Australian Mother of the Year Award

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Barnardos Mother of the Year is the largest and most recognised national awards celebrating mothers. The awards publicly acknowledge the critical role mothering plays in keeping children safe, nurturing them to help realise their potential and shaping the future of Australia. Established in 1996 and hosted by leading child protection charity Barnardos Australia, the awards are the charity’s flagship campaign, driving a social movement around the importance of mothering.

A judging panel assesses the top 100 nominations, selecting State/Territory finalists and hosts a morning tea event in each capital city to showcase the finalists achievements. Each State/Territory Finalist is then flown to Sydney for the culmination of the prestigious National Announcement in May, just prior to the Sunday designated as Mother's Day in Australia.

These events attracts widespread media coverage and are supported by celebrity ambassadors, politicians and the community at large.

Nominations are open to any Australian mum who has made a difference to the life of a child/children. She could be your own Mum – birth, foster, step or adoptive – your wife, partner, sister, daughter, aunty, friend or someone special in your local community. For more information or to nominate visit: www.MotherOfTheYear.com.au

Past winners[edit]

Awarded Name Notes
2016 Keelen Mailman
2015 Leanne Robson
2014 Gloria Nascimento
2013 Hasiba Cesko
2012 Roslyn Dodson
2011 Rebecca Healy
2010 Kaye Worth
2009 Bernadette Black
2008 Heather Round
2007 Natasha Crofts
2006 Carmel Gordon
2005 Melissa Davies
2004 Maryanne Malbunka
2003 Elva Stevenson
2002 Lorraine Dewsbury
2001 Gayle McCarthy
2000 Vera Hall

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