Nomination process

Individuals can be nominated by anyone across the country using an online nomination form. The number of nominations is uncapped geographically per State and Territory. The nomination steps are as follows:

  • Public nominations – OPEN Monday 17 July – CLOSE Sunday 17 September
  • ARU sends all nominations for each State and Territory to State Unions for vetting and ranking – Monday 18 September
  • State Unions submit up to three recommendations to ARU for the HSBC Volunteer of the Year (VOTY) – Friday 22 September
  • ARU internal group vets Member Unions top three recommended pool of candidates and selects up to five individual finalists for the HSBC VOTY – w/c 25 September
  • ARU selection committee selects the HSBC VOTY winner for 2017 and 4 runners up– w/c 26 September
  • ARU advises HSBC VOTY winner - Friday 29 September
  • The HSBC VOTY will be formally announced and recognised at the John Eales Medal awards dinner in October

The Australian Rugby Union selection committee which will be responsible for selecting the HSBC Volunteer of the Year will consist of:

  • Senior Manager, HSBC,
  • Fox Sports Rugby Team presenter,
  • General Manager, ARU;

Nomination Steps

Individuals can be nominated for the HSBC VOTY award by a nominator completing the online submission form.

Simply follow the FIVE steps below

  1. Check your nominee’s eligibility and contribution to the judging criteria
  2. Read the terms & conditions
  4. Hit submit
  5. Wait to hear back to see if your nominee has been successful

Nominee eligibility and criteria

As in previous years, 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 recipients:

  • Contribution to rugby demonstrating one or more of ARU’s core values;
    • Passion - Drives us to make our Game great
    • Integrity - Act with honesty and do what is right
    • Discipline - Be professional and exceed expectations
    • Respect - Be inclusive, listen and build trust
    • 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