Anyone can nominate a Victorian Aboriginal young person, community member or employee within the child and family services sector. We encourage child and family services workers to nominate an Aboriginal young person with whom they work with and managers to nominate one of their staff, however nominators are not limited to these categories.  

These awards are to highlight, celebrate and promote excellence in supporting Aboriginal children, young people and families to feel safe, be strong in their identity and connected to culture and their community across Victoria. So, if you know someone who you think should win such an award, please nominate them via our awards website by 5pm on September 28, 2018.  

Nominations open on Wednesday July 11 and will close at 5pm on Friday, September 28, 2018. All nominations are to be submitted via our online nomination form on the Mollie Dyer Awards website: awards.vacca.org 

There is no limit to how many people you wish to nominate for any award. 

These awards are not self-nominating and we also require that the nominee approves of being nominated.  

The winners of the Mollie Dyer Awards will be announced at VACCA’s AGM and in-service on Friday, November 30, 2018. More details about the event will be released closer to the date. Make sure you register your interest on the website to stay up-to-date on the progress of these awards. 

Please read our Nomination Guide for all information relating to the nomination criteria, process and judging process.  

The winner of each award will receive a plaque & cash prize of $3000 

Aunty Mollie Dyer, a proud Yorta Yorta woman, exemplified this year’s NAIDOC theme: ‘because of her we can’. She is remembered as a courageous advocate for the rights of Aboriginal children and families, with an unwavering belief in the strength of their country, community and culture. Believing “Our kids are the most viable enterprise we can be engaged in”, Aunty Mollie had six children of her own and fostered many other children and young people. Big-hearted and strong-willed, she advocated tirelessly for the Aboriginal community, especially for Aboriginal children in care to be placed with Aboriginal families whenever possible.  

In 1976 Mollie, with other Victorian Aboriginal community members founded VACCA, the first Aboriginal-run agency to support Aboriginal children and families. She also played a key role in establishing other Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations, including the national peak body for Aboriginal child welfare, Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC). Over the years, Aunty Mollie received many important awards for her dedicated service, including the Order of Australia, International Year of the Child Award and the Advance Australia Award. She remains an inspiration to many people today.