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Policy: Prizes


To articulate the University's principles and policies for prizes.


This policy sets out principles and policies for the establishment, award and administration of College based and University wide prizes.


All students, and academic and professional staff involved in prize matters.


Prize means an award in recognition of outstanding performance, academic achievement, leadership and contribution to University life or service that carries no condition for future commitment. All prizes have a financial value and recipients receive a certificate. A prize may include tokens of recognition which may take the form of a medal, plaque, equipment

Policy statement


  1. ANU prizes:
  1. Align with the strategic directions of the University;
  2. Meet the academic standards of the University;
  3. Meet legal requirements;
  4. Have transparent eligibility requirements and selection criteria; and
  5. Are sustainable to manage and monitor.

Prize establishment

  1. Any person, group or organisation within or beyond the University may propose the establishment of a prize.
  2. The Deputy Vice-Chancellor approves the introduction of all College based prizes and Conditions of Award in alignment with ANU prize principles upon the recommendation of the Registrar, Student Administration. University wide prizes are approved by Academic Board.
  3. The annual minimum value of a prize is $500 and are a minimum three year pledge;
  4. The University informs donors about this policy and any other relevant statutes, rules or policies.

Prize standards

  1. All prize information is be published on the ANU website and includes the eligibility requirements and any other relevant information.
  2. All prizes are governed by a set of Conditions of Award.

Prize recipients

  1. Selection is based on Conditions of Award for the specific prize.
  2. Approval of the winner(s) is sought from the relevant authority.
  3. The awarding of University wide prizes is recorded on a student's academic transcript and the Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement (AHEGS), in accordance with the Academic Statements Policy and Procedure.

Annual report

  1. The Academic Quality Assurance Committee provides an annual report to Academic Board of prizes awarded.

Governance and administration

  1. Responsibility for the establishment and management of prizes is shared between the Division of Student Administration and the ANU Colleges.
  2. In the event of a dispute over a prize or the implementation of this policy the Deputy Vice-Chancellor determines the appropriate interpretation or resolution.


Printable version (PDF)
Title Prizes
Document Type Policy
Document Number ANUP_016212
Version 2
Purpose To articulate the University's principles and policies for prizes.
Audience Staff-Academic, Students
Category Academic
Topic/ SubTopic Students
Effective Date 20 Nov 2017
Review Date 24 Jul 2020
Responsible Officer: Registrar, Student Administration
Approved By: Vice-Chancellor
Contact Area Division of Student Administration and Academic Services

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