Consumer Protection Awards FAQ

Nominating for a Consumer Protection Award

The frequently asked questions below provide some helpful information about the Consumer Protection Awards such as the essential entry requirements, how to apply for an award and the judging process.

When do nominations open and close?

Nominations open and close in the second half of the year preceding an Awards ceremony. Information on the nomination period will be published on the Consumer Protection Awards home page.

Who can nominate?

The awards are open to any Western Australian individual, group, organisation or media outlet.

Nominations can be submitted directly, or on behalf of another, provided they consent to the nomination.

Can I nominate for more than one category?

Yes. You are able to enter or nominate others for multiple award categories.
Each nomination requires a separate application.

I was a nominee or a finalist in last year’s Awards – can I enter this year?

Yes, all previous nominees and finalists who do not win are eligible to enter.

I was a winner in last year’s Awards – can I enter the Awards again this year?

Yes, you are able to enter again.

What are the awards categories?

  • Rona Okely Award for individuals
  • Richard (Dick) Fletcher Award for groups and organisations
  • Kidsafe WA Award for innovation in injury prevention for Western Australia children
  • Ruby Hutchison Media Award for the media
  • David Hillyard Award (selected by the Commissioner without nominations).

Find out more about the four Award categories.

How do I nominate for an award?

Nominate by completing the online award nomination. If you require any assistance completing your nomination, please email

What are the essential entry requirements I need to complete my nomination?

If you are nominating on behalf of another individual, group or organisation, you must obtain their consent before submitting a nomination.

Have the following information and material readily available to input or upload as you go:


Provide the name and contact details of one referee who can comment directly on your or your nominee’s achievements. Please note, Consumer Protection and Department of Energy, Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety staff cannot act as referees.


Provide up to four high quality images and a company logo (.png or .jpg), including a headshot of the nominee where applicable. These images will be used for promotional purposes for the Awards presentation, printed material, online publications and digital/social media.

Supporting material

Supporting material for the Ruby Hutchison Media Award is mandatory, and highly recommended for other award categories.

Example of supporting material to highlight your nomination include:

  • reports
  • testimonials
  • media coverage
  • statistics
  • photos
  • survey outcomes
  • videos
  • audio files

How will my nomination be assessed?

A judging panel will conduct an independent assessment process to review each nomination. Judges for the Awards panel are chosen for their expertise, knowledge and experience in consumer protection and media issues.

The judging panel will evaluate all entries against the assessment and eligibility criteria as outlined within the online nomination portal. Criteria vary based on the award category.

How will I know I am finalist?

You will be advised via email of your status as a finalist or non-finalist after the judging process has been completed. 

When are the finalists and winners announced?

The names of finalists and winners are announced at the annual Western Australian Consumer Protection Awards presentation ceremony, usually held each year in the week of World Consumer Rights Day (15 March).

Where can I get more information or help?

If you have further questions, please contact the Consumer Protection Awards Coordinator by email or phone 1300 30 40 54.

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