Father figures play an important role in empowering the young people in our community.

Since 1956, this award has recognised inspiring father figures who have made a profound and positive impact on the lives of young people.

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

father figure can be a:

  • Relative (father, uncle, brother),
  • Role model (coach, mentor, teacher) or
  • Community leader (advocate, organiser).

The award is presented by YMCA Victoria (the Y) and is generously supported by the City of Melbourne.

The Victorian Father of the Year 2023 is Gabriel Carazo

On Friday 1 September, we named Gabriel Carazo as our 67th Victorian Father of the Year.

Gabriel was recognised for creating a community where dads could come together, break free from traditional stereotypes, and forge deeper connections.

Ready to submit a nomination?

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 midday on Monday 12 August. 


2023 awards ceremony highlights

About the Victorian Father of the Year award

Since 1956, the Victorian Father of the Year award has recognised Victorian dads and father figures who make positive contributions to their communities.

The award is about recognising the everyday father figures who have a profound and positive effect on young people. 

Learn more about the award