2021 Achiever Awards

The annual Achiever Awards provide financial assistance to young people aged 15 to 25 years who have been in the care of the Department of Communities and are undertaking further education and training.

More than 500 young people have been recognised through the Achiever Awards program since its inception in 1990.

Nominations are invited into three award categories:

  • University Achiever Award
    For a young person who has successfully completed Year 12 and is in their first course of study at university.
    Prize: $4,000 + trophy
  • Registered Training Achiever Award
    For a young person who is undertaking their first course of vocational education and training for a Certificate III or higher at a registered training organisation.
    Prize: $1,000 + trophy
  • Apprenticeship or Traineeship Achiever Award
    For a young person who is undertaking their first apprenticeship or traineeship.
    Prize: $1,000 + trophy

The Community Spirit Award will be offered to an Achiever Award winner who has also made an important contribution to their community. They receive $2,000 or Youth Explorer voyage aboard the Leeuwin.

The STEMbassador Scholarship, sponsored by Graduate Women WA, provides an opportunity for a female Achiever Award winner who is pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics to apply for an additional $2,000 prize, plus an opportunity for a mentorship.

Regional award winners are also eligible to apply for the Rise Up Regional Award, made possible by the Foster Care Association of Western Australia.

Award recipients receive funding to assist with further study and/or training in two amounts. The first half is presented at the award presentation event and the second half after the continuation of study during the semester or the next six months of an apprenticeship.

Proof of continued enrolment is required by Communities in order to process the second payment.

Who can nominate a young person?

If you know a young person who is currently enrolled in the first course of study at an approved educational or training institution, or an apprenticeship or traineeship, they may be eligible for an award.

Nominations can be made by a parent, relative, foster carer, teacher, case manager, education officer or non-government representative.

Criteria

To be considered for an award, the young person must:

  • be aged between 15 and 25 years (at 3 April 2021)
  • have spent at least 12 months in care of the Department of Communities
  • be in the first course of study at an approved educational or training institution, or an apprenticeship or traineeship.

Nominations

Nominations are made via the nomination form.

Please save the form to your computer, fill out, attach to an email, and then forward to the Department of Communities.

Nominations close on Friday 11 June 2021.

Please submit the nomination form to:

By mail:
Attention Jacqui Coverley
Principal Education Officer
Specialist Child Protection Unit
Department of Communities
Locked Bag 5000
Fremantle WA 6959

By email:
Jacqui.Coverley@communities.wa.gov.au

2021 partners

Thanks to our sponsors Curtin University, The University of Western Australia, ECU, Foster Care Association of WA, Graduate Women WA, Apprenticeship Support Australia and Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation.

Corporate logos of the partners for the 2021 Achiever Awards.
Page reviewed 2 June 2021