ACWA 2024 Conference Awards Nomination

A highlight of the ACWA 2024 Conference social program will be the return of The ACWAs - the child and family sector’s very own Academy Awards. The winners will be announced at the sparkling Conference Gala Dinner, held at Doltone House, Darling Island at the end of Day 2 of our program. Register for the Gala Dinner here. The ACWA Awards are now closed to further nominations.

Featuring five distinct categories, the awards are designed to acknowledge, recognise and celebrate standout performers - individual, program, agency and partnership - who are delivering outstanding work and advancements in the community services field, as recognised by their peers, partners and clients. Each award is sponsored by one of our partner organisations.

The five categories are:

       

Overall Criteria

We are looking for organisations and individuals who have displayed an outstanding commitment to supporting disadvantaged individuals, families or communities in NSW. The nominations should also demonstrate a high level of impact that has been the result of the nominee/s efforts, and achievements that are aligned to the values of ACWA. (ACWA’s Purpose, Vision and Values are included on this page).

Nominations closed on Friday 3 May 2024

Specific criteria for awards:

ACWA Delivering Through Adversity Award

The nominated entry must demonstrate an outstanding child and family organisation or community champion that’s maintained excellence in service delivery during a crisis from 2020 onwards. The nomination should include details of: 

  • The type of service delivered, and the nature of the crisis impacting that delivery
  • How
barriers and difficulties resulting from the crisis have been overcome 
  • How children and families have benefited from the service/s
  • The positive ongoing impact of the service/s on the community

ACWA Lifetime Achievement Award 

The nominated entry must demonstrate active service and an outstanding commitment to promoting better outcomes for disadvantaged individuals, families or communities over an extended period of time. The nomination should include details of: 

  • The nominee’s work over an extended period of time 

  • How the nominee has helped make a positive difference to individuals, an 
organisation, the sector and/or the wider community 

  • Details of their outstanding achievements 

  • The significant impact of their work on the sector and on the wider 
community. 


ACWA Partnership & Collaboration Award

The nominated entry must demonstrate an outstanding partnership or collaborative project that’s driving strong impactful change to local children and families through a collaborative and effective partnership. The nomination should include details of:

  • Who the partnership was between 

  • The aim of the partnership 

  • How children and families have benefited from partnership 

  • Any barriers and difficulties that have been overcome in ensuring the success of the partnership 

  • Any significant and ongoing benefits for the wider sector as a result of the 
partnership.

ACWA Rookie Award

The nominated entry must demonstrate excellence in practice by a new community services worker who commenced working in the sector from 2020 onwards, who has displayed exceptional levels of competency and compassion. The nomination should include details of:

  • The nominee’s role, and when it was commenced
  • Details of their outstanding achievements, and benefits for their project/clients
  • The significant impact of their work on specific clients or project outcomes
  • Any barriers and difficulties that have been overcome by the nominee

ACWA Service Excellence Award

The nominated entry must demonstrate a pattern of exceptional service to achieve lasting and positive outcomes for disadvantaged individuals, families or communities in NSW. The nomination should include details of:

  • The type of service/s delivered 
  • How and who in the community has benefited from the service/s 

  • The positive impact of the service/s on the community 

  • What processes are in place to ensure best practice. 


Winning entries and short listed nominations will be acknowledged at the Conference dinner. Winners of each category will be showcased at the Conference in either a 2 minute video or Power Point presentations (submitted 1 week before), in an article in ACWA News and ACWA Conference 2024 news release.

NB: Applicants selected for short listing will be notified prior to the Conference and asked to submit a 3 page Power Point summary and biography for the awards night.

Winners will be announced at the ACWA 2024 Conference Gala Dinner on Thursday 6 June 2024. For more information regarding the criteria and nomination process please email us at awards@acwa.asn.au, and to purchase tickets to the ACWA Achievement Awards, please visit the Conference website.

 

ACWA’s Purpose, Vision and Values

ACWA’s goals and objectives are directed towards strengthening the capacity of the community sector to bring about effective reform to achieve better outcomes for communities, families, children and young people.

ACWA’s Vision

ACWA strives for a truly civil society based on equal opportunity and social inclusion that actively nurtures the wellbeing and civic contribution of all children, young people, families and communities.

ACWA strives for a truly civil society based on equal opportunity and social inclusion that actively nurtures the wellbeing and civic contribution of all children, young people, families and communities.

ACWA’s Values

ACWA strives to maintain the trust and support of our members, the government of the day, key stakeholders and the community at large is crucial to our success as an industry peak body. We maintain the highest standard of ethics and accountability in our governance, management and services so as to preserve that support and trust and fulfil our leadership role in the child and family services sector. In all of our work, we strive to:

  • Respect the rights and dignity of every person
  • Act with honesty, integrity and in a professional manner
  • Ensure that our research and policy development work is informed by sound evidence
  • Build partnerships with key stakeholders based on mutual respect
  • Provide apolitical and impartial advice to government
  • Be accountable and take responsibility for our decisions and actions, and submit ourselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate
  • Provide a stimulating and safe work place in which people can flourish.