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Companion Animal Management & Sheltering Awards 2023 closing soon!

The Australian Institute of Animal Management (AIAM) recognises and celebrates the achievement and contribution of dedicated Animal Management Officers, Animal Welfare staff, Volunteers, teams and programs across Australia with awards for:

✔️ Leader of the Year

✔️ Animal Care/Shelter Professional of the year

✔️ Innovation in Animal Management & Welfare

✔️ Companion Animal Outreach Program of the Year

✔️ Community Engagement & Education Program

✔️ Collaboration in Animal Management & Welfare

✔️ Workplace Wellbeing Program

✔️ Regional and Remote Animal Management Program or Initiative

If you know someone or run a program that deserves to be recognised then nominate them for an Award!

Entries close 8 September 2023.

How to participate

#1. Nominate

Anyone can nominate fellow workmates or programs for the Companion Animal Management and Sheltering Awards, and you can even nominate your own programs.

It may be someone who has influenced you, someone you work with, or an individual who has implemented great work in another Local Government area or Rehoming Organisation that has had positive and influential results in their community.

To nominate, read the information about the relevant award below and tell us about the person or program you are nominating.

Submissions should be a maximum of two pages long, and sent to the Awards Coordinator, Tina Martin at

#2. Assessment

An Awards Sub-Committee made up of members of the AIAM Board and representatives from G2Z and AMRRIC will review nominations based on the selection criteria, and select a winner for each category.

All nominees will receive a certificate acknowledging their nomination.

Winners will be announced and trophies will be presented at the Big Hairy People & Pets Summit and Workshops, where recipients will be able to give a brief oral presentation (3-5 minutes) about the topic of their nomination.

#3. Recognition

All award winners will receive an engraved trophy to proudly display their achievement, with winners announced at the Big Hairy People and Pets Summit

Winners will have the opportunity to deliver a webinar for Australian Institute of Animal Management or Getting2Zero featuring their program or initiative.
Winners of the three individual awards, Animal Management Officer of the Year, Leader of the Year, and Animal Care/Shelter Professional of the Year will also receive complimentary registration for the next AIAM Workshops or Getting2Zero Summit. Submissions will be added to the AIAM website to join past winners and inspire others.

For the Companion Animal Management and Sheltering Awards criteria please visit

AIAM, G2Z and AMRRIC invite you to participate in the Big Hairy People and Pets Summit & Workshops on the Gold Coast from 10 - 14 October 2023.
The theme for this year’s conference is Breaking Down Barriers.

In 2023, the focus will be on the programs, practices and strategies that involve and engage the community in managing their pets. We will be looking at the role that organisations play in providing support to both companion animals and the people who care for them.

To attend the event you must register via this link.

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