Industry Collaboration Award

About the award

The Industry Collaboration Award recognises an exemplary skills development collaboration between at least one employer or industry body and at least one organisation delivering nationally recognised training.

The winner of this award will receive $5000 prize money and will become an ambassador for the 2019 Victorian Training Awards and the Victorian training and TAFE system. The recipient will also be nominated by Victoria for the Australian Industry Collaboration Award at the Australian Training Awards.

Collaboration versus partnership

A ‘collaboration’ is where two or more parties work together to achieve shared goals. A ‘partnership’ is a business structure where two or more parties enter a contractual relationship in which they can legally share profits, risks and losses according to terms set out in their partnership agreement.

The key difference between a partnership and a collaboration is that parties who work collaboratively do not necessarily need to be bound contractually.

This award is to recognise outstanding collaborations, not partnerships.

Eligibility and criteria

To nominate for this award, at least one party must be an industry organisation and at least one party must be delivering nationally recognised training or directly contributing to the outcomes of nationally recognised training which leads to a formal qualification or statement of attainment.


  • Criteria 1: Outstanding practice of the collaboration
  • Criteria 2: Achievements of the collaboration for training
  • Criteria 3: Training impacts of the collaboration
  • Criteria 4: Sustainability and future of the collaboration.

Download the full eligibility and criteria here:

Industry Collaboration Award eligibility and criteria (pdf - 498 (pdf - 219.18kb)
Industry Collaboration Award eligibility and criteria (docx - 385 (docx - 114.67kb)

Supporting evidence

The award criteria should be the focus of the nomination, however any relevant evidence may be provided to support the nomination.

Supporting evidence must not include additional responses to the criteria, but should include:

  • up to five photographs showcasing the organisation or initiative (required)
  • the organisations logo (required)
  • any recognition or achievement awards
  • other evidence supporting the claims made in your nomination
  • tables, graphs and figures (Word or PDF versions only) to support responses to the criteria

All employer nominations must include a signed copy of the business endorsement, see:

Business endorsement (pdf - 469 (pdf - 90.63kb)
Business endorsement (docx - 375 (docx - 103.13kb)

Need assistance to prepare your nomination?

We have award nomination writers to assist you in refining your nomination and ensure it is up to an award winning standard. For further information on this service please contact

Selection process and key dates

Nominate directly to the Victorian Training Awards: Now open.

To submit your nomination see:  2018 Victorian Training Awards Portal

Nominations close: midnight on Monday 2 April 2018

Awards program team and only those eligible for the award will be entered into the judging rounds.

The judging consists of two rounds followed by an interview. All nominations are judged against the award criteria. Finalists will be contacted by the Victorian Training Awards program team to attend a panel interview to determine the winner.

All unsuccessful nominees will be notified.

The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony in late August 2018.


Preparing your nomination (pdf - 470.4kb)
Preparing your nomination (docx - 642.15kb)

2018 Victorian Training Awards guide (pdf - 1.3mb)
2018 Victorian Training Awards guide (docx - 364.53kb)