In keeping with Rotary’s motto of ’Service Above Self’, these Awards acknowledge and celebrate community service performed by women through their various activities and endeavours. They recognise the work done by women, the “quiet achievers”, whose actions inspire others and make a difference to their communities.


While individual organisations have specific internal awards, the Inspirational Women’s Awards – RIWA – hosted by the Rotary Club of Sydney Darling Harbour this year recognises service to the community across all sectors. It is directed at the non-Rotary community. It is about commitment, dedication, perseverance and proactivity in improving the lives of others. The Awards are open to women across NSW. There are separate awards for city and rural nominations.

The awards are divided into two categories: The categories this year are:

Inspirational women over the age of 30

  • Urban
  • Rural

Young Inspirational women, 18 to 30 years of age on the date of the awards

  • Urban
  • Rural


  • 6 June 2019 – Launch – NSW Parliament House
  • 6 June 2019 – Nominations open
  • 27 July 2019 – Nominations close
  • 22 August 2019 – Finalists announced – NSW Parliament House
  • 27 October 2019 – Awards event at City Tattersalls Club, Pitt St, Sydney, NSW.


Panels of independent judges from Rotary Districts will assess nominees on three key criteria:

  • Community service which best exemplifies Rotary’s motto of Service Above Self
  • Achievements
  • Personal attributes.


Members of the public and Rotarians are encouraged to submit nominations – watch this space for nomination details – Nominations open 6 June 2019.


Keen to promote RIWA in your community or workplace? Please use the flyers and brochures below.

RIWA Nomination Form (PDF) – for information and preparation ONLY – use the NOMINATIONS tab above

RIWA Nomination Form (Word Document) – A word version of the above to make it easier to prepare your nomination

Rotary Inspirational Women Flyer