VICTORIA

Victorian Regional Achievement & Community Awards

Awards Australia Community Hero Award
The Awards Australia Community Hero Award acknowledges those individuals making a significant contribution at a local level in regional and rural Victoria. There are many selfless people who, through their actions, have positively impacted the lives of others and their community. 

The Community Hero Award acknowledges those everyday people doing extraordinary things within their local communities. Community heroes may be involved in (but not restricted to) art, health, business, sports, volunteering, the environment, aged care, or education. They may have displayed courage in overcoming a personal adversity or demonstrated leadership in trying times.
  • Please state the name of the individual being nominated
  • Describe your contribution, event, project or activity 
  • What is the impact of your contribution? Who is impacted?
  • Is your contribution paid or voluntary? How many hours per week is involved?
  • Discuss any barriers you faced and how they have been overcome; if relevant
  • In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination; highlighting your achievements and impacts made. This summary will be used for all media purposes and onstage presentations at the gala dinner.
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning Community Resilience Award
Regional communities have experienced some significant challenges in recent months. Parts of the state were dealing with prolonged droughts when the 2019-20 summer brought some of the worst bushfires Victoria has experienced. This was followed by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and the associated restrictions testing people’s resilience even more.

During these difficult times, many communities have shown incredible strength and compassion in banding together to support one another. 

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning Community Resilience Award celebrates the resilience, leadership and ingenuity of individuals, businesses and community groups during challenging experiences. It highlights kindness, community spirit and other positive outcomes from difficult situations.

This Award pays tribute to initiatives that bring people together and make communities stronger. 

The Award recipient will provide an example of an initiative that has brought communities together and strengthened them in a time of an emergency in their workplace or their community. Nominees who demonstrate collaboration and partnerships in their initiatives and sustainability in their efforts will be strongly considered.
  • Describe the initiative and who benefits.
  • Describe how the initiative has brought community together and championed community resilience.
  • What specific outcomes and successes have been achieved through the initiative?
  • Describe any barriers or difficulties and, if so, how have you overcome these?
  • If relevant, provide examples of how collaboration and partnerships has played a part in the success of the initiative.
  • In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination; highlighting your achievements and impacts made. This summary will be used for all media purposes and onstage presentations at the gala dinner.
GOTAFE Community Education Award
GOTAFE has a long history as an education provider in regional Victoria, acting as the link between education and local community since the 1920’s. GOTAFE partners with communities to support growth and development, enabling life-long learning to enrich communities.

The GOTAFE Community Education Award recognises ‘real life’ initiatives (led by local community groups, not-for-profits or individuals). These initiatives may meet a specific educational need or simply be a ‘fun’ way to promote learning in the community. These initiatives help create real skills and real outcomes, playing a vital role in enhancing the way people connect and live in their community.
  • Provide a brief background and history of the education initiative.
  • Outline both the short and long term goals of the education initiative.
  • Demonstrate community involvement; a) In your planning b) In the way your project is delivered c) In the way your project is received (participation).
  • Demonstrate the value of your initiative to your local community; a) You can use media clippings, testimonials, photos as well as commentary to respond to this question.
  • Provide details of any challenges and/or obstacles that you have had to overcome and how this has been achieved.
  • In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination; highlighting your achievements and impacts made. This summary will be used for all media purposes and onstage presentations at the gala dinner.
GOTAFE Community Group Award
The GOTAFE Community Group Award recognises groups that make a significant contribution to their community. These groups share a strong team spirit and a sense of community that fosters a safe, supporting space for all.

GOTAFE is excited to acknowledge community groups playing a vital role in enhancing the social, economic, commercial and environmental prosperity of their region. Whether it be working together on an event, restoration project, providing a service/program, or connecting people, it is important to recognise and encourage these groups, as their efforts help to make our communities stronger and more vibrant places.
  • Describe the project, group, program, community event or initiative.
  • How long has the group, project or program been running, and who benefits? Demonstrate benefits to the community.
  • How many people are involved in the group or initiative?
  • Details the source of funding (if applicable) and sustainability of the group or initiative.
  • Describe any barriers or difficulties and how they have been overcome.
  • In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination; highlighting your achievements and impacts made. This summary will be used for all media purposes and onstage presentations at the gala dinner.
Prime Super Agricultural Innovation Award
Australian agricultural production and supply chain management has a long history of innovation to maximise efficiency, develop new products, and open new market opportunities, despite the challenges of climate, soil types and location. Nominees for the Prime Super Agricultural Innovation Award will showcase this spirit of innovation through their application of technology or process improvement to demonstrably enhance production and increase efficiency, maximising returns along the value chain, particularly where that value flows back to the primary producer.
  • Describe the achievements/contribution to your community (farming, agricultural or wider community). Outline your impact and who benefits.
  • Outline key innovations, creativity and resourcefulness in your activities.
  • Describe any barriers or difficulties and how they have been overcome.
  • Provide examples of innovations – detail any planning, management or training that was undertaken to achieve these.
  • In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination; highlighting your achievements and impacts made. 
    This summary will be used for all media purposes and onstage presentations at the gala dinner.
Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award
With an ageing population, aged care facilities and the services they provide are an important part of the lives of an ever increasing number of people. The Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award recognises and acknowledges businesses, organisations and not for profits who have a strong focus on staff engagement, safety and well being, training and providing staff with higher education learning opportunities and development. The Award will also recognise the provision of quality services for clients, patients and residents. 
The Award acknowledges aged care facilities, organisations, not for profits and businesses making a positive difference in the industry in Victoria.
  • Provide background on the aged care facility, organisation, not for profit or business and its purpose. Include details how the business/organisation is structured and number of employees.
  • Describe what makes you an excellent employer: e.g. flexible working conditions, staff training, etc.
  • Outline how you have contributed to the overall wellbeing of your employees/staff—financial, mental and physical.
  • Is the business/organisation involved in the wider community?
  • Outline barriers or difficulties and how they have been overcome within the aged care sector
  • In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination; highlighting your achievements and impacts made. 
    This summary will be used for all media purposes and onstage presentations at the gala dinner.
Regional Development Victoria Business Achievement Award
In rural and regional areas successful businesses are making important economic contributions. Creative business and commercial ventures provide opportunities for regional growth, productivity, leadership, training and employment. Businesses are continuing to realise their corporate vision and mission in areas such as product development, advanced manufacturing and construction, agriculture, primary industry, e-commerce, wholesaling, exporting, retailing, tourism and other professional services. The Regional Development Victoria Business Achievement Award will acknowledge and highlight the continued success and achievements of business leaders and businesses. 
  • Brief background and history of the business
  • Description of products and/or services provided
  • Involvement with wider industry groups, networks or associations
  • Number of employees (if applicable)
  • Examples of recent business achievements or performance success
  • Community involvement and contribution
  • Barriers or difficulties and how they have been overcome
  • In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination; highlighting your achievements and impacts made. 
    This summary will be used for all media purposes and onstage presentations at the gala dinner.

Regional Development Victoria Leadership and Innovation Award
Tenacity, dedication, selflessness, leadership and innovative thinking are the key qualities of those amazing individuals who are the “driving force” in their community. These individuals are at the forefront of community contribution in their field of endeavour. 

They may have overcome significant difficulty, adversity or hardship to achieve excellent outcomes and raise pride in the community and our state. They may have pioneered significant changes in their community, business or organisation that have altered the way people think and perform for the better.  The Regional Development Victoria Leadership and Innovation Award will acknowledge role models who through their leadership, innovation and driving force pave the way for others to follow. 
  • Tell us how the nominee has displayed their leadership and/or innovation qualities
  • What specific outcomes and successes has the nominee achieved
  • Describe any barriers or difficulties the nominee has encountered
  • Who in the community has benefited from their leadership and/or innovation
  • How has the community benefited from their leadership and/or innovation
  • What is the lasting legacy of the nominees leadership and/or innovation efforts
  • In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination; highlighting your achievements and impacts made. 
    This summary will be used for all media purposes and onstage presentations at the gala dinner.
Ricoh Australia Customer Service Award
Businesses and organisations spend a great deal of time and money trying to win and retain customers. The highly demanding discipline of customer service is arguably the critical success factor for many organisations and businesses. 

The Ricoh Australia Customer Service Award will recognise individuals that provide customer service excellence, best practice and innovative thinking in customer service. It may also be someone who is implementing customer service strategies which are integral to business success. The nominees will have a positive impact on their organisation and demonstrate dedication to product knowledge and commitment to the customer. 
  • Brief background of the business/organisation and individual’s position
  • Examples of customer service excellence
    a. Any metrics that could be used to demonstrate customer service excellence, for example increase in customer satisfaction, increase in customer retention, decrease in customer complaints etc.
  • Training and development undertaken
  • Outline how the individual has made an impact on the business and wider community
  • Barriers or difficulties and how they have been overcome
  • Testimonials that back up examples of customer service excellence will be viewed favourably
  • In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination; highlighting your achievements and impacts made. 
    This summary will be used for all media purposes and onstage presentations at the gala dinner.