The number of nominations is uncapped geographically per State and Territory. All are eligible for recognition and the VOTY award/s if the nominee successfully meets the criteria below. Timelines are as follows;

  • Nominations received by anyone – Closes Friday 5th September
  • Nominations for each State & Territory sent by ARU to State Unions for vetting and ranking – Monday 8th September
  • State Unions submit to ARU top 3 recommendations in each HSBC VOTY categories* – Friday 12th September
  • ARU selection committee will select HSBC VOTY winners from State Union recommended pool of candidates – Friday 19th September 

* If State Unions do not have a top 3 recommendation, the selection committee will still consider the top 1 or 2 recommendation(s).


Nominees may include: coach, manager, match official, sports medicine (or medical) personnel, club or affiliate office holder, affiliate or school administrator, trainer, curator, gear steward, committee member, fundraiser or any other rugby volunteer role within a club, school, affiliate or association.


Nomination Steps

Individuals can be nominated by anyone across the country using the online nomination form.

Simply follow the SIX steps below;


1.       Check the appropriate National Volunteer Recognition category for your nominee

2.       Check your nominee’s eligibility and contribution to the judging criteria

3.       Read the terms & conditions of entry

4.       Complete the ONLINE NOMINATION FORM with your selected Volunteer Award category

5.       Hit submit

6.       Wait to hear back to see if your nominee has been successful


Nominees eligibility and criteria:

As previous the recognition program is open to any person currently associated with Community Rugby in Australia, in a non-paid capacity at a club, school, sub/zone-union, or associated affiliate of the Australian Rugby Union. The following judging criteria are to be used in the selection of


  • Contribution to rugby demonstrating one or more of ARU’s core values

o   Passion - Drives us to make our Game great

o   Integrity - Act with honesty and do what is right

o   Discipline - Be professional and exceed expectations

o   Respect - Be inclusive, listen and build trust

o   Teamwork - Work together to get the job done

  • Innovation, leadership and best practice principles
  • Demonstration of contribution to Community Rugby participation
  • Meeting an identified Community Rugby need, e.g. local, region/ zone, state or national

Recognition & Program prizes:


The successful nominee/s for each (3) HSBC VOTY award categories who meet the set criteria, will be recognised for their efforts.


In 2014 the HSBC Volunteer of the Year (together with their spouse*) will be hosted at the 2014 John Eales Medal Dinner, Thursday 23rd October.


All three ARU Volunteers of the Year category winners; HSBC Volunteer of the Year, HSBC Young Volunteer of the Year (U25) and HSBC Lifetime Volunteer will be announced on the night.


* Airfare, accommodation and 2 x tickets to John Eales Medal Dinner for the nominee will be paid for by the ARU.


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