Industry Collaboration Award

The Industry Collaboration Award recognises an exemplary skills development collaboration between at least one employer/industry body and at least one organisation delivering nationally recognised training. 

Collaboration versus Partnership

A ‘collaboration’ is where two or more parties work together to achieve shared goals. A ‘partnership’ is a business structure where two or more parties enter a contractual relationship in which they can legally share profits, risks and losses according to terms set out in their partnership agreement. The key difference between a partnership and a collaboration is that parties who work collaboratively do not necessarily need to be bound contractually.

This award is to recognise outstanding collaborations, not partnerships.

To nominate for the Industry Collaboration Award: 

  • at least one party must be an industry organisation (e.g. employer, enterprise, group of enterprises, industry association, industry advisory body, trade union or professional association);
  • at least one party must be delivering nationally recognised training or directly contributing to the outcomes of nationally recognised training which leads to formal qualifications or Statements of Attainment under the Australian Qualifications Framework; and
  • the collaboration must have won the equivalent state/territory training award in 2019.

Please note that nominations will not be accepted from organisations operating under a contractual 'partnership' agreements.

2020 state or territory winners of this category are nominated to enter a short-listing process for the Australian Training Awards.

The original application from state or territory winners of this category already address the award criteria below and are automatically submitted to the Australian Training Awards by the state or territory training awards.

Key dates

Activity Key Date
Check out your relevant state or territory for open and close dates.
Direct entry applications open 1 December
Direct entry applications close 19 July
Australian Training Awards in Melbourne 20 November

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

Criterion 1: Outstanding practice of the collaboration 

Describe the extent to which the collaboration goes above and beyond standard practice in training and skills development. For example, you may consider:

  • excellence in training
  • unique, exemplary or innovative aspects
  • e-learning initiatives
  • transformation in the lives of participants
  • contribution to the advancement of the industry/community in which it operates.

    (limit: 800 words)

Criterion 2: Achievements of the collaboration for training


  • training outcomes achieved [including qualifications and skill sets awarded]
  • improvements in the quality of learning and assessment
  • creation of new or improved career pathways and opportunities
  • contribution to social equity, especially increasing the participation of people from groups under-represented in the industry or workplaces generally
  • can the outcomes of the collaboration be replicated or modelled for other industries.

    (limit: 800 words)

Criterion 3: Training impacts of the collaboration

Consider benefits to the:

  • employer/industry body and its employees
  • individual participants
  • organisation delivering nationally recognised training
  • community and/or region
  • industry and/or industry sector
  • the relevant Training Authority and the broader training system and
  • improvements in the processes/procedures of all collaborating organisations

    (limit: 800 words)

Criterion 4: Sustainability and future of the collaboration


  • potential for the collaboration to be sustained in the future
  • systems of quality improvement that are being utilised by the collaboration
  • performance evaluations of the collaboration that are in place and planned
  • the collaboration’s contribution to environmental sustainability
  • capacity for the collaboration to be replicated 
  • plans for expansion or adoption in other settings

    (limit: 800 words)

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