Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Does the person I nominate have to be my own mum, or can I nominate a friend?

A. You can nominate any mum you like so long as they are an Australian resident. They can be a friend, wife, partner, sister, step-mum, foster mum, grandmother, aunty, a member of your community, or anybody else you believe is doing a wonderful job in their role as a mum. You cannot nominate yourself.

Q. How do I nominate?

A. To nominate your mum of choice simply click the nominate button at the top of the page and fill out the nomination form with your details and the details of the person you are nominating.

Q. Can I enter as many times as I like?

A. There is no limit to the number of mums you can nominate however you can only nominate each mother once. Repeated nominations won’t affect entry or judging results.

Q. Who can be a referee? Do I really need to fill out this section?

A. The referee should be another person aside from the nominator, who is eighteen (18) years, not related to or living with the nominee (the mum you are nominating) and who has known the nominee for two years or more. They could be a friend, colleague or somebody in the community who can be contacted during the judging period to ask any further questions or obtain any additional information for the judges, if necessary. It is compulsory to provide a non-related (non family member) referee, including their full contact details, for your nomination to be considered.

Q. I do not have a digital photo that I can send online. Can I send a photo by post?

A. We ask that all nominations and photos be sent online, as hard copies cannot be returned. Unless we specifically ask you to do so, please do not send by mail. Note that we do require a photo for all shortlisted nominations and the provision of a photograph will be mandatory.   

Q. What happens after nominations have closed?

A. After nominations close on 2 February 2020, the judging panel will meet to select shortlisted nominees for each Australian State and Territory. If your nomination is successful at this stage of the judging process, you will be notified in March 2020. Your nominated mum will be asked to sign an agreement covering such issues as confidentiality and will be required to complete a standard criminal history and a working with children check. This ensures we maintain the credibility of the Awards and all those associated with them.

Q. When will the finalists and winners be announced?

A. Barnardos Australia will contact the shortlisted nominees, for each Australian State and Territory, by early March 2020 to inform them they have progressed to the State and Territory finals. The State and Territory Awards ceremonies will be held in each capital city, from late March - April 2020 one lucky mum will be announced as the finalist for their respective State or Territory. Barnardos Australia will organise to fly and accommodate each of the State and Territory winners and their nominee to attend the Year National Event in Sydney on Thursday 7 May 2020, where the Barnardos Mother of the Year 2020 will be announced.

Q. Should I tell the person I'm nominating them?

A. Nominators will make the nominees aware of the Terms and Conditions of entry published on this website and obtain from the nominee all necessary authorisations, consent, documents and undertakings to meet the Terms and Conditions of entry as required by Barnardos Australia.


For more information please read our Terms & Conditions.