NSW Human Rights Award
MESSAGE FROM THE NSW PREMIER HON. BARRY O’FARRELL MP
A fair and free society is one which identifies and recognises outstanding people who promote and protect the human rights of individuals within it.
The NSW Government has established the NSW Human Rights Award to recognise individuals who make an outstanding contribution to human rights.
If you know people who have made lasting and meaningful contribution to the advancement of human rights, I urge you to put their names forward for the NSW Human Rights Award.
This award program is an uplifting exercise because it reminds us of the important contribution many citizens make to our society.
We are delighted to be recalling the memory of the Swedish diplomat, Raoul Wallenberg, who personally saved tens of thousands of lives during the Holocaust, by naming the award in his honour.
I look forward to announcing the recipient of the Human Rights Award later this year and working with them in their role as NSW Human Rights Ambassador over the next 12 months.
The NSW Human Rights Award was established in 2012 by the NSW Government to pay tribute to a person who has made lasting and meaningful contributions to the advancement of human rights.
The NSW Human Rights Award presented annually by the Premier to an Australian citizen or permanent resident on behalf of the NSW Government, aims to:
- recognise extraordinary efforts in the human rights arena;
- ensure human rights advocates feel encouraged, supported and recognised in a meaningful and public manner;
- encourage further efforts in the human rights arena; and
- provide a fitting memorial for Raoul Wallenberg, who saved thousands of lives during the Holocaust.
Through the Award, the NSW Government makes a definite statement that NSW is grateful for, and supports the tireless efforts of human rights activists in promoting human rights for all.
The Award was established in memory of the Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who saved tens of thousands of lives during the World War II.
The NSW Human Rights Award is awarded to an Australian citizen or permanent resident to recognise their extraordinary efforts and their demonstrated commitments in the human rights arena.
Nominees for the Award will be considered without regard to race, national origin, political association, religion/creed or gender.
Nominations must be made on the NSW Human Rights Award Nomination Form and be supported by two referees. Nominations can include supporting documentation.
The nomination should fully describe the nature and extent of the nominee’s activities and address the criteria.
Nominations to the Award are closed.
The NSW Human Rights Award will be awarded to an individual whose life and work has demonstrated significant contributions to:
- the advocacy, promotion, and advancement of human rights locally, nationally or internationally,
- the philosophy, language and practice in the area of human rights.
The judges’ assessment of each nomination will be bound by the judging criteria. The judging panel will assess each nomination according to the criteria and select a winning candidate. The decision of the judging panel is final and all nominators and nominees acknowledge and accept this fact.
In addition to the criteria outlined above, the judging panel may give consideration to one or more of the following:
- continuing and significant contribution to the advancement of human rights,
- the extent to which the contribution may be considered noteworthy,
- length and degree of contribution and service,
- the degree of lasting or meaningful contributions to the advancement of human rights,
- the extent to which the contribution may be considered above and beyond the call of duty,
- the extent to which the nominee’s contribution is recognised by his or her peers and community or the wider NSW community.
Any current Community Relations Commissioner, employee of the Community Relations Commission or member of the judging panel is not eligible to be considered as a nominee.
The judging panel reserves the right to present two Awards. In the event that nominees are not considered to be of a high enough standard, an Award will not be awarded.
The Award recipient will be presented with a specially struck medal and a $5,000 cash prize.
The recipient will become the NSW Human Rights Ambassador for the following 12 months and has the opportunity to perform roles related to the advancement of human rights on behalf of the NSW Government such as speaking at events, schools and conferences.
The medal for the NSW Human Rights Award is designed in memory of Raoul Wallenberg.
The NSW Human Rights Award Ceremony will be held in August each year, in honour of the birthday of Raoul Wallenberg. The ceremony will be hosted by the NSW Premier and attended by prominent members in the Human Rights field.