Best Practice Award 2017


Each year NAGCAS host the Best Practice Award which is an opportunity for members to showcase the innovative projects and activities that they have been involved in during the past 12 months.  Each institution is invited and encouraged to submit one example of best practice from their careers service.

By means of the Institution Representative Committee, each institution reviews all submissions and cast one vote for the submission they deem the best as per the selection criteria.  The top four nominations i.e. those with the most votes, will be invited to present at the annual NAGCAS conference where the second and final round voting process will occur.

A $1000 prize is awarded to the Careers Service that is judged to be an example or excellence based on the selection criteria.  The Best Practice Award is sponsored by NAGCAS or jointly sponsored together with a partnering sponsor.

As in previous years, all best practice submissions received in 2017 will be posted online to provide an opportunity for all members to view the innovation that is happening across our sector and to be able to contribute to the voting process.

The deadline for Best Practice Award Nominations is 13 October 2017

NAGCAS Best Practice entries need to demonstrate the following:

Selection Criteria

  1. Innovation or Improved Practice – an activity that within the Australian context is new or where, based on demonstrated quality assurance practices, there has been significant improvement in an existing activity.
  2. Evidence-based activities – there is data available that demonstrates the need for the activity.
  3. Demonstrated impact – for ongoing activities data exists to show that the outcomes of the activity have successfully achieved the activity’s aims.  For new activities there is a clear process for identifying and evaluating outcomes.
  4. Adaptability – the activity has the capacity to be scaled up for larger number of participants and can be adopted or adapted for use in other contexts.

To assist you with your submission please go to the NAGCAS website Best Practice page and view:

  • 2016 submissions
  • 2015 submissions
  • 2014 submissions


What you will need to do to submit and entry:

  1. Create a title for your entry
  2. Provide a concise written summary of your entry (maximum of 300 words)
  3. Complete the entry template that explains how your entry addresses the criteria
  4. Provide a link to your entry e.g. link to your institutional home page, vodcast, podcast, PDF file




After completing you nomination;

You will provided with a special log in to review your submission and make any changes before it goes live to the public.


Do you need some help?

If you need any more information or support completing your nomination and understanding the Best Practice Awards, we are here to help!  Email our National Professional Development Coordinator, Tessa McCredie ([email protected])