2021 HART Awards Nomination Application

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​​Nominations must be received by 4 pm Sunday 21 March 2021  (and will only be accepted until this time).


All nominations must include:

  • 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)

 Please note selected finalists will be required to submit the following by 4 May 2021
(photos are helpful in the selection process)

  • Three photos relating to the nominated project/program/team (Min. resolution of 300 dpi - highest quality camera setting in a JPEG or TIF format) to be used in the finalist booklet. Please ensure appropriate permissions have been provided (note VLGA, Reconciliation Victoria, Local Government Victoria and Bank Australia would use this photo publicly, e.g. in the finalists booklet, in media releases and/or on a website)
  • A logo of the nominated organisation and/or initiative (JPG/TIF) – for use in promotional material (will also be displayed in the finalist booklet)

Nominations may include additional supporting information such as marketing material, however this is not mandatory.

Applicants may be contacted to provide further information/detail regarding their nomination.

At least one representative from the organisation is required to be available to attend the award ceremony in Melbourne on Friday 4 June 2021, following National Reconciliation Week.


  • The HART Awards will be judged by a three-person panel comprised of a representative from the VLGA and Reconciliation Victoria and one independent judge who is a Victorian member of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community
  • Judging will be based on the material provided by applicants within the entry time frame
  • Nominees will be advised early May whether they are a finalist for the 2020 HART Awards
  • Each criterion will be weighted as noted at the end of each selection criteria question.
  • Judges will be looking for initiatives that have demonstrated strong partnerships, genuine engagement, self determination and tangible outcomes.
  • The judges’ decision is final.

For more information on the Awards process, please contact the VLGA on 03 9349 7999 or Reconciliation Victoria on 03 9016 0657. Click here to read about previous HART Awards finalists.