VICTORIA

Victorian Regional Achievement & Community Awards

Awards Australia Community Group Award
The Community Group 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
  • How long has the group, project or program been running, and who benefits? - demonstrate benefits to the community
  • How many people involved in the group?
  • Source of funding (if applicable) 
  • 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.
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning Diversity and Inclusion Award
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning Diversity and Inclusion Award celebrates the importance of equality, diversity and inclusion in creating a more liveable Victoria. It highlights the social and economic benefits of diversity for our workplaces and communities.

This Award pays tribute to individuals, businesses, organisations and community groups that 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 an example of an initiative that has improved equality, diversity and inclusion 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 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.
  • 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.

Life Activities Clubs Victoria Senior Achievement Award
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.
  • 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
  • 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.

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)
  • 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 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
  • 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.