Nominations open for 2020 Vision Australia Awards

24 June 2020

As a partnership between people who are blind, sighted or have low vision, Vision Australia understands the importance of acknowledging the invaluable contributions made by members of our community.

The Vision Australia Awards were handed out for the first time at our 2006 Annual General Meeting. They were created as a means of identifying, celebrating and thanking those generous organisations and individuals who give of their time and resources to support our work.

In 2020, the Vision Australia Awards will be presented during the Annual General Meeting to be held in Kooyong, Victoria on Thursday 29 October 2020.

Nominations can be made by Vision Australia clients, members, employees, volunteers and members of the Client Reference Group.

So if you know someone who has made a significant or exceptional contribution to the blind and low vision community and deserving of recognition please nominate them today.

To find out more about the nomination process please read through the Frequently Asked Questions or call Kate Davies on 03 9864 9233 for more information.

Nominations mus be made by downloading and completing the Vision Australia Awards 2020 Nomination form (Word, 51kb).

Frequently asked questions

What are the Vision Australia Awards?

Recipients of the Vision Australia Awards are chosen by Vision Australia’s Board of directors in recognition of their tremendous support of Vision Australia. They are presented annually at Vision Australia’s Annual General Meeting.

When will Vision Australia Awards take place in 2020?

This year’s presentation will take place at the Annual General Meeting to be held in Kooyong, Victoria on Thursday October 29 2020.

Nominating or applying for awards

Vision Australia celebrates award winners in the following categories:

  • Vision Australia Youth Service Award - individual 25 years and younger
  • Vision Australia Award - corporate
  • Vision Australia Award - individual

Vision Australia Award parameters

  • Nominations can be made by Vision Australia member, clients, volunteers and employees and members of the Client Representative Group
  • Previous recipients will only be considered in exceptional circumstances
  • Nominees must be Australian citizens or permanent residents. 
  • All nominations are confidential. The person being nominated should not be advised of their nomination.

Nominating for Vision Australia’s Youth Service Award

This award is to recognise the contribution of people over 18 but under 25 years of age.

The nomination should include an outline of how the nominee has made a significant contribution to the blindness and low vision community.

It is helpful to include examples that demonstrate the nominee has performed above and beyond what could reasonably be expected of someone of a similar age in their role or as a volunteer.

Contact details for the nominator (the person making the nomination) and the nominee need to be provided.

Nominating for the Vision Australia Award corporate

The Vision Australia Award is presented to an organisation that has shown an ongoing commitment to supporting Vision Australia or Vision Australia projects.

The nomination should include an outline of how the organisation has made a significant contribution to supporting the work of Vision Australia. This may include both financial and in-kind components.  

It is helpful to include examples that show how the company has gone above and beyond what could reasonably be expected.

Contact details for the nominator (the person making the nomination) and the nominee need to be provided.

Nominating for the Vision Australia Award individual

The Vision Australia Award is presented to an individual who has shown outstanding support of Vision Australia or Vision Australia projects.

The nomination should include an outline of how the nominee has made a nationally significant contribution to Vision Australia or the wider blindness and low vision community over their life-time.

It is helpful to include examples that show how the nominee has performed above and beyond what could reasonably be expected of someone in a similar position.

Contact details for the nominator (the person making the nomination) and the nominee need to be provided.

Where do I send my nomination?

Nominations forms must be emailed to Kate Davies at kate.davies@visionaustralia.org

When do nominations close?

Nominations close at 5.00pm on Friday August 7 2020. Strictly no nominations will be accepted after the closing date.

How will nominations be assessed?

Vision Australia Award nominations will be assessed by Vision Australia’s Board of Directors during the August Board Meeting.

Further information

For more details about the 2019 Vision Australia Awards please contact Kate Davies on 03 9864 9233 or kate.davies@visionaustralia.org