Volunteering Awards 2023

The Volunteering Awards are an annual celebration to recognise volunteers and the diversity and impact of the work they do across Victoria.

Nominations have now closed for the Volunteering Awards 2023. Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit nominations.

You can see a list of finalists on the Volunteering Victoria Awards webpage.

About the Awards

Volunteering has a positive impact on people, communities and places. From environmental programs to health services, community sport, cultural events, emergency management and beyond, volunteers support a wide variety of important services, causes and activities across Victoria.

The Volunteering Awards are jointly hosted by Volunteering Victoria and the Victorian Government to thank and acknowledge volunteers giving their time and talents to support their communities.

The Awards celebrate both inspiring individual volunteers and outstanding community organisations and programs. 

Key dates

  • Nominations closed: 12pm, Monday 17 July 2023
  • Assessment period: July – October 2023
  • Finalists announced: early 2024
  • Awards ceremony: early 2024

Award categories

Individual categories for the 2023 Volunteering Awards:

  • Young Volunteer
    This award celebrates inspiring young people aged 25 years and under who have made a remarkable impact through volunteering.
  • Volunteer Commitment
    This award recognises dedicated, passionate volunteers with a sustained and substantial record of volunteering.
  • Volunteer Leadership
    This award recognises volunteers who have shown leadership and influence, and have built effective networks and partnerships, empowered others, or strengthened community.
  • Volunteer Impact
    This award celebrates volunteer innovators and hard workers whose contributions have made a remarkable difference.

Community organisations categories for the 2023 Volunteering Awards:

  • Inclusive Volunteering
    This award celebrates diversity and inclusion in volunteering and recognises organisations with inclusive and accessible volunteering practices or programs.
  • Volunteering Partnerships
    This award recognises organisations who have made a significant difference by establishing or maintaining effective and lasting partnerships with other organisations, businesses, or local community.
  • Volunteering Innovation
    This award acknowledges the role of innovation and adaptation in volunteering and recognises organisations delivering positive outcomes through unique volunteering programs, or new practices and operating models.
  • Grassroots Volunteering
    This award celebrates small community-led organisations that have provided important local services, led positive change, or supported social and community life.


To see the list of finalists, please visit the Volunteering Victoria Awards webpage

Previous award winners

To see the Volunteering Awards 2021 winner stories, runners up and photos, please visit the Volunteering Victoria webpage. 


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