Awards, Nominations and Recognition


Westpac Social Change Fellow 2016

westpac-1The Westpac Scholarship Program is an initiative of the Westpac Bicentennial Foundation, which is celebrating Westpac’s 200th anniversary in 2017 with a $100 million gift to future generations of Australians. The Westpac Social Change Fellowship supports people from all sectors with the drive to create better lives for all

Australians and is awarded to individuals who have the vision and commitment to deliver an initiative that will improve the wellbeing of Australians.


2016 Community Service Lifetime Achievement Award from the Premier of NSW

community-service-lifetime-achievementThe Premier’s Multicultural Community Medals and the Multicultural Honour Roll highlight the outstanding contribution of migrants, and those who work in the multicultural field, to NSW. Lifetime Community Service Award recognises an individual’s lifetime commitment to community service within a migrant community. The individual will have demonstrated exceptional commitment by providing outstanding and distinguished community service over an extended period of time. The contribution shall have had a significant impact on the social or cultural wellbeing of the community.


2012 National Volunteer Award

2012-national-volunteer-award“Recognised for his work as founding President of the Association of Bhutanese in Australia, Sydney, I congratulate Om Dhungel. Om has been actively volunteering for many years assisting the Bhutanese community in sports, education and employment.” – Hon David Bradbury, MP, Assistant Treasurer, congratulating the 2012 National Volunteer Award recipients in his address to the Federal Parliament, February 2013





Other major awards and achievements

  • 2010 Community Relations Commission Awards for Volunteering Certificate of Acknowledgement
  • Nominated to the NSW Premier’s Multicultural Awards (2010)
  • Community Ambassador, MTC Australia
  • Telstra Kids Funds Ambassador
  • Telstra Hometown Ambassador
  • Awards and recognition from different community organisations

Om is widely travelled particularly in Asia, Europe, and the United States, representing the government of Bhutan and NGOs, at various international meetings and conferences including:

  • Delegate at the 1993 World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna.
  • Alternate Representative / Deputy Head of delegation of the Royal Government of Bhutan at the World Administrative Radio Conference (WARC’92) in Spain.
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