Tips for Nominating

When you fill out the nomination form, there are a few things you should consider to ensure your nomination provides us with enough information about the achievements of the person you are nominating.

Here are some tips to help you get started:

  • Fill out as much of the form as possible. Even if you do not know the person you are nominating try to provide as much detail as you can.
  • If at all possible please include the age of the person you are nominating. If you are not certain of the person's age then make an educated guess and tick the box marked 'estimate' on the form.
  • Include supporting documentation such as newspaper articles, websites, personal references and/or resumes with your nomination.
  • Please include a referee if possible. A referee is someone who is also aware of the nominee’s achievements and will be able to provide any additional information if required.
  • Please do not nominate the same person more than once. Recipients are selected based on selection criteria, rather than the number of times they are nominated.
  • You are asked to provide a mail address, phone number and email address for yourself and your nominee. Please include at least one of these details for both yourself and your nominee. This helps us get in contact with both of you if your nominee becomes shortlisted.

The nomination form asks you to tell us about your nominee. How are they an inspirational role model? How have they demonstrated excellence in their field and to the community?

In answering this question, consider the following:

  • In what area and/or roles has the person excelled?
  • How does the person stand out from the pack? How has their achievement/service been greater than what might be normally expected of a person their age and in their field. Focus on both the quality and quantity of their achievement/service.
  • How much of their work has been voluntary, focused on helping others or making Australia a better place?
  • Has the person overcome particular challenges or adversities to make their achievement? How difficult has their achievement been?
  • How has the nominee shown achievement/service outside of their particular specialty? For example, personal interests and involvement in the wider community.
  • How has the nominee's achievement/service been acknowledged elsewhere - other awards, commendations etc.
  • How does the person nominated make you proud to be Australian? Is your view shared by others in your community? If so, who?
  • What personal qualities make the person inspirational?
  • Why should other Australians look to the person as a role model?
  • Are there any particular segments of the community who would/should find the person inspirational? For example, children, Tasmanians, other arts practitioners, families, other scientists etc.
  • Has the person shown great bravery, vision or particular strengths of character?

Provide examples to support your statements for all of the above. Don't just make a statement - prove it with examples.

An example nomination can be found here.