The project, activity, research or coverage which is the subject of the nomination must be contemporary in nature, e.g. carried out or substantially completed within the previous 12-24 months, ending 29 March 2019.
For media, the material must have been published / broadcast within the 12 months ending 29 March 2019.
The EMPA Awards are open to:
All who make an active contribution to emergency management in Australia or New Zealand in any capacity, provided that their activity is directly associated with communication / public information.
Students, tutors or teaching staff in any accredited tertiary institution, whose research is directly related to emergency management in Australia or New Zealand.
Journalists, including freelancers, who report on hazards and / or emergency responses in Australia or New Zealand.
Individuals and teams are both eligible for nomination.
[NB: EMPA Fellows are ineligible to be nominated for these awards.]
A panel of three EMPA Fellows will judge each category.
The judges may, at their sole discretion, make inquiries or request additional information to verify or confirm any aspect of any entry. Notwithstanding, it is the responsibility of each nominee to ensure that their entry provides sufficient information and supporting evidence to enable a complete assessment to be made.
Where there are sufficient numbers of entries in a category, the judges may at their sole discretion choose a runner-up and / or highly commend one or more nominees.
If in the opinion of the judges there is no nomination of a sufficient standard to warrant an award in a category, the judges may decline to make an award in that category, or may commend an entry without announcing it as the winner.
The decision of the judges is final.
The Australian EMPA Awards will be presented during the conference dinner, Sydney, on Tuesday 4th June 2019.
Finalists will be notified two weeks before the event.
Finalists will be asked to submit a 30 second video or a single PowerPoint slide summarising their project. This will be screened as part of the presentation ceremony.
It is a condition of entry that finalists must attend the conference dinner [where a team has been shortlisted, at least one member of the team must attend].
Travel and accommodation – if required – is at the nominee’s own cost.
In the event that a finalist is not also attending the conference, a ticket to the conference dinner must be purchased separately.