Nominations are now open!
Nominations for the 2023 NSW Women of the Year Awards are now open in the following categories:
A role model, who has excelled in her chosen field. In doing so, she affects lasting change and is an inspiration to others.
A dedicated pillar of her community, the NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year is a role model who promotes economic, cultural and/or social wellbeing of Aboriginal people in NSW.
She works tirelessly for her community. She’s the first to roll up her sleeves to help others, and motivates those around her to contribute to their communities.
Shines a light on the accomplishments of an extraordinary woman living in regional NSW.
A woman aged 18-30 years, who has demonstrated incredible potential or achievement in her chosen field, passion, or area of interest.
Recognises girls and young women aged seven to seventeen, who demonstrate a single act or ongoing acts of courage, strength, determination and/ or kindness to help and support those around them.
Award eligibility requirements and terms and conditions
Entry into the 2023 NSW Women of the Year Awards constitutes acceptance of all terms and conditions below.
Nominee is a woman or girl residing in NSW.
Self-nominations will be accepted.
Awards will not be granted posthumously.
Sitting state and federal politicians and current vice-regal officers are not eligible.
Retired politicians and vice-reglad officers will be considered for work undertaken in addition to their official duties.
A previous winner cannot receive a second award in the same award category but can be considered for recognition in a separate category in following years.
Unsuccessful nominees, including previous finalists may be re-nominated in subsequent years. Re-nominations must highlight achievements and/or contributions accomplished after the previous nomination.
Groups of people or couples will not normally be eligible, though in exceptional cases the selection panels reserve the right to consider such nominations.
- Nominees for the One to Watch Award must be aged seven to 17 years.
- Nominees for the NSW Young Woman of the Year must be aged 18 to 30 years.
- Age criteria are as at 9 March 2023.
- Nominees for the NSW Regional Woman of the Year must reside outside of Newcastle, Wollongong and Greater Sydney.
- Nominees for the NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year must be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.
Nominees must consent to their nomination before an entry is submitted.
Nominations will be accepted from 9:00am, Monday 5 September 2022 to 11:59pm on Tuesday 11 October 2022.
Nominations must be submitted online at https://www.nsw.gov.au/women-nsw/awards-and-events/nsw-women-of-year-awards
Hard copy nomination forms will not be accepted.
Nominations must address all of the criteria on the nomination form.
Nominators must provide full contact details for themselves and their nominee including an active email address and mobile phone contact number.
Entry is conditional upon confirmation of eligibility by the selection panel.
Nominees may be contacted by the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet to request additional information including a photo and biography.
Nominees who meet the eligibility criteria will be eligible pending completion of a National Police Background Check and referee check.
All nominees will be advised of the person who nominated them.
An awards ceremony will be held in Sydney on 9 March 2023 at the International Convention Centre and finalists will need to be available to attend the event.
A nominee can be entered into more than one category using separate nomination forms.
All nomination forms and materials submitted remain the property of the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet.
Finalists will have their nomination forms forwarded to the Honours Secretariat for consideration in the ‘Australian of the Year Awards’. If you would prefer to not have your nomination form passed on please email WomenOfTheYear@dpc.nsw.gov.au
Finalists who live in regional NSW (ie. outside the major metropolitan centres of Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong) will be provided with air travel to attend the event. Please note, finalists from metropolitan Sydney, Wollongong and Newcastle will need to make their own travel arrangements to attend.
Entry into the NSW Women of the Year Awards is deemed acceptance of the Terms and Conditions.
- Nominees must meet the eligibility criteria to be considered for shortlisting.
- The NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet may change the category for which an individual is nominated.
- The judging panel's decision is final and no correspondence or discussion will be entered into.
- Successful nominees must plan to be in NSW for most of 2023 and in early 2024 and agree to make themselves available for media and promotional activities outside of the awards ceremony event.
- Where a nominee has a current media contract, she will need to outline the details in her reply email when accepting the nomination. The current media contract must not preclude her from participating in media activities around the award ceremony and promoting the NSW Women of the Year Awards for the following year.
- Upon returning a signed permission form, nominees grant permission for the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet to use and disclose their personal information provided through the nomination process, additional submissions, correspondence, photographs and videos at its discretion including for, but not limited to, media and promotional purposes.
- Alternative format nomination forms can be made available for people with disability upon request. Please email WomenOfTheYear@dpc.nsw.gov.au
- Personal information about nominees and nominators provided will only be used for the conduct and promotion of the NSW Women of the Year Awards.
- Should you have any enquiries about access to your personal information held by the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet please direct your request to: WomenOfTheYear@dpc.nsw.gov.au