Arif Hazara was presented as a Semi Finalist in the First National Real Estate Leadership Award by Jenny Mikakos MP, Minister for Families & Children, Minister for Youth Affairs at the 2017 Victorian Young Achiever Awards Presentation ceremony held at Flemington – The Event Centre on Friday 26th May. Over 500 guests were in attendance at the Gala event.

The nine category winners were:

  • Laura Pintur, 24 of Mount Eliza – Saward Dawson Community Service and Social Impact Award
  • Morgan Ranieri, 27 of Brunswick East – Bartercard Online Achievement Award
  • Dr Sumeet Walia, 28 of Melbourne – Victoria University Research Impact Award
  • Lisa Cheney, 29 of Fitzroy North – The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award
  • Y-House Foundation Junior Committee, 25 of Elsternwick – The Victorian Government Group Achievement in the Community Award
  • Alphonse Mulashe, 18 of Norlane – CFA Volunteer Excellence Award
  • Mark McDonald, 24 of Melbourne – WFI Insurance Small Business Achiever Award
  • Jessie-Anne Kenworthy, 23 of Geelong – Bart ‘N’ Print Health and Wellbeing Award
  • Nick Pearce, 23 of Box Hill – First National Real Estate Leadership Award


Laura Pintur was later announced as the 2017 Victorian Young Achiever of the Year, chosen from the nine winners. The category winners each received $1,000 into an account in their name from Bank of Melbourne, a $1,000 Bartercard Account and a magnificent trophy. Laura received an additional $2,000 flight voucher from Jetstar and a State trophy.

Arif Hazara, 21 of Dandenong speaks at schools about issues facing refugees and asylum seekers. His advocacy resulted in 2,000 additional young refugee’s access to TAFE courses. Arif was a youth delegate at the first UN-affiliated Global Refugee Youth Consultations.

Further information about Arif can be obtained by phoning the Awards office on 9720 1638 or by emailing

The Victorian Young Achiever Awards began in 2012 with the purpose to acknowledge, encourage and most importantly promote the positive achievements of all young people up to and including 29 years of age. The awards showcase the achievements of young Victorians, and pay tribute to their vision, innovation and commitment to contributing to their community.