Award Criteria

Award Criteria

Nominations for the Outdoors Queensland Awards are assessed by the QORF Management Committee and measured against set criteria.

Each nomination should include sufficient information about the nominee (whether individual, organisation, event or program) to give the assessors a clear picture of the nominee and an understanding of why the nominee would make a suitable award winner.

Nominees for each award, whether individuals or organisations, should meet some or all of the following essential criteria:

  • High achievement in a particular field
  • The achievement of significant outcomes for organisations, communities or individuals
  • Excellent role modelling
  • Operating in an ethical manner
  • Demonstrating industry best practice
  • Responsible use of outdoor resources
  • Dedication and commitment to the broader outdoor community
  • Development of all-inclusive practices and /or programs
  • Industry and/or peer recognition

The Awards

Outstanding Achievement (Individual) Award

This award is for individuals who have demonstrated professionalism, high achievement in a particular field and exemplary role modelling.

They should meet all or some of the Essential Criteria (see above).

In addition they may have demonstrated excellence through:

  • Consistent high quality service delivery
  • Innovative instructional or educational programs
  • Providing opportunities for people of all abilities

Judging of the nomination will take into consideration:

  • How has the nominee made a contribution to the outdoor community?
  • What is the significance of the nominee’s achievement to the outdoor community
Outstanding Achievement (Organisation) Award

This award  is open to clubs, organisations and enterprises that have made a valuable contribution to the outdoor community and operate with professionalism and to high standards.

They should meet all or some of the Essential Criteria (see above).

In addition they may have demonstrated excellence through:

  • Consistent high quality service delivery
  • Innovative instructional or educational programs
  • Development opportunities for individuals
  • Providing opportunities for people of all abilities
  • Innovative environmental sustainability programs
  • Sustainable land management practices
  • Active involvement in community environmental projects
  • Creating opportunities for people to experience the outdoors

Judging of the nomination will take into consideration:

  • How has the nominee made a contribution to the outdoor community and individual development?
  • What is the significance of the nominee’s achievement to the outdoor community
Encouraging Participation Award

The recipient of this award will have achieved significant success in encouraging participation in outdoor activities through innovative program development and/or marketing.

They should meet all or some of the Essential Criteria (see above).

In addition, nominees (organisations or individuals) may have facilitated increased participation in outdoor recreation for either the general population or specific client groups through:

  • Innovative programs designed to attract a broader client group
  • Program modification to target a select client group
  • Inclusive programs designed to engage:
    • People of all abilities and/or CALD backgrounds
    • People of all ages & gender
  • Effective marketing and promotion
  • Outstanding program delivery

Judging of the nomination will take into consideration:

  • Details of the program, initiative or marketing innovation, the target group, the delivery and what was achieved?
  • What was the significance of the increased participation to/for the target group?
  • What can others learn from the success of the initiative?
  • How has the nominee made a contribution to the outdoor community?
  • What is the significance of the nominee’s achievement to the outdoor community
Young Achiever Award

This award recognises the efforts and achievements of a individual new to the outdoor sector; a student, young person or other making a change into the field. They maybe enrolled in a structured course (eg School, TAFE, University), volunteering or working as a trainee for an outdoor activity provider.

They should meet all or some of the Essential Criteria (see above).

In addition, they may have demonstrated excellence through:

  • Achievement of personal goals or marked improvement
  • Exemplary leadership, role modelling and initiative
  • Professional behaviour and ethical outdoor practice
  • Effort over and above what is expected
  • Contribution which has helped achieve significant outcomes

Judging of the nomination will take into consideration:

  • How has the nominee made a contribution to the outdoor community?
  • What is the significance of the nominee’s achievement to the outdoor community
  • What has the nominee done and what is the significance of the nominee’s efforts, dedication and achievements?
  • What (and how) has the nominee made a contribution to the organisation, outdoor recreation and/or the outdoor community?
Government Achievement Award

This award recognises the achievements of local or state government departments and/or agencies that have produced positive outcomes for the outdoor sector.

They should meet all or some of the Essential Criteria (see above).

In addition, they may have produced beneficial outcomes through:

  • Development of supportive policies, strategies and/or actions
  • Active engagement with advisory groups or committees to address community needs and values
  • The provision of a diverse range of outdoor activity opportunities

Judging of the nomination will take into consideration:

  • What are the notable achievements or specific initiatives that have produced positive results for outdoor recreation?
  • What are the positive outcomes and the significance of their contribution resulting from the nominee’s initiatives?
  • How has the nominee made a contribution to the outdoor community?
  • What is the significance of the nominee’s achievement to the outdoor community
Outdoor Event Award

This award is for individuals, organisations or committees that have developed and managed a significant* outdoor recreation event, that might include one-off or annual events such as Come-and Try days, Adventure Races, Expos or Festivals, major state / national / international championships, jamborees …

*number of competitors, entrants or attendees, the turnover or funds raised and/or the number of individuals involved in organising / running the event.

They should meet all or some of the Essential Criteria (see above).

In addition, they may have demonstrated:

  • Environmental, economic and social sustainability
  • Significant increase in opportunities for participation in outdoor recreation
  • Consideration of appropriate risk management and safety strategies
  • Coordination of significant numbers of volunteers
  • Extensive involvement and support from local business / community
  • Innovative promotion, event planning, marketing, sponsorship, risk management or facility design

Judging of the nomination will take into consideration:

  • What is the event and who did it attract/ target?
  • What event management processes/techniques did the nominee use that would set them apart from others in this category?
  • What innovative solutions were developed to overcome planning, logistical or implementation hurdles associated with the conduct of the event?
  • How did the nominee’s event management ensure sustainability (environmental, social and economic)?
  • How has the event contributed in a positive manner to the public perception of major outdoor events?
Nature Play Education Award

This award is for educational services or institutions, such as schools or childcare centres, that have increased the time kids spend in outdoor learning, Forest School or unstructured outdoor play.

They should meet all or some of the Essential Criteria (see above), and in addition they may have demonstrated excellence through:

  • Innovative educational program development to increase or integrate nature play into the educational service
  • A commitment to the nature play or outdoor learning ethos
  • Ability to demonstrate a creative approach to curriculum interpretation in outdoor learning.
  • Child’s’ regular and ongoing access to nature play experiences
  • Development of the educational grounds or use of external settings
  • Outdoor environment is suitably challenging; risk assessments and consent for its use in place.
  • Demonstrated effective use of resources, including links with the local community, organisations and parents.
  • Use of Nature Play QLD resources within an educational setting.

Judging of the nomination will take into consideration:

  • The educational services ability to meet or exceed the some or all of criteria above
  • Organisation’s key policies, ethos or promotional materials where nature play or outdoor learning is outlined.
Nature Play Community Award

This award is for communities (individuals or organisations*) that have developed initiatives to increase the time kids spend in unstructured play outdoors and in nature.

They should meet all or some of the Essential Criteria (see above), and in addition they may have demonstrated excellence through:

  • Innovative programs, events or activities for children 12 years or under
  • Exciting nature play spaces
  • Creative resources for nature play
  • Awareness raising events, publications or services

Judging of the nomination will take into consideration:

  • Details of the program, event or activity, the target group, the delivery and what was achieved?
  • Description of the nature play space and/or resources?
  • What can others learn from the success of the initiative?
  • How has the nominee made a contribution to the nature play community?

*Not educational institutions – educational organisations are encouraged to nominate for the Nature Play Education Award

Outdoor Places and Spaces Award

This award recognises that outdoor recreation activities require access to places and spaces. Nominees for this award will have developed one or more outstanding outdoor recreation facilities or venues.

They should meet all or some of the Essential Criteria (see above).

In addition, the facilities may:

  • Create or substantially increase opportunities for outdoor recreation activities.
  • Utilise innovative design and/or construction features
  • Address the specific needs of the target user group or community.
  • Follow or develop best practice methods in environmental techniques.
  • Use appropriate risk management and safety strategies

Judging of the nomination will take into consideration:

  • Details of the facility or venue and special design or construction features.
  • Details of environmental sustainability techniques and risk management procedures.
  • How the facility successfully addresses specific user group needs?
  • What can others learn from the success of the initiative?
  • How has the nominee made a contribution to the outdoor recreation community?

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