Now in their 8th 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, community organisations, and schools/early years centres that are Helping Achieve Reconciliation Together.
Nominations are sought for initiatives that demonstrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Aboriginal people working together and programs that have contributed to relationships, respect and understanding and demonstrate a commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander self-determination.
Winners each receive a handcrafted HART Award. The winners of the Community Category and the Schools/Early Years Category will also receive $1000 each to support their future reconciliation work. The shortlisted and winning initiatives will be profiled in a booklet and promoted by the Victorian Local Governance Association, Reconciliation Victoria, Maggolee and Bank Australia to provide inspiration for other organisations and communities.
The 2021 HART Awards winners will be announced on Friday 4 June 2021.
To nominate an organisation or group, click here. Nominations for the 2021 HART Awards close Sunday 21 March 2021 at 4pm.
View the full Media Release here.
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 Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Aboriginal people and organisations commit to meaningful, long-term, two-way relationships, we can achieve tremendous change.
Learn more about the HART Awards and previous winners here.