How the program works

Process to becoming a Westfield Local Hero 


Community members nominate their heroes.

October - March


Nominees and the organisations they represent complete the nomination.

March - April


Nominations are assessed, validation checks undertaken.

April - August


3 finalists per centre are promoted, and communities are invited to vote for their prefered hero.

August - September


The votes are counted.

September - October


Our Westfield Local Heroes are announced and celebrated, and grants are awarded to our heroes and finalists.


Key dates & details

Key dates and actions to remember for 2024


10 October 2023 - 18 March 2024

Community members nominate their Westfield Local Heroes by filling in section 1 of an online nomination form.

In the form, nominators are asked questions about their nominee and how their work benefits the community or environment. 

The online form is accessible via the “Nominate Now” button on this webpage.


10 October 2023 – 25 March 2024

Once the nominator completes section 1 of the online nomination form, the nominee will receive an email with a personalised link to their online nomination form.

The nominee then must complete section 2 and submit it online by 25 March 2024 to be eligible in the program. 

The nominee will also provide an organisation contact, who will be sent a separate form to complete on behalf of their organisation which is also required for the nomination to be eligible.


20 August 2024 – 9 September 2024

Nominations are assessed by our selection panels against a set criteria to create a shortlist of three finalists per Westfield Centre. 

This equates to 126 finalists across our 42 Westfield Centres in Australia and New Zealand. As we receive nominations from across Australia and New Zealand, between April and August we are busy reviewing and discovering the hundreds of local heroes in our communities. 

We thank you for your patience as we undertake this important task.


15 October 2024 – 27 October 2024

The successful Westfield Local Hero with the highest number of community votes for each Westfield centre will be announced and awarded a $20,000 grant for the organisation they represent. 

Finalists receive a $5,000 grant for their organisation.

How to nominate


Click on the 'Nominate now' button at the top of the page. 


Tell us who your hero is and how they create positive impact for your community or environment.


Submit your nominations by Monday 18 March 2024.

Not sure which Westfield centre to nominate your hero?

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