About LAAW

on Monday, 21 May 2012. Posted in Leadership Achievement Award for Women (LAAW), Recognition - Flagship Awards Program


CLW Leadership Achievement Award for Women Information 

CLW’s Leadership Achievement Award for Women (LAAW) ran in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. It was established to recognise women in the community who use their own initiative to create and implement projects for the benefit of the community and in collaboration with the community. Individuals were recognised by CLW as Self-Appointed Leaders.

Applications were required to indicate a commitment to gender equality and women’s empowerment. The Project being discussed should be respectful of gender, race, religion and age.  The Winners were awarded their prizes on 8 March, International Women’s Day of the year.

A number of individuals who are leaders in their field were invited to form a Panel of Judges with the Diann Rodgers-Healey to evaluate applications and select the winning entries.

Commercial Sponsorship for the Award was used to fund the prize for the winners.

Individuals could nominate themselves for the Award or be nominated by someone else.


A “Self-appointed leader” is defined for this Award as someone who has taken it upon themselves to define a vision and implement it in collaboration with others. The vision could have, for the duration of the project, remained as the Self-appointed leader’s vision or it could have been developed into a shared vision, through the individual’s collaboration with members of the community where the project is based.

The Leadership Achievement Award recipient needed to demonstrate all of the following:

  • A leadership achievement undertaken from January 2007 onwards in the form of a project that has a beginning, middle and end or continuing stage
  • The project was designed on the whole for the benefit of the community and was respectful of gender, race, religion and age. The project promoted women and their empowerment.
  • The recipient must have been the main co-ordinator of the implementation of the project.
  • The recipient did not undertake the project as part of their working role or for their workplace, but may have used the skills and knowledge gained in their life experiences/roles and or career to create and implement the project.
  • The project provided a demonstrable positive impact on the community of people and was well received in general and by key members of the particular group it was connected with.
  • The project has the potential to be replicated at one of these levels: local, regional or national.


  • Sex: Female
  • Age: 18 or older
  • Nationality: Australian or with Australian permanent resident status
  • Must be a current financial member of CLW at the time of application.
    Annual Membership is A$20.
  • Specific educational qualifications are not necessary for an entrant to apply.
  • Need not necessarily have been employed in a workplace or be currently employed.


  • The scope of the project in terms of its aim to benefit the community
  • The size of the project in terms of how many in the community it directly and indirectly benefited.
  • The amount of personal effort the individual invested in the project from the beginning to the end in terms of being the person who was the main driver of the project
  • The level of achievement that was accomplished by the individual without much financial support from external sources.
  • The learning that the individual gained through the development and implementation of their vision
  • The current status of the project in terms of how well it is being funded by external sources and how winning the CLW Award recognition and prize money would benefit its sustainability.
  • The completion of the Award Application by the individual. Assistance can be sought to complete it, but the responses must be from the individual applying for the Award.


  • The Winner, Finalists and the Short-listed Applicants will be announced at CLW on International Women’s Day, 8 and a press release will be issued to the media and key leadership organisations in Australia.
  • The Winner of the Leadership Achievement Award will receive: a CLW Leadership Achievement Award Certificate, publication of their profile in CLW; an Honorary Membership for CLW for 4 years and a prize of A$1200.
  • Two Finalists will receive: a CLW Leadership Achievement Award Certificate, a complimentary CLW Membership for 2 years; publication of their profile in CLW and a prize of A$800.
  • Eight Short-listed Applicants will receive: a CLW Leadership Achievement Award Certificate, a complimentary CLW Membership for a year and a prize of A$500.

The Awards were issued to all the winners by Post on 8 March International Women’s Day of the year.


To be considered for an CLW Leadership Achievement Award for Women, a candidate must complete an application form and submit it along with 2 letters from individuals who benefited directly from the Project, as well as a certified copy of a Birth Certificate or Australian Citizenship Certificate or Permanent Resident Status Certificate. The letters from the individuals who benefited from the Project must include their contact details.

If you have been short-listed for this Award, you may be required to email this application to the Director of CLW for electronic distribution to the Panel. You will be contacted by email to do so. After the decision is made, the winner, finalist and short-listed candidates will be required to email a photograph of themselves for publication.

All eligible applications will be evaluated by Diann Rodgers-Healey who will select 6 applications for the Leadership Achievement Award for Women Short-list. The Short-listed applications will then be evaluated by the Leadership Achievement Award Panel of Judges who will then select two Finalists. Further evaluation of the two Finalists’ applications will then be undertaken by Diann Rodgers-Healey in the form of telephone interviews of the candidates and their referees. Requests for further written information may be made at this point. After a review of all of these findings, the Panel together with Diann Rodgers-Healey will select the winner of the CLW Leadership Achievement Award.

Any questions regarding the CLW application and award can be emailed to Diann Rodgers-Healey ()

Any individual, who works for CLW or is on the Leadership Achievement Award Panel or is a relative of any such persons, will not be eligible for an award under this program.

Mail applications to:

2009 CLW Leadership Achievement Award
PO Box 3144, Minnamurra NSW 2533 Australia

or Email your application to:

  • Entries Opened: 1 September in that year
  • Entries Closed: 22 December in that year