Australasian Institute of Emergency Services

AIES Young Volunteer's Award

Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Proudly Supported by Australian Maritime Safety Authority

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Nominations can now be made for the 2016/17 Award!
Check out details below.

The Award

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The AIES Young Volunteer's Award, proudly supported by the Emergency Response Division of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, aims to reward one young person for outstanding and ongoing contributions and commitment to the community through his or her membership of the emergency services as a volunteer.

The award winner will receive a fully sponsored voyage in the sail training ship Young Endeavour where he or she can develop skills in teamwork, leadership and communication.

Runners up will receive a certificate of commendation from the AIES.


Nominations can be made by a member of the public, the young volunteer's supervisor, manager or another emergency service member. Nominations can be made as an individual or as a representative of an organisation. All nominations must be seconded by at least 2 referees who have known the nominee for a minimum of 12 months and who can attest to the nominee's volunteer service.

Nomination Criteria

The nominee will be assessed on:

  • commitment to his or her chosen volunteer emergency service including continuity and length of service
  • demonstrated willingness to learn and progress within his or her emergency service
  • current or future leadership potential within his or her emergency service

The nominee must:

  • be currently a volunteer member of an Australian Emergency Service organisation with a minimum of 2 years continual service
  • be aged between 18 and 23 years of age
  • be available to undertake the voyage on the date nominated by the award committee

In addition nominees must meet all of Young Endeavour's mandatory selection criteria including:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • be able to swim 50 metres and be in good health
  • weigh less than 120kg
  • complete a medical examination to the required standard
  • not having completed a voyage in Young Endeavour previously.
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Nomination Form

Download the Nomination Form (PDF, 60KB)

Nominations should be sent to the Division of the Institute in which the nominee resides.

Completed nominations can also be sent by email.

Division post and email addresses are outlined in the Contact Us page and on the Award Nomination Form.

Nominations must be received by 4pm, 1st March each year.


The selection committee will select the award winner by assessing each nomination against the nomination criteria. The authenticity of all claims in the winning submission will be verified.

The selection committee's decision on the winner of the AIES Young Volunteer's Award is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Conduct of this Award is governed by the Award Terms and Conditons.


Within 3 months of completion of the voyage the awardee will provide a written report on their voyage and make a presentation at an AIES Division meeting. The written report will be published in the Institute's journal National Emergency Response and by the Award sponsor the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.

Award Flyer & Brochure

More Information

For further information or general enquiries concerning the Award please email the Award Coordinator at

Want to know more about Young Endeavour's Voyages?

For information on the Young Endeavour, and her voyages, please visit Young Endeavour Youth Scheme.

Acknowledgment: Photos of Young Endeavour

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