Nominations are now open for ISWA Awards 2021. Selection Criteria & details about various Award categories are available below on this page.

Nominations close at 5 pm (WST) on 24 October 2021.

For more information, contact Mr Deepak Sharma at deepak.sharma@iswa-perth.org

SELECTION CRITERIA FOR THE AWARDS

 

(Please note that ISWA has full discretion to change the eligibility criteria and selection criteria at any time during the evaluation process. Decision of the award committee is final and binding on all applicants)

1.0             ISWA COMMUNITY SERVICE EXCELLENCE AWARD – THE LAKHWARA AWARD
1.1             Overview

This prestigious award recognises the contribution of a person of Indian Origin in WA who has demonstrated:

  • Involvement, Commitment and Leadership in advancing the needs of the community;
  • Promoting and fostering goodwill for Indian culture and heritage to the wider community;
  • Empowering other members of the community; and
  • Made significant personal contributions made to the community.

 

1.2             Eligibility Criteria for a Nominee

A nominee must have been a resident of Western Australia for at least 12 months on 15th August of the year of award.

Award will not be granted posthumously

Self-Nominations are not acceptable.

Regardless of number of nominations, a person can receive only one award in an Award Year.

A nominee must be at least 25 years old, on the 15th August of the year of the Award.

Must fulfil the conditions of the selection criteria.

Must NOT be holding one or more of the following positions:

A sitting State or Federal politician in Australia

Current vice regal office

A current member of the ISWA Management Committee or the ISWA Award Sub Committee or their relative (includes partner, de facto relation, spouse, brother, sister, brother in law, sister in law, children, parents, parent in laws from current or previous  marital status)

A previous recipient of the ISWA Community Service Excellence – The Lakhwara Award will not be eligible for the same award.

1.3             Selection Criteria for the Lakhwara Award

Each candidate’s application must separately address the following criteria with clear verifiable examples.

  • Significant contribution to the Indian and Australian communities in Western Australia.
  • An inspirational role and leadership model for the Indian communities.
  • Demonstrated record of dedicated voluntary work performed individually or as part of a group, beyond paid employment activities.
  • Demonstrated community service achievements in the areas of leadership, innovation and creativity for the benefits of communities in Western Australia.
  • Contribution in the relevant field (how has the nominee put back into their field to benefit others).

 

2.0             ISWA AWARD FOR PERSONAL EXCELLENCE
2.1             Overview

ISWA instituted this award in 2015 to recognise excellence of the Indian diaspora in WA for personal achievements in various fields of activities.

This award will be conferred upon an individual of Indian origin in recognition of significant achievements in the fields of research or trade or a professional.

2.2             Eligibility Criteria for a Nominee

A nominee must have been a resident of Western Australia for at least 12 months on 15th August of the year of award.

Award will not be granted posthumously

Self-Nominations are not acceptable.

Regardless of number of nominations, a person can receive only one award in a year.

 Must NOT be OR holding one or more of the positions:

A sitting State or Federal politician in Australia

Current vice regal office

Current member of the ISWA Management Committee or the ISWA Award Sub Committee or their relative (includes partner, de facto relation, spouse, brother, sister, brother in law, sister in law, children, parents, parent in laws from current or previous  marital status)

A past recipient of the ISWA Personal Excellence Award.

At least 25 years old on the 15th August of the year of Award.

Must fulfil the conditions of the selection criteria.

A candidate or organisation for Personal Excellence   must not have received an award for Community Services, Cultural Excellence or Youth Excellence within the previous 3 years of the Award Year.

2.3             Selection Criteria for the ISWA Personal Excellence Award

Each candidate’s application must separately address the following criteria with clear verifiable examples.

  • Demonstrated level of excellence and personal contribution as an individual or as a team member in academia, profession or trade .
  • Contribution in the relevant field of excellence with demonstrated examples of putting back their achievements into their field of excellence for the benefit of others .
  • Degree of difficulty of achievement, sacrifices made, and sustainability in continuum.
  • Personal, community and professional achievements demonstrating leadership, innovation and creativity for the benefits of communities .
  • Availability and commitment to promote achievement for the residents of Western Australia and rest of the nation professionally as well as voluntarily.

 

3.0             ISWA AWARD FOR CULTURAL EXCELLENCE
3.1             Overview

ISWA instituted this award in 2018 to recognise excellence of the Indian Diaspora in WA in cultural activities for outstanding contribution in the memory of Late Pranjal Bora promoting Indian culture and music within the wider WA Indian community.

At the discretion of the ISWA Management Committee, the award may be conferred upon an individual or a group of people of Indian origins or both, in recognition of significant contribution in any cultural, arts and/or music field(s), who have demonstrated excellence in Indian traditional and/or fusion arts, music and/or culture.

The art includes both visual and performing arts. However, computer generated art is excluded.

Music includes classical Indian vocal, instrumental, or both.

There are two sub categories within the Cultural Excellence Award. One is for individual performance and the other is for group performance at an institution/academy/school level.

3.2             Eligibility Criteria for the Nominees

For Individual category of award :

A nominee or nominees must have been residents of Western Australia for at least 12 months on 15thAugust of the year of award.

Awards will not be granted posthumously

Self-Nominations are not acceptable.

Regardless of number of nominations, a person can receive only one award in an Award Year.

 Must NOT be:

A sitting State or Federal politician in Australia

A person holding current vice regal office

A current member of the ISWA Management Committee or the ISWA Award Sub Committee or their relative (includes partner, de facto relation, spouse, brother, sister, brother in law, sister in law, children, parents, parent in laws from current or previous  marital status)

At least 25 years of age on the 15th August of the year of Award.

Must fulfil the conditions of the selection criteria.

For Institution category of award:

The institution can be an association, academy, institute,  school with more than five members/students operating in Western Australia.

The institution is not a member association with ISWA

Carries a valid ABN with registered office in Western Australia for more than 12 months on 15th August of the year of award.

Awards will not be granted posthumously

Self-Nominations are not acceptable.

Must NOT have a person in its association, academy, institute or school, who is :

A sitting  State or Federal politician in Australia

A person holding current vice regal office

A current member of the ISWA Management Committee or the ISWA Award Sub Committee or their relative (includes partner, de facto relation, spouse, brother, sister, brother in law, sister in law, children, parents, parent in laws from current or previous  marital status)

Must fulfil the conditions of the selection criteria.

3.3             Selection Criteria for the Award

Each nominee’s application must separately address the following criteria with clear verifiable examples.

Demonstrated level of excellence and significant contribution in any cultural field(s), who excelled in Indian traditional and/or fusion arts, music and/or culture.

Level of voluntary contribution along with professional contribution.

Level of contribution to the community through coaching, training and mentoring to sustain continuity in the field of cultural excellence.

Formal recognition in the area of cultural excellence

Availability and commitment to promote excellence for the residents of Western Australia.

 

4.0             ISWA WACE EXCELLENCE AWARD
4.1             Overview

This award recognises student(s) of Indian origin who are ranked very high in the West Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) (Completed Year 12 ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) course as determined by the Curriculum Council of Western Australia. Students nominated ISWA WACE Excellence Award need to submit copies of WACE statement of results and course report.

It is anticipated that nominated students in the “99 Club” on the Year of Reference will receive the WACE Excellence Award in the Year of Award. The other applicants may be considered only if there are not sufficient entries from the “99 club”.

 

4.2             Eligibility Criteria for the Nominee

To be included in the 99 Club in WACE examination ranking for the year under reference.

Any person undertaking WACE examination under an international student or visitor visa will not be considered for ISWA WACE Excellence Award. 

Any member of public can propose a nominee for WACE Excellence Award subject to the nominee fulfilling the eligibility criteria and award conditions stated on this document.

 

4.3             Conditions for the Award

Must be a resident of Western Australia while completing the full duration of year 12 of an ATAR course in the Award Year. For example, for receiving WACE Excellence Award in 2020, the candidate must have been enrolled in WACE course for a full year 12 ATAR course in 2019.   Year of Reference in this case is 2019. Year of Award is 2020.

For this year past two year’s of WACE students will be eligible to apply for the awards i..e

  • Year of award is 2020
  • Year of award is 2019

Either the candidate or one of the parents must fulfil the eligibility conditions of getting an Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) card of the prevailing Year of Reference and be in Western Australia. http://www.ociregistration.com/oci_eligibility.htm

 

4.4             Selection Criteria for the WACE Excellence Award

Attaining an ATAR score of 99.00 and above in the Year 12 WACE examination and fulfilling the conditions stated for WACE Excellence.

Applicants need not prepare a max. 500 word description in the application form

 

5.0             ISWA YOUTH EXCELLENCE AWARD
5.1             Overview

This award aims to recognise extraordinary achievement in academic or any other field including sports, arts, music, and research, voluntary activity by a person of Indian origin in domestic or international arena.

Nominees to be between 18 and 25 years as on 15 August of the Award Year.

The nominee needs to submit the completed nomination form, resume and any of the following in support of the application for this category of award:

Achievement record supported by documentary evidence;

Proven leadership qualities supported by documentary evidence;

Community involvement supported by documentary evidence;

All-round achievement supported by documentary evidence; and

Any other evidence in support of the nomination.

 

5.2             Eligibility Criteria for the Nominees

The nominees must have been residents of Western Australia for at least 12 months on 15th August of the year of award.

Must NOT be holding one or more of the positions:

A sitting State or Federal politician in Australia

Current vice regal office

A current member of the ISWA Management Committee or the ISWA Award Sub Committee or their immediate relative (includes partner, de facto relation, spouse, brother, sister, brother in law, sister in law, children, parents, parent in laws from current or previous marital status)

A previous recipient of the ISWA Youth Excellence award in the previous 3 years will not be eligible for the same award.

Must be between 18 and 25 years on the 15th August of the year of Award.

Must fulfil the conditions of the selection criteria.

 

5.3             Selection Criteria for the ISWA Youth Excellence Awards

Each nominee’s application must separately address the following criteria with clear verifiable examples.

Demonstrated level of excellence and significant contribution in the field of sports, education, extracurricular activities, youth leadership (examples including but not limited to  community organisation, student guild activity, life savings activity, rotary club, animal care, aged care,  event organisation),  innovation (a typical example could be  development of a widely acceptable application), research, creativity, fund raising for charitable work, and alike (this is by no means an exhaustive list due to the evolving nature of world class youth activities).

Demonstrated achievement with professional recognition at local community level, state level, national and /or international level

Availability and commitment to promote excellence among the residents of Western Australia professionally as well as voluntarily.