The APEN Awards for Excellence in Extension are open to all extension professionals that reside in Australasia*. These awards are open to individuals or groups, who have demonstrated excellence in extension through a work program completed within the last five years.
* Australasia includes Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands.
Awards are presented in the following categories:
APEN Open or Experienced Extensionist (open to all ages)
APEN Amabel Fulton Award for Excellence in Extension by a Young Professional (35 years of age or under)
The Award was first presented at the 1999 APEN Conference. In 2009 the Young Professional Award was renamed the APEN Amabel Fulton Award for Excellence in Extension by a Young Professional in memory of the late Amabel Fulton who was a major contributor to APEN and the development of extension in Australia.
Sponsorship of the Awards has been provided by:
Grains Research and Development Corporation - 2003
Dairy Australia - 2006
Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation – 2007
Dairy Australia - 2015
Coutts J&R - 2022 for the Amabel Fulton Award for Excellence in Extension by a Young Professional
Hort Innovation - 2022 for the Open award
Conditions of the award
The winner will be required to give a presentation of their work at the APEN Conference and/or at a webinar, and to take part in publicity associated with their success.
Nominations will be called prior to an APEN Conference.
Nominations can be received direct from the nominee(s), or from other persons or organisations on behalf of the nominee(s).
Nominations should include a summary of the work addressing the selection criteria, a copy of any written material or reports produced, and the names of two independent referees able to comment upon the work.
Nominations can be completed in word and sent to APEN Ltd. PO Box 1239, WODONGA VIC 3689, AUSTRALIA firstname.lastname@example.org OR using the webform application forms below.
2017 Award Winner Heather Collins
APEN Open or Experienced Extensionist
The applicability of the work in the broader practice of extension and contribution to the extension practice profession through providing training, mentoring, papers, article and/or manuals
Leadership in a major extension program/initiative
The use or development of extension principles in the work
Evidence of the effectiveness and efficiency of the work
A commitment to ongoing professional development
APEN membership and/or participation in APEN events would be highly regarded
APEN Life Membership is called for and awarded at the same time as the Awards for Excellence in Extension. They may also be called prior to the AGM in a non-conference year. Life Membership will be awarded on the basis of contribution to the Extension profession and to APEN.
The APEN Board will judge entries and their decision will be final.
The successful nominee is announced and a plaque and badge are presented at the APEN Conference Dinner or AGM .
• An Honour Board on the APEN website which lists life members and has their photos and a comment about their contributions.
• At conference dinners, a table is designated for current board members, life members and possibly past-presidents, to honour them and recognise their efforts.
• APEN membership is free for the life member going forward.