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Excellence in Indigenous Employment


Overarching Award Eligibility Criteria: applicable to all Award categories

 All Awards relate to activities undertaken during the qualifying period 2018 – 2019 financial year

 All Awards are open to current NESA members and the job seekers and employers assisted by them

 Nominees must also meet the specific eligibility requirements for the Award category in which they are nominated

 All submissions and supporting information is treated as confidential

 Assessment of nominations is managed according to the NESA Awards for Excellence Judging Process

 Multiple nominations are permitted and encouraged with a separate submission required for each nomination

 Where a team is eligible to be nominated in an Award category, “team” is defined as:

• At least 2 people working together to achieve specified outcomes

• An entire branch or office

• A geographically based group i.e. regional or employment area

• A work group with an ongoing role in the organisation, or a time-limited group formed to achieve a specified purpose or outcomes e.g. project team

Category Description:

This Award recognises individuals or teams who demonstrate excellence in assisting Indigenous Australians in achieving employment.

Category Eligibility:

Covers all applicable elements of the Overarching Award Eligibility Criteria as per above.

In addition, open to individuals or teams:
 who assisted Indigenous job seekers through a program or service managed by the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business during the qualifying period: 1 July 2018 - 30 June 2019

Category Criteria

Introduction to the Nominee - Up to 300 words - Unscored but essential to provide background to the judges

Please name and briefly describe:
a) your organisation
b) the nominee (individual or team)
c) the geographic, social and economic environment in which the nominee works, including but not limited to the size of the Indigenous population in the area

Criterion 1 - Up to 400 words – Weighted 25%

 Describe the key barriers to employment faced by the Indigenous job seekers assisted during the qualifying period by the nominee.

Criterion 2 - Up to 600 words – Weighted 30%

 Describe the service strategies and initiatives implemented by the nominee to assist Indigenous job seekers to overcome barriers and achieve employment.

In your response, please detail elements of the service strategy or initiative that demonstrate excellence and/or innovation, including partnerships with stakeholders (such as, but not limited to Indigenous community members and/or elders, employers, training providers, community and health service organisations) that were engaged in or supported the service strategy or initiative.

Criterion 3 - Up to 500 words – Weighted 15%

 Provide a specific case study (client’s real name not required) that demonstrates excellence of the nominee’s employment service practice, strategies or initiative used to assist Indigenous job seekers achieve employment outcomes.

Criterion 4 - Up to 400 words – Weighted 30%

 Provide information and supporting data that demonstrate the nominee’s success in achieving outcomes for Indigenous job seekers.

Supporting Material (Optional) - Unscored

You may provide up to five A4 pages of evidence to support the claims made in the nomination. Cross-referencing supporting material in the criteria response is essential. Supporting information may include, but is not limited to, photos, data, graphs, and copies of commendations or other letters of recognition.