Without volunteers our clubs wouldn’t run.

Volunteers are the backbone of our rugby community; donating countless hours to the club, offering words of encouragement and providing support wherever it’s needed.

The HSBC Volunteer of the Year Award is your chance to say thank you to those who have given so much. Nominations open Monday July 16.

Nominations Closed!

Eligibility and criteria

There’s no job too small when it comes to winning this award. The HSBC Volunteer of the Year could be anyone – it could be the person who drives the team bus, cuts up the oranges at half time, marks out the field lines in the early morning or pumps up the balls each week for training.

The award considers anyone who has volunteered for free in grassroots rugby in the past two years – whether at a club, school or sub/zone union.

The HSBC Volunteer of the Year is a role model who inspires others to get involved with our great game and exhibits Rugby Australia’s core values:

  • Passion
  • Integrity
  • Discipline
  • Respect
  • Teamwork

Is there a Prize?

The winner will be awarded with a $10,000 grant from HSBC to go towards developing and improving their club. In addition to this, the winner will receive a VIP experience at the prestigious Rugby Australia Awards and meet some of Australia’s most respected rugby players.


  • Monday July 16: public nominations open
  • Sunday September 23: public nominations close
  • Monday September 24: Rugby Australia will send all nominations to the State Union
  • Friday September 28: each State Union will submit up to three recommendations to Rugby Australia
  • Wednesday October 3: Rugby Australia will select five finalists
  • Friday October 5: members from Rugby Australia, FOX Sports and HSBC will select the winner and the four runners up
  • The 2018 HSBC Volunteer of the Year will be formally announced at the Rugby Australia Awards on Friday October 19

Nomination Process

  1. Check your volunteer is eligible via the criteria list 
  2. Read the terms & conditions
  3. Complete the online nomination form
  4. Hit the submit button located at the bottom of the form
  5. A confirmation email will be sent to your inbox
  6. The winner will be contacted week commencing Monday October 1 

What should I do next?

  1. Encourage your team to nominate them as well - the more nominations the better!
  2. Share your nomination or a team photo with your nominee on social media using the hashtag #RugbyVOTY

Contact Information

If you have any trouble accessing the form or need further information please contact customer.service@rugby.com.au