Nominations and key dates

Please note that due to the current situation with coronavirus (COVID-19) in Victoria, dates are subject to change.

Start your nomination today
Register online to become a nominee for 2020 Learn local Awards

Download the 2020 nomination guidelines

Nomination process

1. Determine your award nomination category

Read through the award category and find out which one best suits you. You can put in a nomination for more than one award or for more than one individual, program or team.

2. Read the conditions of entry

Read the conditions of entry (docx - 23kb) thoroughly to ensure you understand the eligibility requirements and process behind the awards.

3. Start your nomination online

Go to the nomination portal. Register to nominate and follow the step-by-step process. Nominations may only be made through this portal. Your nomination can be saved as you enter information into it.

4. Collect any supporting evidence

Collect any supporting evidence that will be submitted with your nomination. The form contains additional details and tips on the type of information you can include in your nomination.

5. Sign the declaration form

Have the nominee sign the nominee declaration form (docx - 44kb) and attach the completed form to your nomination. Nominators for the Volunteer Team Award must sign this form.

If you are nominating a program, please ensure the chair or CEO of the organisation (as appropriate) signs the nominee declaration.

Have the main partners sign the partner declaration form (docx - 42kb) if you are nominating for the Victorian Learn Local Creating Local Solutions Award or the Victorian Learn Local Collaboration Award and scan the completed form to attach to your nomination.

6. Submit your application by the deadline

Submit your application by midnight on Monday 29 June. You will receive an email confirming that your application has been received.

Key dates

Nominations and application writing assistance requests open

Tuesday 11 February 2020

Nominations close

Midnight on Friday 21 August 2020


Monday 31 August 2020 to Friday 18 September

All nominees notified

Monday 21 September

Finalist interviews

Monday 21 September to Friday 25 September

Help to prepare your nomination

We aim to make the nomination process as simple and as streamlined as possible. If you need help drafting your nomination, contact us by phone on 1800 413 622 or email

Prepare your nomination

Supporting evidence

In addition to the completed questions, a nomination may include attachments (documents and/or letters of reference) as evidence of the program and learners' achievements.

Attachments may include:

  • training certificates
  • brochures/manuals
  • learner or practitioner testimonials
  • Curriculum, A-frames, course plans.

There is a limit of five documents and/or letters of reference per application.

Additionally, images may be included in applications as supporting evidence. You may also include a single video to support your application.

Length of responses

There is no maximum or minimum word length specified, though one-word or one-sentence answers are unlikely to give enough information. Some questions may require more information than other questions.

When responding to questions, make sure that you have provided evidence that the skills, achievements or other changes in learners are related to the learners' participation in the program you are nominating.

Nomination tips

Congratulations on choosing to nominate for 2020 Victorian Learn Local Awards.

Here are our top tips to assist you in submitting your nomination.

1. Start today

Don’t wait until the last minute to nominate.

2. Cover your bases

Read the selection criteria for the relevant award category and the Conditions of Entry (docx - 26.04kb)carefully.

3. Tell us a story

What has been achieved and how? Use practical examples and provide evidence.

4. Keep it simple

Avoid using slang words, jargon or too many acronyms. Keep your language simple, clear and concise!

5. Final checks

Don’t forget to proofread the nomination.

6. Ask for help

If you need assistance in writing the nomination, contact the Learn Local Awards team.

7. Think big

Make the nomination stand out!

8. Don’t be late

Submit your nomination before nominations close at midnight on Monday 29 June.

9. Ask questions

Should you have any questions the Learn Local Awards team are here to help. Just contact us before the closing date.