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How to Nominate

This year's nominations will be open from 1st July until 31st August. To nominate yourself or someone else for an award, please click the links below and submit the nominations before midnight (China time) on 31st August 2018.

Please carefully read the guidelines below before making a nomination.

Submit via Email

Please download the relevant nomination form and email the completed form to

2018 Australia China Alumni Awards Nomination Form – Self-Nomination

2018 Australia China Alumni Awards Nomination Form – Nominating Someone Else

Please note, incomplete applications will not be considered.

Nomination Guidelines


Please read the guidelines here before submitting a nomination for yourself or another alumni. These guidelines are also available in Chinese, however, should any inconsistency emerge the English guidelines will prevail. For more information please contact us.

The Australia China Alumni Awards is an initiative of the Australia China Alumni Association (ACAA). The Awards celebrates excellence in Australian university education and recognises the significant achievements of Australian-educated university alumni who are now based in China. The aim of the Awards is to demonstrate how Australian university education can help people to succeed in an international context, and across a variety of fields.

The Australia China Alumni Awards welcomes nominees of any nationality, provided they graduated from an Australian university program (either in Australia or through an off-shore program in any other country) and have been based in China (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) for at least the 12 months prior to the launch of the Awards on 1st July 2018. It is anticipated, however, that awardees will have been living in China for many years.

Nominations are open to alumni 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.

Alumni do not have to be 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. Nominees will be assessed according to merit and their achievements in relation to the award category for which they are nominated. Applications must include a short statement explaining why the nominee is deserving of the award, together with a short professional resume.


i. Nominations for the Awards can be made by members of the public in China and Australia.

ii. Alumni are permitted to nominate themselves, but they must provide a contactable referee (Chinese and English language speakers are acceptable) who will second their nomination.

iii. 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.

iv. Nominations open on Sunday 1st July, 2018 and close on Friday 31st August, 2018. Applications submitted until midnight (Beijing time) on this date will be accepted. Any nominations submitted after this date will not be considered for this year’s Awards.

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

Overall Judging Criteria

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

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.

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

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;

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.

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

i. 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.

ii. Four to six alumni will be short-listed for each award.

iii. The award winners will be selected by a judging panel of alumni and government representatives, at a confidential meeting shortly before the Awards ceremony. Information about the 2018 Judging Panel will be available online shortly.

iv. Judges will consider all finalists as potential winners in any category, where applicable.

v. The finalists will be formally announced after the Judging Panel meeting in October.

The winners will be announced formally at the Awards Presentation Dinner in Beijing in November, 2018. Winners will be presented with a trophy and a certificate and will have the opportunity to make a short speech.

Eligibility of Alumni

i. Entry is open to:

a) Graduates of an Australian university, having studied in Australia;

b) Graduates of an Australian university, having studied on-line;

c) Graduates of an Australian university off-shore/twinning program, having studied outside Australia or partially outside Australia.

ii. Alumni who have demonstrated excellence in the field in which they were nominated.

iii. 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.

iv. Finalists from previous years are welcome to be nominated again in the same category; only winners are prevented from entering the same category twice.

v. Alumni may nominate (or be nominated) for more than one award, but they cannot receive more than one award per year.

vi. Nominees must be currently based (i.e. spend more than 50% of their time) in China, and must have lived and worked predominantly in China (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) for at least the twelve months before the launch of the awards on 1st July, 2018.

vii. Entry is open to alumni of all nationalities, provided they currently reside in China (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan).

The Awards Presentation Dinner

Attendance at the Awards Presentation Dinner is open to all members of the Australia China Alumni Association, and their guests.


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. Should inconsistencies between the English and Chinese guidelines emerge, the English language version will prevail. The judging panel's decision will be final and no correspondence shall be entered into.

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