ACU Alumni Awards

Alumni Awards 2016

Australian Catholic University (ACU) is proud to celebrate the achievements of our alumni.

As graduates of the University, our alumni are equipped with the knowledge, professional experience and ethical practice needed to excel.

ACU alumni can be found in classrooms, hospitals and in a range of other workplaces making a real difference in the world.

In 2015 ACU launched its inaugural Alumni Awards that highlighted the contribution our alumni make. This includes alumni from the University’s predecessor colleges.

Nominations for the 2017 Alumni Awards will be open from March 2017.


For details regarding the 2017 ACU Alumni awards, please contact the Alumni Manager, Sarah Currie, at alumni@acu.edu.au.

ACU Alumni Awards Categories and Eligibility Criteria

Recognises an alumnus who has made an outstanding contribution to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and made a difference in strengthening cultural connections respecting traditional rights, values and cultural heritage. This category is open to all ACU graduates and projects that are making a difference.

Nominees for this award must demonstrate evidence of attributes that are aligned with the ACU University Mission and include being ethical in their behavior, with a developed critical habit of mind, an appreciation of the sacred in life and a commitment to serving the common good.

Nominees must comply with all of the following eligibility and selection criteria:

  • Australian and international graduates of ACU and predecessor institutions are eligible for this award.
  • Demonstrated significant contribution to the enrichment and benefit of the community.

Recognises an outstanding Alumni who has made a significant contribution to the wellbeing of others through community and humanitarian service.

Nominees for this award must demonstrate evidence of attributes that are aligned with the ACU University Mission and include being ethical in their behaviour, with a developed critical habit of mind, an appreciation of the sacred in life and a commitment to serving the common good.

Nominees must comply with all of the following eligibility and selection criteria:

  • Australian and international graduates of ACU and predecessor institutions are eligible for this award.
  • Demonstrated significant contribution to the enrichment and benefit of the community.

The Community Engagement Award recognizes those who have been instrumental in making a difference to the wellbeing of others through community and humanitarian service either in a domestic or international setting.

Recognises an Alumni who has significantly inspired others to strive for excellence, deliver outstanding service and deliver innovation in their field.

Nominees for this award must demonstrate evidence of attributes that are aligned with the ACU University Mission and include being ethical in their behaviour, with a developed critical habit of mind, an appreciation of the sacred in life and a commitment to serving the common good.

Nominees must comply with all of the following eligibility and selection criteria:

  • Australian and international graduates of ACU and predecessor institutions are eligible for this award.
  • Demonstrated significant contribution to leading an organisation, business or service provider to deliver outstanding levels of innovation, service quality and tangible benefits for customers, clients and stakeholders.

The Community Leadership Award recognizes those who are successful entrepreneurs, leaders in business or education, lead a successful team or have strived for individual leadership accolades.

Recognises and honours the outstanding achievements of an international Alumni who has realised distinction in their chosen professional field or within their own international community.

Nominees for this award must demonstrate evidence of attributes that are aligned with the ACU University Mission and include being ethical in their behaviour, with a developed critical habit of mind, an appreciation of the sacred in life and a commitment to serving the common good.

Nominees must comply with all of the following eligibility and selection criteria:

  • International graduates of ACU and predecessor institutions are eligible for this award.
  • Demonstrated significant contribution to the international community and a focus on innovation and leadership.

Recognises a young Alumni (35 years or younger at the time of nomination) whose early accomplishments since graduation have led to a high level of achievement in their professional field or community engagement.

Nominees for this award must demonstrate evidence of attributes that are aligned with the ACU University Mission and include being ethical in their behaviour, with a developed critical habit of mind, an appreciation of the sacred in life and a commitment to serving the common good.

Nominees must comply with all of the following eligibility and selection criteria:

  • Be aged 35 or under at the time of nomination.
  • Australian and international graduates of ACU and predecessor institutions are eligible for this award.
  • Has demonstrated an ongoing high level of achievement in their profession or community service since graduating.

  • Nominees must be ACU or predecessor institution graduates.
  • ACU Honorary degree/doctorate recipients are not eligible for nomination, unless they are also an ACU graduate.
  • All graduates of ACU and its predecessor institutions (domestic, international, undergraduate and postgraduate) would be eligible for nomination within the Award categories, unless they are excluded due to one of the rules below:
    • Alumni who are currently employed full-time by ACU are not eligible for nomination during their period of employment with ACU.
    • Current members of ACU Senate are not eligible for nomination.
  • Any person can make a nomination, including nominating themselves.
  • Once nominated the Alumni Relations team will contact nominees to notify them they have been nominated.
  • Nominees may request to be removed from the nomination process.
  • Alumni do not have to be working in the particular discipline from which they graduated.
  • Former ACU staff may be nominated provided they meet the eligibility criteria and are an ACU graduate.
  • ACU Alumni who are staff at other universities are eligible for nomination.
  • The judging panel reserves the right to make no award in a particular year.
  • The nomination procedure will involve the nominator completing the nomination form, attaching a current professional CV for the nominee, providing a written statement of support addressing the selection criteria (maximum of 500 words), and supporting evidence such as awards, publications, media coverage of the nominee (optional).