The awards – known as Student Citizenship Awards – are not for academic or sporting achievements but are intended to recognise those young people who contribute broadly to school and/or general communities. They exemplify the Association’s objective “to foster love of and pride in Australian citizenship”.
The ten most worthy students, in addition to a certificate, receive a plaque and the student judged most worthy also receives a trophy as Student Citizen of the Year. Presentation of these awards have, in the past, been made at a function hosted by His Excellency – the Governor of the day – where the Governor has received the students and presented them with their award.
Assessment is based on the following criteria –
- Production of significant benefits for members of the school and/or general community.
- Leadership and influence of peers by example.
- Demonstration of skills in organisation, management and communication.
- Outstanding citizenship displayed by assisting group(s) in need e.g. disadvantaged, elderly, homeless youth – over a period of time or by otherwise making a significant contribution to community development.
- Initiative and concern demonstrated for the advancement or well-being of others.
- Demonstrated pride in Australian citizenship.
Then criteria have no hierarchy or priority and all are of equal value. Nominees need not satisfy all criteria.