Barnardos Mother of the Year showcases the work of everyday mums and the positive difference that they make in the lives of children. We celebrate the special mum, wife, partner, sister, daughter or friend in your local community.

Share your story of an inspirational mum here.

Entries close Sunday 10th February 2019.

Meet our 2018 Mother of the Year - Noelene Lever

Nominated by her foster child, Sarina Kapeli. Noelene Lever is a 78-year-old strong Aboriginal woman who has dedicated her life to caring for children from all walks of life. Noelene raised five children while working two jobs...

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Barnardos Mother of the Year is the largest and most recognised national awards celebrating mothering.

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Past Winners

Be inspired by our past Mothers of the Year. Read their stories as we celebrate these everyday mums.

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The organisations generously supporting Mother of the Year 2019 as sponsors and partners.

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About Barnardos Australia

Barnardos Australia believes all children and young people deserve caring families in which they can grow safely and fulfil their potential. We work together with children, young people and families to break the cycle of disadvantage, creating safe, nurturing and stable homes, connected to family and community.


Barnardos Mother of the Year 2019 is proudly sponsored by ALDI

If you’ve ever been to ALDI, you’ll know we’re not your average supermarket. We’ve never been satisfied with the status quo, or doing things that other supermarkets do, we call it Good Different. We believe in growing local Australian industry and supporting the local communities in which we operate.That is why ALDI Australia has supported Barnardos since 2003 and has donated over $2 million, as well as toys, clothing and homewares to help Barnardos assist some of Australia’s most vulnerable children. This year, we’re celebrating the role great mums play in shaping Australian kids with the Barnardos Mother of the Year 2019 awards.