2017 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 new annual awards (as part of Vivid Sydney) to recognise NSW creative industries’ achievements.

Important dates

  • Friday 17 February 2017, 9.00am Nominations open
  • Sunday 9 April 2017, 11.59pm Nominations close
  • Winners announced during 2017 Vivid Sydney

Award categories and requirements

Nominations are sought for the following Awards:

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 should demonstrate how the nominee meets the following four criteria:

a) Significant leadership. Considerations that inform this criterion are:

  • Actively taken creative risk and successfully executed risk to set new standard
  • Investing in growth of the industry in NSW and above own career or business (e.g. development of local talent)

b) Significant capability. Considerations that inform this criterion are:

  • Distinguished &/or sustained creative expertise (skill, new methodologies or technologies)

c) Contribution to increasing the global profile of NSW Creative Industries in a positive manner. Considerations that inform this criterion are:

  • Positive international media exposure/coverage
  • Positive attention drawn to Sydney or NSW

d) Evidence that the nominee’s achievements have been supplemented or undertaken since January 2016.

NSW Emerging Creative Talent Award

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

Selection criteria

Applications should demonstrate how the nominee meets the following four criteria:

a) Recognition as a high achiever emerging in their sector. Considerations that inform this criterion are:

  • Positive media coverage as an emerging high achiever
  • Rapid increase in public awareness of talent
  • Nominated or winner of an award for talent

b) Leadership in originality and/or innovation. Considerations that inform this criterion are:

  • Demonstrated creative and innovative ideas and successful execution of those ideas
  • Creative application of new methodologies and/or technologies

c) Positive impact in raising the global profile of NSW Creative Industries. Considerations that inform this criterion are:

  • Positive international media exposure/coverage
  • Positive attention drawn to Sydney or NSW

d) Evidence that the nominee’s achievements have been supplemented or undertaken since January 2016.


To be eligible for consideration in each category, the person, team or organisation (i.e. “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; and
  2. have utilised skills or industry capability of the NSW creative industries; and
  3. have carried out their work in an ethical manner, including that nominated achievements are the nominees own work; and
  4. ensure nominated achievements refer to completed works that involve public awareness. Works in progress will not be assessed towards award recognition.

NSW Government employees and organisers of Vivid Sydney are not eligible for the award. This requirement is relaxed in the circumstances that the employee is applying in relation to achievements that are strictly and totally separate and cannot directly be linked with their role and association as a NSW Government employee.

Download Clarification on the eligibility of NSW Government employees for advice on the additional declaration required if this circumstance applies.

Past year’s award winners are also not eligible for an award.

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.

What are the Creative Industries?

The creative industries are defined as those industries which 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 9 April 2017 11.59pm AEST.

A nominee for a 2017 NSW Creative Achievement Award must self-nominate. That is, applications can only be made by the candidate for an Award, and not another person or organisation unless the other person or organisation is the nominee’s authorised representative2.

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.

Nominations will only be accepted for consideration by submitting a completed online application form.

The Department of Industry (the department) may decide, in 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, in 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 600 words that addresses the selection criteria for the relevant award category.

The application must be completed and submitted online. The information requested in applications can assist in the preparation of nominations.

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 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 3 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. Support documents can be submitted to creative.awards@industry.nsw.gov.au.

Nominees are asked to submit up to five (5) 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:

  • (i) the website links provided
  • (ii) 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 2017 NSW Creative Achievement Awards will be assessed and determined by a Panel of prominent creative industries professionals who have been appointed by the NSW Department of Industry.

Panel members have generally had experience in more than one sub-sector of the industries and are able to take a broad, strategic view in reviewing nominations. 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.


The 2017 NSW Creative Laureate will receive a trophy and will be encouraged to proactively promote3 the strength and diversity of NSW creative industries as part of their usual business practices and generate interest in, and represent NSW as a global creative centre and an Asia Pacific leader in creative industries. An information kit on NSW creative industries will be provided to the NSW Creative Laureate to assist in this regard.

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

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

Award announcement

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

The winners, together with the judges’ comments, 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 2017 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 this website.

The nominee has the right to access and/or correct any personal information that the 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 privacy page.

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 2017 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 are available online.

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


1. What 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. In the 2014 and 2015 years, any person or organisation was permitted to nominate an individual, team or organisation for an award. This was changed in 2016 to simplify the application process while also addressing the probity and privacy considerations of nominees.

3. Speaking arrangements may be arranged by the NSW Creative Laureate directly or by the NSW Government or other parties with the agreement of the NSW Creative Laureate.