SOUTH AUSTRALIA

7NEWS Young Achiever Awards - SA

Spirit Super Connecting Communities Award
Spirit Super is passionate about connecting with and supporting communities right across the country to create a brighter future. 
Which is why we’ve introduced the Spirit Super Connecting Communities Award to celebrate young individuals who are driving grass-roots, ‘real life’ initiatives that demonstrate genuine involvement, long-term value and add to the life of their community. 
These initiatives may meet a specific need or simply be a ‘fun’ way to celebrate being part of a community, fostering a strong sense of community spirit, which plays a vital role in enhancing the way people connect in their community. 
  • Provide a brief background and history of the nominee, their initiative that is Connecting Communities” and achievements to date
  • Outline the short and long term goals of the nominee and their initiative
  • Demonstrate community involvement 
    a) In planning 
    b) In the way the project is delivered
    c) In the way the project is received (by participants/community)
  • Demonstrate the value of the initiative to the local community. You can use media clippings, testimonials, photos as well as commentary to respond to this question
  • Provide details of any challenges and/or obstacles that have had to be overcome and how this has been achieved
  • In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination; highlighting the achievements and impacts made. This summary will be used for all media purposes and onstage presentations at the gala dinner.
Carclew Creative Achievement Award
South Australia is at the forefront of creativity and innovation, with young people embracing a creative, dynamic, fun and inclusive approach to their careers and challenging boundaries to produce amazing results.

The Carclew Creative Achievement Award will recognise young South Australians using their creativity and associated skills to make an impact in their field.

We’re inviting applicants practicing in all creative mediums including performing, visual, film and media arts or any area where the nominee’s creativity shines through.
  • What is the nominee working on? Provide details on the business, project or initiative the nominee is involved with.
  • Describe how the nominee’s creative work stands out from others in their field.
  • How has the nominee made an impact on their community?
  • Has the nominee challenged boundaries as part of their journey?
  • Describe any barriers or difficulties the nominee has encountered
  • 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.
Department for Innovation and Skills Outstanding Apprentice Award
South Australian apprentices are pursuing exciting careers and increasing skills whilst achieving their qualifications. The Department for Innovation and Skills encourages and supports young people engaged in an apprenticeship and this Award recognises those who are excelling in their work and learning, as well as displaying leadership and initiative on the job.
The Department for Innovation and Skills Outstanding Apprentice Award highlights young South Australians working hard to learn skills in their field, using their apprenticeship to launch a successful career. Nominations are open to young apprentices in any field of endeavour.

  • Outline the nominee’s background (e.g. how they got into the apprenticeship, prior work experience, interests and skills, career path, etc.) and provide details on the apprenticeship.
  • How has the nominee excelled in their role? What qualities have they displayed: initiative, work ethic, willingness to learn, etc.?
  • Provide examples of how the nominee has been an outstanding apprentice and the work conducted.
  • Does the nominee have any involvement with their community or the wider industry?
  • Describe any barriers or difficulties the nominee has encountered.
  • 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.
Department of Human Services Aboriginal Achievement Award
Everybody has a story…Young Aboriginal people are using their stories and life experiences to build their community and encourage others to strive for their dreams. These passionate and dedicated young Aboriginal people make a real difference to our South Australian communities. The Department of Human Services Aboriginal Achievement Award acknowledges and congratulates their commitment to achieving excellence.
This award category is open to all Aboriginal young people aged up to 29 in South Australia. 
The award recognises contributions to the Aboriginal and/or broader community, barriers overcome, leadership skills and cultural achievements.

  • What contributions have you made to the Aboriginal and/or broader community?
  • What barriers have you overcome along your journey?
  • What personal attributes have you gained through your experiences?
  • How has your role as a leader or a role model benefited your community? 
  • How has your education, training and/or employment (if applicable) enabled you to give back to your community?
  • What cultural achievements have you contributed to? (including dance, drama and arts)
  • How has your participation influenced others?
  • 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.
Department of Human Services Pride Award

Whether it is through community leadership, pursuing inclusion in society or outstanding achievements in their field, LGBTIQA+ young people make incredible contributions to South Australia. This award aims to shine the light on the accomplishments of young LGBTIQA+ South Australians who inspire the people around them and strive to make South Australia a better place.


This Award is open to all LGBTIQA+ young people up to 29 years of age in South Australia. Nominations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people living with a disability and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are encouraged to help celebrate the full diversity of LGBTIQA+ communities.


The Award recognises contributions to LGBTIQA+ communities and to society as a whole, including leadership and exceptional performance. 


  • How has the nominee made an impact on their community? 
  • How has the nominee championed LGBTIQA+ inclusion in their community, workplace or place of study? 
  • In what ways is the nominee a role model or inspirational figure? 
  • In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination, highlighting the achievements and impacts made. This summary will be used for all media purposes and onstage presentations at the gala dinner. 
First National Real Estate Innovation Award
The First National Real Estate Innovation Award recognises young people that have demonstrated creative, inspirational and innovative thinking and have made a significant contribution to an entrepreneurial culture and globally competitive South Australia.

The award celebrates young people who have demonstrated innovation in entrepreneurial thinking; in the workplace; through development of services and products with leading edge technological content; renewable and alternative energies; economic participation and the creative industries.

This award is open to individuals who are giving youth a voice to discuss and stimulate ideas, share solutions and use innovation to shape the future.

  • Brief background and history of initiative or project
  • Description of products and/or services provided
  • Examples of recent achievements or performance success
  • Marketing and promotional initiatives
  • Source of funding, grants and budgets if applicable
  • Barriers or difficulties 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.
Multicultural Youth South Australia Spirit of Resilience Award
The Multicultural Youth South Australia Spirit of Resilience Award seeks to recognise young people from Migrant or Refugee backgrounds who have overcome significant adversity and have used this experience to encourage and enrich the lives of others in the community. Nominees will have demonstrated a contribution to their communities (e.g volunteered their time in activities, initiatives, projects, events) and stand out as a mentor for other young people.

These are young people who have, despite experiencing rough times, demonstrated qualities that MYSA as an organisation values and fosters such as leadership, resilience, empathy and altruism. They will have demonstrated kindness, decency and perseverance within their own context.

This Award is open to only permanent migration visa holders or protection visa holders.

  • Describe how the young person nominated has overcome adversity?
  • Detail how the nominee has demonstrated qualities such as leadership, perseverance, resilience, empathy, decency and altruism?
  • What is the act, project, activity or initiative that the applicant is being nominated for?
  • List the outcomes of the act, project or initiative and who has benefited?
  • Describe the greater impact resulting from the act, project or initiative? 
  • Describe any barriers faced and how they were 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.
Qoin Career Achievement Award

South Australians are pursuing their career with passion and vitality and young people are showing ambition isn’t limited by age. 

Whether they are climbing the corporate ladder, progressing from apprentice to workshop manager, or have a focus on proactivity and innovation in the workplace, they are showing that career success can start and apply anywhere. 

The Qoin Career Achievement Award promotes innovation, high achievement, hard work, leadership, a desire for self-improvement and a community focus. 

The Award will reward those who make the most of their opportunities.

  • Background of Career profile:

  • Has the nominee shown creativity, innovation, entrepreneurial skills?

  • Examples of initiative, planning, management and leadership:

  • Outline any personal development:

  • Length/sustainability of position:

  • Describe any community participation, involvement and contribution:

  • 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.

Rural Doctors Workforce Agency Rural Health Award
The Rural Doctors Workforce Agency Rural Health Award recognises young people in SA’s regional and rural areas who are dedicated to those in need of health services and demonstrate outstanding service through the provision of activities or services that supports the health and wellbeing of their local community.

There are many who passionately and selflessly provide support, guidance, encouragement, assistance or professional services which has a positive impact on the health of their rural community. 

The Rural Health Award acknowledges the services, efforts, actions and positive input provided by volunteers, carers and health professionals, which plays a vital role in enhancing the quality of life of people in their local community.

  • Outline your contribution to the health of your rural community
  • Who has benefited and what is the nature of your input
  • Is the health service paid or voluntary
  • Discuss barriers and how they have been overcome (if relevant)
  • Outline your community involvement
  • Commitment to improving health situation/scenario of the individual, rural community or organisation you provide for
  • Outcomes achieved (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.
Scouts SA 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 community contribution in their work or field of endeavour. 

They may have implemented active change or positive outcomes within their group, business or organisation, altering 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 will have achieved excellent outcomes and raised pride in the community and our state. The Scouts SA Leadership Award acknowledges young people who set an example through their leadership and drive, paving the way for others to follow. This can be in any field of life enhancing endeavour, including socially, spiritually or in the sense of good citizenship.

  • Tell us how the nominee has demonstrated leadership
  • Outline the leadership qualities
  • What specific community outcomes and successes has the nominee achieved?
  • 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.
The University of Adelaide STEM Award
We recognise the power STEM learners have to change the world and the future by harnessing science, technology, engineering and maths in ways that have never been seen before. Advances in STEM fields hold the key to our future, and the potential to change lives at a local, national and global level. The University of Adelaide STEM Award honours the innovative and visionary achievements of young STEM learners and recognises the impact their contributions make to our world.
  • Goals and degree of difficulty for nominee’s work/research
  • Complexity of endeavour
  • Inventiveness, ingenuity and entrepreneurial skills displayed by nominee
  • STEM awards, presentations and papers (include samples if possible)
  • Contribution to community, commercial application, or the broader field of work/research
  • 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.
University Senior College Create Change Award
Many young South Australians are passionate about learning to see the world differently, searching for innovation to create change that will shape our future. The University Senior College Create Change Award will recognise young people who are driving activities, programs and initiatives that promote or create change.

The Create Change Award acknowledges and celebrates the commitment young people make in achieving or participating in positive activities that empower change locally and/or nationally; the young people who have ambition and seek to challenge the status quo, using their passions and skills to push the boundaries.

This award is open to both individuals or youth groups who are providing youth a platform and voice to discuss and stimulate ideas about innovating change in their local region and identifying pathways for change in the future.

  • Outline the program, project or initiative that the nominee has been involved with to create change.
  • What specific outcomes and successes has the nominee achieved or been involved with to incite change?
  • Who has benefited from the programs/initiatives?
  • Why is the nominee’s program or initiative needed?
  • Describe any barriers or difficulties the nominee has encountered.
  • Outline the training and/or education of the nominee and how this may have contributed to their ability to create change. 
  • 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.
Websters Lawyers Service to the Community Award

Society depends upon all sorts of people to contribute to community services and activities. They are the heartbeat of our society and without them many essential services would not exist. Not only do they have the skills and commitment to get involved, but they are so often motivated by a desire to make a genuine difference to the lives of others. In young people in particular, we see community supporters who are passionate and energised by the essential work that they do.


Volunteering can take many forms, for example manual labour, fundraising activities, offering pro bono professional services, taking the time to visit someone or to chat to them on the phone, or anything in between. It is all valuable work. Fundamental to this is those individuals who identify a need within the community and who take positive action to address that need and motivate others to get involved.


As a law firm with strong ties to the local community, Websters Lawyers proudly supports the Websters Lawyers Service to the Community Award. The Award recognises young people who go the extra mile in their volunteering activities and who promote community spirit, who put the needs of others before their own, and who make important contributions to the communities in which they live.  


  • Provide a 100 word summary about the nominee and what they do as service to the community
  • Outline their voluntary community service activities, for example positions held, organisations worked for, description of duties, period of service, education levels, training and self-development.
  • Outline the short and long-term aims of the programs/projects that are the focus of the community service activities, including personal goals and ambitions
  • Outline any barriers and difficulties and how they have been overcome
  • Outline any examples of their own innovative problem solving, especially in identifying a need and employing strategies to address that need
  • Outline any achievements, awards and/or accolades 
  • 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.
Worldwide Small Business Achiever Award

Small businesses make up over 95% of all businesses and employ a third of South Australia’s workforce. Importantly, young people are increasingly at the forefront of successful, innovative and proactive business ventures and are making significant economic and social contributions to our state, across all industries.

Whether through a small business, start-up, social enterprise or other venture, Worldwide is proud to recognise young people providing opportunities for growth, entrepreneurship, productivity, leadership, employment and community enhancement.

The Worldwide Small Business Achiever Award will acknowledge and highlight the successes and achievements of young South Australian small business owners, whilst also recognising their community contributions.

  • Brief background and history of the young person's career to date and their business
  • Description of successful product and/or service delivery
  • Examples of recent business achievements, innovation or performance success
  • Involvement with wider industry groups and the local or wider community
  • Provide details on any sources of funding, grants and budgets (if applicable)
  • Describe any barriers or difficulties 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.