What are Ageing in a Foreign Land Awards?

Ageing in a Foreign Land Awards celebrate the achievements and contributions of people from a broad range of backgrounds who are recognised by their peers, colleagues and the community for their services to older culturally and linguistically diverse Australians.

The Award is an acknowledgement and recognition of the benefits to our communities as well as individualsfrom the earliest migrants, through to more recent arrivals, from various which strengthen inclusion and support opportunities for lifelong connectedness, active participation and meaningful experiences.

The Ageing in a Foreign Land Awards reward the actions and achievements of people in the areas of program, service delivery or policy development, contributing to community awareness, access and equity, and empowerment of older people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities who are living in a familiar or adopted land that may be ‘foreign’ at some time, to age well. 

Along with these, the Awards recognise leadership in building capacity of multicultural sector agencies and volunteers, carers and workforce of community organisations that provide a broad range of services, support and information..

Who can be nominated?

Any living Australian, can be nominated for the Ageing in a Foreign Land Awards. The individual must be an Australian Citizen at the time of nomination, and reside in Australia. Nominations will be accepted for people recognised for their contributions specifically to older people from culturally and linguistically diverse people and communities. Consideration will be given to applications for recognition of the combined achievements and contributions of up to two people. . Applicants must ensure this is clearly described and provided in the application form.

Self-nominations will not be accepted.  Nominations will not be accepted if it is considered that an application is not of a sufficient standard.

How can you nominate a person?

Nominations must be provided by completing the Ageing in a Foreign Land Awards nomination form attached. All fields must be completed prior to submitting the form. Applications can be completed on- line and forwarded electronically, or submitted as hard copies.  It is recommended that copies be kept of the application. Additional information can be attached to the Award Nomination Form.

How are nominations assessed?

The Ageing in a Foreign Land Conference committee includes membership from a broad range of backgrounds including nursing, clinical, law, research, ageing policy and services provision.

An assessment panel will be selected to review all applications, and forward recommendations to committee members. In considering the applications, the panel will select nominations that demonstrate the following criteria:

  • the length of time, extent and range of contributions
  • contributions made through both paid and unpaid employment
  • contributions to individuals, communities, organisations and sector capacity, that are valued and stand out.

To complete assessments, the panel may contact the applicant for further information about the nominated person. The panel may also seek additional information from a nominated Referee/s to comment on the nominee’s application and years of service. Applicants must provide details of at least one referee.

Are nominations confidential?

All applications for nominations and information received by the panel will be kept confidential until the successful award recipient is announced. Applicants may wish to notify the person they have nominated.

When will successful award recipients be announced?

Applications for nominations that are short listed will be notified and invited to attend the Ageing in a Foreign Land Pre-conference launch event. Successful award recipient will be announced at the Ageing in a Foreign Land Pre-conference event.