Carey Medal

As part of our commitment to community service, the Carey Medal recognises the people in our community making positive change.

Carey Medal
Carey Medal
Carey Medal

Community service is integral to our culture at Carey. From the very beginning of their schooling, all students are involved in giving back and learning about issues of social justice, human rights and the responsibility to make positive change in any way we can.

The Carey Medal represents this important commitment. It is presented to a member of the Carey community (a past or present student, staff or parent) in recognition of exceptional and outstanding service to the wider community either within the state, nationwide or internationally.

The award can recognise selfless achievements of a high profile or not, made in a short time or carried out over longer periods of time. The recipient can be starting out in their community service journey, or have years of service experiences.

Recent Carey Medallists

Hugh van Cuylenburg
Hugh van CuylenburgView Profile
2023 Carey Medallist
Bruce Murray
Bruce MurrayView Profile
2022 Carey Medallist
Meg Lanning
Meg LanningView Profile
2021 Carey Medallist
Murray Baird
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2020 Carey Medalist
Michael Gordon
Michael GordonView Profile
2019 Carey Medallist
Nic Mackay
Nic MackayView Profile
2018 Carey Medallist
Michael Quinn
Prof Michael QuinnView Profile
2017 Carey Medallist
Nicole Bieske
Dr Nicole BieskeView Profile
2016 Carey Medallist

How to nominate

The nominee can be of any age and must come from the Carey community, being:

  • past or present students
  • past or present staff
  • parents of past or present students.

The nominee must have given exceptional and outstanding service to the community at large, within the state, nationwide or internationally, potentially against difficulties and always with dedication – beyond that which would be expected of a person holding that position. In other words, this person must stand out from the others.

The award can recognise either selfless achievements of a high profile or not, made in a short time or carried out over longer periods of time. The recipient can be starting out in their community service journey, or have years of service experiences.

Image: 2012 Carey Medallist, Dr Maithri Goonetilleke


Confidentiality in nomination is essential and nominees should not be aware that they are being nominated for the award.

Nominations are to be made on the form below, giving the details of the person nominated and the justification for the nomination, not just the naming of the person. These forms are only valid when signed and dated by both the nominator and the corroborator. Nominators must provide details of at least two people in addition to the nominator who are able to make direct comments on the contribution/service of the person they are nominating.

If there is not enough space on this form, further supporting documentation may be attached, provided it is specifically directed to this nomination and for no other purpose.

The provision of all necessary information is the responsibility of the nominator.

Nominations close at 5.00pm on 31 May each year.

Download the nomination form

For more information, please contact:

Julianne Brandon, Director of Community Engagement
Ph: 9816 1468

Past Carey Medal Recipients

2022: Bruce Murray
2021: Meg Lanning
2020: Murray Baird
2019: Michael Gordon
2018: Nic Mackay 
2017: Professor Michael Quinn AM
2016: Dr Nicole Bieske
2015: Alan Attwood
2014: Dr Russell Corlett 
2013: Jeffrey Chapman AM
2012: Dr Maithri Goonetilleke
2011: Jan Sparkes
2010: Colin Carter OAM
2009: Dr Keith Farrer OBE
2008: Justice Murray Kellam AO
2007: Jock Noble
2006: Professor Douglas Coster AO
2005: Duncan Reilly MBE and Mr Hugh Evans
2004: Dr Neil Strugnell
2003: Dr Trevor Smith and Mrs Heather Smith
2002: Dr Alan Treloar
2001: Rev. Tim Costello
2000: Ron Castan AM QC
1999: Alfred Mellor CBE
1998: Llew Evans
1997: Professor Graeme Clark AC

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