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Bill Wilkins Volunteer Award


The Bill Wilkins Volunteer Award recognises the outstanding contribution made by volunteers in the Maroondah community.

The annual award is named in honour of Bill Wilkins OAM in recognition of his 75 years of volunteering in Maroondah. Read more about Bill Wilkins, Honorary Freeman of the City

The Bill Wilkins Volunteer Award recognises an individual who has provided excellent volunteer service and had a positive impact on the Maroondah community. The award is also intended to enhance the public awareness and appreciation of the quality and depth of voluntary service in the Maroondah community. 

Key dates

Nominations open Monday 2 March 2020
Nominations close  11.59pm, Sunday 23 August 2020
Award presented  5.30pm, Thursday 3 December, 2020 

Eligibility criteria

  • Nominees must volunteer in the Maroondah community.
  • The nominees work or activity must satisfy Volunteering Australia’s definition of volunteering, being “time willingly given for the common good and without financial gain”.
  • Self nominations will not be accepted.
  • Maroondah Councillors, Maroondah Council employees, State and Federal politicians are not eligible, but are encouraged to nominate others.
  • The award winner should be willing to share their achievements in the 12 months after winning. This may include, but is not limited to, having their photo taken and story promoted across a range of media including on Council’s website and social media; volunteer promotional campaigns; and attendance at Council’s civic events.
  • The decision of the judging panel is final and no correspondence will be entered into in respect of the decision


Please refer to the selection criteria below before making a nomination.

Selection criteria  

When answering the questions, it’s important to note the following:

  • give relevant supporting information when addressing each criteria
  • applications not addressing the selection criteria, directly relating to volunteer work, will not be considered
  • all claims, details and nomination forms are subject to authentication by the selection panel.

Preference will be given to nominees whose entry describes:

  • ·volunteer involvement or participation within the Maroondah community
  • significant voluntary contribution that benefits either Maroondah residents or a community group/organisation operating within Maroondah
  • ·volunteer time and effort above the standard expected, and which sets an example for others
  • demonstrated significant initiative, innovation or creativity in their volunteering, which has brought about positive change
  • an individual who has used their energy, commitment and enthusiasm to raise the awareness of volunteering, whilst encouraging others to volunteer and achieve their potential.

All nominees and nominators will be invited to attend the Annual Volunteers Recognition Function on Thursday 3 December 2020. All nominees will receive a certificate of recognition prior to the announcement of the Bill Wilkins Volunteer Award.

Nomination form

Nominate online

Previous winners

Read more on our Bill Wilkins Award previous winners

Further information

For further information on the application process and the award, please contact Council's Volunteers & Placements Coordinator on 1300 88 22 33. 

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