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Awards for individuals

WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year

sponsored by The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation

The WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year will win a $5000 study grant and the chance to represent the State at the Australian Training Awards.


You must:

  • be a permanent resident of Australia and reside in Western Australia;
  • be identified as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island decent*; and
  • meet the criteria of one of the following student categories (apprentice, trainee, vocational student or school based apprentice).

Apprentice or trainee
You must:

  • have completed or be due to complete your training contract between 1 October 2013 and 30 September 2014 in a training course that leads to a nationally recognised qualification; and
  • be registered with ApprentiCentre as an apprentice or trainee.

To check if you are registered as an apprentice or trainee with ApprentiCentre call 13 19 54.

Vocational student
You must:

  • be a full time or part time student but not an apprentice or trainee; and
  • have completed or be due to complete your training between 1 October 2013 and 30 September 2014 in a training course that leads to a nationally recognised qualification.

School based apprentice
You must:

  • have completed or be completing a certificate III qualification or higher through a school based apprenticeship or traineeship; and
  • be still enrolled at school.

*If you are an apprentice, trainee, vocational student or school based apprentice of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, keep in mind that the WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year award is not the only one you may be eligible to enter. You may find one of the other award categories more appropriate to you, but you can only apply for one.


Section A: Overview

Provide a short overview covering a description of the qualification you enrolled in, your registered training organisation and employer (if applicable) as well as your reason for choosing this industry and training path.

Section B: Selection criteria
 Applicants are required to address all of the following criteria.

Criterion 1: Career and study achievements
Consider and address things such as:

  • any personal or career accomplishments, achieved by participating in your studies and your job;
  • how you can demonstrate your understanding of the value of learning; and
  • how you have integrated on the job and off the job training and what benefits this has held.

Criterion 2: Communication, team and leadership skills
Tell us about any skills you have developed through your training such as:

  • effective oral and written communication;
  • your level of self-reliance and resilience in times of challenge;
  • effective team participation;
  • leadership and promotion of your training, industry or other things you are involved in; and
  • your capacity to be an effective ambassador for your industry, community and Australia.

Criterion 3: Ability to represent the training system at a broader level
Tell us about:

  • any knowledge or understanding you have gained of new developments and trends in your workplace or industry and the vocational education and training system; and
  • any messages you might have that could encourage others who are interested in entering your training pathway.

Criterion 4: Other pursuits
Include information about:

  • your achievements in areas other than study and work;
  • your involvement in the community; and
  • your awareness of current social, economic and political issues.

Section C: Attachments

Training and education certificates
Copies of your training and education certificates (since you left secondary school in the case of apprentices and trainees) including courses you have completed.

Awards and prizes
Copies of any certificates or prizes you may have been awarded such as a sporting award, community service award or special recognition by your employer. (Please don’t send originals as applications cannot be returned.)

Provide at least one written reference from either your employer/host employer or lecturer.


To be considered for an award, conditions of entry must be met.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students have access to assistance in preparing an application.

Find out more
E: trainingawards@dtwd.wa.gov.au
T: 6551 5609


Page last updated 04 April 2014

Awards for individuals