Auspire launches new research into the social impact of community awards

  • 11 September 2023

Auspire – Australia Day Council WA, launched new research into the social and economic impact of community awards and recognition programs, at an Inspiring Australians’ Network Sundowner on Thursday 7th September.

The research was presented to invited guests, including Australian of the Year and Community Citizen of the Year Alumni, plus Auspire Ambassadors, members and supporters, who gathered together at The Platform in Perth.

collage of 4 photos showing people networkingGuests also heard from WA’s 2022 Australian of the Year Local Hero, Craig Hollywood, and 2021 City of Mandurah Community Citizen of the Year, Virginia Pitts OAM, on the impact of their respective awards on themselves, their communities and their causes.

Virginia, who is President of the Peel Multicultural Association, spoke about how membership of the association increased to represent people from 40 different countries. Craig shared how Short Back & Sidewalks has received Federal funding and employed its first paid member of staff in a new CEO role.


panel discussion on stage with audience watching

The research included an independent study conducted by Data Analysis Australia. This was complemented by Auspire’s own qualitative research with Australian of the Year and Community Citizen of the Year Awards alumni.

Auspire has produced a report summarising impact from the perspective of individuals, organisations and communities as well as evidenced outcomes across social and economic measures.

“This is just the start of our journey to follow and understand the impact award recognition programs have in the community,” said Auspire Partnerships Manager, Erin Warren. “We believe the outcomes of this research highlight the important role our organisation plays in community – delivering cultural, social and economic benefits for Western Australia. Together with our members, partners and supporters, we can create a culturally and socially inclusive society where everyone feels a sense of belonging and helps shape the future of Australia’s national identity.”

Read the report here.

To find out how you can join the impact, contact Auspire at [email protected]

Find out more about the Australian of the Year Awards here.

Find out more about the Community Citizen of the Year Awards here.

See photos from the event here.

Thanks to event Partners: The Platform and Tate Wines.

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