WA Volunteer Service Awards

The Department of Communities helps to acknowledge the significant efforts of Western Australia's volunteers through the WA Volunteer Service Awards program.

The program recognises Western Australian (WA) volunteers who have provided 25 years or more of voluntary service with a single organisation.

In 2022, the awards program celebrated 173 extraordinary people, for their significant contribution to the community.

The following WA Volunteer Service Awards Recognition Video highlights the work of both the volunteers and their nominating organisations.

Congratulations to all recipients of this year’s WA Volunteer Service Awards.

We thank the volunteer organisations who have nominated volunteers for the WA Volunteer Service Awards in 2022.  Nominations have now closed.

View a full list of individuals who have received Volunteer Service Awards since the program began.

Eligibility requirements

Nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • Voluntary service must meet Volunteering Australia's definition of volunteering, in that 'Volunteering is time willingly given for the common good and without financial gain'.  This applies to donations of time and does not include periods of donating money or materials including blood donation.
  • The voluntary service period must be for a minimum of 25 years to the same organisation in Western Australia providing services within the State. Years of service do not have to be consecutive.
  • Nominees will receive a 25 year badge if they have served for 25-49 years of service at one organisation.
  • Nominees that have served for 50 years or more at a single organisation will receive a 50 year badge.
  • Nominees receiving a 25 year badge will also be able to apply for a 50 year badge when they become eligible.  Multiple applications for the same badge already received will not be accepted.

Please view the Frequently Asked Questions below for further information.

Frequently asked questions

1. Can I nominate myself?

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No, only an organisation can nominate you.

2. I have provided the qualifying years of service to an organisation but they are unable to confirm this and will not nominate me for an award. What can I do?

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The Department of Communities is unable to mediate in disputes between potential nominees and an organisation. You will need to liaise with the organisation on this matter.

3. How do we prove the person has sufficient years of volunteer service with our organisation?

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In order to assure that the nomination is valid, the organisation may confirm membership lists, minute books, or more simply through collective memory. It is appreciated that many organisations have informal foundation years and records may not be available. Proof of length of service with your organisation is not required by the Department of Communities.

4. Our group has changed names several times over the years. Is it still considered the same organisation in order to meet the criteria of volunteer service to one organisation?

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Yes, providing there is an authorised person to attest to the nominee’s length of volunteer service.

5. As a branch of a national organisation are we able to make a nomination?

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Yes, provided the nomination is for volunteer service provided to a Western Australian branch and the national organisation supports the nomination.

6. Can we nominate someone who had a break of several years or so, but still gave the required number of years of volunteer service?

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Yes, the program recognises the total number of years of service to one organisation, it doesn’t require consecutive years of service (as long as the years are not completed simultaneously across organisations).

7. Can we nominate someone who is no longer a member of the organisation, but meets the qualifying years of service?

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Yes, as long as the nominating organisation confirms the years of service.

8. Can we nominate a previous volunteer who has now passed away?

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10. How do nominees receive their award?

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The Department of Communities hosts an Award Ceremony during National Volunteer Week each year with a select number of award nominees. Nominees can also receive their award from their nominating organisation (i.e. through an organisation-arranged event) or directly by post.

11. Can I request an invite to the award ceremony in National Volunteer Week?

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Yes, though an invitation is not guaranteed.  To ensure the event is able to proceed the Department of Communities will determine the final invitation list.  This is dependent on the venue, number of nominations received and any social distancing restrictions in place at the time of the event. 

12. Can a representative accept the award on behalf of a nominee?

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It is preferred that the nominee is the recipient of the award if invited to the event held during National Volunteer Week.

14. If our nominee lives in a nursing home or is frail and lives with support in the community. What is the best way to present the badge to him/her?

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You will need to gain approval from the administration of the nursing home or from the people providing care for the person, seeking permission for your organisation to hold a small presentation event in the venue, if it is not advisable to transport the nominee to an outside venue.

15. Our nominee would like to come to Perth for the presentation. Can you assist with his/her transportation costs?

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Unfortunately no. The organisation may wish to consider assisting with the costs or it may be preferable to hold the presentation ceremony in the nominee’s home town. Alternatively, the organisation may try contacting local service groups to assist.

16. In 2021 there was a multiple organisations category. Why is this category no longer offered?

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Evaluation of nominations in this category for 2021 indicated a very low demand and a preference for the prestigiousness associated with the longevity of the single award category be prioritised. Further feedback is welcome at volunteering@communities.wa.gov.au.

Page reviewed 16 May 2022