Welcome to the Awards for the 2016 Conference

Read more about the Best Practice Award

Read more about the Rising Star Award

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Best Practice Award


Each year NAGCAS hosts the “Best Practice Award” which is an opportunity for tertiary careers services to showcase the innovative projects and activities that they have been involved in during the past 12 months. Each institution casts one vote and the top 4 entrants will be invited to present at the annual NAGCAS conference on Tuesday 29th November 2016. All conference delegates will have an opportunity to vote for the best practice from the top 4 finalists, via the conference app.

A $1000 prize is awarded to the careers service that is judged to be an outstanding example of best practice based on the selection criteria.  The Best Practice Award is sponsored by NAGCAS.

As in previous years, all best practice submissions received in 2016 will be posted online to provide an opportunity for all members to view the innovation that is happening across our sector and to be able to contribute to the voting process

The deadline for Best Practice Award and Rising Stars Award Nominations is October 14, 2016

Entries are now closed

NAGCAS Best practice entries need to demonstrate the following:

1. Demonstrated benefit to tertiary students, graduate employers and/or tertiary institutions;

2. Potentially or currently benefits the NAGCAS organisation, its members and the career development industry; and

3. A degree of innovation.

· View 2015 submissions

· View 2014 submissions

What you will need to do to submit an entry:

1. Create a title for your entry

2. Provide a concise written summary of your entry

3. Complete the entry template that explains how your entry addresses the criteria.

4. Provide a link to your entry e.g. link to your institutional home page, vodcast, podcast, PDF file

5. Supply an image (optional)

6. Supply your institutional logo (all submissions will be published in the conference workbook and participants will be identified during the conference to allow maximum idea sharing)


If you already submitted your nomination

You will be provided with a special log in to review your submission and make any changes before it goes live to the public.

Do you need some help?

If you need any more information or support in completing your nomination and understanding the Best Practice Awards, we are here to help! Email our National Professional Development Coordinator, Mary Appleby This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Additional information


The first round of voting for the NAGCAS Best Practice Award will be conducted via the NAGCAS Institutional Representatives Group.

· There will be one vote per institution.

· Institutions will not be able to vote for their own entry.

· The top four entries will be invited to present at the NAGCAS conference and you will receive further information after the first round of voting is completed.

The second round of voting will occur at the NAGCAS 2016 Conference.

· Conference delegates will be able to cast one vote for the best practice entry via the conference App.

· The winner will be announced at the NAGCAS Conference Gala Dinner

How to vote for the first round

1. View all entries for the NAGCAS Best Practice Award in the showcase section of the website.

2. Consult with the NAGCAS colleagues at your institution and nominate your choice (institutions will not be able to vote for their own entry).

3. Institutional representatives will be able to lodge your institutions’ vote via the online form.

4. Voting is open until COB Friday 4th November

*If there is more than one careers area in your institution the institutional representative must seek the views of all NAGCAS members.


Rising Star Award - new for 2016

Rising Star Award is a new initiative of the NAGCAS Community and recognises the work of individuals and teams who are contributing towards new projects in the early stages of development.  The Rising Star Award is sponsored by Balance at Work.

The Rising Star Awards Dinner will take place on the evening of Wednesday 30-November 2016 in the Adelaide CBD.  Reserve your place by clicking here.

Two categories are available in the Rising Star Awards:

  • Rising Star Individual
  • Rising Start Project

Entry will be via Nomination and will include a description of the individual or project in accordance with the submission requirements below. Video entries covering the requirements below will also be considered in place of a written submission with a maximum length of 6-minutes. All nominations (written or video) will be showcased on the NAGCAS website.

Finalists will attend the Rising Stars Award Dinner, and they will be required to present for 5-minutes about their project.

Rising Star Individual Criteria

 A nominated Rising Star Individual is a careers staff member who has been associated with NAGCAS for three-years or less.

They are contributing towards new initiatives in the early stages of development with the initiative commencing after 1 January 2016.

Please note that Rising Star (Individual) Nominees will not need to make a presentation at the Awards Dinner on Wednesday 30th November.

Rising Star Individual Submission Requirements

  • Images: Individual and Institution Logo
  • Individual details: Name, role
  • Date the individual started in their Careers related role
  • 500 words describing the individual and their contribution to the team
  • 500 words outlining their achievements to date
  • Confirmation of availability of the future Rising Star at Awards dinner on Wednesday 30-November 2016
  • Nomination/Submission Contact: Name, email, institution, role
  • The individual nominated must be a current financial NAGCAS Individual member
  • The nomination form needs to be submitted by a current financial NAGCAS Individual member

Entries are now closed

Rising Start Project Criteria

A Rising Start Project is a new initiative of a careers team that has the potential to contribute to our sector across any of the following categories: Careers, Employability, Volunteering, Placements & Internships, Leadership, Exchange, Mobility or similar.

Projects can be a sole venture or involve working with another team in your institution or with an external partner.

As these initiatives are new, they do not need to be finished or polished, but must have commenced after 1 January 2016.

Rising Start Project Submission Requirements

  • Images: Project and Institution Logo
  • Project coordinator details: Name(s), role(s)
  • Date the project started
  • 500 words describing project
  • 500 words outlining the project outcomes to date
  • Confirmation of availability of the future Rising Star project coordinator(s) at Awards dinner on Wednesday 30-November 2016
  • Nomination/Submission Contact: Name, email, institution, role
  • The nomination form needs to be submitted by a current financial NAGCAS Individual member
  • At least one member of the presenting Project Team in Adelaide on November 30th, must be a current financial NAGCAS Individual member

For questions regarding Rising Star Awards please contact: Catherine Klimeš – (08) 830 27853 UniSA, Adelaide, SA

We look forward to encouraging our Rising Stars to progress to Best Practice entries in the future.

Entries are now closed


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