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Nomination Guidelines

Celebrate the Success of Australian Alumni in China

Please read these guidelines before submitting a nomination.


The Australia China Alumni Awards is an initiative of the Australia China Alumni Association (ACAA) to celebrate excellence in Australian university education and recognise the significant achievements of Australian-educated university alumni in China. The aim of the Awards is to demonstrate how Australian university education can help graduates succeed in an international context and across a variety of fields.

Nomination Criteria

The Awards welcome nominees:

  1. of any nationality, provided they graduated from an Australian university program (in Australia, through an off-shore program in any other country or online);
  2. of any age, except for the Young Alumni of the Year Award which is restricted to applicants who are 35 years or under in the year of nomination;
  3. who spend more than 50% of their time in China (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) and have been based in China (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) for at least the 12 months prior to 1st July 2019.
  4. who are not necessarily working in the discipline from which they graduated, but it is essential to display an on-going high level of achievement in the award category.

Please note the following conditions:

  • Alumni who won an Australia China Alumni Award for a particular category in previous years cannot receive the same award twice. Alumni can, however, receive an Australia China Alumni Award for a different category in a different year;
  • Finalists from previous years are welcome to be nominated again in the same category; only winners are prevented from entering the same category twice;
  • Alumni may nominate (or be nominated) for more than one award, but they cannot receive more than one award per year;
  • Alumni may nominate themselves, but they must provide a contactable referee (Chinese and English language speakers are acceptable) who will second their nomination;
  • If nominating someone else, the nominating party must acknowledge consent from the nominee in order for the nomination to be valid. The ACAA will follow-up with the nominee to confirm his or her consent;

Through completion of the nomination process, nominees agree to allow the ACAA to contact their university to confirm the conferring of their degree.

Judging Criteria

All eligible applications will be assessed on the extent to which they meet the following 6 criteria:

AUSTRALIA INFLUENCE: evidence of how the nominee’s Australian education has played a key role in her or his success and impact.

IMPACT: evidence of the tangible impact, and scale of such an impact, of the nominee’s work (inspired by her or his Australia-based education) in their profession/community.

CONTRIBUTION TO AUSTRALIA-CHINA RELATIONSHIP: evidence of the extent to which the nominee has contributed to and strengthened the Australia-China relationship and supported the wider Australia-China community;

SERVICE TO SOCIETY: evidence that the nominee exhibits integrity and a demonstrated commitment to service with an interest in bettering the lives of others through professional or volunteer efforts.

POTENTIAL TO INFLUENCE AND INSPIRE: evidence of the extent to which (including capacity and willingness) the nominee and her or his story are likely to influence and inspire the next generation of prospective Australian students and alumni;

MEDIA TRACTION: evidence of the extent to which the nominee’s success story is likely to resonate with local/regional/national media in China, Australia or beyond (global media).


Judging Process

  • Entries will be screened by the ACAA, and a short-list of candidates will be hand-picked by a group of judges including representatives from the ACAA and the Australian Embassy.
  • 4 to 6 alumni are short-listed as finalists for each award;
  • Award winners are selected by a Judging Panel of alumni and Australian government representatives at a confidential meeting before the Awards ceremony. Information about the 2019 Judging Panel will be available online shortly;
  • The Judging Panel consider all finalists as potential winners in any category, where applicable;
  • Finalists are formally announced after the Judging Panel meeting in October;
  • Winners are formally announced in mid of November 2019;


The Australia China Alumni Association reserves the right to determine the final interpretation of these rules and the eligibility requirements for the Australia China Alumni Awards. These guidelines are also available in Chinese, however, should any inconsistencies arise between the two language versions, the English guidelines will prevail. For more information please contact us. The judging panel’s decision will be final and no correspondence shall be entered into.