Is there an extraordinary father figure in your life who deserves recognition?

Nominations are currently open for the 65th Victorian Father of the Year award. 

Since 1956, the award has recognised father-figures who have made positive contributions to the lives of young people and their communities.

The winner of this year’s award will be presented by the Lord Mayor Sally Capp at a special ceremony held on Friday 3 September at the Melbourne Town Hall.

The award is administered by the YMCA's in Victoria and is supported by Melbourne City Council.


DNA alone doesn’t make a dad and father figures come in all shapes and sizes.

This year, we want to recognise the amazing work that traditional and non-traditional fathers do to support young people.

The award is open to father figures who live in the state of Victoria (Australia). It is inclusive to all people who identify as male.

A father figure may be a relative (father, uncle, brother) or a role model (coach, mentor, teacher).

Does this sound like an extraordinary father figure in your life? Then we encourage you to submit a nomination for the 2021 award.


In 2020, Stephen Curran was recognised for showing unwavering support and dedication to his family.

The Sunshine dad was nominated by his daughter Sarah, who shared how lucky she feels to have a dad who supports her and her two siblings through thick and thin.

Stephen stepped up for his family during his wife Julie's battle with cancer and tragic passing, by ensuring the family unit remained stable in hard times.

Incredibly humble and with the belief that his family support him as much as he supports them, Stephen said, “We are close and we look after each other.”

Learn more about Stephen's inspiring story or view a full list of past winners


Interested in submitting a nomination for the 2021 award?

To nominate an extraordinary father figure in your life, you must complete our dedicated nomination form.

The form asks you to provide contact information (for yourself and the nominee) and respond to four open questions related to the award criteria.

Nominations close at midnight on Sunday 8 August.

Contact us if you have any questions about the award before submitting your nomination.

Learn more about the award