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. 

2024 state or territory Award winners of this category are nominated to enter a short-listing process to the Australian Training Awards. The original application of the winners already address the award criteria below and are automatically submitted to the Australian Training Awards by the state or territory training awards.

Eligibility criteria for the Australian Training Awards

Organisations must be registered in Australia, with an Australian Business Number.

Nominees must:

  • meet the Australian Training Awards Conditions of Entry requirements
  • have at least one party who is an industry organisation (e.g. employer, enterprise, group of enterprises, industry association, industry advisory body, trade union or professional association)
  • have at least one party who is delivering nationally recognised vocational education and training or directly contributing to the outcomes of nationally recognised vocational education and training which leads to formal qualifications or Statements of Attainment under the Australian Qualifications Framework
  • nominate in the state or territory where the lead organisation’s head office is located, and
  • have won the equivalent state or territory training award in 2024.

Note: Organisations must demonstrate a genuine and shared agreement (either formal or informal) to cooperate and work together for mutual benefit. Collaborations typically will not include transactional or service delivery arrangements or partnerships where financial and cost arrangements are a defining characteristic.

Note: Nominations will not be accepted from organisations operating under a contractual 'partnership' agreement.

Section A: Overview

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

Provide an overview of the collaboration, including:

  • name of the collaboration
  • lead organisation and each of the parties to the collaboration
  • purpose and objectives of the collaboration.
  • origin of the collaboration (how the parties came together)
  • details of the environment in which the collaboration operates
  • how the collaboration functions in practice, including lines of communication between the parties to the collaboration.

(Limit: 500 words)

Section B: Selection Criteria

This information will be considered and used for short listing and judging purposes.

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:

  • What is the basis of the collaboration partner’s agreement that have been so successful?
  • What specific training need is being addressed by the collaboration?
  • What exemplary or innovative aspects are a feature of the training collaboration?

(limit: 800 words)

Criterion 2: Achievements of the collaboration for training


  • What are examples of excellence in the training delivered?
  • What training outcomes have been achieved (including qualifications and skill sets awarded)?
  • What improvements in the quality of learning and assessment have been implemented?
  • What, if any, new or improved career pathways and opportunities have been created?

(limit: 800 words)

Criterion 3: Training impacts of the collaboration


  • How has the collaboration benefited the participants, the community, and the collaborating organisations and the broader training system?
  • What improvements in the processes/procedures of all collaborating organisations have been implemented?
  • What contribution is there to social equity, especially increasing the participation of people from groups underrepresented in the industry or workplaces?

(limit: 800 words)

Criterion 4: Sustainability and future of the collaboration


  • What, if any, aspects of the collaboration utilises government funding? If so, how could the collaboration be continued if government funding ceased?
  • How can the outcomes of the collaboration be replicated or modelled for other industries?
  • What quality improvement/performance evaluations of the collaboration that are in place and planned?

(limit: 800 words)


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