Frequently asked questions

How long do I have to submit my entry?

You have two months to submit your entry. Entries close on Wednesday, 18 September 2024, 5pm AEST.

Can my project/initiative still be considered if it’s ongoing?

Your entry should ideally be based on activities from the last 12 months. We’re looking for projects/initiatives that clearly address a specific problem or challenge with an innovative solution. Ensuring the project/initiative was delivered recently is important.

Can I submit an entry in more than one category?

Please review the awards categories and criteria and select just one category that best fits with your project.

Can my team/university submit more than one entry?

Yes, as long as the projects or initiatives are different.  

What do I need to enter?

Your written entry should include:
- an attention grabbing title (max. 100 characters)
- a short description of the project/initiative (150 words), and
- a detailed project summary (max. 1000 words).

Other elements required for your entry include:
- up to three written testimonials from individuals or groups who have benefited from the initiative/project (up to three, max. 300 words each in Word format)
- Vice-Chancellor endorsement (max. 150 words)
- a two-minute video (16:9, MP4, max. 100MB), and  
- up to five high-resolution images (16:9 ratio in landscape and portrait, 300dpi and JPG or PNG).

What if I can’t obtain written endorsement from my Vice-Chancellor?

You can request written endorsement from a Deputy Vice-Chancellor instead.

Can I receive assistance from my university’s communications and marketing team?

Your written entry will need to include an attention grabbing title, a short description of the project/initiative and a detailed project summary. Other elements required for your entry include: written testimonials, Vice-Chancellor endorsement, a two-minute video and high-resolution images.

Can my video exceed two minutes?

No, entries with videos exceeding two minutes will not be considered.

Are there prizes?

Yes, each winner will receive $2,500 in prize money.

How are entries assessed?

Entries are assessed in three phases:
1. Shortlisting: after entries have closed, the top five entries per category will be selected and notified.  
2. People’s choice voting: shortlisted entries will be published online for public voting starting in October. The entry with the highest vote per category will be announced in February.  
3. Judging panel: a panel of eminent Australians will assess each entry against the criteria, selecting one winner per category.  

Winners will be announced on 25 February 2025 at the Universities Australia’s gala dinner.

How many winners are awarded?

There are six winners in total, with two winners per category chosen by the public and the judges.

How much of my entry will be visible online if it is shortlisted?

All elements of your entry will be visible online for public voting.

When will I hear about the progress of my submission?

You will be notified at the end of September whether your entry has been shortlisted.

Can I re-submit a project shortlisted in the 2023 awards?

Only if there has been a major milestone, development or breakthrough in the project in the last 12 months that still meets the criteria. Videos and digital assets submitted last year will not be considered.

Can I attend the awards ceremony?

Finalists will be invited to attend the ceremony on 25 February 2025. Details will be provided closer to the date.

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Key dates

Entries closing in:


Entries open

03 July 2024


Entries close

18 September 2024


People’s choice voting opens

02 October 2024


People’s choice voting closes

13 January 2025


Winners announced

25 February 2025