The Awards program has been cancelled for 2024 – we are not accepting entries.


The For-Purpose Leadership Awards shine a light on organisations, teams and individuals who have demonstrated excellence and courage in their leadership. Recognising outstanding leadership encourages best practice, builds capabilities and leads to organisational growth.

Join us in supporting and recognising the outstanding leaders of the many charities, not-for-profits and social enterprises that deliver on fundamental societal needs and enhance social cohesion.

Award categories

There are eight award categories in 2024, totalling ten awards in all. Click on each category to discover more about the entry criteria.

Outstanding Leader*
Outstanding Emerging Leader*
Outstanding Leadership in Talent Growth (Self-Nominated)
Outstanding Education Provider
Outstanding Scholar
Outstanding Leadership in
Wellbeing Governance (Self-Nominated)
Outstanding Service to Sector Governance (Peer-Nominated and Self-Nominated)
Outstanding Leadership in Philanthropy (Peer-Nominated and Self-Nominated)

*There will be two awards in these categories for leaders currently working with organisations and/or organisations with annual revenue of over $3 million, and under $3 million.

2024 Winner prizes

  • All category winners will receive a complimentary place on a 2-day face-to-face or 3-week virtual AGSM short course at UNSW Business School up to the value of $3,850. The AGSM Client Engagement team will assist the winners in identifying the course most relevant to their development. All courses earn credit towards the AGSM Certificate of Executive Management and Development which, in turn, carries course credit into the AGSM MBA and Graduate Certificates.

Steps to enter

  1. Start your online application – Applicants will be required to complete information through the awards platform including a response to questions about your award category and a statement.
  2. Complete your entry statement – maximum 500 words. Up to two testimonials on letterhead (no longer than one page each), and up to three items of supporting materials.
  3. Verify your entry statement– Entry forms require verification by their CEO/Chair or Senior Manager.
  4. Complete payment – The cost of entering the awards is $50+GST per entry. Peer-nominated categories are free to enter. 
  5. Submit your application – finalists are announced on 15 May 2024!

If you have any adjustment requests or accessibility requirements to complete this application form, please do not hesitate to contact [email protected] or call 1300 248 675.

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Become an award partner in 2024

If you would like to sponsor an award category in 2024 and join us in supporting and recognising the outstanding leaders of the many Australian charities and not-for-profits please get in touch with Louisa Graham [email protected].