2020 HART Awards nominations now open!

February 17, 2020

Nominations Now Open!

Now in their 7th year, the HART Awards (Helping Achieve Reconciliation Together), recognise local Victorian initiatives and champions that make a real difference in their community by contributing to local reconciliation outcomes. The Awards recognise local governments and community organisations/groups that are Helping Achieve Reconciliation Together.

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Reconciliation Victoria and the Victorian Local Governance Association work in partnership to present the HART Awards, supported by Bank Australia and Local Government Victoria. Since the success of the inaugural Awards in 2014, each year has seen an impressive number of quality nominations. The stories of the finalists demonstrate that when Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people and organisations commit to meaningful, long-term, two-way relationships, we can achieve tremendous change.

Nominations are sought from initiatives that demonstrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Aboriginal people working together, and initiatives that have contributed to strengthening relationships, respect and understanding while demonstrating a commitment to Aboriginal self-determination.

New Category for 2020 – this year, in addition to local government and community group Award categories, the Awards will include a new category for schools and early years centres.

Nominations for the 2020 HART Awards are now open. If you know of an organisation doing great work supporting/advancing reconciliation, encourage them to nominate (or you can also nominate them)! Submit your nominations using the nomination form here.

All nominations must include:

  • Completed nomination cover sheet and checklist
  • A statement of nomination (150 words max)
  • Responses to the Award selection criteria of no more than 200 words per criteria. All criteria questions must be answered.
  • Contact details for two referees who are not directly involved in the management or organisation of the nominee (at least one of whom must be a local Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander community member) 

The 4 criteria questions to be answered are:

1. Demonstrated engagement with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people during the development and implementation of the initiative (40%)

2. Demonstrated outcomes through a commitment to reconciliation (40%)

3. The initiative displays best practice engagement and feedback (and innovation if relevant) (10%)

4. Demonstrated sustainability and impact of the project. (10%)


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Learn more about the HART Awards and previous winners here.

Last Updated: February 24, 2020 at 1:56 pm