Opportunity to recognize outstanding women with ACT Women’s Awards


Nominations are now open for the 2023 ACT Women’s Awards and for inclusion on the ACT Women’s Honor Roll.

The ACT Women’s Awards recognizes women, non-binary and gender diverse people who improve the status and lives of women and girls in the ACT or achieve significant advancements towards gender equality.

Temporary residents, refugees, women with disability, transgender women, non-binary people and gender diverse people are eligible and nominations are encouraged.

Each year the awards are presented to:

  • ACT Woman of the Year
  • ACT Young Woman of the Year and
  • ACT Senior Woman of the Year.

“We know that women are so often the unsung heroes in our community, quietly working away to improve the lives of others with no expectation of a return or acknowledgment.” Said Minister for Women, Yvette Berry.

“It’s time to step up, say thanks, and give that special person some well-deserved recognition.”

The awards are designed to recognize contributions in a wide range of areas such as arts and media, education, volunteering, community advocacy and inclusion, women’s safety and many more.

All awards finalists will also be added to the ACT Women’s Honor Roll – a compilation of women who have received one of the following awards since ACT self-government began in 1988:

  • ACT Women’s Awards
  • ACT Australian of the Year Awards
  • ACT Citizen of the Year Awards
  • The ACT Honor Walk
  • ACT Scientist of the Year

The Honor Roll is updated annually and this year, young women, girls and gender diverse people who receive a Young Canberra Citizen of the Year Award will be added to this list.

The ACT Women’s Awards and the ACT Honor Roll ceremony will take place as part of International Women’s Day celebrations in early March 2023.

Nominations can be made through the website – and close Monday 28 November.

Quote attributable to Kelli-Ann Jackson, 2022 ACT Woman of the Year:

“The ACT Women’s Awards are a fantastic way to celebrate the great work of women in our community. For me, being recognized as the 2022 ACT Woman of the Year was really special as it recognized my work as a volunteer and the contributions all volunteers make to our community. If you know of a woman in the local community who’s doing great things to help others, I’d recommend you nominate her.”

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