Australia’s biggest celebration of Mums.

The Barnardos Mother of the Year Awards are the largest and most recognised national awards celebrating mothering.

The awards publicly acknowledge the enormous contribution that mums make in shaping Australia's future through their role in nurturing children to help them realise their full potential.

Now in its 23rd year and celebrated to align with Mother’s Day, the awards aim to honour and thank everyday mums who go above and beyond for our children and our communities.

Over the coming months, nominations will be reviewed and a finalist from each of our eight states and territories will be recognised at local events in April 2018.

The national winner will be announced at the Mother of the Year ceremony, held just prior to Mothers Day in May 2018. Each of the eight finalists will be flown to Sydney for the awards, along with their nominator, to enjoy 3 days of pampering and celebrations.

Judging for the state finalists will be the 21 March.

Meet our current Mother of the Year

"She has great strength and dedication to all tasks she takes on and selflessly gives up her time to help children in need, which is why I nominate her as Barnardos Mother of the Year”  - Step daughter, Kelly Haywood, 38