Volunteer Recognition Awards

Greater Shepparton City Council’s Volunteer Recognition Awards are an opportunity to recognise and thank volunteers who contribute their time and energy for the good of our community. The Volunteer Recognition Awards are held annually during National Volunteer Week.

By establishing these awards, we recognise the efforts of a number of great people who are an important part of our wonderful community.

There are four Award categories:

  • Young Volunteer: 12 to 25 years of age.
  • Adult Volunteer: 26 years of age and over.
  • Volunteer Team: A group of two or more people.
  • Long Serving Volunteer: 15 years or more service.

Nominations for the 2021 Volunteer Recognition Awards have now closed

Watch the 2021 Awards here!

Submitting your nomination

  • Nominations must be submitted through the form provided. 

Complete the Nomination Form online

  • You are encouraged to:
    • Use the word count ranges provided in the form as a guide so that you know how much information and detail we would like you to provide. This information will also be used in the Nominee Profile booklet.
    • Check the spelling of names supplied noting this may be printed on a certificate and Awards Nominee Profile booklet.
  • You will receive confirmation once your nomination has been successfully submitted.
  • Council staff are available to provide support to anyone who may need assistance completing the nomination form, or has any questions about the Volunteer Recognition Awards more generally, contact us by email at communityadmin@shepparton.vic.gov.au or phone (03) 5832 9479.
  • Late nominations will not be accepted.

Nominee eligibility

To be eligible for nomination of an award, nominees must:

  • Be volunteering in the Greater Shepparton municipality.
  • Be 12 years of age and over.

A nomination will be deemed ineligible if the nominee is:

  • Volunteering as part of their employment.
  • Receives payment for their efforts they are being nominated for. 
  • Submitting an application on behalf of themselves. (This applies to individuals only. A representative of a team may nominate their team.)
  • A previous Greater Shepparton Volunteer Recognition Award recipient in the same category. Previous winners can be nominated for different categories.

Nomination requirements

  • You must complete all fields in the nomination form.
  • Include specific descriptive details rather than general statements.
  • Please be aware that Council will be contacting the nominee to make them aware of the nomination.
  • The nominee has the right to accept or decline the nomination.
  • The nominator will be notified if the nominee declines.

Completing a nomination

When selecting a category for your nominee, please consider the following:

  • You must only nominate in one category.
  • Council reserves the right to transfer a nomination to a more appropriate category if necessary.
  • Some wording used in the nomination form will be used for the Nominee Profile booklet and may be used on Council’s webpage and media materials.

Assessment process

Once the nomination has been received, Council Officers will review the nomination to ensure:

  • the nomination meets the eligibility criteria; and
  • all of the required information is available for the nomination to be progressed to the assessors.

Eligible nominations are then assessed by an independent assessment panel using the information provided and considers responses against the assessment criteria/questions. The Assessment Panel consists of:

  • two community members; and 
  • a senior Officer of Greater Shepparton City Council.

Assessment criteria

  • This nomination is first reviewed to determine the relevance of the nominee’s contributions to the selected category description.
  • Once the nominations within each category have been confirmed, the Assessment Panel reviews the information provided and evaluates the responses against the nomination questions/criteria:
    • Why you are nominating the volunteer/s? (One sentence)
    • Which organisation/s and/or community group/s does the nominee/s volunteer for? (Please list.)
    • What does the volunteer/s do at the organisation/s and/or community group/s? (Please list the organisation/group and the volunteer tasks. 150 words max.)
    • How has the volunteer made a difference and Who has the volunteer made a difference to? (150 words maximum.)
    • Skills and qualities of the volunteer/s. (Please list.)
    • Achievement/s and outcome/s. (Highlight one or more major
      achievement/s and/or outcome/s the volunteer/s has been integral to. 150 words.)
    • Summary. (Why does the volunteer/s deserve this award? 100 words max.) Please note: this information will be used for the Nominee Profile Booklet.
  • The Assessment Panel will assess the applications to determine the category winners; they will decide the winners of the awards.
  • The Assessment Panel’s decision will be final. No correspondence or discussion will be entered into regarding the decision.
  • All nominations will receive formal acknowledgement and an invitation to the Volunteer Recognition Award Ceremony (usually held) during National Volunteer Week.

Celebrating the winners

  • All nominees will be notified of their nomination.
  • All nominees can invite guests to attend the Volunteer Recognition Awards Ceremony.
  • All nominators will be invited to attend the Volunteer Recognition Awards Ceremony.
  • Each nominee will receive recognition at the Awards ceremony.
  • Winners will be notified and recognised at the Awards Ceremony.

See past winners here.

Key definitions

  • Volunteer: For the purpose of these awards, a volunteer is someone who gives their time willingly for the common good and without financial gain. (Volunteering Australia definition)
  • Nominee: A person who volunteers (according to the definition above) within the Greater Shepparton municipality and is being nominated for a Volunteer Recognition Award.

Nomination Form and Guidelines

The online form below can be completed and submitted to place your nomination. 

Nominations have now closed.

This document contains all the guideline information from this page.

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