VICTORIA

Victorian Regional Achievement & Community Awards

Awards Australia Community Group of the Year Award
The Community Group of the Year Award recognises groups that make a significant contribution to their community.
These community groups share a strong sense of team spirit, and play 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 or program, it is important to recognise and encourage these groups, as their efforts help to make our communities stronger and more vibrant.
  • Describe the project, group, program, community event or initiative
  • Describe the project, group, program, community event or initiative
  • How many people involved in the group?
  • Source of funding (if applicable) 
  • Barriers or difficulties and how they have been overcome
  • 100 word summary of achievements for media, judging and promotional material including for use on the Awards night
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning Diversity and Inclusion Award
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning Diversity and Inclusion Award has been established to celebrate the importance of equality, diversity and inclusion in creating a more liveable Victoria – and the social and economic benefits for our workplaces and communities.

This Award pays tribute to individuals, businesses, organisations and groups of people who have championed difference and the value of all people – irrespective of ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, education, disability and national origin – making their workplace, business or community a fairer and more inclusive place. 

The Award recipient will provide examples of initiatives such as projects, events or campaigns that have improved equality, diversity and inclusion in workplaces and the 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 championed diversity and inclusion.
  • Provide examples of how the initiative has improved equality, diversity and inclusion in workplaces and/or the community.
  • 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.
  • 100 word summary of achievements for media, judging and promotional material including for use on the Awards night
Henry Carus & Associates and Life Activities Clubs Victoria Senior Achievement Award

Henry Carus & Associates, in conjunction with Life Activities Clubs Victoria, will recognise individuals, organisations or corporates that have excelled in improving the wellbeing of people in the second half of life, particularly by promoting ‘self-help’.

Older people in regional areas experience issues that do not impact many people in heavily populated areas and distance from the metropolitan area may adversely affect their quality of life.  Many of these people are active, capable and independent.  They neither need nor want government programs to deliver services to them.  They wish to retain their independence, make decisions for themselves and age with vigour and dignity.  They want to participate in a range of satisfying and healthy activities of their own choosing, with their companions of choice.

We wish to acknowledge the inspiration of the organisations and individuals who strive to improve the lives of our ‘elders’ through the promotion or facilitation of self-managed groups, activities or forums.

  • Confirm YES/NO that you have read and understood the judging criteria in Item 9 of Conditions of Entry
  • Describe the contribution made, indicating how it improved the wellbeing of older people
  • Demonstrate how their endeavours save nett government resources.
  • Demonstrate the direct influence their efforts had on achieving the outcomes sought
  • Indicate the number of people affected and where they are located
  • Highlight any initiatives to reduce social isolation and the impacts they had
  • Provide any additional information they wish in support of the nomination
  • 100-word summary of achievements for media, judging and promotional purposes, including for use on the Awards night.
Parks Victoria Environmental Sustainability Award
Parks Victoria’s Environmental Sustainability Award acknowledges individuals, groups and organisations that show a proven passion and dedication towards improving the environment and human wellbeing in regional and rural areas.
This Award recognises individuals, groups and organisations that aim to improve our patterns of consumption and environmental behaviour in acknowledgement of the intrinsic link between nature and people. They understand that individual and community health are reliant on a healthy parks system, and that a healthy parks system is integrally linked to the value placed on it by the community. Ultimately, their actions help to inspire sustainable and responsible development for current and future generations.
  • Describe the project or initiative and who benefits
  • Describe how the project or initiative is making a sustainable impact on future environmental preservation and improving the health and wellbeing of individuals or communities
  • Describe how the project or initiative is educating and or/changing community behavior, particularly in regards to co-benefitting nature and human health
  • Provide details of funding (if applicable)
  • Describe any barriers or difficulties and how they have been overcome
  • Provide examples of initiative, planning, management and leadership
  • List references (if applicable)
  • 100 word summary of achievements for media, judging and promotional material including for use on the Awards night
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 (including farming/agricultural community).
  • Outline key innovations, creativity and resourcefulness in your activities.
  • Outline your impact on the community/industry and who/how many benefit.
  • Describe any barriers or difficulties and how they have been overcome.
  • Detail any Self-development and/or training (if applicable).
  • Provide examples of achievements, initiative, planning or management.
  • 100 word summary of achievements for media, judging and promotional material including for use on the Awards night.
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.

  • Describe the aged care facility, organisation, not for profit or business and its purpose
  • Outline operational standards, location and size of organisation.

  • Outline how the business/organisation is structured and number of employees?

  • Outline initiatives implemented to provide flexible working conditions and opportunities for staff.

  • Outline staff training and health and wellbeing initiatives.

  • What is the community contribution and involvement?

  • Outline barriers or difficulties and how they have been overcome within the aged care sector

  • Include any positive supporting comments from third party firms responsible for audit activities within your organisation

  • 100 word summary of achievements for media, judging and promotional material including for use on the Awards night. 
Regional Development Victoria Business Achievement Award
In regional and rural 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
  • 100 word summary of achievements for media, judging and promotional material including use for the Awards night
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
  • 100 word summary of achievements for media, judging and promotional material including use for the Awards night
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
    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 favorably
  • 100 word summary of achievements for media, judging and promotional material including for use on the Awards night. 
South West TAFE & Deakin University South West Regional Achiever Award

The South West Institute of TAFE and Deakin University Regional Achiever Award is open to residents of the South West Region and applauds our high achievers, unsung heroes and volunteers, acknowledging excellence in their chosen profession or field of endeavour. It may be academic, career, primary industry, sport, art or a cultural achievement, or someone involved with a regional initiative, project, community organisation or program that deserves recognition. 

This Award presents an opportunity for our whole community to gain inspiration from their dedication and commitment. The Regional Achiever Award will pay tribute to their achievements and contribution to community.

For the boundary requirements copy the link below into your web browser.

http://www.rdv.vic.gov.au/victorian-regions/barwon-south-west

  • Nominees must be residents of South West Victoria.
  • Describe the achievements/initiatives that have contributed to the community.
  • Impact on the community and who and how many benefit
  • Barriers or difficulties and how they have been overcome
  • Self development and/or training (if relevant and applicable)
  • Hours contributed (paid and/or unpaid)
  • Examples of achievements, initiative, planning or management 
  • List/provide any other references (if applicable)
  • 100 word summary of achievements for media, judging and promotional material including for use on the Awards night.