The ADF Long Tan Youth Leadership and Teamwork Awards started in 2006 to recognise students who demonstrate leadership and teamwork within both the school and the broader local community. At the same time, they recognise those who display strong values, such as doing one’s best, respect for others and “mateship”, characteristics that are integral to Australian society.
The awards are an important initiative by the Australian Government in conjunction with the Australian Defence Force designed to encourage senior students – tomorrow’s leaders – to actively participate in the life of their schools and local communities. In 2007 some 2100 schools participated. The number of schools participating today is over 2250.
The Battle of Long Tan holds a special place in the hearts and minds of Australians. In recognition of one of the defining moments in Australian military history, in August 2006 the then Prime Minister announced that it would be fitting to name the awards the 'ADF Long Tan Youth Leadership & Teamwork Awards'. It is also a fitting tribute to the Long Tan veterans, as the very traits they demonstrated such as determination, mateship, teamwork, tenacity, compassion and leadership, are the same attributes we hope to encourage and recognise in students.
In 2013 it was decided to discontinue the Year 11 award but to increase the value of the Year 10 and Year 12 Awards. Students are selected by their school principal based on the criteria set out on the selection criteria sheet available as a download from this site. Each school may select one student from each of Years 10 and 12. Recipients of a Long Tan Youth Leadership & Teamwork Award will receive a certificate and a financial reward - $250 for a Year 10 student and $550 awarded to a Year 12 student. A copy of the award guidelines form is also available as a download.
We will be calling for the names of award recipients in July 2016, and we will make every effort to have Awards available for the recipients by September. It is expected that the Awards will be presented to recipients at the annual speech night or other appropriate major school assembly. Schools that miss the July deadline are still able to submit their recipients at any time during the 2016 academic year. However, award packs for post-July submissions may not be received by schools until the following school year.
Schools may request an ADF representative to make the presentation. This is best done using the online application when you confirm your intention to participate or if necessary when the names of award recipients are finally confirmed. Early notice will give us the best chance of providing an ADF representative.
Last update: Friday, 12 August, 2016
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