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Recognising The Community Sector’s Unsung Heroes


19 June 2018 at 5:21 pm
Wendy Williams
Community sector leaders who have made a real difference to the lives of disadvantaged Australians are in the spotlight, with nominations open for the 2018 HESTA Community Sector Awards.


Wendy Williams | 19 June 2018 at 5:21 pm


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Recognising The Community Sector’s Unsung Heroes
19 June 2018 at 5:21 pm

Community sector leaders who have made a real difference to the lives of disadvantaged Australians are in the spotlight, with nominations open for the 2018 HESTA Community Sector Awards.

Presented by HESTA in partnership with the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS), the national awards recognise excellence in service provision, advocacy and leadership in the community sector.

HESTA CEO Debby Blakey said the awards provided the chance to recognise the “life-changing impact” those working in the community sector have on supporting people and communities experiencing disadvantage.

“The awards are an opportunity to highlight the amazing work of community sector organisations and individuals, whose work significantly improves the lives of others and helps build a stronger, fairer Australia,” Blakey said.

“Their work provides invaluable support to people who are often experiencing poverty, disadvantage and discrimination, I encourage anyone who knows a person or organisation making a difference to submit a nomination.”

Longstanding awards sponsor ME Bank have provided the $30,000 prize pool, to be divided among the winners across three categories.

The Unsung Hero award recognises an individual working within the community sector who has made an exceptional contribution to social justice in Australia by enhancing the wellbeing of individuals or communities experiencing disadvantage.

The Outstanding Organisation category recognises an organisation which has made an outstanding contribution to social justice in Australia through the development or provision of a high quality and innovative program, project or specific service.

The Social Impact award recognises an individual, organisation or network that has made an outstanding contribution to social justice in Australia through policy development, advocacy, leadership or representation.

Anyone can nominate an individual or organisation, with nominations closing on 3 August.

For more information see the website.


Wendy Williams  |  Editor  |  @WendyAnWilliams

Wendy Williams is a journalist specialising in the not-for-profit sector and broader social economy. She has been the editor of Pro Bono News since 2018.

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