Congratulations to the recipients of the 2021 Victorian Senior of the Year Awards

The Victorian Senior of the Year Awards are presented annually as part of the Victorian Seniors Festival. These significant awards recognise the volunteer work and contributions to community life of older Victorians. It is a chance to say thank you, and to celebrate the many senior Victorians who have given and shared their skills, experience, time, and energy with our state.

Message from the Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers

Senior Victorians are the backbone of our communities, generously sharing their skills, time, kindness and care every day.

The Victorian Senior of the Year Awards are our chance to say thanks to the many senior Victorians who make our state stronger and fairer.

Despite the challenges of 2021, senior Victorians continue to step up, adapt and give back to their community in a range of ways – as advocates, local leaders, and as volunteers providing invaluable support to their communities.

The stories of senior Victorians highlighted through the 2021 Victorian Senior of the Year Awards are truly inspiring.

Senior Victorians continue to go above and beyond to help others, increase community connection, promote cultural and social inclusion, and create lasting change.

Congratulations to all nominees and awardees of the 2021 Victorian Senior of the Year Awards. Thank you for sharing your energy, compassion and care with your community and with our state.

Read about the recipients of the 2021 Victorian Senior of the Year Awards

Award categories

The Victorian Senior of the Year Awards encompass six award categories:

  • Premier’s Award for Victorian Senior of the Year for an outstanding contribution by an individual to their local community and Victoria.
  • Promotion of Multiculturalism Award to an individual for a significant contribution to promoting the benefits of cultural diversity in their local community or in the broader community.
  • Healthy and Active Living Award to an individual for helping to create active and healthy communities through community involvement and as a role model.
  • Veteran Community Award to an individual for an exceptional contribution to the veteran community. The recipient of the award does not need to be a veteran.
  • Ageing Well Award to an individual who has worked to combat ageism, promote social justice and engaged with their community to support ageing well initiatives.
  • COTA (Council on the Ageing) Victoria Senior Achiever Awards to up to 10 individuals for significant contributions to local communities and Victoria.

These Awards are a partnership between the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing and COTA Victoria.