NSW Creative Achievement Awards Terms and Conditions

The New South Wales (NSW) Creative Achievement Awards recognise outstanding achievements that raise the global profile of NSW creative industries.

The NSW Creative Achievement Awards program was established in response to recommendations made in the NSW Creative Industries Action Plan. The NSW Government committed to establishing these annual awards (as part of Vivid Sydney) to recognise the NSW creative industries’ achievements. The inaugural NSW Creative Achievement Awards were held in 2014.

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Important dates

  • Monday 5 February 2018, 9.00 am nominations open
  • Friday 16 March 2018, 5.00 pm nominations close
  • Winners announced at the 2018 Creative Achievement Awards held in the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia during Vivid Sydney (25 May–16 June 2018)

Award categories and requirements

Nominations are sought for the following awards:

1. NSW Creative Laureate

Consideration will be given to individuals, teams, or organisations that have demonstrated significant leadership and capability and made a significant contribution to increasing the global profile of NSW creative industries in a positive manner.

Selection criteria

Applications for the NSW Creative Laureate Award should demonstrate how the nominee meets the following four criteria:

a. Significant leadership

Considerations informing this criterion are that the nominee has:

  • actively taken creative risks and successfully executed risks to set a new standard
  • invested in the growth of the industry in NSW, beyond their own career or business (for example, developing local talent).

b. Significant capability

Considerations informing this criterion are that the nominee has:

  • distinguished and/or sustained creative expertise (a skill, new methodologies or technologies).

c. Contribution to increasing the global profile of NSW Creative Industries in a positive manner

Considerations informing this criterion are that the nominee has:

  • contributed to positive international media exposure/coverage
  • drawn positive attention to Sydney or NSW.

d. Evidence that the nominee’s achievements have been supplemented or undertaken since January 2017.

2. NSW Emerging Creative Talent Award

Consideration will be given to individuals, teams, or organisations that are emerging1 in their sectors, have demonstrated leadership in originality and innovation, and have contributed to raising the global profile of NSW creative industries.

Selection criteria

Applications for the NSW Emerging Creative Talent Award should demonstrate how the nominee meets the following four criteria:

a. Recognition as a high achiever emerging in their sector

Considerations informing this criterion are that the nominee has:

  • received positive media coverage as an emerging high achiever
  • rapidly increased public awareness of talent
  • been nominated for or been a winner of an award for talent.

b. Leadership in originality and/or innovation

Considerations informing this criterion are that the nominee has:

  • demonstrated creative and innovative ideas and successful execution of those ideas
  • creatively applied new methodologies and/or technologies.

c. Positive impact in raising the global profile of NSW creative industries

Considerations informing this criterion are that the nominee has:

  • contributed to positive international exposure/coverage
  • drawn positive attention  to Sydney or NSW

d. Evidence that the nominee’s achievements have been supplemented or undertaken since January 2017.

3. NSW Young Creative Award

Consideration will be given to individuals, teams, or organisations aged 25 and under as of 30 June 2018 that have demonstrated leadership in originality and innovation, and contributed to raising the profile of NSW creative industries.

Selection criteria

Applications for the NSW Young Creative Award should demonstrate how the nominee meets the following four criteria:

a. Recognition as outstanding in their sector

Considerations informing this criterion are that the nominee has:

  • received positive media coverage as a young high achiever
  • rapidly increased public awareness of talent
  • been nominated for or been a winner of an award for talent.

b. Leadership in originality and/or innovation

Considerations informing this criterion are that the nominee has:

  • demonstrated creative and innovative ideas and successful execution of those ideas
  • creatively applied new methodologies and/or technologies.

c. Positive impact in raising the profile of NSW creative industries

Considerations informing this criterion are that the nominee has:

  • received positive exposure/coverage
  • drawn positive attention drawn to Sydney or NSW.

d. Evidence that the nominee’s achievements have been supplemented or undertaken since January 2017.

Eligibility

To be eligible for consideration in each category, the person, team or organisation (that is, the ‘nominee’) must:

  1. be a living Australian citizen or person holding permanent resident status and must reside in NSW. In the case of groups or organisations, a majority of the members of the group or organisation must be Australian citizens or persons holding permanent resident status and must reside in NSW
  2. have utilised skills or industry capability of the NSW creative industries
  3. have carried out their work in an ethical manner, including that nominated achievements are the nominee’s own work
  4. ensure nominated achievements refer to completed works that involve public awareness. Works in progress will not be assessed towards award recognition
  5. be aged 25 or under as of 30 June 2018 to apply for the NSW Young Creative award. If applying as a team or organisation, the majority (that is 70%) of members are required to be aged 25 or under as of 30 June 2018. Proof of age identification is required.

Nominees must declare that they meet these eligibility requirements. This declaration is requested at the beginning of the online application.

Breach of the conditions of entry will render an entry invalid.

People who are not eligible

NSW Government employees and organisers of Vivid Sydney are not eligible for the awards. This requirement is relaxed in circumstances where the employee is applying in relation to achievements that are strictly and totally separate from and cannot directly be linked with their role and association as a NSW Government employee. See Clarification on the eligibility of NSW Government employees in Attachment B of Terms and Conditions for advice on the additional declaration required if this circumstance applies.

Past years’ award winners are also not eligible for an award.

What are the creative industries?

The creative industries are defined as those industries that have their origin in individual creativity, skill and talent, and that have a potential for wealth and job creation through the generation and commercialisation of intellectual property. The industries include:

  • advertising
  • built environment (focusing on architectural services)
  • design (including fashion, industrial and graphic design)
  • visual arts
  • music
  • performing arts
  • publishing, screen (television, film, electronic games and interactive entertainment)
  • radio.

Entering the awards

Nominations must be submitted no later than 5.00 pm on Friday 16 March 2018.

A nominee2 for a 2018 NSW Creative Achievement Award can self-nominate. That is, applications can be made by the candidate for an award, or an authorised representative3 of the nominee.

Nominees must accept these Terms and Conditions to enter this award program. Failure to comply with these Terms and Conditions may result in disqualification from the awards.

Only complete applications (made via the online form at nswciawards.com.au) will be accepted for consideration.

The NSW Department of Industry (the department) may decide, at its sole and absolute discretion, to consider or refuse to consider, any non-conforming application.

Late nominations will generally not be considered. However, the department reserves the right to accept a late entry where the department determines, at its sole discretion, that the late nomination would not compromise the integrity and competitiveness of the nomination and judging process.

Each nomination should be submitted under the award category which correlates best with the nominee’s experience. The judging panel may at its discretion allocate the nomination to a more suitable category.

The application

Each nomination must include a completed application, including a maximum of 200 words that addresses the selection criteria for the relevant award category.

The application must be completed and submitted online (via the online form at nswciawards.com.au). The information requested in the application is outlined at the end of these Terms & Conditions to assist the preparation of nominations. See NSW Creative Achievement Awards—An outline of the information requested in the application in Attachment A of the Terms and Conditions.

The application includes a request to provide links to the nominee’s online portfolio and/or other relevant website links (if applicable). To ensure that the judging panel is able to locate the relevant online information with ease, nominees are asked to include any direct links to (or guidance on how to find) specific work that demonstrates how the nominee meets the selection criteria.

The nominee’s CV (maximum three pages) may also be included if deemed relevant and useful to the nomination. Nominees may also wish to submit endorsements by other people or organisations to support their claims. Supporting documents can be submitted to creative.awards@industry.nsw.gov.au

Nominees are asked to submit up to five pieces of evidence for consideration in support of the application. This includes the total number of: website links, written endorsements and/or news articles. A CV may be submitted in addition to the evidence. In the event that more than five pieces of support information are provided, the judging panel will confine its review to only five pieces in the following priority order:

  1. the website links provided
  2. emailed documents in the order that they have been sent.

The panel may seek further information or clarification from any nominee if required to assess the nomination.

Who assesses nominations?

The 2018 NSW Creative Achievement Awards will be assessed and determined by a panel of prominent creative industries professionals who have been appointed by the department. Panel members are highly respected, experienced industry leaders from a range of sectors within the creative industry. The previous year’s NSW Creative Laureate winner will be invited to be a member of the judging panel in the forthcoming year.

The department will reserve the right to shortlist nominations against the selection criteria. Notwithstanding this, the panel will have the right to review any or all nominations.

The judges’ decisions will be final and no discussion or correspondence will be entered into concerning the decisions.

Prizes

The 2018 NSW Creative Laureate will receive a trophy.

The NSW Emerging Creative Talent will be awarded a $15,000 cash prize to assist in their further development.

The NSW Young Creative will be awarded a structured mentoring program with a creative industry specialist from Creative Plus Business to the value of $3,000. Creative Plus Business operates in partnership with the NSW Government's Business Connect program.

The winners will be invited to future NSW Creative Achievement Award events and may be requested to present about how their award has contributed to their continued success.

Award announcement

The judging panel’s decision will be submitted to the NSW Minister for Trade and Industry and the winners will be announced at an award ceremony held during Vivid Sydney.

The winners will be posted on the NSW Department of Industry’s website.

Privacy statement

The personal information the nominee provides will be used by the department to select prize winners and for publicity purposes as part of the 2018 NSW Creative Achievement Awards. The nominees’ personal information will also be disclosed to members of the judging panel and the content of the nomination that is submitted to the department may be placed on www.industry.nsw.gov.au

The nominee has the right to access and/or correct any personal information that the NSW Department of Industry holds about them, subject to the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (NSW).

Under some circumstances, information pertaining to nominations and administration of the awards may be released, subject to consultation, in response to an application request made in accordance with the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009.

For more information on our privacy policies, including rights to access and/or correct personal information, please visit our website at http://www.industry.nsw.gov.au/privacy

Intellectual property statement

The nominee expressly assigns to the department sole and exclusive ownership of all intellectual property rights including copyright in the content of the nomination submitted to the department. The nominee grants to the department free of charge the right to reproduce, edit, publish, distribute, assign and use the content of the nomination submitted in any way. The nominee consents to any acts or omissions of the department regarding the use of the content of the nomination that might otherwise constitute an infringement of the entrant’s moral rights granted by the Copyright Act 1968.

Indemnity statement

The nominee indemnifies the department in respect of any infringement or alleged infringement of the intellectual property rights (including copyright) of any person, arising out of the department’s use of the content of the entry.

The department will not be liable for any loss, damage or personal injury whatsoever (including but not limited to direct, indirect and consequential loss) suffered or sustained by any person in connection with the 2018 NSW Creative Achievement Awards or any prize, except for any liability which cannot be excluded by law. If any act, omission, event or circumstance occurs which is beyond the reasonable control of the department which prevents the department from complying with these terms and conditions, the department will not be liable for any failure to perform or delay in performing its obligations and the department reserves the right (subject to any applicable law) to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend these awards.

The nominee expressly agrees to be legally bound by the Terms and Conditions.

Enquiries and nomination forms

Nomination forms can be found on the awards website: www.nswciawards.com.au.

For more information contact creative.awards@industry.nsw.gov.au

Footnotes:

1What does emerging mean? In the context of this award, emerging relates to those individuals, teams or organisations that are becoming prominent in their sector for reasons consistent with the selection criteria (refer also to the considerations that inform those criteria).

2. Nominees can be an individual, team or organisation.

3. An authorised representative of a candidate must ensure the candidate fully endorses the contents of the application through completing a statutory declaration form. The form can be found on the nswciawards.com.au website and uploaded within Section 2 of the nomination form.