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

Nominees for this award must be a permanent resident of Australia and have won the equivalent state or territory training awards in 2024.

Eligibility criteria for the state or territory training awards

Section A: Overview

This information will not be considered or used for judging purposes, but it may be used as your summary throughout the Awards process.

Provide a short overview covering a description of the qualification you are enrolled in, your registered training organisation and employer and host employer (if applicable) as well as your reason for choosing the industry and training path.

(Limit: 300 words)

Section B: Selection Criteria

This information will be considered and used for judging purposes.

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)

For further information visit your relevanstate or territory training awards website.