CaddyShack Awards

Nominations are now open for the annual CaddyShack Awards.


These awards have been designed to celebrate the achievements of local individuals and services working to improve the sexual health and wellbeing of clients and the community.

The Awards acknowledge and congratulate these individuals and services for the initiative and effort being made in this important area, and encourage sustained sexual health program activity.

Categories are:

  • Outstanding achievement – Individual Award
  • Outstanding achievement – Service Award
  • Outstanding achievement – Outstanding Project
  • The Caddyshack Young Persons Encouragement Award

Nominations close 11th November 2016




Play Your Part Awards 2016

PYP Awards Banner 2016 JPEG d5Do you know someone who is doing something inspiring to promote the safety and wellbeing of children and young people?

Nominate them for NAPCAN’s Play Your Part Awards for Inspiring Prevention Initiatives. The call for nominations is open now.

The Play Your Part Awards recognise individuals and/or organisations who are taking action to increase the likelihood of children growing up safe and well. Nominations are encouraged for small and large initiatives that are making a difference!

Anyone can nominate an initiative or an individual for an award. For more information, nomination forms and information on last year’s Play Your Part Awards winners, go to

Nominations close Monday 23 May 2016.

The recipients of the Play Your Part Awards will be announced in National Child Protection Week 4 – 10 September 2016.

Please spread the word about the Play Your Part Awards to make sure those making a difference in your community get the recognition they deserve. Nominate today!


Australian Centre for Leadership for Women (ACLW) Awards

Australian Centre for Leadership for Women (ACLW) is celebrating today with a prestigious new Diversity Award to recognise the impact of Australian organisations and individuals in empowering marginalised women.

Today is ACLW’s 10th Anniversary of its Awards Program for women’s empowerment.

At a time where workplace inequality, family violence and respectful relationships continue to be a touchstone for controversy, it is important to celebrate outstanding initiatives that help women fulfill their true potential and uphold the best ideas and programs that empower women from marginalised groups to succeed.

Women are frequently the unsung heroes of marginalised communities across Australia. Recognising and enabling them to realise their ambitions is in the interest of every Australian. This award will recognise the importance of initiatives that provide women with skills, opportunities and/or support to overcome challenges and lead. The award is unique in that it will recognise the champion responsible for developing the initiative, as well as a woman who has benefited, delivering change in their community and/or workplace.

The ALCW awards program began in 2006, culminating in three national awards for women’s advancement. The Diversity Award represents ACLW’s effort to address a gap in the assistance and recognition of particularly marginalised women in Australia through a mainstream award.

Federal Minister for Women Senator Michaelia Cash is an Ambassador of the ACLW Diversity Award and is supported by a host of other Ambassadors, including NSW Premier Mike Baird, NSW Minister for Women Pru Goward, City of Sydney Councillor Christine Forster, St Vincent de Paul Society CEO Dr John Falzon and many other leading Australians.

Many leading Australian women, men and organisations have signed on to support the ACLW Diversity Award because they concur with its vision to empower women, particularly women from marginalised groups.

The 2016 Diversity Award will recognise and financially reward a woman who benefits from an initiative and the individual or organisation responsible for that initiative. Awards will be presented for initiatives which:

  1. Empowers women in a community or organisation in Australia
  2. Empowers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in a community or organisation in Australia
  3. Empowers women with a Disability in a community or organisation in Australia
  4. Empowers Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) women in a community or organisation in Australia
  5. Empowers Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender Intersex, Queer (LBGTIQ) women in a community or organisation in Australia
  6. Empowers women experiencing disadvantage in a community or organisation in Australia
  7. Empowers older women in a community or organisation in Australia
  8. Empowers rural, remote and regional women in a community or organisation in Australia.

For the full list of the 2016 Diversity Award Ambassadors, profiles of our stellar judging panel, proud sponsors and information on how to enter,
please visit:

CaddyShack Award Winners 2015

Congratulations to all individuals and services who were nominated for the 2015 CaddyShack Awards.

We were overwhelmed by the response, and the number of individuals, services and projects dedicated to improving the sexual health and well-being of individuals and communities across the Illawarra and Shoalhaven! To all who were nominated, we thank you for the great work you are doing and your ongoing interest in the arena of sexual health.

It is with great pleasure the HIV and Related Programs (HARP) Unit, in partnership with Healthy Cities Illawarra and the Illawarra and Shoalhaven Sexual Health Service announce the winners of this year’s CaddyShack Awards!

 The winners for each category are…

  • Outstanding achievement – Individual Award Winner: Clementina Velasco, Headspace Wollongong

The CaddyShack Awards judging panel were impressed by Clem’s ongoing commitment to incorporating sexual health in to a number of Headspace’s programs for young people. This includes the delivery of education sessions at the University of Wollongong, hosting various GLBTQ focused training and also making the Headspace Youth Reference Group available to judge sexual health competitions and to provide feedback around resource creation. Love your work Clem!

  • Outstanding achievement – Service Award Winner: Adolescent Mental Health Inpatient Unit

From the outset, the Unit was keen to participate in the Connie Condom Dress Expression of Interest for Youth Week 2015. After winning the EOI, they encouraged and generate a sharing of ideas and creativity with the young people accessing the service at the time. Utilising the informal set up of the art project they developed an awareness of sexual safety and sexual health awareness and created open discussion around sexual relationships. In this space young people were able to learn and engage in discussion around sexual health in a non-intrusive but therapeutic way. The outcome was that the young people gained confidence in themselves through the completion of a successful activity and developed skills in team work, social interaction and communication. We look forward to seeing more of their great work!

  • Outstanding achievement – Project Award Co-Winner: Health and Wellbeing Initiative, Vincentia High School Support Unit


The Health and Wellbeing Initiative at Vincentia High School Support Unit is now running in its second year.  The project – a partnership between 11 services, was designed specifically to meet the different needs their students and has been put together by staff who spend countless hours in up-skilling themselves, sometimes outside of their working day. Through small group-based learning students participated in activities focused on topics such as healthy relationships, consent and sexually transmitted infections. Staff have reported positive feedback from students and families alike!


  • Outstanding achievement – Project Award Co-Winner: Get your hands ON it!, House With No Steps


House With No Steps is an organisation who have been outstanding in promoting positive sexual health messages among the people they work with. Their most recent initiative is the “Get your hands ON it” project which is a multi-faceted health promotion project which includes condom dispensers being set-up in their service, the availability of sexual health information and resources, support for staff to encourage conversations around sexual health, safety and wellbeing and attend training workshops and a new laptop which provides access to reputable sexual health information sources. The laptop especially has been a real hit and provides all the people at the service an opportunity to explore positive sexual health and a safe an provide space. Great work!

  • Young Person Encouragement Award Winner: Jessica Rees, Illawarra Aboriginal Medical Service

The Judging Panel were delighted to see Jessica nominated for the award. Jessica is a real role model for young people in the Illawarra. In her work she goes above and beyond to champion the message of positive sexual health. For World AIDS Day on Dec 1 and for Indigenous people living with HIV/AIDS, Jessica has organised a motorbike ride around Lake Illawarra. The event will also include a Welcome to Country, smoking ceremony, an Aboriginal HIV positive speaker and breakfast and lunch will also be provided. Looking forward to the event!


Thanks to our judging panel Kristel Modderman (HARP), Smriti Jaiswal from Healthy Cities Illawarra, Damian Castles the Youth Health Homelessness Coordinator ISLHD and last year’s Caddyshack award winner Anthony Scerri from Multicultural Communities Council Illawarra.


Congratulations again to all winners, and nominees. We feel honoured to be able to showcase your work, and celebrate your achievements..

Nominate a local young achiever

Youth achiever

Nominations for the NSW/ACT Young Achiever Awards are now open and we want our local young achievers to be recognised!

Cr Brian Petschler, Mayor, The Council of the Municipality of Kiama encourages residents to nominate a local young person up to the age of 29 for the NSW/ACT Young Achiever Awards.

“We have so many young people doing a great deal to make our community a better place to live. I encourage individuals, businesses and community organisations/groups to nominate a great young role model who is making a real difference. It would be great to see our community well represented in these prestigious Awards” said Mayor Petschler.

Nominations are being sought until Monday 7th December 2015 in the following categories:

  • The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award
  • AustralianSuper Career Kick Start Award
  • Freemasons of NSW and ACT Community Service Award
  • WHO Printing Environment and Sustainability Award
  • Aboriginal Education Council Aboriginal Education Award
  • Santos Indigenous Achievement Award
  • First National Real Estate Leadership Award

The Awards will culminate with a Gala Presentation Dinner on Friday 1st April 2016 at the SMC Conference and Function Centre in Sydney.

All category winners will receive $2,500 thanks to Masonicare and a trophy. One of the seven category winners will be chosen as the NSW/ACT Overall Young Achiever of the Year and will win an additional $5,000 thanks to Masonicare and a state trophy. All nominees will receive a certificate of achievement for their extraordinary commitment to their chosen field of endeavour.

Nomination enquiry brochures are available from Council or the Awards sponsors. For further information email phone the Awards office on 1300 735 445 or visit

Recognise a young person now and make their day!

Stand Up and Be Counted

The NSW/ACT Regional Achievement & Community Awards are now calling for nominations.

Nominations are now open in the following categories:

  • Department of Primary Industries Crown Reserve Trust Corporate Manager’s Award
  • Department of Primary Industries Crown Reserve Trust Community Trust Manager’s Award
  • Prime Super Community of the Year Award Population under 15,000 Award
  • Prime Super Community of the Year Award Population over 15,000 Award
  • Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award
  • MOA Benchmarking Community Service in Aged Care Award
  • Peabody Energy Environment and Landcare Award
  • Dobija World Events and Tourism Award
  • CRT Agricultural Community Achiever Award

Winners will receive either $2,500 thanks to the Commonwealth Bank or a Television Advertising Package on PRIME7. As major prize patrons, PRIME7 and The Commonwealth Bank will be presenting all winners with a magnificent trophy and all nominees will receive Certificate of Achievement. Winners will be announced in Dubbo at the Gala Dinner Awards Presentation at the Dubbo RSL on Saturday 14tht November 2015.

The NSW/ACT Regional Achievement and Community Awards are proudly supported by Angove Family Winemakers. For more information or nomination forms please contact the Awards Office on 1300 735 445 or visit the website at