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How to Nominate

Upon the request of most of our partner universities, this year's nomination will be open from 6th July until 31st August. To nominate yourself or someone else for an award, please click the links below and submit the nominations before August 31 2017.

Please read the below guidelines in the appendix carefully before nominations.

1. Submit Online

Nomination yourself
Nomination someone else

If you encounter any questions during your submission, please download 2016 ACAA/IELTS Australia China Alumni Awards Nomination Form>> and email to

2. Submit via Fax or Mail

Please print the nomination form, fill it in, and fax or mail it to the Australia China Alumni Association (attn: Gloria Wang):

Suite 1206, 12/F, Zhubang Office Center,
No. 98 Balizhuang Xili, Chaoyang District,
Beijing 100025
Tel: (86-10) 8586 6259/(86-20) 2237 3101
Fax: (86-10) 8586 6221

Please note, incomplete applications will not be considered.

Appendix: guidelines for nomination


Please read the guidelines here before submitting a nomination for yourself or another alumni. These guidelines are also available in Chinese, however, should any inconsistency emerge the English guidelines will prevail. For more information please contact us.

The Australia China Alumni Awards are an initiative of the Australia China Alumni Association (ACAA). The Awards celebrate excellence in Australian university education and recognize the significant achievements of Australian-educated university alumni who are now based in China. The aim of the awards is to demonstrate how Australian university education can help people to succeed in an international context, and across a variety of fields.

The Australia China Alumni Awards welcome nominees of any nationality, provided they graduated from an Australian university program (either in Australia or through an off-shore program in any other country) and have been based in mainland China for at least the 12 months prior to the launch of the awards on 6 July 2016. It is anticipated, however, that awardees will have been living in China for many years.

Nominations are open to alumni of any age, except for the Young Alumni of the Year award which is restricted to applicants who are 35 years or under in the year of nomination.

Alumni do not have to be working in the discipline from which they graduated, but it is essential to display an on-going high level of achievement in the award category. Nominees will be assessed according to merit and their achievements in relation to the award category for which they are nominated. Applications must include a short statement explaining why the nominee is deserving of the award, together with a short professional resume.


i. Nominations for the awards can be made by members of the public in China and Australia.

ii. Alumni are permitted to nominate themselves, but they must provide a contactable referee (Chinese and English language speakers are acceptable) who will second their nomination.

iii. If nominating someone else, the nominating party must acknowledge consent from the Australian alumna/us they are nominating in order for the nomination to be valid. ACAA will follow-up with nominated alumni to confirm their consent.

iv. Nominations open on Wednesday 6th July, 2016 and closed on Wednesday 31 August, 2016. Applications submitted until midnight (Beijing time) on this date will be accepted. Any nominations submitted after this date will not be considered for the awards.

v. Through completion of the nomination process, alumni agree to allow the ACAA to contact their university to confirm the conferring of their degree.

Judging Process

vi. Entries will be screened by the ACAA, and a short-list of candidates will be hand-picked by a group of judges including representatives from the ACAA and the Australian Embassy.

vii. Five to Seven alumni will be short-listed for each award.

viii. The award winners will be selected by a judging panel of alumni and government representatives, at a confidential meeting shortly before the awards ceremony. Information about the 2016 judging panel is online here. Judges will consider all finalists as potential winners in any category, where applicable.

ix. The finalists will be formally announced after the judging panel meet in late October.

The winners will be announced formally at the gala Awards Ceremony in Guangzhou on Saturday 19th November, 2016. Winners will be presented with a trophy and will have the opportunity to make a short speech.

Eligibility of Alumni

x. Entry is open to:
a) Graduates of an Australian University, having studied in Australia;
b) Graduates of an Australian University, having studied on-line;
c) Graduates of an Australian University off-shore/twinning program, having studied outside Australia / partially outside Australia.

xi. Alumni who have demonstrated excellence in the field in which they were nominated.

xii. Alumni who won an Australian Alumni Award for a particular category in previous years cannot receive the same award twice. Alumni can, however, receive an Australian Alumni Award for a different category in a different year.

xiii. Finalists from previous years are welcome to be nominated again in the same category, only winners are prevented from entering the same category twice.

xiv. Alumni may nominate (or be nominated) for more than one award, but they cannot receive more than one award per year.

xv. Nominees must be currently based (ie spend more than 50% of their time) in the P.R. China, and must have lived and worked predominantly in mainland China for at least the twelve months before the launch of the awards on 6th July, 2016.

xvi. Entry is open to alumni of all nationalities, provided they currently reside in mainland China.

The Awards Ceremony

xvi. Attendance at the Gala Awards Dinner is open to all members of the Australia China Alumni Association, and their guests. New members are welcome to join ACAA at any time for just RMB150/year (see ACAA's membership page for details). Eligible non-members will have an annual membership incorporated into the ticket price.


The Australia China Alumni Association reserves the right to determine the final interpretation of these rules and the eligibility requirements for the Australia China Alumni Awards. Should inconsistencies between the English and Chinese guidelines emerge, the English language version will prevail. The judging panel's decision will be final and no correspondence shall be entered into.

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