

 

Finalists

Simone Nicole Baird

Margaret Jorgensen

Elizabeth Serpell

Edward Thomson

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

 

 

 

 

2017

Relive the excitement of the 2017 HESTA Community Sector Awards dinner.
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