Now in their third year, CommBank's Not-for-Profit Treasurers’ Awards provide a great opportunity for individuals to recognise and thank community treasurers for the work they do. Community and not-for-profit treasurers make a huge contribution to the success of the not-for-profit sector, helping to keep community groups viable and sustainable. It’s work that usually involves long hours, carried out behind-the-scenes and it’s work that often goes unrewarded and unrecognised.

Held in association with our sector partner, Our Community, the Awards are endorsed by all state and territory treasurers, highlighting the importance of good financial management and governance of community organisations.

Beyond saying thanks

CommBank's Not-for-Profit Treasurers’ Awards are about more than saying thanks. They provide an important platform for the sharing of information and knowledge. This willingness to share information not only helps those working in the sector but also speaks volumes to the deep understanding that, in sharing knowledge with each other, it’s ultimately the wider Australian community that reaps the benefits.  The learnings and insights which are shared during the Awards are used to help CommBank and our strategic partner, Our Community, develop a range of free tools and guides to better support the work being undertaken in the sector.

Taking part in the 2017 Awards

The 2017 Awards are divided into two categories:

Individuals and community groups can recognise their Treasurer and thank them for all their hard work and dedication by nominating them in this year’s Awards.  All nominated not-for-profit and community treasurers will receive an official 2017 Commonwealth Bank Not-for-Profit Treasurers Award Certificate of Appreciation.

This year we’re asking treasurers to share their practical knowledge by creating one of the following resources:

  • A financial template
  • An outline and summary of a financial webinar
  • A financial policy

There are three $5,000 donations to be awarded to the winning treasurer’s not-for-profit or community group - one for the best submission in each category. Winning treasurers will be flown to Sydney for a gala evening awards ceremony and celebration.

Winners of the 2016 Commonwealth Bank Not-for-Profit Treasurers' Awards

Paul Beanland

Paul Beanland
Treasurer, Highgate Early Learning Centre, VIC

Highgate Early Learning Centre is a community-operated childcare centre serving approximately 100 families in the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Highgate's motto is “Where the community spirit shines” and its focus is on providing opportunities for children aged six weeks to five years to connect with and contribute to their world.

"The award is fantastic for Highgate! We plan to use the prize to purchase new equipment and upgrade our play areas to further enhance the experience for the children.  On a personal level, I’m passionate about finance and enjoy sharing my expertise to help organisations ensure their sustainability, and so I’m honoured to be recognised for my efforts."


Belinda Knight
Treasurers, Marouka Lodge, VIC

Marouka Lodge, a ski lodge at Mount Hotham, Victoria,was built in the 1970s by members of Hotham Marouka Ski Club Inc. Marouka Lodge's success exemplifies the continuing contribution that club lodges make to Australia’s alpine resorts and their diverse recreational opportunities.

"This award reinforces to me that I’m a member of a passionate, supportive and community based club that provides great value to its members."



Kathyrn Harrison
Treasurer, Grow, QLD

Grow is a national organisation that provides community-based peer support group programs for adults and young people with mental health needs. Weekly meetings are free to attend, non-denominational and anonymous, and there are no diagnosis or eligibility requirements.

"I've always believed there is value in sharing knowledge and it's great that this approach is supported and encouraged by the Awards."