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The Next Gen Of The Year award will go to a young person who has demonstrated a versatile skill set across various projects as they work to get a head start on their chosen pathway.

This individual excels as an all-rounder, showcasing innovation and problem-solving in diverse areas. Their multipotentiality makes them an asset anywhere! This award focuses on the Next Gen's commitment to proactively pursuing their chosen pathway. They actively seek opportunities to enhance their skills, expand their network, and gain valuable experience.


Engaging with industry and community leaders, they are dedicated to initiating their professional journey while still in school, seizing every chance to learn from seasoned professionals and contribute to meaningful projects. This award celebrates young people's dedication to their personal and professional growth.


Whether you're an aspiring young professional or a standout all-rounder in your school, this is the award category for you!

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Nominations Now Open!


Nomination Questions:

To nominate for the Next Gen Of The Year award category, you 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 young people your age?

  • How have you used your skills to make a head start on your chosen pathway and access opportunities?

  • What challenges have you overcome to achieve your goals?

  • How have you worked to develop your skills leading up to this point, 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 in year 4 to year 12 in 2024

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

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Nominations Close On The 15th Of July 2024

Judging Criteria:

All nominations for the Next Gen Of The Year Award Category will be judged by a panel of industry leaders using the following criteria. Each criteria will be weighted equally:

Skill Building

  • How has this young person worked to develop their skills? Has this young person worked to refine their skills and access opportunities for skill development?


Application & Implementation

  • How has this young person worked to apply their skills? Have they been able to collaborate with others 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 resilience along their journey?


Future Focus

  • Has this young person demonstrated a desire to continue accessing opportunities along their pathway? 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 grades 4-12 across Australia in 2024. You can nominate yourself or someone you know for this award category. 


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 Of The Year! 

Nominations are now open and close on the 15th of July 2024. Make sure to nominate now!

Other Categories:

The Next Gen Of The Year Award is just one of the six awards up for grabs as part of the Next Gen Awards 2024.


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

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