Prepare your nomination

When preparing your submission for the Awards, you will be asked to provide up to 1000 words on why you or your nominee should be considered for your Award Category.

We encourage you to consider the following criteria for your chosen category. This will assist in guiding the detail of your nomination, keep your response concise and help all judges to make informed judging decisions.

You will also be asked to provide some information on the farming enterprise (i.e. sector, farm size, rainfall). This is great information to have for the nomination, but if you don't have it, that is OK.

You will also be asked to provide a referee. This enables independent checking of nominations as they progress further through the judging process.

When completing your nomination, please consider addressing the following suggested criteria.


Suggested criteria – Australian Farmer of the Year

The farming enterprise and the nominee’s role within it. The nominee’s long-term plan for the enterprise. Do you know if there is a future succession plan for the farming enterprise? What innovative techniques, technology adoption, processes or equipment has the nominee been responsible for implementing that has led to an increase in the efficiency and/or productivity of the enterprise? What impact have these had? What is the nominee’s commitment to sustainability, the industry and the community? This can include involvement in associations and grower groups; activities participated in to enhance leadership, management and/or mentoring skills; and/or contributions they have made to the future direction of the industry. Has the nominee implemented any diversification strategies in the enterprise?


Suggested criteria – Young Farmer of the Year

The farming enterprise and the nominee’s role within it. How is the nominee a ‘role model’ for young farmers or to those thinking of entering into the industry? What innovative techniques, technology adoption, processes or equipment has the nominee been responsible for implementing that has led to an increase in the efficiency and/or productivity of the enterprise? What impact have these had? What is the nominee’s commitment to sustainability, the industry and the community? This can include involvement in associations and grower groups; activities participated in to enhance leadership, management and/or mentoring skills; and/or contributions they have made to the future direction of the industry. Has the nominee implemented any diversification strategies in the enterprise?


Suggested criteria –Farmer Legend of the Year

Why the nominee is seen as a legend of farming. The farming enterprise and the nominee’s role within it. What journey has the nominee been on during their farming career—please share any ‘legendary’ stories about the nominee you may know. The nominee’s greatest achievements and the overall impact the nominee has had on the community or the agricultural sector. What is the best piece of advice the Farming Legend has given? Why the nominee is considered a mentor or leader in the community.


Suggested criteria – Rural community leader of the year

The community the nominee lives in and their role within it. The initiatives the nominee has established or been involved in? What are the positive impacts these initiatives have had on the region or the rural sector? The nominee’s leadership, management and/or mentoring skills.


Suggested criteria – Rural consultant of the year

The consultancy services provided and scope of their clients. The nominee’s role in assisting farmers in becoming more sustainable, productive or profitable. The positive impact the nominee’s services have had and describe any activities they have undertaken to communicate the benefits of these changes to other farmers or farm businesses in their region and/or industry.


Suggested criteria – Agricultural Student of the Year

The nominee must be currently undertaking educational study in an agricultural field. Please indicate the educational institution they are attending. Why did the nominee choose agriculture as their study focus? Does the nominee demonstrate an enthusiasm for learning and an empathy for primary producers? The nominee’s commitment to rural and regional Australia—can include memberships of associations, grower groups, involvement in industry events etc.


Suggested criteria – Award for Excellence in Agricultural Research

Nominee must currently be involved in an area of agricultural research. What is the research topic of the nominee and what is their role in the research? What impact has the nominee had on the Australian agricultural industry? How has the work they have done benefitted farmers? What other projects has the nominee been involved in? What role will the nominee play in future agricultural research?