Selection Criteria

Please read the Selection Criteria before nominating:

General Eligibility Criteria

  • Nominees must be Australian citizens.
  • Only peer nominations will be recognised (i.e. no self nominations accepted).
  • Nominees must be at least 16 years of age on 4 June 2012 (Future Leaders Award).
  • Sitting state and federal politicians and current vice-regal officers are not eligible.
  • Members of the IYC National Steering Committee, the IYC Steering Committee Reference Group and the IYC National Secretariat cannot be nominated.
  • Retired politicians and vice-regal officers will be considered for work undertaken in addition to their official duties.
  • Awards will not be granted posthumously.

General Selection Criteria

All nominations must include a detailed statement, from the nominator, outlining the reasons why the nominee is worthy of receiving the award.

In choosing the recipients of the aforementioned awards, regard will be given to the nominee's achievements in the year immediately prior to receiving the award, as well as their past achievements and ongoing contribution to building a better world through their co-operative work.

An individual need only be nominated once to be considered. The number of nominations received per nominee bears no weight in their selection.

In addition to assessing and comparing nominations against the above criteria, the judging panel will also give consideration to the following:

  • Personal, academic and professional achievements;
  • Contribution in the nominee’s relevant field (how has the nominee 'put back' into their field to benefit others);
  • Demonstrated leadership, innovation and creativity;
  • Personal interests and community involvement;
  • Contribution to development of co-operative and mutual values at the local or national level;
  • Future goals and likely impact;
  • Degree of difficulty of the achievement and sacrifices made, and the nominee’s ability to overcome challenges within their respective sector;
  • Previous awards and recognition;
  • Voluntary work beyond paid employment;
  • Nature and length of activity or service;
  • Achievements as an individual or as part of a group or organisation; and
  • Availability and commitment to promote the co-operative role in society throughout the year of the recipient's appointment.

Co-operative Leader of the Year Award (Legacy)


The Co-operative Leader of the Year Award will be presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the success of a co-operative or mutual business for over 15 years. There are many Australians who, through their co-operative endeavours, contribute to the social and economic wellbeing of their communities. They inspire us with their energy, passion and wisdom.

Selection Criteria
  • Demonstrated excellence in their field;
  • Significant contribution to the local community (over 15 years);
  • An inspirational role model in the workplace and/or business;
  • Demonstrated commitment to co-operative/mutual values and principles;
  • Contribution to raising awareness of co-operative or mutual business; and
  • Willingness to act as an ambassador for the co-operative/mutual movement in Australia.

Future Leaders Award (Youth)


The Future Leaders Award is a great opportunity to recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of one young Australian co-operator who has made a substantial contribution to their business and/or local community, and who exemplifies co-operative values and principles.

Selection Criteria
  • Demonstrated excellence in their field, where co-operation and teamwork is evident;
  • Significant contribution to their local community, education institution and/or business;
  • An inspirational role model for other young people, demonstrating their commitment to working co-operatively;
  • Understanding of the co-operative/mutual values and principles;
  • Evidence of creative approaches to raising awareness of the co-operative/mutual model of business or its values and principles (could be through social media or various other forms of communications); and
  • Willingness to act as a youth ambassador for the co-operative/mutual movement in Australia.




Bob Debus AM, Patron
Bob Debus AM, Patron IYC 2012
"People are looking for institutions they can trust. However [co-ops] strength is not only financial, it is ethical. Co-operatives are social businesses."

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