NEW SOUTH WALES

7NEWS Young Achiever Awards - NSW/ACT

OSMEN Creative Design Award
OSMEN is excited to highlight the next wave of designers. The OSMEN Creative Design Award applauds the many achievements that the new generation of potential has to offer. We look forward to seeing young designers in every creative field strive towards superior design, quality, and value. 
OSMEN Furniture is internationally renowned for our quality, high class furniture and accessories. We have been providing classic yet innovative European designs, local Australian alfresco styles, and our own innovative OSMEN designs since 2000. Now, we are excited to share our passion for excellence in design with young, upcoming designers. 
The Creative Design Award is given to emerging designers who are working hard and consistently to make a difference through their expressive capacities. These young designers may be (but not restricted to) architects, outdoor landscapers, builders of outdoor home extensions, outdoor designers and pool services. Through the Create Design Award, OSMEN Outdoor Furniture will support young people who are inspiring or influencing others in the field of design.
  • Outline the nominee’s background in design
  • How has the nominee excelled in their role? What qualities have they displayed: initiative, work ethic, willingness to learn, etc.?
  • Commitment to personal development in the design field
  • Training and education level
  • Prizes and Awards – Local, national, international
  • Does the nominee have any involvement with their community or the wider industry?
    Level of any past or future sacrifices made or difficulties overcome
  • In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination; highlighting your achievements and impacts made. 
    This summary will be used for all media purposes and onstage presentations at the gala dinner
Aboriginal Education Council Aboriginal Education Award
Education is life changing. It takes place not only in educational institutions but in everyday situations. 
The Aboriginal Education Council through its Aboriginal Education Award seeks to recognise Indigenous and Non Indigenous young people engaged in the education of Aboriginal people, education about Aboriginal people and culture, or education with Aboriginal people. 
The applicants will be drawn from Community Educators, Community Members, Classroom Teachers, Assistant Teachers or school or institution Students or Support Staff, who are passionate about providing and improving education for, about or with Aboriginal people. 
The Award will recognise young men and women who have the skills and ability to inspire students of all backgrounds and ages.
  • Outline the nominees educational background
  • Outline the nominee's progress as a educator, in particular focusing over the last 12 months.
  • Outline how the nominee has used initiative, engaged in innovative practice and excelled as a educator.
  • How has the nominee displayed or supported a positive philosophy and demonstrated good educational and learning practices?
    1. How have the students, other staff and the community benefitted from the innovative approach of the nominee?
  • Describe how the nominee has made a positive contribution to their profession. 
  • Outline the nominee’s commitment to personal development and further education
  • In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination; highlighting your achievements and impacts made. This summary will be used for all media purposes and onstage presentations at the gala dinner.
First National Real Estate Leadership Award
Tenacity, dedication, passion, selflessness and confidence are the key qualities of those amazing young people who are the “leaders” and driving force in our communities. These young people are at the forefront of achievement and community contribution in their work or field of endeavour. 

They may have implemented change within their group, business or organisation that has altered the way people think and perform for the better. They may be leading, and driving those around them on a journey of achievement or improvement. They may have overcome difficulty, adversity or hardship to achieve excellent outcomes and raise pride in the community and our state. Whether it is in sales, customer service, their employment or trade or community contribution, the First National Real Estate Leadership Award acknowledges young people who set an example through their leadership and drive, paving the way for others to follow. 
  • Tell us how the nominee has displayed leadership 
  • Outline the leadership qualities
  • What specific outcomes and successes has the nominee achieved?
  • Describe any barriers or difficulties the nominee has overcome
  • Who and how has the community benefited from the leadership?
  • Identify any training/development the nominee has undertaken to develop the leadership skills
  • What is the lasting/sustainable legacy of the nominee’s leadership efforts (If relevant)
  • In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination; highlighting your achievements and impacts made. This summary will be used for all media purposes and onstage presentations at the gala dinner.
Freemasons of NSW/ACT Community Service Award
When hard times hit or disaster strikes, our selfless young men and women often make the difference by giving their guidance, encouragement and much needed support.
Volunteers spend their time offering friendship, hope and inspiration to the disadvantaged and those who need it most.
The Community Service Award applauds our unsung heroes, acknowledging those young people who are passionate in putting the needs of others first.
  • Contribution and interest in local and wider community
  • Detail the short and long term aims and objectives of programs/projects
  • Outline Initiative and innovation planning, management and leadership
  • Community Involvement, appreciation, participation
  • Outline what is voluntary or paid involvement and the self-development, training and education levels of individual
  • Discuss all barriers encounters and how they have been overcome
  • Level of any past or future sacrifices made or difficulties to overcome
  • In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination; highlighting your achievements and impacts made. This summary will be used for all media purposes and onstage presentations at the gala dinner.
NSW Department of Education Early Childhood Educator Award
The NSW Department of Education encourages and recognises young people who have chosen a career as Early Childhood Educators. This award highlights the achievements of professional educators in helping children achieve their potential and fostering high educational outcomes.
National and international research shows that a child’s experiences during the early years are the building blocks for their future. Children who participate in quality preschool programs are more likely to arrive at school equipped with the social, cognitive and emotional skills they need to engage in learning. These benefits continue well beyond primary school. Higher levels of educational success, employment and social skills have all been linked to moderate levels of participation in quality early childhood education.
The NSW Department of Education Early Childhood Educator Award recognises individuals who have demonstrated a significant contribution to improving the learning, development and wellbeing of young children aged 0 – 6 years of age.
  • Describe how the nominee has contributed to the learning and development of children aged 0-6 years of age
  • Outline how the nominee’s recent work (paid or volunteer) has benefitted young children and their parents/carers
  • Describe how the nominee has displayed excellence in early childhood education and care 
  • Provide an example of an activity/program which highlights why the nominee is deserving of this award
  • In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination; highlighting your achievements and impacts made. This summary will be used for all media purposes and onstage presentations at the gala dinner.
NSW Ministry of Health Public Health Pandemic Response Award

Our communities have experienced significant challenges this year, especially faced with the COVID-19 Pandemic affecting people’s health and resilience.

During these difficult times, our front line public health workers and volunteers have shown incredible strength and compassion in working together to support our community.

The NSW Ministry of Health Public Health Pandemic Response Award celebrates and recognises the Pandemic Response by those in the public health systems front line, including volunteers and other local heroes.

This Award pays tribute to those that, as a result of the Pandemic, have been able to made a difference to the health and wellbeing of others; those who have demonstrated resilience, leadership, compassion and support in the face of adversity. They will have gone above and beyond, in contributing to the physical or mental health of the sick, or family or others; or they may have provided support for a friend, family member or colleague through these extraordinary times. 

  • Outline your Public Health Pandemic Response contribution
  • Who has benefited and what outcomes have been achieved?
  • Outline your community involvement 
  • Number of hours contributed, paid and/or unpaid 
  • Discuss any barriers and how they have been overcome (if relevant) 
  • If relevant, provide examples of how collaboration and partnerships has played a part in your pandemic response

  • In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination; highlighting your achievements and impacts made.
    This summary will be used for all media purposes and onstage presentations at the gala dinner.

Qoin Small Business Achiever Award
Many young individuals have successfully started or are operating their own small businesses or franchise and are making important economic and social contributions to NSW and the ACT. Creative business, franchises and commercial ventures provide opportunities for growth, productivity, leadership, training and employment. Many are also giving back to the community or giving others an opportunity. 
Young small business owners and operators are rolling up their sleeves, developing and realising their corporate vision and mission. The Qoin Small Business Achiever Award promotes those who “give it a go” through determination, innovation, hard work and self-motivation, rewarding those who make their own luck and opportunities a reality. 
  • Provide a brief background of the business and description of product/service
  • Provide examples of activities the nominee has undertaken to advance the business, franchise or commercial venture
  • Outline the contribution to the local and wider community; and benefits to NSW and the ACT
  • Has the nominee had any recent business achievements or performance success
  • Source of funding, grants and budgets (if applicable)
  • Barriers or difficulties the nominee has faced and how they have been overcome
  • In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination; highlighting your achievements and impacts made. This summary will be used for all media purposes and onstage presentations at the gala dinner
Totally Smiles Health and Wellbeing Award

The Totally Smiles Health and Wellbeing Award recognises resilience and empowerment by young people who seek to improve a community or individual’s health and wellbeing. 


We’re looking for passionate people who’ve demonstrated empowerment or educational activities that seek to ensure that others lead healthier and safer lives. It may also include addressing general health and wellbeing, mental health issues, or preventing road related injuries or harms from drug use.  


Whatever the initiative, the Health and Wellbeing Award acknowledges young individuals that have made a significant contribution towards creating a healthier and safer community, via education to make smarter, healthier choices. 

  • ·         Outline the contribution towards a healthier and/or safer community

  • ·         Describe who and how people have benefited; and for how long

  • ·         Demonstrate dedication and improvement of health and wellbeing via resilience or education

  • ·         List any obstacles encountered and how they have been overcome (if relevant)

  • ·         List the numbers of hours contributed with the business/program/project/activity and they were paid or unpaid (i.e. voluntary) 

  • ·         Describe the outcomes and results achieved

  • ·         In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination; highlighting your achievements and impacts made. This summary will be used for all media purposes and onstage presentations at the gala dinner.

TransGrid Indigenous Achievement Award
Young Indigenous people are using their own stories and life experiences to give back to their communities. These passionate and dedicated young Indigenous people provide strong role models and are making a difference. The TransGrid Indigenous Achievement Award acknowledges and celebrates the commitment of these young people in achieving or participating in excellence. 
  • What successes and cultural achievements has the nominee had?
  • How have these contributions and achievements benefited the community? 
  • How has your education, training and/or employment (if applicable) enabled you give back to your community?
  • Outline any barriers you have had to overcome 
  • What are your plans and goals for the future?
  • In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination; highlighting your achievements and impacts made. This summary will be used for all media purposes and onstage presentations at the gala dinner.
Western Sydney University Academic Achievement Award
The Western Sydney University has celebrated excellence since 1989 and for this reason is committed to recognising outstanding students throughout NSW and the ACT. The Western Sydney University Academic Achievement Award will acknowledge young people displaying passion, drive, a willingness to learn and work hard to help them create opportunities and achieve excellent outcomes in their chosen field. 
  • Outline the area of study and academic achievements
  • How do the achievements compare to others involved in the same field?
  • How do the achievements impact the community?
  • Barriers or difficulties and how they have been overcome.
  • Examples of initiative, planning, management and leadership.
  • In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination; highlighting your achievements and impacts made. This summary will be used for all media purposes and onstage presentations at the gala dinner.