HART Awards

Nominations for the 2020 HART Awards are now open. Apply here. 


Helping Achieve Reconciliation Together

The HART Awards are a partnership between the Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA), and Reconciliation Victoria, and supported by Bank Australia and Local Government Victoria. Now in their 6th year, these Awards 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. Nominations should be 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.

The HART Awards were presented on Friday 31 May 2019, during National Reconciliation Week.

All winners received an award. The community category winner was awarded a prize of $1000 to support their reconciliation initiatives. 

The short-listed and winning initiatives have been profiled in a booklet and promoted on the websites of Reconciliation Victoria, VLGA, Local Government Victoria and Bank Australia to provide inspiration for other organisations and communities.

Entertainment was provided by Yorta Yorta musician and composer Allara Pattison-Briggs



Video of the 2019 HART Awards

2019 Winners
Local Government Category

Glenelg Shire Council
Demystifying History Documentary & Combined Citizenship Ceremony

Highly Commended
City of Darebin Aboriginal Advisory Committee
Ongoing commitment to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community and Reconciliation

Special Mention
City of Yarra
Remember Me: A tribute to the stolen generations and their families

Local Government – Schools and Early Years Category
City of Darebin
Darebin Schools' NAIDOC Yarning Conference 2018 Because of Her We can

Highly Commended
Wyndham City Council
Reconciliation Action at Scale - Embedding Aboriginal Perspectives

Community Category
Whittlesea Reconciliation Group
Kulin Village at Whittlesea Community Festival

Highly Commended
Balnarring Pre-School
Womin djeka Balnarring Ngargee including Book Launch

Special Mention
Bendigo Reconciliation Committee
Driving systemic change: Identifying and addressing organisational white privilege