The annual Achiever Awards provide financial assistance to young people aged 15 to 25 years who have been in the care of the Department of Communities and are undertaking further education and training.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2020, this unique program has awarded more than 500 individuals and continues to be an inspiring and motivating initiative that recognises young Western Australians for their tenacity and perseverance to pursue their education and career goals, despite adversity. 

The 2019 Achiever Awards program recognised 46 young people for pursuing their dreams through further education and training, the highest number of winners in the program’s history. 

Nominations are invited into three award categories:

  • University Achiever Award

For a young person who has successfully completed Year 12 and is in their first year of university.

Prize: $4,000 + Trophy

  • Registered Training Achiever Award

For a young person who has graduated secondary education and is undertaking their first year of vocational education and training for a Certificate III or higher at a registered training organisation.

Prize: $1,000 + Trophy

  • Apprenticeship or Traineeship Achiever Award

For a young person who is undertaking their first year of an apprenticeship or traineeship.

Prize: $1,000 + Trophy

An additional $1,000 prize, the Community Spirit Award, will be awarded to an Achiever Award winner who has also made an important contribution to their community.

The STEMbassador Scholarship, sponsored by Graduate Women WA, provides an opportunity for a female Achiever Award winner who is pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics to apply for an additional $2,000 prize.

Regional award winners will also be eligible to apply for the Rise Up Regional Award, made possible by the Foster Care Association of Western Australia, to develop a strategy, activity or solution to benefit young people in their local community, to the value of $3,000.

Achiever Award recipients receive funding to assist with further study or training in two amounts – the first half is presented at the presentation event and the second half after the successful commencement of the second semester of study, or next six months of an apprenticeship or traineeship.

Proof of continued enrolment is required by the Department in order to process the second payment.

Who can nominate a young person into the awards?

If you know a young person who has been in the Department’s care and is currently enrolled in their first year of a degree, diploma, certificate, apprenticeship, traineeship or course at an approved institution, they may be eligible for an award.

Nominations can be made by a parent, relative, foster carer, teacher, case manager, education officer or non-government representative.


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

  • be aged between 15 and 25 years (as at April 2020)
  • have spent at least 12 months in the Department’s care
  • be entering the first year of a course at an approved educational institution, or apprenticeship or traineeship


Nominations into the 2020 program are now closed.

If you have any queries regarding the Achiever Awards, please contact Ms Natalie La Touche, Manager - Events and Sponsorship.

2020 partners

Einstein partners:

Logos of Einstein Partners, Curtin Univeristy, Murdoch Univeristy and the University of Western Australia.

Curie partner:

Logo of Curie partner Edith Cowan University.

Da Vinci partners:

Logos of Da Vinci partners Apprentice Support WA, Univeristy of Nortre Dame Australia.

Media partner: 

Media partner logo, RTR FM 92.1.

Other partners:

Logos of other partners: Graduate Women WA, Foster Care Association of WA, Leeuwin, Alex Hotel.