Nominations to be submitted by 31 January each year
The BirdLife Australia Distinguished Service Awards (BDSA) complement other awards made by BirdLife Australia, including the D.L. Serventy Medal and the J.N. Hobbs Medal.
The BDSAs are a formal acknowledgment of the enormous contribution to BirdLife Australia made by BirdLife Australia members and volunteers.
The awards are given for significant contributions to BirdLife Australia for a significant period of time.
Please download and complete the BirdLife Australia Distinguished Service Award Nomination Form provided below. Once you have finished, please attach it to the submission form located at the bottom of this page.
The nominations may be made by the Board or by three financial members of BirdLife Australia and must be in writing on the appropriate form, specifying the grounds for the nomination.
Nominations will be considered by the Community Grants & Awards Committee which will make recommendations to the Board. Each year the awardees will be announced at BirdLife Australia’s AGM and presentations will be made to them at that meeting (or another appropriate meeting for those unable to attend the AGM).
Names and short citations may also be published in Australian Birdlife.
BirdLife Australia Distinguished Service Award Nomination Form
1. The nominee will be a member of BirdLife Australia or a Wildbird Protector who is, or has been, a voluntary worker during the period of service for which the award is sought.
2. The nominee must have made a significant contribution to BirdLife Australia, e.g. by initiating a new idea, activity or education program for BirdLife Australia and carrying it out successfully, or by taking responsibility for a particular area (or areas) of BirdLife Australia’s administration, education or activities, with particular success.
3. The nominee must have made the contribution for a significant period of time (for example, 10 years if the contribution is in one area or 5 years each for two or more areas as shown in previous citations).
Voluntary workers are eligible for a BirdLife Distinguished Service Award.
The 2023 recipients were:
Please attach your BirdLife Australia Distinguished Service Award Nomination Form here. Nominations addressing the selection criteria must be made by three financial members of BirdLife Australia or by the Board and are to be submitted to the Community Grants & Awards Committee, together with any supporting material, by 31 January.