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2023 NSW Humanitarian Award Recipients

The recipients for the 2023 NSW Humanitarian Awards have now been announced.

Thank you to those who made nominations in support of recognising the excellent work of individuals and organisations supporting refugees in NSW, in whatever field they happen to be working in. 



Every year STARTTS holds the Humanitarian Awards to acknowledge and thank those people who have made an exceptional positive contribution towards refugee issues in NSW. Individuals and organisations in various fields who are doing outstanding work to support refugees are eligible for the Awards. 

Over more than a decade, the Humanitarian Awards have honoured community leaders, youth workers, lawyers, journalists, teachers and many more – each of them making an incredible contribution to improving the lives of refugees.

The Humanitarian Awards are proudly supported each year by our official partners, The Refugee Council of Australia and Refugee Week.

In 2023, Awards were presented in the following categories:

  • Refugee community worker
  • Refugee supporter
  • Education
  • Government and Legal
  • Media
  • Sport
  • Rural and regional
  • Business

Nominations must be received by no later than COB Friday 16 June 2023.

The 15th NSW Humanitarian Awards was proudly presented in partnership with Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) at Government House, Sydney, in an official Awards ceremony on 12th July hosted by STARTTS Patron, Her Excellency The Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor of New South Wales.

Visit the Refugee Council’s website for all news updates about 2023 Refugee Week and how you can get involved.

2023 Humanitarian Awards (Awardees Announced)

Essential information

If you have a nominee in mind, but you’re not sure which category to nominate them for, have a look at the category explanations below. Also, don’t forget that you can nominate people in up to three categories.

Refugee Community Worker

A former refugee working on refugee issues with their own or other refugee communities, in either a paid or unpaid position

Refugee Supporter

A member of the broader Australian community, of any background, supporting and assisting refugees in any capacity, in either a paid or unpaid position


Schools, Universities and other educational institutions, or individuals working at such institutions, who assist former refugees by breaking down barriers to education


A young person aged 12-25 of refugee background making an outstanding contribution to Australian society in their chosen field

Government and Legal

Individuals or organisations from the government or legal sectors working to advise, assist or support asylum seekers or refugees


Media outlets, journalists or media officers supporting, prioritising and/or raising awareness of refugee issues


Awarded to an organization or individual for outstanding efforts in promoting sporting endeavours among people from refugee backgrounds

Rural and Regional

Organisations or individuals working in regional areas of NSW to assist refugees


Small or large businesses employing, assisting, established/run by or in any other way supporting refugees

Best Project

An outstanding project working with or assisting refugees. The project can be run by an individual group or organisation and can either be ongoing or completed during the last year

Anyone can be nominated for an Award, as long as their work with or for refugees is worthy of recognition within NSW and falls within one of the ten award categories.  Nominees can be individuals, organisations or specific projects.

Anyone can nominate another individual, organisation or project for an Award. An individual may also nominate themselves.

Nominations for the 2023 Humanitarian Awards are now open. You can make a nomination by going completing the 2023 Humanitarian Awards Nomination Form at this link: https://form.jotform.com/startts/2023nominationform

The Nomination Form is very easy to fill out and you’ll find all the info there, but in a nutshell we want to know:

  1. What work has the nominee undertaken to support refugees within NSW?
  2. Why is this work an exceptional contribution to the field, above and beyond other people or projects?

The closing date for the 2023 Humanitarian Awards is COB Friday, 16th June 2023.

Special Message of the NSW Governor – NSW Humanitarian Awards Virtual Ceremony, 19 June, 2020 Refugee Week

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