Women of the West Awards

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.

The Awards showcase the diversity and strength of women in Greater Western Sydney.

Nominations Are Open for the 2019 Women of the West Awards

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

The Western Sydney University Women of the West Awards honours women in Greater Western Sydney and formally recognises their contribution to the development of the region.  You are invited to join the University in showing your regard and gratitude to a colleague, friend, acquaintance or family member by nominating them for a Women of the West Award in 2019.

To nominate a remarkable woman from your profession, community, or network:

  • Email womenofthewest@westernsydney.edu.au
  • State your nominee's full name, email address and award category (Business, Community or Young Woman)
  • Include the reasons you believe this woman should be recognised

Each year, nominees are drawn from a variety of backgrounds including education, health services, local industry, volunteering, environmental groups, government and non-government organisations.

Read about the 2018 winners on the News Centre.

Award Categories

There are three categories in the Women of the West Awards:

  • Woman of the West (Business)
  • Woman of the West (Community)
  • Young Woman of the West (18 to 30 years of age as at 31 December 2018)

Award Criteria

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

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

The above criteria apply for all categories.

For the purposes 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.

Women holding senior state or federal government roles are ineligible to be nominated. Women who are currently employed by Western Sydney University are ineligible to be nominated.  Women nominated in the past two years are not eligible for renomination this year.  University students can be nominated, however their contributions to greater Western Sydney must include service outside the University, and within the region.

Additional Information

After the nomination period, nominated women will be invited explain their contributions through a short written or video application.

Winners will be publicly announced at the Western Sydney University International Women’s Day celebration in March 2019.

For more information, please feel free to contact womenofthewest@westernsydney.edu.au.