The NESA National awards during their fourteen years, have highlighted the commitment this sector has made to improving the well-being of our community, the excellent levels of service offered and the very real successes resulting from hard work and innovation.
The National Employment Services Awards for Excellence are:
Fostering high standards in the employment services sector
Recognising employers who provide employment opportunities and a workplace environment which supports the retention and development of job seekers, particularly those who are disadvantaged
Honouring job seekers who have overcome disadvantage to obtain and retain appropriate employment
Encouraging employers to adopt and support employment services programmes
Providing a benchmark for excellence within the sector
Reinforcing the value of the sector and fostering job seeker, employer and public confidence
Promoting professional development and education within the employment services sector
The nominees in the six categories undergo a comprehensive and rigorous assessment process, with auditing, variance, due diligence and means weighting applied. Only nominees who reach an acceptable benchmark in scores are considered for a finalist berth, and NESA only announces a maximum of three finalists in all excellence awards categories except the Employment Consultant, which may have four if there is an inclusion of the Bright Star award.
Entry and Winner Benefits
National finalist benefits include:
Accommodation for one night to attend the Awards for all finalists in the Achiever and Employment Consultant categories. The nominating Employment Consultant for Achiever of the Year finalists also receives this benefit.
In addition, one representative from each Innovation in Indigenous Employment Award and each Excellence in Collaboration Award and Innovation in Disability Employment - Team Award finalist will receive this benefit.
Return economy airline ticket from your closest major regional or metropolitan airport for all finalists in the Achiever and Employment Consultant categories.
The nominating Employment Consultant for Achiever of the Year finalists will also fly with the former job seeker that they nominated.
In addition, the representing member of each Innovation in Disability Employment – Team Award finalist, Excellence in Indigenous Employment Award finalist and Excellence in Collaboration Award finalist will receive a return economy ticket.
The right to use NESA’s awards seal on collateral for two years.
Promotion of your success in national, state and local media.
A high quality, framed certificate for display.
Greater recognition within the industry and with key external stakeholders.
One ticket to the Gala Awards Dinner for each finalist or finalist representative.
VIP status at the invitation-only Champion’s Reception immediately prior to the Gala Awards Dinner for finalists / finalist representatives in all categories. Other VIPs in attendance will include sponsors, Government Ministers and a select number of industry leaders
National Winners Receive:
A prestigious Award trophy
An ability to promote the win for two years
An Awards seal and guidelines to help promote the win
Inclusion on the NESA website and in the NESA Annual Report
Additional PR campaign
The Awards Winners will be announced at the NESA Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner on 8 August 2018
Achiever of the Year
SUPPORTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF JOBS AND SMALL BUSINESS
Recognises a former job seeker who has overcome extraordinary disadvantage to embrace employment
The nominee job seeker must have gained and retained full-time employment or full-capacity employment in the past two years (since June 2016).
The nominee must still be employed on the date of the awards – 8 August 2018
SUPPORTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF JOBS AND SMALL BUSINESS
Recognises employment services professionals and organisations who find work for Indigenous Australians
1 July 2017 - 30 June 2018
Open to employment consultants and teams working jobactive programmes who can demonstrate through innovation in servicing, how they have achieved notable, measurable outcomes for Indigenous job seekers.
Submissions are encouraged from both individuals and teams, and a “team” can constitute:
* A provider
* An entire branch or office
* A geographically based team i.e. regional or Employment Region
* A work group within a larger team
* A group formed to achieve a specified Indigenous outcome.
Recognises employment service providers and employment organisations who have worked together to assist people with a disability
The innovative disability-related project must have started or operated between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018.
Teams are required to demonstrate how they delivered disability-related innovation to either clients or employers. Judges will accept that a “team” constitutes:
* An entire branch or office
* A geographically based team i.e. regional or ESA
* A work group within a larger team
* A group formed to achieve a specified outcome or project
* An office or corporate support group
Recognises organisations working within any employment services programme, who demonstrate innovation and excellence in delivering outcomes for job seekers, community organisations and employers.
1 July 2017 - 30 June 2018
Open to organisations who can demonstrate innovation and excellence in delivering outcomes for job seekers, community organisations and employers. All nominees are required to demonstrate how they clearly delivered collaboration in achieving innovation and excellence in service between all parties. Joint entries between NESA members and other members or non-member organisations is encouraged as long as a key organisation involved in developing and delivering the project is a NESA member.
Really read and understand the criteria – analyze the questions so you understand exactly what is being asked of you.
Make sure you answer every part of the question being asked. For instance, if a question asks you to “Demonstrate through a career and life achievement timeline how you have worked towards continual improvement and excellence" then make sure you provide both life (such as community, family, sports) and career information.
Avoid writing Motherhood Statements. These are expansive, sweeping claims or declarations that are so generic as to be meaningless. They contain very little substance, and therefore typically cannot be disputed.
Be specific about your or the nominee's achievements - make statements that can be quantified and then provide the proof (numbers, data, examples) that support your claims. Wherever possible, use more than one statistic to prove the point.
If you are writing about yourself, then be yourself. Judges want to get to know you from the pages of your submission. They want to gain insight into the type of person you are – What are your values and your passions?
Judges are employment and business leaders with expertise in the areas of recruitment, placement, social inclusion, youth engagement and mental health. All judges are volunteers, and so it is very important that the process be streamlined and hassle-free.
Assessment is conducted in three phases:
1. Scoring of submissions by judges.
2. Auditing and variance (the awards convenors).
3. Deliberation, facilitated by awards convenors, where all judges in a specific category come together (via teleconference) to provide final assurance that audited results reflect the judges’ expectations.
MEET THE JUDGES
Marion Webster, AO
Marion has worked in the not-for-profit and philanthropic sector in Australia and internationally.
She is currently the Executive Director of Kilfinan Australia, a simple concept which involves matching senior corporate and public sector leaders with not for profit CEOs to provide confidential, free, one-on-one mentoring. She was previously founding director of Philanthropy Australia and has worked as a CEO in child and family welfare, as well as migrant and refugee services.
Marion was a founding trustee and Chair of Australian Communities Foundation, a founding trustee of Auckland Communities Foundation, and founding Chair of Fitted for Work. In 2004 she was awarded an OAM for services to philanthropy and the community.
Dr Peter Laver, AM
After 40 years working with BHP in senior positions, Peter retired in 1998 to pursue other interests where he remains passionate – education, science, innovation and employment. A former Chancellor of the Victorian University of Technology, he has held more than 30 Chair, President, Vice-President and Director standings.
This has included for organisations such as the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, National Board of Employment Education and Training, Victorian Learning and Employment Skills Commission, Community Advisory Council for the Community Support Fund, and the Prime Minister’s Science Prizes. In addition, he provides voluntary expertise to many not-for-profit organisations.
Adrian is the Director of Better Life Group, a social impact and strategy company dedicated to developing organisational change, shared value and social enterprise business solutions to social issues. He has also been highly influential in guiding organisations through positive transformation by integrating people, community, social and business goals into their vision.
Adrian was the CEO of Reclink Australia. Under his guidance, Reclink grew in membership of community organisations from 100 to more than 500. Some of his other achievements include a Churchill Fellowship, Stanford University’s Executive Program for Not for Profit Leaders, and two times finisher of the Marathon de Sable - a 260km seven-day race across the Sahara Desert.
The Judging Process
Submissions undergo a comprehensive and rigorous assessment process.
Three judges are assigned to each submission in each category.
Judges are typically given 7 – 10 days to score the submissions assigned to them.
The judging progress is checked and, where pertinent, judges are sent a gentle reminder of the completion date.
Judges score every question and provide feedback on how to improve each submission.
Once all entries are scored then award convenors conduct an audit – cross-checking all scores given by all judges to identify instances where a judge’s score is out of sync by more than 20 percentile with other judges. Where this occurs award convenors check the submission before contacting the judge about this matter to talk through their score and, where appropriate, requesting a re-assessment of that specific question. (Most often the judge has simply misread or
misinterpreted information in the submission. However, without this vital step worthy winners can fail to reach finalist status or incorrect nominees can be announced as winners.)
Where the number of entries is too great to be assigned to just three judges then an additional, pivotal process is introduced whereby all judges for the one category are compared through a variable means calculation. If this results in a variance that is then applied to submission scores. This ensures nominees compete on an equal playing field with none disadvantaged by “harsh” or “easy” scoring judges.
A benchmark score applies to all submissions in each category before informing NESA and judges of the audited results for all entries that achieved the minimum benchmark.
The deliberation teleconference is organised.
Judges are provided with a timeframe and phone-in details to join the teleconference, only for the period relevant to the category or categories they judged.
The winner and the next top three nominations are determined for each category during the teleconference.
The winner and the next two top nominations are assigned finalist status, pending due diligence.
If an issue is identified and confirmed during due diligence then the relevant nominee will be removed from contention and the third-top nomination becomes the finalist in that category.
Finalists are then publically announced.
Entry Rules and Guidelines
NESA member organisations are encouraged to enter multiple nominees across all categories or more than one nomination within a category.
Each category has specific criteria and a separate submission is required for each nomination.
If you are entering the Achiever category and you are a former job seeker, then please take note that NESA or its Awards Coordinators will contact you and that you will have an opportunity to review all information that will be sent to the media and used in Awards e-bulletins.
By entering these Awards and completing your submission, all nominees:
Are giving permission for NESA and its Awards Coordinators to describe your achievements at the Awards Gala Dinner and promote your achievements to the media.
Understand that your identity and the submitting organisation will be disclosed during this process.
Are granting NESA permission to reproduce supplied photographs (except where requested otherwise in the case of a former Job Seeker), the organisation’s logo and non-pecuniary information from your submission.
Understand that your contact details may be passed to official members of the media pursuing legitimate stories resulting from the awards.
Agree to abide by the judging panel decisions and accept that there will be no appeals.
NESA retains the right to:
Contact finalists prior to the Awards presentation if deemed necessary, and all finalists must be prepared to attend the Awards presentation.
Withdraw the granting of a particular honour if the award entrant (in the case of a previous Job Seeker or Employment Consultant) or a company representative (in the case of the Champion Employer) is not present to accept that award.
Withdraw from judging any submissions received through a nominating organisation that goes into administration, voluntary receivership, liquidation or is declared bankrupt after the awards closing date.
Submissions must include:
An answer to each online criterion
Uploaded files where they have been requested
A quality head and shoulders photograph or image of the nominee for the Achiever of the Year and Employment Consultant of the Year categories.
Monday 14 May 2018: Award applications open
Monday 25 June 2018: All submissions must be completed online before 5.00pm AEST
Tuesday 26 June – 5 July 2018: Submissions judged and audited
Monday 9 July 2018: Awards finalists announced
8 August 2018: Winners announced at the NESA Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner
By placing an entry in the Awards, the submitting site / organisation is confirming their commitment for a nominating Employment Consultant to attend the Awards for Excellence on Wednesday 8 August at the Hilton Hotel in Brisbane.
Are the awards open to all employment programmes?
The awards are open to everyone who works in Disability Employment Services (DES), jobactive, ParentsNext, Youth Jobs PaTH, NEIS, Harvest Labour Services, and National Harvest Labour Information Service. In addition, Employment Consultant of the Year nominees can be working in Community Development Programme (CDP).
What questions do I need to answer to complete my award submission?
I work in a programme area other than jobactive. Can I still apply for the awards?
Absolutely. The NESA Awards are designed to honour everyone that is working as an employment provider under an Australian Government programme and who works for a NESA member. This includes Community Development Programme (CDP), Disability Employment Services (DES) and jobactive.
Can we submit a few days late?
No. In the interest of fairness to all participants, no late entries will be accepted.