Community Development Awards 2021

The LG Professionals WA Community Development Awards aim to formally recognise the significant contributions made by Community Development professionals across a range of organisations working in the field of community development in Western Australia.

Four awards will be presented to outstanding professionals from both regional/rural and metropolitan areas within the following categories:
  • Innovation and/or Innovative Partnership (1 x Regional/Rural winner and 1 x Metropolitan winner)
  • Young Leader (1 x winner)
  • Community Development Meritorious (1 x winner)
Membership of LG Professionals WA is encouraged, but not mandatory to submit a nomination.
~ Nominations close Friday 13 August 2021 ~
Criteria for the Awards
1.  Innovation and/or Innovative Partnership Award

For demonstrated innovation or an innovative partnership by a professional individual or team in the Community Development sector to deliver programs, services and/or community-based outcomes above and beyond expectations. Innovations could include partnerships, resource leveraging, or new approaches to age-old situations to deliver an improved outcome.

  • Individual nominee must have been employed within a community development role for at least 2 years.
  • No minimum time for team nominations.

Judging criteria
The nominator needs to provide a summary of the activities of the nominee that will enable the judging panel to determine that they have demonstrated innovation/partnership development within their region as a community development professional.
2.  Young Leader Award

To recognise a proven young leader in the Community Development field who has demonstrated strong and consistent leadership to achieve positive outcomes within their local community, region and/or across the Community Development sector as a whole.

  • The nominee must have been employed within the community development sector for at least 2 years.
  • The age of the nominee should not exceed 35 years.

Judging criteria
  • Are the major achievements of the nominees significant to their community or worthy of special recognition?
  • Are there examples of where they have contributed above and beyond the parameters and expectations of their position?
  • Have they driven better practice opportunities through a process, project or initiative in the local government or community?
  • Does the nominee want to expand their leadership capability so that they can contribute back to the future development of the community development sector?

3.  Community Development Meritorious Award

This award recognises people who have given long-term service to the community development sector within local government, functioning at a high level of excellence.

  • Member of LG Professionals WA.
  • A history of involvement in the work of LG Professionals WA and the community development sector.

Judging criteria
  • For how many years has the person served in a community development role in local government? In what roles, at which local governments?
  • In what ways have they contributed above and beyond the parameters and expectations of their position?
  • In what ways have they contributed to improvements in the community development sector?
  • How have they supported other community development or local government colleagues?

Judging Process

All nominations will be considered by the LG Professionals WA Community Development Network Committee.
The decision of the Committee is final and no correspondence will be entered into.


Two finalists from each category will be invited to attend the Awards Ceremony at the Gala Dinner as a guest of LG Professionals WA.
In the event of a team being a finalist two representatives will be invited as guests on the Team's behalf.
All nominees are welcome to be part of the Awards Ceremony.

Award Presentations

These awards will be presented at a gala dinner during the 2021 LG Professionals WA Community Development Network Conference on Thursday 9 September at Crown Hotel, Perth.

Winner obligations

Winners may be required to undertake publicity working with LG Professionals WA and may be asked to present at an associated event

How to Nominate

Please download and complete a Nomination Form  and return to LG Professionals WA via email to [email protected]

For more information about the LG Professionals WA Community Development Conference contact:
Luana Abbott, Event Manager
Phone: 08 9271 1136
Email: [email protected]