There is still time to nominate a young person for the Department of Communities, Child Protection and Family Support 2018 Perth Airport Achiever Awards.

The Child Protection and Family Support award program recognises young people aged 15 to 25 years who have been in care and who are persevering with further education or training.

The Awards acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of these young people, many of whom have overcome great adversity. Award recipients receive funding to assist with further study or training, allowing them to pursue and attain life goals.

Nominations are invited into three categories:

  • University Achiever Award – Prize: $4,000;
  • Registered Training Achiever Award – Prize: $1,000; and
  • Apprenticeship or Traineeship Achiever Award - Prize: $1,000.

An Achiever Award winner who has also made an important contribution to their community will be presented with a further $1,000 through the Ida Curtois Inspiration Award.

Last year, the program awarded 25 young people for pursuing their dreams through further education and training. One award winner shared their desire to help young people have positive futures: 

“My life’s ambition is to help troubled kids and youth to have successful lives. I wish to provide support and positive guidance for them.”

To be considered for an award, the young person must:

  • be aged between 15 and 25 years (as at March 2018);
  • have spent at least 12 months in state care; and
  • be entering the first year of a course at an approved educational or training institution, or commencing an apprenticeship or traineeship.

Nominations can be made by a parent, relative, foster carer, teacher, Case Manager, Education Officer or non-government representative.

If you know a young person who fits the criteria, they may be eligible for an award.

To find out more information, or if you require a nomination form, please visit the Department of Communities, Child Protection and Family Support website

Nominations close on Monday, 5 February 2018.