Hon Simone McGurk BA(Arts) BA(Comms) MLA

Hon Simone McGurk BA(Arts) BA(Comms) MLA

Minister for Child Protection; Women's Interests; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; Community Services

    Awards to honour community achievements

    19/01/2018 10:05 AM
    • Nominations open for 19th Community Services Excellence Awards  

    Outstanding individuals and organisations in Western Australia's community services sector will be recognised at this year's Community Services Excellence Awards.


    Community Services Minister Simone McGurk launched the biennial awards at the Western Australian Council of Social Service (WACOSS) New Year Sector Breakfast in Perth today.


    Two new individual categories have been introduced for 2018. 'Above and Beyond' recognises an individual surpassing expectations through their work in the community services sector, while 'Excellence in Leadership' acknowledges an innovative leader.


    Other categories acknowledge outstanding small, medium, large, regional and Aboriginal organisations. An organisation providing outstanding collaborative, place-based services or solutions will also be recognised. 


    Nominations are now open and will close on February 26, 2018. The awards will take place on May 2 at the 2018 WACOSS conference, of which the State Government will be a platinum sponsor.


    Previous winners include Zonta House Refuge Association, which in 2016 was recognised for its 'Positive Pathways to Safety for Women and Children' program. The program provides support services to women and families who have experienced family and domestic violence.


    In 2017-18 the State Government will provide $755,832 to WACOSS for sector support activities. For more information about the awards, visit http://www.cseawards.org.au


    Comments attributed to Community Services Minister Simone McGurk:


    "People who work in the community services sector and the organisations providing services are among WA's unsung heroes.


    "Staff and volunteers provide support and care to people facing adversity and hardship, often expecting little in return for their hard work.


    "The Community Services Excellence Awards are an excellent way to recognise and honour their achievements and the positive contribution they make to the lives of others.


    "The State Government is proud to partner with WACOSS to hold these awards, and will continue to work with the sector to provide the best possible outcomes for all Western Australians."


    Minister's office - 6552 6600