Victorian Honour Roll of Women program

The Victorian Honour Roll of Women acknowledges and celebrates the outstanding achievements of women in Victoria. It’s one way that outstanding women leaders receive the recognition they deserve for their contributions and achievements.

Honourees come from all walks of life and have demonstrated inspirational leadership and excellence in their field.

Nominations for the 2019 Victorian Honour Roll of Women open in May 2018.

Who can be nominated?

Since 2001, over 600 women have been honoured for the significant and lasting contribution to Victoria, Australia and beyond. They were recognised for their achievements in a broad range of activities, including science, arts, environment, law, social justice, research, health, media and education. Honourees have come from culturally and linguistically diverse and Aboriginal communities.

You can nominate someone to the Honour Roll if they:

  • identify as a woman
  • have made a significant and lasting contribution at a local, state, national or international level
  • were born in Victoria, have spent a considerable part of their life in Victoria, or have made a significant contribution to Victoria

There are no age restrictions for nominees.

Posthumous nominations are accepted.

Nomination categories

Nominate a woman in one of three categories:

  1. A trailblazer is an inspiring role model who may be a first or founder in their field. They effectively break new ground and lay a foundation for women starting out in a traditionally male-dominated field. This category may include young women and women who challenge traditional gender stereotypes, attitudes and norms.
  2. A local champion is a dedicated member of her community. They have used their skills and expertise either in a voluntary or professional capacity.  A local champion may be an unsung hero, a woman whose substantive contributions are deserving of wider recognition.
  3. A change agent is a woman who has made an enduring commitment that has brought about significant and lasting change.  They are renowned within their field of expertise and have lifted the visibility of women as subject matter experts. Through persistence and determination, a change agent shines a light on a particular cause, initiates much needed reforms or supports a shift in public perception.

Who can nominate?

Anyone can nominate a woman to be included on the Honour Roll. The nominator must be familiar with the nominee’s work and be able to discuss their achievements in detail.

You can nominate an exceptional woman for the Victorian Honour Roll of Women by completing an online nomination form when nominations open in May 2018.

It’s a good idea to discuss the nomination with the nominee and obtain their permission to be assessed as part of the Victorian Honour Roll of Women process.

Assessment process

Applications are assessed by an independent panel of women from the business, government and community sectors.

The panel then provides recommendations to the Minister for Women for her final decision.

Contact

For more information contact womensleadership@dhhs.vic.gov.au