Bright Spark Awards

Our annual Bright Spark Awards are an opportunity to celebrate our sector. The awards acknowledge and appreciate the great work done by inspiring women in our workplace and community.

Conceived in 2015 in the midst of funding cuts, resource reduction and low morale, the WLS NSW Bright Spark awards reach out to all those women who work tirelessly to help others – creating an event to warm hearts, spread influence, encourage & empower everyone working to help vulnerable women across NSW.

Our award categories reflect the professional service areas we work with throughout the community sector, and while the awards are aligned with workplace activity, their philosophy is much more personal:

We want to give you the opportunity to acknowledge and appreciate the outstanding efforts of inspiring and enlightening women in your lives (both colleagues and friends).

We know that there are many fabulous, admirable and highly capable women working hard to make a big difference to women’s lives. The Bright Spark Awards allow us all to take a moment to celebrate the achievements of these brave and passionate women and the services or projects that they are involved in.


SUBMISSIONS FOR 2021 ARE NOW CLOSED. Our presentation night has been postponed due to the current Covid situation and will be rescheduled ASAP.


The award categories are as follows:

  • The Advocacy Award

This award is for those who fight for change. Is she a tireless activist whose efforts are bringing meaningful grassroots support to a cause? Does she lead an effective campaign that brings attention to an issue? Is she passionate and vocal in shining a light on a systemic problem that needs reform?

The Advoacy award is sponsored by Pearson Emerson


  • The Community Service Award

This award recognises the amazing job done by so many of the community organisations that we work closely with, and that are part of an extended network of services used by our clients. These services are usually woefully under-funded and the staff that keep them running are tenacious, resilient, resourceful and generous. We are grateful for their commitment.


  • The Pro-Bono Award

For those who give their time to advance or empower women’s positions. This award allows us to showcase complex and ground breaking pro-bono cases or share important partnership projects that wouldn’t be possible without the volunteers at their centre.

The Pro Bono award is sponsored by Barkus Doolan


  • The Covid Champion Award

This year we will be giving a one-off additional award in recognition of the huge strains that many services have endured during the pandemic. This may be an individual or a team that went above and beyond to overcome adversity and maintain their service delivery, or contact and connection with others, during the Covid lockdowns of 2020.


  • The MOB-ilise Award

In 2021 we are introducing a new category that will be presented by our First Nation’s Women’s Legal Program. When traveling for outreach in regional and rural areas our FNWLP connect with culturally targeted services and they are particularly when they see talk put into action.

The MOB-ilise award is sponsored by Ashurst


The presentation night cocktail event will be hosted by Colin Biggers & Paisley. This event has been postponed due to the current COVID lock down. It will be rescheduled ASAP.



To sponsor an award or for general enquiries contact:
Foundation Coordinator, Chloe Wyatt,
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