HART Awards

2020 Finalists Announced


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

2020 Finalists Announced

Local Government Category
City of Ballarat
January 26 - Survival Day Dawn Ceremony

City of Port Phillip
We-akon Dilinja 26 January 2020

Mildura Rural City Council
Mildura Corroboree

Mooney Valley City Council
A local Acknowledgement of Country for early years services

Mount Alexander Shire Council
Victory Park- Peace and Reconciliation Play Space

Schools or Early Years Category
Action on Aboriginal Perspectives in Early Childhood (AAPEC
PossumSkin Pedagogy: A guide for Early Childhood Practitioners

Bakery Hill Kindergarten
Kunuwarra - Children vote for a Wadawurrung Name Change

Balnarring Pre School
Balnarring Pre-school Living and Learning with Country Pedagogy and Practice

Melbourne Grammar Grimwade House
Australian Indigenous Messengers Team (AIM)

Scoresby West Preschool
Embedding Culturally Inclusive Practice

St Leonard’s College
The Warruwi Program

Community Category
Lord Somers Camp and Power House
Be Deadly @ Somers

Great Ocean Road Committee
Guided Surf Coast Walk

Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
Ngangkari support Reconciliation through Traditional Healing for Victorian Communities affected by natural disasters

St John of God Hospital Bendigo
Weenthunga - St John of God collaboration

Bundjil Nest Project
Womindjeka Balnarring Ngargee festival

Winners will be announced on 5 June 2020


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