Australia-China Achievement Awards Nomination guidelines

At a glance

The Australia-China Achievement Awards is a new initiative of the Australia-China Council at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The Awards will celebrate successes of Australian organisations and individuals in advancing Australia-China relations. The Awards profile and promote the leadership, entrepreneurship and creativity of Australian organisations and people in building stronger connections between the two nations. The Awards will, over time, become a national platform to showcase the diversity and depth of the bilateral relationship and recognise champions of engagement.

In 2014, the Awards will be presented in three categories: Education, Entrepreneurship and the Arts. The Awards will be presented in the form of a prize of A$5,000 (in each category) and certificates. Australian organisations and individuals (Australian citizens and permanent residents) are eligible for the Awards.

Awards will be selected through a competitive nomination process. The Australia-China Council Board will coordinate the assessment of nominations, in consultation with a range of government and non-government stakeholders. The shortlist of nominations will be presented to the Minister for Foreign Affairs for consideration and decision. The Awards will be presented at an annual ceremony.

The Awards are administered by the Australia-China Council at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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Two girls holding up their calligraphy projects for the camera
Visitors to the Engaging China Project's Chinese calligraphy stall at the Leederville Carnival. Image courtesy of Engaging China Project

1. Objectives

  1. To celebrate entrepreneurship, creativity and excellence of Australian organisations and people who contribute to the development of stronger and broader economic, cultural and education ties between Australia and China.
  2. To promote new areas of bilateral economic, education and cultural engagement.
  3. To harness and showcase leadership of Australian communities and individuals in advancing Australia’s relationship with China.

2. Nominations

Nominations have been extended and must be submitted onlineby 10am (Eastern Standard Time), 7 October 2014.

Nominations must include:

  1. A completed Australia-China Achievement Awards Nomination Form. (note that incomplete nominations will not be considered)
  2. Supporting documentation (to be submitted online as attachments to the nomination form) which provides evidence to support the claims made in the nomination form.

Nominations will be accepted from or on behalf of Australian organisations and individuals.

The Australia-China Council Secretariat reserves the right, in its absolute discretion, not to accept incomplete or late nominations.

3. Key dates

Nominations open
10AM (Eastern Standard Time), 08 September 2014
Nominations close
10AM (Eastern Standard Time), 06 October 2014
Assessment and shortlisting
October - November 2014
Winners announced
November – December 2014

The dates are subject to change without notice

4. Awards categories

In 2014, the Awards will be presented in three categories, in line with the bilateral foreign and trade policy priorities and the Australia-China Council focus areas: Education, Entrepreneurship and Arts.

Education

We look to recognise innovation, commitment and leadership in:

  • The development of capabilities of Australian institutions and people to effectively engage with China
  • Building education, science and innovation connectivity between Australia and China
  • Advancing the understanding of China in Australia, and Australia in China

Entrepreneurship

We seek to celebrate leadership and excellence of Australian businesses, innovators and entrepreneurs in:

  • Successfully entering and establishing a presence and profile in the Chinese market
  • Developing new niche areas of business engagement that create opportunities for Australian industries in China
  • Building and growing successful and innovative social enterprises that benefit the Australian and Chinese communities

Arts

We look to profile creativity, ambition and vision of Australian artists and cultural organisations in:

  • Showcasing Australian art and culture to Chinese audiences
  • Building active and long-lasting partnerships between Australian and Chinese cultural institutions and artists
  • Providing leadership to the Australian artistic communities in understanding and engaging with China

5. Eligibility Criteria

  • Nominations will be accepted from and on behalf of Australian organisations and individuals.
  • Nominations may relate to projects, activities and achievements in China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and Australia.
  • Nominations can either focus on a specific project by an Australian organisation/individual in China or this organisation/individual’s overall achievements in engaging with China.
  • The 2014 round of the Awards is specifically focussed on the recent achievements, i.e. occurred in the period from 2011 to 2014.
  • In the case of individual nominations, the nominee must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident. In the case of organisation entries, the organisation must be a legal entity that is headquartered in Australia (it may have offices overseas).
  • Nominations can be made in only one of the three categories of Awards.

6. Assessment Criteria

All nominations must demonstrate the relevance to the Awards categories and the themes outlined above.

This round of the Awards is specifically focussed on the recent achievements, i.e. occurred in the in the period from 2011 to 2014.

In addition, the following criteria will be used in the assessment of nominations, across all categories. Note that the nominations must demonstrate achievement/s in at least one of these criterions:

Innovation and creativity

1. Is the nominated organisation/individual a pioneer of a new area of engagement between Australia and China?

2. Did the nominated organisation/individual demonstrate leadership and creativity in the promotion of Australian commercial, education or creative capabilities in China?

3. Did the nominated organisation/individual demonstrate a new, effective and innovative approach to establishing, developing and managing a successful Australian business, education or cultural ventures in and/or with China?

Impact and influence

1. Did the nominated organisation/individual achieve tangible artistic, social, commercial or educational outcomes for Australia?

2. Did the nominated organisation/individual promote a positive image of contemporary Australia in China?

3. Did the nominated organisation/individual through their activities with and/or in China have a direct positive impact on Australian and Chinese communities?

Partnerships and sustainability

1. Did the nominated organisation/individual develop or strengthen a long-lasting partnership with their Chinese counterparts?

2. Did the event, venture or partnership established by the nominated organisation/individual open opportunities in China for other Australian organisations, sectors and communities?

7. Selection

Each nomination will be competitively assessed against the Australia-China Achievement Awards objectives, eligibility and assessment criteria using a numerical rating.

Nominated organisations and individuals will be assessed and shortlisted primarily on the basis of the information provided in their nominations and supporting documentation.

The Australia-China Council Board and Secretariat will coordinate the assessment. It may consult with the relevant areas of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Australian diplomatic missions in China; other relevant Australian government agencies; and experts in arts, education and business communities.

The shortlisted nominations (list of finalists) will be provided to the Minister for Foreign Affairs for consideration and final decision. No correspondence will be entered into regarding the decisions.

8. Awards and Recognition

An award of A$5,000 and a framed winner’s certificate will be presented in each of the three categories.

The Award winners will have the right to use the Awards logos and other branding materials for communication and marketing purposes.

The Australia-China Council, DFAT and Australian diplomatic missions in China will actively engage the winners in relevant bilateral events, visits and other activities as leaders of engagement with China in their respective sectors.

The Awards will be presented at a ceremony or relevant event in a state or territory capital towards the end of 2014. The Australia-China Council will cover the expenses for the winners to attend the award ceremony.

Further details about the logistical aspects of the Awards ceremony will be provided to the winners closer to the date of the event.

9. Partnerships

Following the inaugural round of the Awards in 2014, the Australia-China Council will review the initiative and develop a strategy to actively expand and promote the Awards nationally and in China.

As a national program, the Awards will benefit from partnerships and funding support. The sponsorships will cover community engagement, event-management, and winners and finalists’ costs associated with the Awards. Further funding support may also be used to recognise the Awards finalists or introduce sub-categories of the Awards to target a specific sector or aspect of the bilateral relationship.

Contact

Australia-China Council
North Asia Division
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
RG Casey Building
John McEwen Crescent
Barton ACT 0221

T: +61 2 6261 3818 OR +61 2 6261 9542
F: +61 2 6112 3818
E: auschina.council@dfat.gov.au
W: www.dfat.gov.au/acc/awards

Last Updated: 13 November 2014