Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year Award recognises the achievement of an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student who is undertaking an apprenticeship, traineeship, or a course of study leading to a nationally recognised qualification.

The award recognises the student has been outstanding in all aspects of their training.

Eligibility criteria

You must:

  • identify as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • have completed or be due to complete your training in a training course that leads to a nationally recognised outcome or qualification
  • meet the criteria of the School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year Award, the Vocational Student of the Year Award, the Apprentice of the Year Award or the Trainee of the Year Award.

Preparing your nomination

Section A: Overview

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

Limit: 300 words

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

Section B

Applicants will be judged against the following criteria.

Consider things such as:

  • why you chose your course
  • how it has changed or impacted you
  • what you have gained from it
  • any challenges that you have overcome during your training.

(Limit: 400 words)

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

  • what you tell your family, friends, employer/s, workmates and others about your training
  • what you like about working in a team setting
  • what traits you think are important to positively influence others.

Limit: 400 words

Tell us about and provide examples of:

  • when you have taken a leadership role inside or outside of training and/or work
  • other activities you have been involved in where you have been a representative
  • how you would describe the quality of your training.

Limit: 400 words

You may wish to include information about:

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

Limit: 400 words


Up to five single A4 page attachments to be provided at a 100 per cent ratio, with one document per page.

These may include copies of training and education certificates, certificates of completion, certificates and awards, letters of reference or photographs of you in your workplace or at your training organisation.