Women of the West Awards 2017

Nominations are now open

Would you like to pay tribute to 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. 

The Award showcases the diversity and strength of women in Greater Western Sydney. 

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 the 2017 Women of the West Award. 

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

The Awards are presented at the University's annual celebration of International Women's Day in March.

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 more about previous award winners and nominees

The Women of the West Award is an initiative that demonstrates the University's advocacy of social justice and equal opportunity, and commitment to engaging with communities in Greater Western Sydney to establish strong and mutually beneficial relationships.

Award Categories

Nominations are open for the following categories:

  • Women of the West – Business
  • Women of the West - Community
  • Young Women of the West (18 to 28 years) 

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 (if applicable)

The above criteria applies for all categories.

For the purpose of the Awards, Western Sydney is taken to include the following 14 local government areas: Hawkesbury; Baulkham Hills; Blue Mountains; Blacktown; Parramatta; Auburn; Holroyd; Penrith; Fairfield; Bankstown; Liverpool; Camden; Campbelltown; Wollondilly.

To qualify for the Young Women of the West Award, the nominee must be aged between
18 and 28.

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.

University students can be nominated, however the contributions to greater Western Sydney must include service outside the University, and within the region.

Nominees are not eligible for resubmission for a period of three years.

Nominations close at 5pm on Friday 10 February 2017.

Submitting a nomination

Nominations may be submitted online or by post. The nomination form will provide you with information to guide you through the nomination process.

Nominations must:

  1. demonstrate how the nominee meets the selection criteria
  2. include two written references in support of the nomination – one personal and one professional
  3. include documentary evidence to support the nomination.

Submit your nomination online here.


Contact the Office of Marketing and Communication on (02) 9678 7512 to receive the nomination pack.

Start your application early and give yourself plenty of time to obtain the necessary references and gather documentary evidence to support your application.

Provide real examples of how the woman you are nominating has contributed to society, demonstrated leadership, helped others and / or left a legacy somewhere. Ask others that know the nominee to help you find good examples.

Winners will be publicly announced at the Western Sydney University International Women's Day celebration in March 2017. The winner of each category receives a grant of $5,000, nominees highly commended for each category receive a grant of $1,000, and nominees commended for each category receive $500 to further develop their leadership and advocacy work in their local community.

For assistance in preparing nominations or for more information please contact Michelle Dickson via email on m.dickson@westernsydney.edu.au or (02) 9678 7512.