Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards Terms and Conditions

To be eligible to submit a nomination for an Award in one of the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards categories, applicants must agree to the following terms and conditions. Where applicable, they must also meet the specified eligibility requirements.

The Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards are administered by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA).

Awards Categories

Nominations will be accepted for the following Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards categories:

  1. Veteran Employee of the Year
  2. Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year
  3. Veterans' Employer of the Year – Small
  4. Veterans' Employer of the Year –Medium
  5.  Veterans' Employer of the Year – Large
  6. Public Sector Excellence in Supporting Veteran Employment
  7. Excellence in Supporting Veteran Employment
  8. Excellence in Supporting Spouse Employment

Applications 

Applications are open from 11 September 2019 until 5:00pm (AEDT) Friday 25 October 2019.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to be considered for an award, the individual or organisation must meet the eligibility requirements for each category as provided below.

1. Veteran Employee of the Year:

  • is an Australian citizen or a permanent resident of Australia
  • 18 years of age or over
  • served at least 1 day full time service in the Australian Defence Force
  • employed by the organisation for a minimum of 2 years on the closing date of nominations
  • nomination endorsed by the employing organisation.

2. Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year:

  • is an Australian citizen or a permanent resident of Australia
  • 18 years of age or over
  • served at least 1 day full time service in the Australian Defence Force
  • veteran owned business (either solely or jointly) registered in Australia
  • business been operating in Australia for at least 12 months
  • the business has an Australian Business Number that has been active for at least 12 months on the closing date of nominations.

3. Veterans' Employer of the Year – Small:

  • private sector organisations with less than 20 employees
  • the business is registered in Australia
  • business been operating in Australia for at least 12 months
  • the business has an Australian Business Number that has been active for at least 12 months on the closing date of nominations.

4. Veterans' Employer of the Year – Medium:

  • private sector organisations with 20 - 100 employees
  • The business is registered in Australia
  • business been operating in Australia for at least 12 months
  • the business has an Australian Business Number that has been active for at least 12 months on the closing date of nominations.

5. Veterans' Employer of the Year – Large:

  • private sector organisations with more than 100 employees
  • the business is registered in Australia
  • business been operating in Australia for at least 12 months
  • the business has an Australian Business Number that has been active for at least 12 months on the closing date of nominations.

6. Public Sector Excellence in Supporting Veteran Employment:

  • all public sector organisations, including, state/territory and Commonwealth agencies, statutory and local government authorities.

7. Excellence in Supporting Veteran Employment:

  • Australian based recruitment, employment, not-for-profit and ex-service organisations that assist veterans to find civilian employment.

8. Excellence in Supporting Spouse Employment:

  • all Australian public and private sector organisations
  • Private sector organisations must be registered in Australia have an Australian Business Number that has been active for at least 12 months on the closing date of nominations.

Further details on Awards categories and nomination criteria can be found here.

Applicants 

  • can only nominate the same nominee once in each category.
  • must ensure that nominees meet the eligibility requirements
  • must advise the nominee that they have been nominated
  • must seek the nominee's agreement that, if they are selected as a finalist:
    • (for the Veteran Employee of the Year and Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year categories), they will take all reasonable steps to make themselves available to attend an interview with the judging panel/s and for the event held to present Awards
    • they or their nominated representative will take all reasonable steps to make themselves available for the event held to present the Awards
    • they may be required to actively participate in presentations, media interviews and other Award related promotional activities
    • consent to use of photographs and/or video images in promotional material and products developed for the Veterans Employment Program
  • note that DVA and/or the judging panel/s may request additional information or clarification in support of a nomination and, if so requested, such information or clarification must be provided within the specified timeframe.

All applications must

  • be submitted by 5:00pm AEDT on Tuesday 22 October 2016
  • be submitted online, along with any supporting evidence
  • meet the specific eligibility requirements for the relevant award category
  • address the relevant award category nomination criteria, otherwise the nomination will not be considered
  • be factually correct
  • not exceed the relevant word or file limits.

All applicants agree that

  • any potential or actual conflict of interest must be declared, including, but not limited to, the existence and nature of any relationship that the organisation and/or the individual submitting the nomination may have with:
    • the Prime Minister and his staff
    • any staff of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
    • the Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel and his staff
    • any staff of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs
    • any member of the Industry Advisory Committee on Veterans' Employment
    • any company sponsoring the Awards
    • any judge involved in the Awards
  • the judging panel/s reserve the right to move nominations into alternate categories where appropriate, or not to select finalists and/or allocate an award in a particular category where, in its opinion, there are no nominations of sufficient merit, and in such cases applicants will be advised accordingly
  • the decisions of the judging panel/s are final and no correspondence will be entered into
  • in the event that a nominee that has won an award category but has not complied with the terms and conditions of the Prime Minister’s Veterans Employment Awards, the judging panel/s may decide that:
    • the nominee shall not be entitled to the relevant award;
    • the relevant award may be provided to another nominee; and/or
    • the relevant award may not be allocated
  • in the event that an applicant or nominee is involved in conduct or activity (including of a personal or business nature) that is illegal, fraudulent or causes harm, or the judging panel/s are of the view that there is the potential to cause harm or reputational damage, to the Australian Government, the judging panel/s, the Industry Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment or Award sponsors, a nomination may not be considered or an award received by a nominee may be withdrawn
  • there will be no cash prizes or gift vouchers provided to Award winners
  • in submitting the application, the applicant warrants that they own the material included in their application (including any supporting evidence) and agrees to provide a licence to the judging panel/s and the Australian Government to use that information for the purposes of the Prime Minister’s Veterans Employment Awards and the Prime Minister’s Veterans Employment Program
  • in submitting the application, the applicant gives DVA permission to publish details of the nomination (such as but not limited to biographies and photographs), for the purposes of promoting the Prime Minister’s Veterans Employment Awards and the Prime Minister’s Veterans' Employment Program including publication on the Prime Minister's Veterans' Employment Program website, the DVA website, DVA social media channels and in other promotional materials and media
  • if an applicant nominates an individual or another organisation for an award, the nominee (or their nominated representative if applicable) will be requested to provide DVA with permission to publish details of the nomination (such as but not limited to biographies and photographs), for the purpose of promoting the Awards, and the Prime Minister’s Veterans' Employment Program including publication on the Prime Minister’s Veterans' Employment Program website, the DVA website, DVA social media channels and in other promotional materials and media.

Privacy

  • The information provided on the nomination form is collected by DVA and may be made available to the judging panel/s (and other contracted service providers), the Australian Government, and the Industry Advisory Committee on Veterans' Employment solely for the purposes of the Awards and the Prime Minister's Veterans Employment Program
  • All information provided with an application will be managed in accordance with DVA’s Privacy Policy. The DVA Privacy Policy contains information about the way DVA collects and uses personal information and the purposes for which it is held. It also contains information about how you can correct any personal information which you believe is incorrect, and how to make a complaint if you believe that your privacy has been breached.
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