Women of the West Awards

Pictured left to right: Azita Abdollahian, Jodie Amor, Matilda Harry, Professor Denise Kirkpatrick (Western's DVC-Academic and Awards Sponsor), Naomi Kroll, and Dr Padmini Howpage.

Nominations for the 2020 Women of the West Awards are Open!

Would you like to acknowledge an extraordinary woman who has contributed to Western Sydney?

The Western Sydney University Women of the West Awards honour women in Greater Western Sydney and formally recognise their contributions to the development of the region.

You are invited to join the University in acknowledging a colleague, friend, acquaintance or family member by nominating them for a Women of the West Award in 2020 (PDF, 2657.8 KB) (opens in a new window).

This is an opportunity to publicly recognise the remarkable achievements of women from your profession, community, or network.

To make a nomination, all you have to do is email womenofthewest@westernsydney.edu.au with:

  • your nominee's full name
  • her email address
  • the appropriate award category (see below) and
  • the reason you believe this woman should be recognised.

Nominations will be accepted until 5pm, 1 November 2019.


Awards Categories

Nominations are open for the following categories:

  • Woman of the West – Business
  • Woman of the West – Community
  • Young Woman of the West - 18 to 30 years (as at 31 December 2019)

Awards Criteria

Each year members of the Western Sydney community are invited to nominate women who:

  • live and/or work in Western Sydney
  • demonstrate extraordinary leadership
  • contribute to improving the lives of people in Western Sydney
  • demonstrate achievements or outcomes above and beyond their occupational roles (if applicable)

The above criteria apply for all categories.

For the purpose of the Awards, Western Sydney is taken to include the following 13 local government areas: Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Camden, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, Liverpool, Parramatta, Penrith, The Hills, and Wollondilly.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Women holding senior state or federal government roles are ineligible to be nominated.
  • Women who are currently employed by the Western Sydney University are ineligible to be nominated.
  • Women nominated in the past two years are not eligible to be re-nominated.
  • University students can be nominated, however the contributions to greater Western Sydney must include service outside the University, and within the region.
  • To qualify for the Young Women of the West Award, the nominee must be aged between 18 and 30 years of age (as at 31 December 2019).