NEW SOUTH WALES

NSW/ACT Regional Achievement & Community Awards

1st Choice Rentals Volunteering Award
The 1st Choice Rentals Volunteering Award aims to acknowledge volunteers who have made an outstanding voluntary contribution and have positively impacted the lives of others and their community. 
The Award covers all aspects of volunteering including (but not restricted to) youth at risk, the homeless and disadvantaged, emergency services, health, aged care, charity and other not for profits. 
Nominees will be volunteers who, through exceptional support to others, demonstrate innovative ways to achieve excellence beyond what is expected of them. 
  • Nature of the volunteer’s exceptional achievement/s
  • Impact the volunteer has had, and the benefits they have provided to the organisation and/or the local community that is above and beyond what is expected of them
  • Obstacles overcome by the volunteer as part of their achievement
  • Highlight the level of commitment, dedication and professionalism demonstrated by the volunteer
  • 100 word summary of achievements for media, judging and promotional material including for use on the Awards night
Dobija Print World Events and Tourism Award
Community events and tourism projects can provide an effective source of income and other positive outcomes for regional communities. They can benefit communities economically through direct spending by visitors, income generation and employment. A distinct image and sense of community identity can be created and promoted through events and tourism projects. They can incorporate a variety of experiences using local products, history, arts and food and wine. Additionally, events and tourism projects may have a positive impact socially and culturally. Events in particular provide opportunities for people to meet and work together, helping to create a sense of belonging and social cohesion. This helps strengthen pride in a community and provides opportunities for new experiences, learning and enjoyment.
  • Description of community event or tourism project
  • Why this event or project was established and when?
  • Details of the organisation/s responsible for establishing the event or project and their ongoing role
  • Details of the development or growth of the event or project
  • What is the level of support for the event or project from the business and broader community?
  • Outline any difficulties or barriers encountered whilst planning and executing event/project and how they were overcome
  • Impact of the event and demonstrated benefits provided to organisers, participants, local business & broader community
  • 100 word summary of achievements for media, judging and promotional material including for use on the Awards night
MOA Benchmarking Community Service in Aged Care Award
The MOA Benchmarking Community Service in Aged Care Award will recognise carers, volunteer workers and health professionals that are supporting the health and wellbeing of older Australians in care. There are many individuals who passionately and selflessly provide support, guidance, encouragement, assistance and professional services within the aged care sector. Through their efforts they offer friendship, hope and inspiration. They create a sense of community spirit, and play a vital role in enhancing the quality of life of those who depend on them. These individuals may be paid or voluntary workers and should be dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of people in aged care. The Community Service in Aged Care Award will acknowledge the services, efforts, actions and positive contribution provided by carers, volunteers and health professionals. 
  • Describe the aged care home, service, organisation, not for profit or business and its purpose

  • Outline the location and size of organisation in terms of employee and care recipient numbers
  • Describe the nominee’s role; include position title, time with the organisation, the average time commitment per week and a brief overview of responsibilities
  • Describe how the nominee supports the health and wellbeing of care recipients in your service
  • Provide an example of how the nominee has enhanced the quality of life of a care recipient
  • Outline any challenges the nominee faces in performing the role (if applicable) and how they have been overcome
  • Include any positive supporting comments from care recipients, relatives or fellow staff members
  • 100 word summary of achievements for media, judging and promotional material including for use on the Awards night
NSW Department of Industry, Lands, Crown Reserve Trust, Community Manager's Award
Crown land is reserved by the NSW Government for many purposes. There are more than 7,000 Crown Reserves across the state, which are managed by either a community or corporate trust manager.
Community Managers are generally made up of reserve trust boards of community volunteers or committees (known as Section 355 committees appointed by their local council) who devote many hours of unpaid service to their communities managing and caring for Crown reserves which include recreation areas and parks, halls, museums and other community assets. 
Corporate Managers are made up of incorporated bodies including local councils, community associations, sporting bodies or reserve administrators managing and caring for Crown reserves which include parks and sporting facilities, community welfare facilities and other community assets.
The Award will recognise two winners, a Community Manager and a Corporate Manager that exemplifies outstanding community service ethos, dedication and commitment to their communities.
  • Detail the management of the Crown reserve
  • Identify the reserve manager's involvement in the reserve
  • Outline the reserve manager's contributions during that period
  • Outline challenges the reserve manager has faced and how they were overcome or are being addressed
  • Summarise the reserve manager's achievements
  • Describe the sources of funding for the reserve
  • What are the demonstrated benefits of the reserve and how it has provided for the community?
  • Outline what the reserve manager does to promote the reserve
  • Any other relevant information
  • 100 word summary of achievements for media, judging and promotional material including for use on the Awards night
NSW Department of Industry, Lands, Crown Reserve Trust, Corporate Manager's Award
Crown land is reserved by the NSW Government for many purposes. There are more than 7000 Crown Reserves across the state, which are managed by either a community or corporate trust manager.
Community Managers are generally made up of reserve trust boards of community volunteers or committees (known as Section 355 committees appointed by their local council) who devote many hours of unpaid service to their communities managing and caring for Crown reserves which include recreation areas and parks, halls, museums and other community assets. 
Corporate Managers are made up of incorporated bodies including local councils, community associations, sporting bodies or reserve administrators managing and caring for Crown reserves which include parks and sporting facilities, community welfare facilities and other community assets.
The Award will recognise two winners, a Community Manager and a Corporate Manager that exemplifies outstanding community service ethos, dedication and commitment to their communities.
  • Detail the management of the Crown reserve
  • Identify the reserve manager's involvement in the reserve
  • Outline the reserve manager's contributions during that period
  • Outline challenges the reserve manager has faced and how they were overcome or are being addressed
  • Summarise the reserve manager's achievements
  • Describe the sources of funding for the reserve
  • What are the demonstrated benefits of the reserve and how it has provided for the community?
  • Outline what the reserve manager does to promote the reserve
  • Any other relevant information
  • 100 word summary of achievements for media, judging and promotional material including for use on the Awards night
Prime Super Community of the Year - Population Over 15,000 Award
The Community of the Year Award provides groups and organisations with an opportunity to gain recognition for their achievements and contributions to our community. These awards aim to recognise high-achieving communities and organisations that have made a difference to regional and rural New South Wales. These community groups share a strong sense of community spirit, which plays a vital role in enhancing the social, economic, commercial and environmental prosperity of their region. It is important to recognise and encourage these groups and organisations as their efforts help to make regional communities stronger, more vibrant and help to promote a true community spirit for this and generations to come.
  • Detail the organisation/project and the aims and objectives
  • Outline community structure i.e. incorporated shire or organisational structure
  • Outline the organisation/project length of service to the community
  • Outline who has benefited for the community or groups services and detail the services provided
  • Discuss all barriers encountered and how they have been overcome
  • Identify range or groups and number of people involved within community group/project
  • Outline source of funding/grants and how this has benefited the organisation/project/community
  • Discuss training, support and encouragement of community/group members
  • Outline community challenges
  • How do you measure outcomes?
  • Any other relevant information
  • 100 word summary of achievements for media, judging and promotional material including for use on the Awards night
Prime Super Community of the Year - Population Under 15,000 Award
The Community of the Year Award provides groups and organisations with an opportunity to gain recognition for their achievements and contributions to our community. These awards aim to recognise high-achieving communities and organisations that have made a difference to regional and rural New South Wales. These community groups share a strong sense of community spirit, which plays a vital role in enhancing the social, economic, commercial and environmental prosperity of their region. It is important to recognise and encourage these groups and organisations as their efforts help to make regional communities stronger, more vibrant and help to promote a true community spirit for this and generations to come.
  • Detail the organisation/project and the aims and objectives
  • Outline community structure i.e. incorporated shire or organisational structure
  • Outline the organisation/project length of service to the community
  • Outline who has benefited for the community or groups services and detail the services provided
  • Discuss all barriers encountered and how they have been overcome
  • Identify range or groups and number of people involved within community group/project
  • Outline source of funding/grants, and how this has benefited organisation/project/community
  • Discuss training, support and encouragement of community / group members
  • Outline community challenges
  • How do you measure outcomes?
  • Any other relevant information
  • 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 Prime Super 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 NSW and the ACT.
  • 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