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Prime Minister’s Veterans Employment Awards – Frequently Asked Questions

No. There is no fee payable to submit a nomination.

Each award category has specific eligibility criteria.

Nominations for the 2019 Awards close at 5:00 pm on Thursday 29 November 2018.

Late nominations will not be accepted.

All nominations and relevant supporting evidence must be submitted online via the Prime Minister's Veterans Employment Awards platform. Nominations must address the relevant award category criteria.

You can amend and submit your nomination at any time until the closure of the nomination period. However, the nomination must be submitted before 5:00 pm on the closing day to be considered. You will be reminded before nominations close if you have commenced but not submitted your nomination.

Nominations will only be accepted when they are submitted online through the Awards platform.

You can nominate more than one individual or organisation in each category. However, you can only nominate the same individual or organisation once in each category.

You can also nominate an organisation in more than one category providing they meet the relevant eligibility criteria for those categories.

You can nominate your organisation for an award in one or more categories, providing it meets the eligibility criteria for that category.

If you want your employer to be recognised for the work that they have done to attract, recruit and support you in the workplace, encourage them to submit a nomination. Your testimonials could be used in the nomination to support their claims against the eligibility criteria.

You can nominate your organisation and nominate another organisation in the same award category, providing both organisations meet the relevant eligibility criteria.

Note that if you want to nominate your employer, you will be required to provide information on the organisation and get your employer’s endorsement.

For the purposes of the Awards, a veteran is a former member or Reservist of the Australian Defence Force.  There is no requirement for the veteran to have seen active duty.

Former members of Defence Forces from other countries are not eligible to be nominated

Individuals can self-nominate in the Veteran Employee of the Year and Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year categories.

Self-nominations in the Veteran Employee of the Year category must be endorsed by the veteran’s employing organisation and employer contact details provided in the nomination form.

Yes. Previous award winners and finalists can nominate again and will not be treated any differently during the judging process. However, you may wish to highlight in your nomination any additional work, progress or achievements made since last year’s Awards.

Where multiple organisations have been involved in developing a distinct policy or program that supports and/or creates veteran or spouse employment, a lead individual or organisation should submit the nomination on behalf of all parties. Coalitions or peak bodies cannot nominate unless they have collectively developed a program that is different from any existing polices/programs that each of those organisations have in place for veteran and/or spouse employment.

Judging panel/s are looking for nominations that directly address the category criteria. Check out the nomination criteria and hints for addressing the criteria for each of the categories on the How to apply page.

Remember that judges may have a lot of nominations to consider so you should ensure that all information provided in your nomination, including supporting evidence, is clear, concise and relevant.

Any evidence can be submitted with a nomination, providing it supports and/or is relevant. This may include (but is not limited to):

  • Word or PDF documents containing policies, statistical and other relevant information
  • excerpts from testimonials, references, performance appraisals or surveys which include positive feedback relating to the individual and/or organisation’s achievement or initiative
  • images
  • videos
  • website URLs (and a digital copy of the website content as sometimes links are no longer current at the time of assessment)
  • copies of newspaper articles
  • financial or business metrics
  • annual reports

Any supporting evidence should be specifically referenced in the nomination. For example, page numbers and paragraphs of Word or PDF documents that relate to an achievement or initiative should be referenced if more than one page of supporting evidence is submitted.

You can come back and amend and change anything in your nomination prior to the closing date, even after it has been submitted. This can be done by accessing your nomination on the Awards platform.

Once it has been confirmed that the nomination meets the eligibility criteria for the category, judging panel/s will assess each nomination and any supporting evidence against the relevant criteria.

The three-member judging panel/s are comprised of judges who are independent and impartial, and include senior representatives from Australian business, former Australian Defence Force members and senior representatives from the Australian Public Service.

You will be notified of the outcome of your nomination via the email address that you provided on the Awards platform.

Further contact will be made with finalists.

Whilst the judging panel/s’ decisions will be final, you may be able to obtain feedback on the reasons why your nomination was unsuccessful.

The finalists and winners in each category will be shared via social media and published on our website shortly after the Awards ceremony.

The Awards are expected to be held in March each year. The date for the 2019 Awards will be announced later this year.

Winners of the Prime Minister’s Veterans Employment Awards will be presented with a trophy. Finalists will receive a framed certificate.

No cash prizes or gift certificates will be provided to Awards finalists or winners.

You can read the stories of previous finalists and winners here on our website.

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