2018 ANNUAL WURREKER AWARDS NOMINATION GUIDELINES

5 July 2018 | General Interest

Background
Each year the Wurreker Awards provide an opportunity for VAEAI in partnership with the Department of Education and Training to showcase examples of achievement, inclusion and best practice in Koorie post-compulsory education and training and employment.

This year the award categories cover all aspects of Koorie vocational training, employment and pathways. There are ten awards in three main categories.

We encourage you to consider who in your local community deserves to be recognised for outstanding achievement in one or more of the 11 categories.

Nominations close at midnight 17th August 2018.

The Wurreker Awards will be held at the Aborigines Advancement League on Thursday 13th September 2018 from 6:00pm.

Award Categories
The awards are:

Individual
1. Community Based Employee – outstanding achievement in community based programs or initiatives. Nominees must be an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person employed by a Victorian Koorie Community based organisation who has achieved excellent outcomes from their participation in a community based employment program or initiative.


2. Private Sector Employee – outstanding achievement in private sector based employment programs or initiatives. Nominees must be an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person employed by a Victorian private sector employer who has who has made a significant contribution to their workplace and/or made significant progress in his/her career.


3. Teacher/ Trainer - outstanding achievement in the delivery of training to Victorian Koorie students. Nominees must be a Trainer/ Teacher employed by a Victorian Registered Training Organisation, Learn Local or University and able to demonstrate innovative, flexible and effective training delivery to Koorie students.


4. Public Sector Employee - outstanding achievement in public sector based employment programs or initiatives. Must be an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person employed in the Victorian public sector who has made a significant contribution to their workplace and/or made significant progress in his/her career.

Training Provider
5. Koorie Organisation – Dr Mary Atkinson Award - development and/or delivery of training programs which build the skills of the workforce and the overall capabilities of Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs) in Victoria. Nominees must be a Victorian Aboriginal Community based organisation able to demonstrate their role in the development and/or delivery of effective Koorie training programs.


Innovative Koorie Learner Pathways – there are two awards in this category encompassing training providers who are involved in new and innovative community driven/led programs and initiatives (including partnerships) that have resulted in improved pathways and career or employment outcomes for Koorie learners in Victoria.

6. TAFE Provider – Must be a Victorian TAFE Institute actively involved in community driven partnership arrangements which support career development and employment outcomes for its Koorie students.

7. Non-TAFE Provider (Learn Local, University, Private Registered Training Organisation) - Must be either a Victorian Learn Local, Private Registered Training Organisation or University provider supporting the Wurreker Strategy through active involvement in community driven partnership arrangements which support career development and employment outcomes for its Koorie students.

Organisation/ Business
8. Private Sector Employer – development and/or delivery of Innovative employment and training programs or initiatives. Nominees must be a private sector employer of Victorian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people able to demonstrate innovation in employment and training.

9. Community Based Employer - development and/or delivery of community employment programs or initiatives. Nominees must be a Victorian community based employer able to demonstrate good/best practice in the design and delivery of Koorie employment programs or initiatives.

10. Government Employer - Development and/or delivery of public sector innovative employment and training initiatives and/or programs.

Nominees must be a Victorian Public Sector or Local Government Employer able to demonstrate good/best practice in the design and delivery of Koorie employment programs or initiatives.

Selection Process
The selection process for each Award category is as follows:

Call for Nominations
Calls for nominations circulated amongst stakeholders advising of awards and categories.

On-line Application
Applications can be submitted on-line at http://vaeai.wufoo.com/forms/wurreker-awards-2018/. All nominees must meet the eligibility requirements outlined in each of the categories. Nominations that do not meet the eligibility requirements will not be considered.

Selection Panel
A Selection Panels comprising people with specialist knowledge in vocational education and training, adult education, higher education and employment will be established by VAEAI to consider all applications.

Interviews
Nominees who meet the selection criteria will participate in a phone interview with members of the Selection Panel at least two weeks prior to the Awards ceremony.

Shortlisting
Shortlisting of award nominations will be undertaken by members of a selection panel based on how well nominees meet the selection criteria for each award category. Shortlisted nominees (up to 3 in each award category) will be invited to attend the awards ceremony as VAEAI guests.

Decision Dates
Final decisions concerning Award Winners will be made upon completion of all nominee interviews for each Award category. Award winners will not be notified until the Awards ceremony which will be held on Thursday 13th September 2018.

Prizes
Award recipients will receive a trophy; a cash prize will also be awarded to Individual Category award winners.