Award Criteria

Award Criteria

Nominations for the Outdoors Queensland Awards are assessed by the Outdoors Queensland Board and measured against the following set criteria.

Each nomination should include sufficient information about the nominee (whether individual, organisation, event or program) to give the assessors a clear picture of the nominee and an understanding of why the nominee would make a suitable award winner.

Essential Criteria

Nominees for each award, whether individuals or organisations, should meet some or all of the following essential criteria:

  • High achievement in a particular field
  • Demonstrated significant outcomes for organisations, communities, or individuals
  • Excellent role modelling
  • Operates in an ethical manner (ref. Outdoors Queensland Code of Ethics)
  • Demonstrated industry best practice (ref. Australian Adventure Activity Standard & Good Practice Guides)
  • Responsible use of outdoor resources
  • Dedication and commitment to the broader outdoor community
  • Development of all-inclusive practices and /or programs
  • Demonstrated acknowledgment/inclusion of indigenous culture and practices (ref. Reconciliation Australia)
  • Industry and/or peer recognition

Award Specific Criteria

The Award for Individual Achievement

This award is for individuals who have demonstrated professionalism, high achievement in a particular field and exemplary role modelling.

They should meet all or some of the Essential Criteria (see above), and in addition, they may have demonstrated excellence through one or more:

  • High achiever in chosen field
  • Exemplary leadership and role modelling
  • Commitment to professional practice and communication
  • Ethical outdoor practice
  • Significant contribution to an organisation, outdoor recreation and/or the outdoor community

Suitable for an Individual

The Emerging Achiever Award

This award recognises the efforts and achievements of an individual new to the outdoor sector; a student, a young person, or anyone making a change into the sector. They may be enrolled in a structured course (eg school, TAFE, university), volunteering, working as a trainee, or newly employed by an outdoor provider.

They should meet all or some of the Essential Criteria (see above), and in addition, they may have demonstrated excellence through one or more:

  • Achievement of personal goals or marked improvement
  • Personal leadership qualities and initiative
  • Professional behaviour and ethical outdoor practice
  • Effort over and above what is expected
  • Commitment to best practice delivery and safety
  • Contribution which has helped achieve significant outcomes

Suitable for an Individual

The Outdoor Recreation Award

This award is for an outdoor recreation peak body, club, provider, event or product that stands out from all others; has raised awareness about the benefits of outdoor recreation and being outdoors; has increased participation in outdoor recreation; and has made a significant impact on the outdoor recreation sector.

They should meet all or some of the Essential Criteria (see above), and in addition, they may have demonstrated excellence through one or more:

  • Consistent high quality service delivery and safety record
  • Innovative instructional, recreational, or educational programs
  • Inclusive opportunities for people of all ages and/or abilities
  • Demonstrated environmental sustainability and land management practices
  • Active involvement in local communities
  • Opportunities created for people to have positive experiences in the outdoors
  • Effective marketing and promotion

Suitable for an Organisation

The Outdoor Education Award

This award is for school, early childhood, out of school care, camp or outdoor education providers that deliver outdoor education programs in outdoor adventurous settings, and significantly influence a participant’s physical ability, mental health and ability to thrive.

They should meet all or some of the Essential Criteria, and in addition they may have demonstrated excellence through one or more:

  • Innovative instructional or educational programs
  • Consistent high quality service delivery and safety record
  • Inclusive opportunities for students of all ages and/or abilities
  • Development of innovative outdoor learning environments, spaces or venues
  • Development of creative resources for outdoor education – activities, games, initiatives.
  • Demonstrated environmental sustainability and land management practices
  • Innovative or creative approaches to curriculum interpretation in outdoor learning.
  • Creating opportunities for students to have positive experiences in the outdoors
  • Outcomes that include improved student personal, social and environmental awareness, understanding and commitment

Suitable for an Organisation

The Outdoor Play Award

This award is for organisations (eg. play groups, nature play providers, community groups, councils) that have increased opportunities for Queensland children to spend time in unstructured play outdoors and in nature.

They should meet all or some of the Essential Criteria, and in addition they may have demonstrated excellence through one or more:

  • Innovative outdoor / nature play programs, events, or activities
  • Provision of exciting outdoor / nature play spaces
  • Development of creative resources for outdoor / nature play
  • Awareness raising events, publications, or services

Suitable for an Organisation

The Adventure Therapy Award

The recipient of this award is an individual, organisation or program that has significantly improved the health and wellbeing of Queenslanders through the use of nature and/or adventure by delivering innovative programs, interventions, training, advocacy and/or research.

They should meet all or some of the Essential Criteria, and in addition they may have demonstrated excellence through one or more:

  • Inclusive program design and delivery
  • Program development in line with state and/or national health initiatives
  • Demonstrated commitment to sustainable replicable program development
  • Outcomes demonstrating improvements to users and/or practice
  • Demonstrated commitment to the development of adventure therapy

Suitable for an Individual or an Organisation

The Adventure Tourism Award

This award is for a tourism operator, event or product that delivers outdoor activity adventure products for either local or inbound participants.

They should meet all or some of the Essential Criteria, and in addition they may have demonstrated excellence through one or more:

  • Consistent high quality service delivery and safety record
  • Innovative physical activity products
  • Demonstrated focus on the environment and/or indigenous culture
  • Inclusive opportunities for people of all ages and/or abilities
  • Demonstrated environmental sustainability and land management practices
  • Opportunities created for people to have positive experiences in the outdoors
  • Responsible marketing and promotion

Suitable for an Organisation

The Workforce Development Award 

This award is open to any organisation that supports workforce development by taking on trainee employees/volunteers, provides in-house training or supports workers to undertake external training.

They should meet all or some of the Essential Criteria (see above), and in addition, they may have demonstrated excellence through one or more:

  • Commitment to personal and career development of workers
  • Consistent high quality in-house training delivery
  • Provision of support for workers to undertake education and/or trainingwith Registered Training Organisations or universities
  • Trainee positions offered to a diverse range of people and abilities
  • Incorporating a commitment to the Australian Adventure Activity Standard (AAAS) within worker training

Suitable for an Organisation

The Government Achievement Award

The Government Achievement Award recognises the achievements of local or state government department, agency, person or program and/or agencies that has produced positive outcomes for the outdoor sector.

The recipient of this award, selected by the Outdoors Queensland Board, should meet all or some of the Essential Criteria, and in addition may have demonstrated excellence through one or more:

  • Development of supportive policies, strategies and/or actions
  • Active engagement with advisory groups or committees to address community needs and values
  • The provision of a diverse range of outdoor activity opportunities

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