Eligibility, Judging Process & Privacy Information

General Eligibility

  • All nominees must live in the Waverley Local Government area, and/or have served the Waverley community.
  • Self-nominations will not be accepted, however community groups may be nominated by a member of that group.
  • Nominations are only for voluntary contributions and achievements – apart from the ‘Strengthening Community’ award, where nominations will be accepted for professionals who have demonstrated outstanding contribution which are beyond their paid role.
  • Local Hero Awards will not be granted posthumously. For posthumous recognition refer to the ‘Best of the Best’ awards by clicking hereThis external link will open in a new window
  • Current serving Waverley Councillors and full time Council staff are not eligible.
  • Sitting State and Federal Politicians and current Vice-Regal Officers are not eligible.
  • Previous award winners are ineligible for nomination in the same category.
  • Unsuccessful nominations may be nominated again in subsequent years.
  • Nominees for Young Local Hero must be under 25 years of age at 31 December 2022.

Conditions of Entry

  • Council reserves the right to change the category if deemed appropriate.
  • Unsuccessful nominations may be carried over to the following year if requested.
  • Award winners will be considered for the Best of the Best Award, which is awarded every four years
  • Council reserves the right to withdraw an award if further information or the recipients conduct draws the award into disrepute

Judging process

  • Nominations will be reviewed by an appointed judging panel. The panel’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Consideration is given to nominee’s achievements and ongoing contribution to the community.
  • Selection of recipients is based on the information available to the judging panel at the time of judging
  • After reviewing the nominations the judging panel will make a recommendation to Council for endorsement
  • After Council has endorsed the award recipients, those how have made nominations will be notified of the outcome of their nominations.
  • You may be contacted for further information if necessary


  • Nominations will remain confidential and only award recipients will be publicly announced.
  • All nominees will receive confirmation of receipt of application and notice if they have been successful or not.

Presentation and awards

Awards will be presented at a civic reception in National Volunteers Week in May 2023. Attendance is by invite only. Those who nominated winners will also be invited to the ceremony.

For more information, please contact the Local Connections Coordinator on 9083 8916 or email connected@waverley.nsw.gov.au.