Murdoch University Distinguished Alumni Awards Guidelines

The Murdoch University Distinguished Alumni Awards (Awards) have been established to recognise outstanding professional achievements and/or community services by Murdoch University alumni. 


Murdoch will award a minimum of two and no greater than five Distinguished Alumni Awards per year.


To be eligible to win an Award:

  • Nominees must have graduated from Murdoch University. A graduate (alumnus) of Murdoch University is defined as an individual who has completed and been awarded one or more certificate, degree, diploma or any other award prescribed by the statutes of Murdoch University.
  • Nominees must demonstrate sustained and significant contributions in one or more of the following areas: professional achievement; cultural achievement or leadership; sporting achievement and/or community leadership.
  • Nominees’ work, whether professional or volunteer, must demonstrate a significant positive impact that has been felt by many – locally, nationally and/or internationally.
  • Nominees, through prominence in their field/profession, must bring great distinction to Murdoch.
  • Nominees must have achieved sustained success over their career that is noteworthy and exceptional.
  • Nominees must demonstrate leadership qualities in a variety of contexts that could include volunteerism, or community work, or through their profession.
  • Nominees must not be:
    • honorary degree recipients unless that individual has also completed and been awarded one or more certificate, degree, diploma or any other award prescribed by the statutes of Murdoch University;
    • current Murdoch academic and general staff members who are more than 0.2 full time equivalent (FTE) or spouses (including de facto spouses) of current academic and general staff (who are more than 0.2 FTE) as per the 2014 Professional Staff/2014 Academic Staff agreement; or
    • a winner of a previous years’ Distinguished Alumni Awards.
  • Subject to complying with all other eligibility criteria, any alumnus holding an honorary title (for example, Adjunct Professor) is eligible to be nominated, so long as they do not exceed 0.2 FTE.
  • An alumnus cannot win more than one award category in any calendar year and cannot win the same award category more than once.
  • Awards will not be awarded posthumously, unless otherwise determined by the University.
  • Joint nominations will not be accepted.
  • Any nominee who does not meet the criteria above is automatically ineligible. Ineligible nominees will be informed that they do not meet the eligibility criteria by the Alumni Relations Office.


Nominations may be made by any member of Murdoch University or the wider community, who believes a Murdoch alumnus is deserving of this prestigious Award. Self-nominations are allowed.

Nominees must meet the eligibility criteria (above) and selection criteria (below).

Nominations must be made:

  • on the official Distinguished Alumni Awards website using the nomination form, and all supporting documentation must be included; and
  • by COB (5:00pm Perth time) by the closing date of the nominations period to be considered for entry into the program.

Murdoch University accepts no responsibility for unsuccessfully uploaded entries and incomplete entries will be disregarded.

Submission of a nomination form, or acceptance of a third party nomination, indicates acceptance of these guidelines.

The Alumni Relations Office and judging panels reserve the right to determine whether an individual is eligible to enter the Awards program in their absolute discretion.

Personal information submitted to the University by the nominator and/or nominee, in connection with the awards program, will be given to the selection panel for the purpose of judging the awards and will be stored in the University’s alumni database.

All nominations will be treated in confidence and will not be circulated outside of the Alumni Relations Office, judging panels and selected members of Murdoch University staff.

The University reserves the right to disclose the identity of the nominator to the nominee.

A nominee can withdraw from the awards at any time, but notice of withdrawal must be given in writing to the Alumni Relations office via email to


To be selected as a Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, nominees must have:

(i) made an outstanding contribution to their chosen field; and /or

(ii) given outstanding service to the community; and/or

(iii) given outstanding service to Murdoch University.

Nominations will also be assessed against the core values of Murdoch University:

  • Equity and Social Justice
  • Opportunity
  • Sustainability
  • Global responsibility

If your nomination is successful, you will be required to provide photographs and referee reports. If you are self-nominating, the Alumni Relations Office recommends having these documents prepared ahead of time in the event you may be selected.

By nominating or accepting a nomination, you agree to accept the terms and conditions of the Murdoch University Talent Release Form


All nominations are put through two separate judging processes. This judging process determines the recipients based on the selection criteria. Any individuals found to be undermining the integrity of the Awards program and/or interfering with the judging process will be immediately disqualified from the Awards program.

The judging panels are external to the Alumni Relations Office. The identities of the members of the judging panels are confidential at all times to protect the integrity of the Awards program.


Recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Awards will be announced at the annual awards ceremony and dinner. All recipients will be notified prior to the ceremony, however this information must not be made public until after the conclusion of the formal ceremony. Confidentiality must be respected by all parties throughout all stages of the Awards program.

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