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The Gen Z Of The Year award will go to a student born between the years 1995 - 2010 who has developed and showcased an outstanding level of 21st-century skills across a range of projects in their local community.

The Gen Z of the year is a true multipotentialite that works to build and apply their skills in a diverse range of areas. They are an innovative thinker that loves to come up with big ideas before then applying their critical thinking skills in order to find ways to bring those ideas to life. They exercise their entrepreneurial skills as they work to find better ways of doing things and may have had experience bringing business ideas and ventures to life. They're digital natives as they use technology to connect, communicate and collaborate, and they work to stand up for the issues they are most passionate about supporting.


Whilst they may not identify as an entrepreneur, innovator, or leader, their multipotentiality is what sets them apart and helps strengthen their diverse range of skills. 


Our Gen Z of the year is also focused on getting a head start on their chosen pathway. They are actively seeking out opportunities to develop their skills, their network, and share their thoughts. They're connecting with industry and community leaders, and they're working hard to set themselves apart from the rest. 

Whether you're a community leader, all-round changemaker, or aspiring young professional this is the award category for you!

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Nomination Questions:

As part of the Generation Z Of The Year Award Category, all nominees will be asked to provide answers to the following questions in 800 characters or less per question:

  • What have you achieved that sets you apart from other students your age?

  • How have you used your skills and talents to bring your ideas to life, follow your passions or make a head start on your chosen pathway?

  • What challenges have you overcome to achieve your goals?

  • What motivates you to continue to learn and grow, and what are your goals for the future?

  • How do you balance your academic, extracurricular, and personal commitments, and what strategies have you found to be effective?

  • Is there anything else you wish to share?


Eligibility Criteria: 

To be able to nominate for the Generation Z Of The Year award category, you must meet the following eligibility criteria: 

  • Must live in Australia

  • Must be a student born between the years 2004 - 2010

  • Must have the approval of a parent or guardian to nominate 

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Judging Criteria:

As part of the Generation Z Of The Year Award Category, all nominations will be judged on the following criteria with each criteria weighted equally:

Skill Building

  • How has this young person worked to develop their 21st century skills? Has this young person worked to refine their skills and access opportunities for personal growth?


Application & Implementation

  • How has this young person worked to apply their 21st century skills? Have they been able to lead in different settings and what impact did they make?


Passion & Drive

  • Has this young person demonstrated a passion for their work and projects? How has this young person shown perseverance, determination and resilience along their journey?


Future Focus

  • Has this young person demonstrated a desire to continue developing and implementing their 21st century skills? Where do they hope to go next and do they have a clear path to get there?

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Nominate Now:

If this award category sounds like you, we would absolutely love to see your nomination! Nominations are open to all students in Australia born between 2004 - 2010.


If you're not sure whether or not this is the category for you, nominate anyway as you never know, you could be Australia's next Gen Z Of The Year! 

Nominations are now closed, but click the button below to meet our finalists.

Other Categories:

The Gen Z Of The Year Award is just one of the six awards up for grabs as part of the 2023 Next Gen Awards.


To see what other categories are open for nomination, click the button below: 

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