Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year Award


The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year Award recognises the achievement of an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student who displays a strong understanding and knowledge of the vocational education and training system and demonstrates the relevance of lifelong learning for themselves and their community.

Eligibility criteria for the Australian Training Awards

Selection Process and Key Dates

Selection process and Key Dates
Selection Process Key Dates
Apply through your state and territory training awards Opening and closing dates differ for each state and territory training awards
**Winner of the state/territory aligned category becomes Australian Training Awards finalist N/A
Finalists attend a judging interview during 'Finalist Week' in Melbourne 16 - 20 November 2020
The winner and runner-up are announced at the Australian Training Awards presentation dinner event in Melbourne 20 November 2020


This award category requires the applicant to address the following award criteria:

Criterion 1: Career and Study Achievements

Consider things such as:

  • Why did you choose your course?
  • How has it changed or impacted on you?
  • What have you gained from it?
  • Have you had to address any challenges that have impacted on your training?

    (limit: 400 words)

Criterion 2: Team and communication skills

Consider any skills you have developed through your training, such as:

  • What have you been able to tell others, students, mates etc. about your training?
  • What do you like about working in a team setting?
  • What traits do you think are important to positively influence others?

    (limit: 400 words)

Criterion 3: Ability to be an Ambassador (representative) for training in Australia

Tell us about:

  • Provide examples where you have taken a leadership role inside or outside of training/work.
  • What other activities have you been involved in where you have been a representative?
  • How would you describe the quality of your training?

    (limit: 400 words)

Criterion 4: Community Engagement

You may wish to include information about:

  • How are you connected with your community/extended family?
  • How has the training impacted on your community?
  • What qualities do you have or activities you have been involved in that you feel would be useful in your role as Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander of the Year?
  • Your achievements in areas other than study and work.

    (limit: 400 words)

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