Australia Set to Recognise Community Sector Excellence

By Andrew Heaton

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Australia’s most exceptional community sector leaders and organisations are set to be recognised as the sector’s main superannuation fund calls for nominations for its community sector awards program.

In its latest announcement, community sector superannuation fund provider HESTA has called for nominations for its HESTA 2017 Community Sector Awards, which will be presented by HESTA in conjunction with the Australian Council of Social Services at an awards dinner in October.

Award categories include unsung hero, outstanding organisation and social impact.

Last year, the unsung hero award was taken out by Concern Australia’s Anne Mitchell for her role in leading the organisation’s Steps Outreach Services which provides advocacy and support for young homeless people.

The Outstanding Organisation and Social Impact Awards were taken out by Arts Projects Australia and Women With Disabilities Victoria for their respective roles in assisting artists with an intellectual disability to create sustained and individualised pathways into professional visual arts and contribution to government policies in delivering social justice and change for women with disabilities in Victoria.

HESTA Chief Executive Officer Debby Blakey said the awards recognise the contribution of those working within the community sector.

“The Awards are an opportunity to provide recognition to the outstanding individuals and organisations whose work enhances the wellbeing of individuals and communities in Australia,” Blakey said.

“Their vital work provides invaluable support to people who are often experiencing poverty, disadvantage and discrimination, we are proud to be able to recognise them.”

Winners will receive $10,000 each provided by ME bank to go toward education or team development.

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