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Selection Criteria - Inspiring South Australian Women’s Award

Inspiring South Australian Women’s Award

 Celebrating the exceptional contribution of women in the community

 The Inspiring South Australian Women’s Award, which recognises an outstanding woman who has made a  significant contribution to the community, is part of the Australia Day awards and honours. The Award  is jointly coordinated by the Australia Day Council of South Australia and the Office for Women.

The award is  provided by the Minister for Human Services, the Hon Michelle Lensink MLC, who is responsible for the Status of Women portfolio.

 If you need assistance writing your nomination check our out our selection criteria and tips for nominating

Award Categories

  • Inspiring SA Women’s Award
  • Emerging Leader’s Award
  • A Commendation Award may be bestowed to encourage the future potential of the nominee

Nominee requirements

Women nominated must:

  • Be an Australian Citizen
  • Work and reside in South Australia
  • Have made an outstanding contribution  to the community


  • Achievement in their field
  • Contribution to the community
  • Acting as an inspirational role model

Process of nomination

  • Explain the achievement, the background and the reasons for the nomination and supply any supporting material that may assist
  • Outstanding contribution and community services can include - but are not limited to: education, health, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander initiatives, charitable and voluntary services, multicultural initiatives, arts and media, prevention of violence, sport and recreation, disability, science and medicine, business and environmental
  • Nomination should include a written submission from the nominating person or organisation of between 500-2,000 words
  • Both individuals and organisations may submit nominations

    Sample questions

    • Tell us about your nominee- why do you believe they should receive the Inspiring SA Women’s Award?
    • How have they contributed to their community and gone above and beyond in the work they do?
    • How has the nominee made an impact through their work in the community? Please provide examples
    • What difference has their work made to people’s lives?
    • What legacy has the nominee’s efforts provided for the community?

    Criteria will be assessed upon

    • Achievement in their field
    • Contribution to the community
    • Evidence of leadership and as an inspirational role model

    Process of Selection

    • The Selection Panel will consist of representatives from the Office for Women, a community member from the Premier's Council for Women and the Australia Day Council of SA
    • The Award will be announced and presented by the, Minister for Human Services, Hon Michelle Lensink MLC, at the Australia Day Awards Ceremony at Government House
    • Receipt of all nominations will be acknowledged formally on Australia Day


    Tips for writing a top nomination

    The best nominations are those that tell a story and capture the characteristics of an extraordinary Australian making a difference.

    So, don’t be daunted by the task of nominating your inspiring colleague or community champion, friend or family member. Just consider our tips for writing a stand-out nomination:

    Open with the important information

    Start with a clear and specific statement that outlines why your nominee is worthy of an Inspiring South Australian Women's Award. Ask yourself: What activities or actions has the nominee undertaken that stand out? What has the nominee accomplished that goes above and beyond their job description? What special skills or talents have they employed? How has the nominee changed their community, city or the nation? Why are you motivated to nominate this person?

    Share their story

    Strengthen your nomination by painting a picture of the person. What motivates them to make a difference? What personal challenges have they overcome in their life? Why do they inspire others? How does this person make you feel?

    Don’t just say it, prove it

    Use real-world examples that demonstrate why your nominee is an inspiring role model. Whether your nominee is the first one to lend a hand at the local football club or the person staying back late each night in the lab, we want to know the stories of their life and the impact they have made.

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