Nominations now open for 2021 Awards

Outdoor Education Australia (OEA) in conjunction with its Foundation Partner, Wilderness Equipment, is pleased to announce that entries for the inaugural Australian Outdoor Education Awards are now open.

The OEA Awards enable the outdoor community to recognise the work of educators and organisations. They provide a shining light on inspiring, transformational and impactful Outdoor Education programs, organisations and educators across Australia. Through this form of professional recognition OEA members are informing the wider public of the values and achievements that are respected by Outdoor Educators.

These awards are also made possible due to the generous support of Wilderness Equipment and Macpac.

Read on for all the information you need to know on how, when and who to nominate.

THE DEADLINE FOR ALL NOMINATION SUBMISSIONS IS 6 AUGUST 2021.

What are the awards, prizes and criteria?

There are 4 OEA Award categories:

i. Outdoor Education Program
ii. Service to Outdoor Education
iii. Outdoor Education Practitioner
iv. Outdoor Education Fellow

Nomination Criteria & Nomination Forms

Click on the award heading below to find out what each award is for, the prize, the nomination criteria and to DOWNLOAD the Word document for you to use in preparing your nomination.

Outdoor Education Program

Outdoor Education Program

This award is open to schools and organisations who have developed and implemented a high quality outdoor education program.

The winning program will receive $3000 worth of equipment from Wilderness Equipment.

DOWNLOAD and COMPLETE this NOMINATION FORM to ensure you address all nomination criteria.

Nominators will need to provide a submission of up to 3 pages addressing:

  1. Aims of the program
  2. A description of the program participants
  3. Evidence of the program’s success
  4. An outline of the program that also addresses the following Evaluation Criteria:
A. Innovation Is the program innovative in its design and implementation?
B. Quality Does the program demonstrate the qualities of an effective OE program?
C. Sustainability Is the program able to be continued in to the future?
D. Needs based Does the program identify and address the needs of the participants?
E. Responsible Is the program conducted in a socially and environmentally responsible manner?

Service to Outdoor Education

Service to Outdoor Education

This award recognises the efforts and contribution of an individual or organisation to the advancement of Outdoor Education.

DOWNLOAD and COMPLETE this NOMINATION FORM to ensure you address all nomination criteria.

Nominators will need to provide a submission of up to 3 pages addressing:
1. Brief resume (relevant professional experience) and qualifications / awards.
2. Contribution to OE, that also addresses the following Evaluation Criteria:

  • Commitment and service to the outdoor education profession which is above and beyond the formal requirements of their employed position.
  • Recognised contribution to the achievements of OEA and/or a member organisation of OEA.

Outdoor Education Practitioner

Outdoor Education Practitioner

The recipient of this award will have achieved significant impact on students, participants and or peers through their work as an outdoor education practitioner.

DOWNLOAD and COMPLETE this NOMINATION FORM to ensure you address all nomination criteria.

Nominators will need to provide a submission of up to 3 pages including:

  1. Brief resume including relevant professional experience and qualifications / awards.
  2. How has the nominee achieved significant impact on students, participants and or peers through their work as an outdoor education practitioner:
A. Qualities What aspects enhance delivery?
B. Impact Is there evidence of their impact on the outcomes of their participants and their peers?
C. Experience Do they have a depth of experience?

Outdoor Education Fellow

Outdoor Education Fellow

Fellowship of Outdoor Education Australia is one of the highest honours that OEA can bestow. It will be seen by the wider outdoor education community as recognition of an exemplary contribution above and beyond any paid professional role. It is made visible by the use of the post-nominal FOEA.

DOWNLOAD and COMPLETE this NOMINATION FORM to ensure you address all nomination criteria.

Nominators will need to provide a submission of up to 3 pages including:

  1. Brief resume (relevant professional experience) and qualifications / awards.
  2. How has the nominee met the following criteria:
    • Record of high achievement and of ethical practice sustained over time in fulfilling their professional responsibilities in outdoor education
    • Commitment and service to the outdoor education profession which is above and beyond the formal requirements of their employed position
    • Recognised contribution to the achievements of OEA and/or a member organisation of OEA.

Other details — common to all awards — are below.

Who can nominate?

Eligibility

(a) Who is eligible to nominate candidates for an OEA Award?

The nominating person must be either:
i. a financial member of an OEA State member organisation;
ii. a student at an educational that is a financial member of an OEA State member organisation; or
iii. a staff member at an organisation that is a financial member of an OEA State member organisation.

People are able to self-nominate for an OEA Award.

(b) Who is eligible to be nominated for an OEA Award?

The nominating person must be either:
1. a financial member of an OEA State member organisation;
2. a student at an educational that is a financial member of an OEA State member organisation; or
3. a staff member at an organisation that is a financial member of an OEA State member organisation.

The Nomination Process

There are 2 steps in the nomination process.

Step 1: Nomination.

Nominators are required to fill in the RELEVANT on-line OEA Award Nomination form downloadable from  this website and upload the nomination entry via PDF upload.

Nomination forms must be completed by the application deadline.

Step 2: Verification.

A verification email will acknowledge the submission of the nomination so that nominators know that their submission has been received.

Judging Process

Each state/territory Outdoor Education organisation will assess their applications. They will submit:

  • 1 nomination for the Outdoor Education Program Award
  • 1 nomination for the Outdoor Education Practitioner Award
  • All suitable nominations for the Outdoor Education Service Award
  • All suitable nominations for the Outdoor Education Fellow Award

The OEA Awards Committee will select:

  • 1 national winner for the Outdoor Education Program Award
  • 1 national winner for the Outdoor Education Practitioner Award
  • All suitable nominations for the Outdoor Education Service Award
  • All suitable nominations for the Outdoor Education Fellow Award

The OEA Awards Committee will consist of the OEA chair (or nominee) and 2 committee members to be appointed by the OEA executive. A state can not have more than 1 person on the Awards committee.

Nomination Deadline and Key Dates

Your nomination can be uploaded to this website and will be forwarded to your state / territory body

Nominations close Friday 6 August 2021.

Each state / territory decides their nominees for each category and forward nominees to OEA by Friday 30 August 2021.

OEA finalises judging by 17 September 2021.

Finalists posted to this website by 15 October 2021, after winners announced at NOEC 2021 .

Questions

Q. Can I submit more than one nomination per category?
A. Yes

Q. How do I know if my nomination has been received?
A. Once you hit the submit button you should receive advice that your nomination has been successfully submitted.

Q. Will I be told if my nomination has been successful?
A. You will have to wait till the awards ceremony at NOEC 2021 – after that the winners will be posted to this website.

Q. Can I nominate myself for an award?
A.
Yes, all nominations will be verified by your state organisation and the OEA Awards Committee.

Q. If I still have another question?
A. Send a note via our Contact page.

Nominate Here

When you have your PDF Nomination ready to upload. 

  • To be eligible to nominate, you / your organisation must be a member of an OEA member organisation. Please select the applicable member orgnanisation.

  • The person / organisation you are nominating must be a member of an OEA member organisation. Please select the applicable member orgnanisation.

  • Accepted file types: pdf, Max. file size: 5 MB.

    Please upload your nomination as a PDF. Please ensure you address all the Nomination Criteria. Max File size is 5MB.

With thanks to our


OEA Foundation Partner

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And OEA Supporter

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