VICTORIA

7NEWS Young Achiever Awards VIC

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.
Divine Gifts Online Achievement Award
The need for a new generation of digital-savvy online practitioners is clear, as is the value of having established innovative professionals continually upgrading their skills to meet the needs of the rapidly changing online environment. 

The aim of the Divine Gifts Online Achievement Award is to recognise a young achiever who demonstrates not only success in this space but conveys the character traits important to the industry – creativity, innovation, agility and has a keen interest in the online landscape.
  • Contribution to online - Include links to any examples of work conducted online or connected to the internet e.g. websites, online marketing campaigns, apps. 
  • Detail any work experience you have had working in the online space. 
  • Detail how you embody the traits of creativity, innovation, agility, real time decision making. 
  • What interests you about the online landscape?
  • What is your vision of the future of the online landscape in Australia?
  • 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.
Generation Us Career Achievement Award
Victorians 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 Generation Us 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
Hydration Movement Healthy Living Award
Hydration Movement is committed to supporting those who are dedicated to healthier living with hydration keep bottles to provide hyrdration when you need it through any activity. The Hydration Movement Healthy Living Award recognises commitment and empowerment by young people who seek to improve the communities health, activity or movement. 

We’re looking for passionate young people who demonstrate empowerment in nutritional, educational and other programs or physical activities that seek to ensure others lead healthier and/or active lives. It may also be addressing mental health issues, supporting the disadvantaged, or preventing injuries or harms from drug use.  
Whatever the initiative, the Healthy Living Award acknowledges passionate young people that have made a significant contribution towards smarter health and wellbeing choices. 

  • Outline the contribution towards a healthier and/or more active community
  • Describe who and how people have benefited
  • Demonstrate resilient dedication to the improvement of health and wellbeing 
  • 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 if they were paid or unpaid (i.e. voluntary, paid or a mix) 
  • 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.
IKON Services Environmental Sustainability Award
The IKON Services Environmental Sustainability Award recognises young people that have demonstrated environmental leadership or a significant contribution to a sustainable Victoria.  The award celebrates young people who have demonstrated initiatives in the efficient use of water, resources and energy, better waste management and recycling practices, the enhancement of the environment and effective, practical community action. These young people will stimulate ideas about sustainability and the environment in their community, sharing solutions and identifying strategies for change in the future. If you know an outstanding young person contributing to innovation or services that reduce environmental impacts and leadership through educational programs, nominate them for the Environment Sustainability Award.
  • Provide a brief background and history of the initiative or project 
  • Describe the current environmental impact/issues on a local, national or world scale 
  • Outline how the nominee has displayed management, leadership/innovation skills on the various projects
  • Identify range of groups and number of people involved within the project/program
  • 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.
Kangan Institute Inspirational TAFE Student Award
Kangan Institute’s Inspirational TAFE Student Award recognises an individual enrolled in a TAFE course that has overcome adversity to find success in their educational field. The individual will need to provide evidence of their disadvantage and the initiative and determination they showed to find accomplishment, either employment or academic. This Award acknowledges young people whose passion, drive and willingness to learn and work hard has helped them create opportunities and achieve excellent outcomes in their chosen field 
  • Outline the nominee’s profile to date – course description and/or relevant employment 
  • Describe how the nominee has overcome a disadvantage to achieve success relevant to their education or career path 
  • Outline how the nominee has shown initiative in their educational journey
  • Outline how the nominee has shown determination in their educational journey
  • Outline achievements that show commitment to the nominee’s personal, educational or career development 
  • 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.
Luminary Tech Visionary Award

It’s time to highlight the next wave of visionaries – young people harnessing technology to lead the way with ground-breaking ideas that positively impact the way we live. Change is needed and a platform is required for young people to thrive and have access to a pathway for their visionary ideas to become reality.

As a digital agency, Luminary strives to use digital technology to create experiences that make the human experience brighter. Through the Tech Visionary Award, Luminary will support young people who are inspiring or influencing others in the field of digital. They may have a fully functioning product or service, or it might just be a killer idea that’s just waiting for its moment to shine. The Luminary Tech Visionary Award will recognise young people demonstrating creative thinking and making a significant contribution and social impact through the use of digital.

  • Provide an overview of the product or service and how it utilises digital technology
  • Detail how the idea for the product or service came about
  • Outline the social impact of the product or service 
  • Provide evidence of the progress that has been made so far (for initiatives at the concept stage, provide a detailed business plan)
  • Outline any challenges that have been (or are currently being) faced along the way to realising the vision
  • 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.
National Protective Services Safety and Wellbeing in the Workplace Award
National Protective Services is a full service solutions provider combining manpower and electronic security to support our clients with an integrated security program. 
National Protective Services delivers unrivalled customer driven and focused security services to a list of residential, commercial, industrial, not for profit and government organisations throughout Australia.  
 
Living and breathing a commitment to innovation, experience and safety, National Protective Services acknowledges and celebrates outstanding safety and security initiatives through the Safety and Wellbeing in the Workplace Award.
 
The National Protective Services Safety and Wellbeing in the Workplace Award will celebrate young individuals who demonstrate a clear focus on safety or security and will recognise innovative and tailored approaches to the safety, security and wellbeing of employees, clients, participants, and members of the community. Whether it is addressing training, culture, conducting processes from a holistic approach, National Protective Services aims to encourage and recognise those committed to safety and security in their workplace and throughout the community.
  • Provide a brief background outlining the commitment to safety or security and details of initiatives.
  • Outline who is benefitting from the initiative.
  • What are the short and long term goals of the safety or security initiative/s and has there been any measurable outcomes?
  • Provide details of any challenges and/or obstacles that you have had to overcome and how this has been achieved.
  • What methods or approach has the nominee taken to engage their own workforce in the promotion of safety or security in the workplace?
  • 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 Victoria. 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 Victoria
  • 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.
Saward Dawson Community Service and Social Impact Award
The Saward Dawson Community Service and Social Impact Award recognises young people serving their communities through community service and social enterprise.  The Award celebrates young social entrepreneurs, who apply their skills and time to the needs of others and who seek innovative solutions to address social issues. They show humility, dedication and selfless leadership for the causes they care about. No matter what challenges are facing the community, these young people are passionate about finding innovative and enduring solutions to make a real difference. 

These young people are not only at the forefront of caring and accomplishment, but are also contributing to the community by achieving their goals through hard work and perseverance and are wonderful role models for us all.
  • Length of service and commitment 
  • Organisations supported and who has benefited from the contribution
  • Barriers and difficulties and how they have been overcome
  • Nature and impact of the individual’s position
  • Innovative approach to social issues 
  • Contribution to lasting solutions and sustainability
  • 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 Bridge Create Change Award
Many young Victorians are passionate about creating change. The Bridge Create Change Award recognises young people that 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, nationally and/or internationally. 
  • 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.
The Victorian Government Group Achievement in the Community Award
The Victorian Government Group Achievement in the Community Award recognises young people who have worked together as a group to provide a service, program or project for other young people, which is based on consultation and engagement with young people and has resulted in positive, youth-led changes in a local community. 
  • Describe the group – is it a youth advisory group for local government or for a community organisation; is it an advocacy group, is it a representative group, is it a peer support group?  
  • How long has the group been operating and what is its composition, including numbers participating, age range and how representative the group is? 
  • What are the objectives of the group and what programs, projects or activities have been undertaken? 
  • How has the group engaged other young people in its programs, projects and activities?
  • What have been the achievements of the group and what has been the impact in the community? 
  • What leadership, management and time commitment has been involved for members of the group? 
  • What challenges or barriers have been experienced 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.
Yarn Strong Sista 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 are making a difference, providing strong role models for their peers and in the community.
Yarn Strong  Sista facilitates  storytelling  through  various  resources, workshops, training programs  and at events, working  in  community  to  support  Aboriginal  and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Through the Yarn Strong Sista Indigenous Achievement Award, the stories of many young people will be shared and the Award will acknowledge and celebrate 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 been shared with the community?
  • How has your education, training and/or employment (if applicable) enabled you to work towards your achievements?
  • Outline any challenges or adversity you have had to overcome.
  • Have your achievements inspired 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.