Prior to completing your nomination form, please ensure you have read the FAQs to ensure your nomination is valid.
The Award acknowledges and promotes an equitable and inclusive Australia, it celebrates the exceptional contribution of a blind Australian or permanent resident aged 18 years or over, who, by example, inspires others to excellence; by action, improves Australian community life.
Nominations can be received up to the 22nd of October. No weight is given to the number of times a candidate is nominated.
Nominations are short-listed by our expert selection panel; the finalists are announced in October, and the Award recipient will be announced at the award ceremony.
You can nominate at any time of the year. Nominations for the Awards will close on 22nd of October. Nominations received after this date will go into the next years’ round.
Any Australian citizen or permanent resident currently living in Australia.
- You do not have to be blind or have low vision.
- You do not have to personally know your nominee.
- Providing you meet the eligibility criteria you can self-nominate.
- You are welcome to make several nominations.
Any person meeting ALL of the following eligibility criteria:
- Legally blind
- An Australian citizen or permanent resident currently living in Australia.
- In the last 12 months, has, by example, inspired others to excellence and by action, improved Australian community life.
- Aged 18 years or over at the time of nomination.
- Able to pass a national police check.
Candidates unable to meet the eligibility criteria:
- Previous award recipients and finalists listed in the honour roll.
- Holders of Federal or State/Territory office.
- Directors of Link Vision.
- Current official financial sponsors of the award.
After submitting your nomination, you will receive a confirming email.
We understand how hard it can be to write about someone you admire, and especially to do it in 500 words. The award is not judged on how well written your testimonial is, our judges need to get a feel for the person and the contribution they have made.
I would like to nominate Brian (Surname) for the Blind Australian of the Year Award.
Brian was born with Refcums disease, a disease which affects the nerves in the body including the eyes.
When I first met Brian, he was working in a tile manufacturing company despite his physical and vision difficulties.
Brian worked for several years as a volunteer teaching adaptive technology classes for people who are blind or vision impaired in Ballarat. His caring attitude and wonderful sense of humour engaged students and encouraged them to continue through the different levels of training.
Brian later worked at Vision Australia as an adaptive technology trainer until his decision to retire from full time work. However, he couldn’t completely abandon his students and still works as a volunteer in the local area Day Centre where he shares his enthusiasm and knowledge with centre attendees as well as teaching computer one day a week.
Other ways Brian has contributed to the community include:
- Vision Australia Foundation – organised a social group to attend dances and meals out
- President and performer in Brrrr theatre group, a performance group for people of all abilities
- President and founder of a Goal Ball group for people who are blind or vision impaired in Ballarat. Goal Ball is a sporting activity for the blind and through this contributed to the health fitness and social inclusion of the blindness community in Ballarat
- 2 years on the Disability Advisory Committee for Ballarat City Council, a group that champions access and inclusion and operates as an advisory committee to Council’s planning and development.
- Disability Advisory Group – President, Brian contributed to this group working to improve access and inclusion in the Ballarat Region.
- Volunteer at Blind Bowls in Ballarat. Here he supported people to get out and about to improve fitness and to make and sustain social contact.
- Plays lawn bowls with fully sighted bowlers showing that disability is not an impediment.
In summary, Brian is a remarkable man who despite a disability which affects not only his vision but his entire physical body, gives to others who need mentoring and encouragement. He has a cheeky sense of humour which can engage even the most difficult person and help them find a better path. Although his work has been predominantly in the Central Highlands Region, his volunteer roles have touched the lives of a wide range of people he has broken down barriers, mentored others to get involved and positively influence members of the local community.
Prior to completing your nomination, please ensure you have read the FAQs to ensure your nomination is valid.
*** NOMINATIONS ARE CLOSED FOR 2021. WE WILL OPEN NOMINATIONS AGAIN IN 2022. ***