The Tandem Awards are for people and services who have significantly improved the experience of family, carers and supporters of people in the mental health system in Victoria.



The nomination deadline for the 2023 Tandem Awards has been extended. Nominations will now close on Sunday, the 12th November 2023.

If you are a member of Tandem, please login to your account at the top right of this website and click here for the nomination page.

If you are not yet a member of Tandem, but would like to make a nomination please join here and then return to this page to make a nomination.

The Youth Advocate Award - Satellite Foundation

The Satellite Foundation will be sponsoring the Youth Advocate Award this year. 

Nomination criteria: 

  • A young person aged 25 and under who identifies as having caring roles and responsibilities for a family member, friend or loved one living with mental health challenges
  • Has demonstrated outstanding contribution and commitment to amplifying the voices of young people through their activism, advocacy, awareness raising or membership of or participation in relevant strategic platforms. 
  • Always works in the best interest of the young people they are working with and for 
  • Please note that anyone who has participate in a Satellite workshop will not be eligible for this award. 

To nominate someone, follow the instructions above and fill out the nomination form on our website. 

For more information on this award, send us an email.  


2023 Tandem Awards Guidelines

Nominations can only be made by families, carers and supporters of someone with mental health challenges (with the exception of the Chief Psychiatrist Award) for Victorian based services.

Nominations are made every year in the following categories:

  • Individual – Clinical
  • Individual – Community
  • Service – Clinical
  • Service – Community
  • NDIS Family Champion
  • Carer Lived Experience Workforce (CLEW)


  • The nominator is a carer, family member, friend or supporter
  • The nominator is a Tandem member
  • Nominees must be 16 years of age or over when nominations close.
  • Tandem staff and Board members not eligible to nominate (with the exception of the Board Chair who decides on the Chair’s Award) or be nominated during their term of employment or Board membership.

Judging Panel

The judging panel will meet in November 2023 and will consist of:

  • The Chair of the Tandem Board
  • A general representative of the Tandem Board
  • The Tandem CEO
  • Tandem staff Representative
  • A representative of the Office of the Chief Mental Health Nurse
  • A representative of the Mental Health Complaints Commissioner

Selection Process

The judging panel will select a winner from each category. The decisions of the panel are final.


All nominations are strictly confidential, and the information provided will be used only to assist with the judging process. Any publicity photos will only be used with the permission of the nominee.

How are nominees advised?

Nominees will be advised in writing that they have been nominated for an Award and invited to attend the Awards Ceremony.

Are nominators advised?

Nominators are advised that the nominations have been received and invited to attend the Awards Ceremony.

The winners of all Awards must remain confidential until announced at the Awards ceremony to be held at the Tandem office on Wednesday 13th December, 2023.