Nominations are now open for the 2016 NSW Women of the Year Awards which celebrate remarkable and inspiring women and acknowledge the contributions they make in NSW.

Minister for Women Pru Goward said the awards are a fantastic reminder that there are women all over NSW who are striving to be their very best and achieve brilliant goals.

“Every day women of all ages across NSW make immense and valuable contributions to their community, and these annual awards are our opportunity to publically acknowledge and celebrate these inspirational women,” Ms Goward said.

The 2016 Awards will also include a new category of NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year.

Winners of the 2016 Awards will attend a ceremony with the NSW Premier Mike Baird on 9 March 2016 at NSW Parliament House.

Award categories are:

Premier’s Award for Woman of the Year

This award is specifically for:

  • a woman who has demonstrated excellence in a career, field or passion
  • a significant achiever in a traditionally male-dominated area.

A. H. Beard’s Community Hero Award

This award is specifically for:

  • community heroes and/or volunteers
  • a woman making an outstanding contribution to her local community.

Harvey Norman’s Young Woman of the Year Award

This award is specifically for:

  • a positive and inspiring role model to other young women
  • someone with drive, determination and motivation in her chosen field
  • a young woman who has made significant achievements and/or contributions to the community.

REX Airlines’ Regional Woman of the Year Award

This award is specifically for a woman from a regional area who is:

  • a significant achiever in an area important to rural or regional communities
  • a woman making an outstanding contribution to resolving issues faced by a rural or regional community
  • a significant achiever in a traditionally male-dominated field within the rural community.

NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year Award

This award is specifically for an Aboriginal woman who is:

  • an outstanding leader, who contributes to her own community
  • respected in the wider for community for success and leadership in her chosen field.

Nominations are open until 13 January 2016. To nominate an outstanding woman in NSW or to find out more visit the Women NSW website.