2019 Workplace Giving Awards – entries are open & judges announced


18 July 2019

2019 Workplace Giving Awards – entries are open & judges announced

  • Program to celebrate generosity of working Australians
  • Industry leaders join the judging panel
  • All employers and charities invited to participate

Entries are open to the 2019 Workplace Giving Excellence Awards.

Now in its fourth year, the program has quickly established a position as a highly anticipated annual event with last year’s winners including King & Wood Mallesons, Origin Foundation, QUT, REA Group, SEEK, STREAT, The Funding Network & WWF.

Workplace Giving Australia (WGA) is pleased to announce the 2019 Workplace Giving Excellence Awards judging panel.


2019 Judging Panel:

  • Judy Barraclough: Head of Strategy and Philanthropy, The Smith Family
  • Carolyn Curtis: CEO, The Australian Centre for Social Innovation
  • Sarah Davies: CEO, Philanthropy Australia
  • Daniel Ellis: Group Corporate Communications Director, SEEK
  • Carolyn Hewson: Director, BHP Ltd, BHP Plc and Infrastructure SA
  • Adrienne Picone: CEO, Volunteering Australia
  • Simon J. Robinson: Director, Corporate Citizenship Australia
  • Wendy Scaife: Associate Professor and Director, The Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies and QUT Business School

Joining the panel this year is Daniel Ellis, Group Corporate Communications Director, SEEK. With SEEK as the overall 2018 winner, Daniel will bring a keen insight into what a great workplace giving program looks like. Also joining the panel is Simon J. Robinson, Director, Corporate Citizenship Australia who brings great oversight of what organisations are achieving and what ‘good’ really looks like in the workplace giving sphere.

Wendy Scaife, Associate Professor and Director, The Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies at the QUT Business School will be the new judging panel chair.

Jenny Geddes, CEO, Workplace Giving Australia said, “we are privileged to have Associate Professor Scaife’s knowledge, deep experience and commitment to process as part of the 2019 campaign.  Wendy has a passion for workplace giving and appreciates the potential that exists in this giving channel and the benefit that it can truly make in society.”

Click here to view the judging panel.


Essential Details

For more information or to enter the Awards, visit:



  • Entries open: 15 July
  • Entries close: 30 August (5pm AEST)
  • Finalists announced: October
  • Presentation event: 12 November (Sydney)


Award categories

  • Best Overall Program
  • Best Launch or Refresh (by an employer)
  • Best Launch or Refresh (by a charity)
  • Best Pro-Bono / Workplace Volunteering
  • Best Public Sector Program
  • Most Unique Innovation
  • Most Innovative Charity / Employer Partnership


About the Awards

The Awards are part of the One Million Donors campaign to see a million working Australians donating to charity through work.  Spearheaded by Workplace Giving Australia and launched by The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, MP, the campaign is now in its fifth year and supported by leading employers, charities and community organisations.



Kelly Gentle, Workplace Giving Australia
Phone: 02 9024 8630