The Australian Museums and Galleries Association Victoria (AMaGA Victoria) and the Public Galleries Association of Victoria (PGAV) are excited to present the 2023 Victorian Museums and Galleries Awards.  

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the prestigious Victorian Museums and Galleries Awards. Since its inception, this annual event recognises outstanding achievements within the Victorian museum, gallery, and community collecting sector.  

In 2023, the Victorian Museums and Galleries Awards will take on a fresh look and feel as a result of a new partnership between AMaGA Victoria and PGAV. The two organisations have collaborated on a new visual design and renewed Awards categories to recognise and commend diversity and innovation within the sector.   


2023 AwardS Categories 

The Victorian Museums and Galleries Awards recognise and celebrate excellence across the sector. They seek to reward presenting and collecting organisations and the individuals who support and strengthen Victoria’s creative and cultural industries through outstanding work and a commitment to best practice.

This year, we will be presenting a total of 11 awards to individuals and organisations who have made exceptional contributions to their field. There are four individual awards and seven project-based awards. Each of the following award categories is accompanied by a set of guidelines, as well as an individual nomination form. To view the guidelines, click on the pink "Guidelines" button; and to begin the nomination process, click on the green "Nominate" button. We encourage everyone to consider nominating themselves or their peers for these prestigious awards.

Three of the Awards have been generously supported by our long-time industry sponsor, Archival Survival (identified by an asterisk).



Volunteer of the Year
Change-maker of the Year
Martin Hallett Award for Community Engagement              
Lifetime Achievement Award

Organisation Projects  

Volunteer-run Project of the Year (Museums & Galleries)*
Small Project of the Year (Museums)*
Small Project of the Year (Galleries)*
Medium Project of the Year (Museums)
Medium Project of the Year (Galleries)
Large Project of the Year (Museums & Galleries)
First Nations Project of the Year (Museums & Galleries)


Entries are open to all Victorian cultural organisations, including members of AMaGA Victoria and PGAV, that meet the eligibility criteria defined in the guidelines. Nominations are open now and will close on 3 July 2023.  

An online Information Session was held early May 2023. If you missed the session, you can view the recording via Zoom link here, passcode: bwN+1x=D

The Awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday 10 October 2023 at ACMI. Booking details will be released later in the year.