2015 NSW Carers Awards

Picture1More than one in 10 people in NSW are carers. Carers can be anyone including parents, partners, brothers, sisters, friends, sons or daughters. They provide unpaid support to those who need it because of a disability, mental illness, chronic health condition, dementia or ageing.

The NSW Carers Awards acknowledge and celebrate the significant unpaid contribution carers make to the person (or people) they care for and to the community.

A carer is not paid a wage or salary, although they may receive a pension or allowance for their caring role. Carers can be employed, at school and/or have a range of other commitments at the time they take on the role of caring.

Nominations for the 2015 NSW Carers Awards are now open visit https://facs.smartygrants.com.au/

Submissions close midnight 29 June 2015

2015 NSW Carers Awards

NSW Government says thank you to carers

Nominations are open for the 2015 NSW Carers Awards, which will recognise up to 55 individuals and organisations, plus 10 Highly Commended recipients, across NSW this year.

You can nominate individual unpaid carers who provide exceptional ongoing support to someone who needs it because of disability, chronic illness, mental ill-health, dementia or frail age and organisations that go above and beyond to support carers for a NSW Carers Award.

One in ten people in NSW are carers. They are ordinary people like your neighbours, colleagues, friends and family members and they face challenges and rewards as a result of their caring role.

With this in mind, who do you know who you’d like to see recognised with a NSW Carers Award during Carers Week this year?

You can help to show your appreciation for carers by promoting these awards through your community and networks. Posters and brochures can be obtained by contacting the Carers Awards Project Manager on 02 8753 9408 or carers-awards@facs.nsw.gov.au.

The support that carers provide to people enables them to live independent lives and is fundamental to family life and our community wellbeing. If you need any more convincing about why carers are important, it has been estimated that it would cost more than $40 billion to replace the hours of care provided by Australian carers.

Nominations are open until 29 June 2015. To be eligible, individual carers must not be paid for their caring role although they may receive a pension or government allowance (eg Carer Payment or Allowance).

For further information or to nominate a carer or organisation you know, please visit www.facs.nsw.gov.au/carersawards

Multicultural Health Communication Awards | Nominations Now Open

Recognising health resources in languages other than English

Nominations are now open for the Multicultural Health Communication Awards 2015 which recognises outstanding resources targeting the health needs of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities.

Mr Peter Todaro, Director of the NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service (MHCS) said the Multicultural Health Communication Awards was established in 2003 to acknowledge the invaluable contribution of individuals, groups, government and non-government organisations in producing excellent multilingual resources.

The Award encourages good practice in multicultural health communication to ensure that health tools in language are recognised, promoted and distributed.

“I am very happy to announce that this is our 8th year in running the Awards and we look forward to continuing this great tradition in recognising the incredible work of organisations and workers who continue to dedicate their services to fulfil the needs of multicultural communities,” said Mr Todaro.


“The nominated resources from the Awards are all uploaded and featured on the MHCS website (www.mhcs.health.nsw.gov.au), a central point for the facilitation of information for health workers and organisations when targeting CALD groups. The website already hosts over 450 multilingual health resources which can be accessed free of charge, and the entries from the Awards prove to be invaluable to the users.”

Some examples of the exceptional winning resources from past Awards include a falls prevention DVD series available in 9 languages to assist health and community workers, who work with older people that highlights the strategy on how falls can be prevented; health fact sheets for refugees in Arabic, Burmese, French and Kirundi that recognises the complex health needs of many newly arrived refugees who have little understanding of health systems; and a booklet developed in Greek, Macedonian and Serbian which provides valuable information about ideas and beliefs surrounding organ and tissue donation.

For 2015, the Multicultural Health Communication Awards are being offered in the following categories:

Awarded for sustainability and achievement in the development of printed resources that may include posters, brochures, fact sheets, booklets and tools.

Awarded for distinguished and outstanding achievement in the development of audio and visual resources that may include documentaries, videos, audio presentations, radio ads, television ads and other presentation tools.

Awarded for innovation and achievement in the development of web-based resources produced for online purposes on the website and social media platforms such as Youtube, Facebook and other communication and media avenues.

Awards for each category will be presented for the Best Resource produced on a low cost budget, (below $5,000) and the Best Resource produced from a budget of $5,000 or more.
Applications will be judged by industry experts on the effectiveness of each resource, the quality of the translation, and the potential benefits for non-English speakers in NSW.

Nominations close on Friday 29 May 2015. Presentation of Award winners will be held at the NSW Parliament House as part the key activities for Multicultural Health Week 2015 in September.

For more information visit here or email mhcs@sesiahs.health.nsw.gov.au.

CaddyShack Award Winners

To our valued colleagues in the Health, Youth, Education and Community Services Sector.

Congratulations to all individuals and services who were nominated for the inaugural 2014 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! We thank you for the great work you are doing, and encourage you to keep up the effort.

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

The CaddyShack Award Categories

  • Outstanding achievement – Individual Award Winner: Anthony Scerri, Multicultural Communities Council Illawarra (MCCI)

The CaddyShack Awards judging panel were impressed by Anthony’s commitment to incorporating sexual health into health promotion programs for young people over many years, particularly given some of the challenges that are faced when working with a variety of groups from a diverse array of cultural backgrounds.

  • Outstanding achievement – Service Award Winner: CHAIN Youth Health Service

CHAIN have also been working to improve sexual health for young people for many years. Over the past 12 months they have implemented a new ground-breaking program whereby young people can get a Chlamydia screen anytime during CHAIN’s opening hours. The program – a partnership with Illawarra Sexual Health Service & ISLHD Youth Health has been a great success, with the potential to be piloted in youth centres in other settings through the region.

  • Outstanding achievement – Project Award Winner: IDAHOT Project Nowra

The IDAHOT Project – a partnership between Headspace Nowra, the Shoalhaven Youth Reference Group, Nowra Queer Straight Alliance, acon, Hyper Hyper Coffee & others – coordinated an event to celebrate gender and sexuality diversity in the Nowra CBD in May 2014. The Judging Panel considered this another example of important work to promote acceptance of diversity and inclusivity, and improving sexual health and well-being of the community. We hope the event can continue and grow!

  • The CaddyShack Innovators Encouragement Award Winner: African Youth Project

This project – a partnership between The Future of the Children Ministry and First Step Program – engages with young people from a range of African communities in the Illawarra through sporting and other activities, building in subtle and supportive messaging promoting sexual health in a holistic and strengths-based approach to health and well-being to young people. We love their work!

Award ceremonies are scheduled to present the Awards to individuals and services this week.

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

2015 National Youth Awards | Applications now open

Picture1The National Youth Awards are the national event of NYW.

The Awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of young people. The Awards are unique because the finalists and winners are selected by a panel of all young people. This unique Australian Government initiative is for those aged between 12-25 years old as of 16 April 2015. Individuals can be nominated for an Award or can apply for the Award themselves.

Also open for applications is the Youth in Media Award, which recognises a recent news story which has positively portrayed youth in the media.

Before you begin:

Please ensure that you have read the 2015 Applicant Guidelines. The Guidelines outline the application and nomination process for the 2015 Awards.

Download the National Youth Awards 2015 Guidelines as DOCX

Download the National Youth Awards 2015 Guidelines as PDF

The Awards will be open from 10 October 2014 and will close at 12pm Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time (AEDST) on 27 November 2014. No late applications will be accepted.

To Apply:

If you or the person you are nominating are applying for the following Awards:

  • Youth Leadership Award
  • Youth Culture and Diversity Award
  • Youth Employment Award
  • Youth Courage Award
  • Youth Health Award
  • Youth Safety Award

Please complete the relevant application form below:

Download the National Youth Awards 2015 Application Form

Or if you would like to nominate a news story for the Youth in Media Award, please complete the form below:

Download the National Youth Awards 2015 Youth In Media Application Form

Register for NYA News and updates.


Please email nya@education.gov.au if you have any questions relating to the National Youth Awards.


NSW/ACT Young Achiever Awards 2014/2015

header-bgNominations are open in the 2014/2015 NSW/ACT Young Achiever Awards.

The Awards provide an opportunity to shine a spotlight on our youth and a chance to say a big thank you to those young people in your community going the extra mile. Nominations are open in the following categories for young people aged between 12 – 28 years:

  • The AustralianSuper Career Kick Start Award
  • The Santos Indigenous Achievement Award
  • The Australian National University Science Leadership Award
  • The Coffee Club Arts &Fashion Award
  • The Bartercard Leadership & Innovation Award
  • The Who Printing Environment & Sustainability Award
  • The Freemasons of NSW & ACT Community Service Award

Recognise, reward and acknowledge our young Achievers!! Award winners will receive $2,000 and a hand crafted glass trophy.

Nominate a worthy contender today, nominations close Thursday 4th December 2014

Please contact the Awards office on 1300 735 445 or nominate online or get more information at www.awardsaustralia.com.


Regional NAIDOC Week Awards | Nominations Now Open

NAIDOC_weekThe Local Government Regional NAIDOC Week Awards honour and acknowledge outstanding achievement by Aboriginal people and organisations within our regional community, celebrating the best of Aboriginal talent, culture and community.

As part of our commitment to Aboriginal Australians, Wollongong City Council, Shellharbour City Council, Kiama Municipal Council and Shoalhaven City Council organise this event each year to celebrate the achievements and contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

The awards are held in July and rotate between each council area.

Kiama Council will host the awards this year on Saturday 19 July at The Pavilion Kiama.

Nominations are now open for the 2014 Regional NAIDOC Awards and will close on Friday 4 July 2014

Nominations will be received for the following categories:

  • Community Representative of the Year
  • Worker of the Year
  • Organisation of the Year
  • Young Achiever of the Year (female & male)
  • Elder of the Year (female & male)
  • Outstanding Contribution to Reconciliation (New)

To access the 2014 Nomination forms click on one of the links below 

Nomination Forms (doc)

Nomination Forms (PDF)

2013 NAIDOC Week Award winners

  • Aboriginal Young Person of the Year | Tahlia King and Lain Beckett
  • Highly Commended | Gemma & Trish DeVries
  • Aboriginal Volunteer of the Year | Barry Lennihan
  • Aboriginal Worker of the Year | Jodi Edwards
  • Aboriginal Organisation of the Year | SACYA
  • Aboriginal Elder of the Year | Aunty Bev Armer and Uncle Vic Chapman