Andrew Hopkins Award for Excellence in Health and Safety


To encourage and recognise significant and/or sustained contribution to improve and promote health, safety and wellbeing best practice in the workplace.

This award aims to recognise an individual or team that has demonstrated excellence in health, safety and wellbeing beyond the scope of their expected business as usual work.

2023 nominations for this award are open from 1 September 2023 to 9 October 2023. 


Nominations will be assessed on the basis of written evidence that demonstrates outstanding achievement in one or more of the following areas:

  • Excellence in developing and implementing a solution to an identified health and safety issue(s), including regard to overall wellbeing. Nominations may be for a product or process based solution, design/engineering innovation, a training program, an awareness raising activity or other control measures that reduce the risk of work-related injury or illness and improve health, safety and wellbeing;
  • Excellence in core business practice that reduces emissions, waste products and/or use of pivotal resources, thereby ensuring that the University community and beyond has a sustainable, healthy future ahead. Sustainable practices can also be in relation to consistent health, safety and wellbeing efforts that increase the overall productivity and engagement of ANU staff, through cost-effective and respectful practices;
  • Overall outstanding achievement or success with demonstrated value in the area of workplace health, safety and wellbeing.


All staff members are eligible for the Vice-Chancellor’s Awards either as an individual or as part of a team. Nominees must be employed by the University (on payroll) in the year of the award. Current students may be included as part of team nominations as appropriate.

Nomination process

Nomination forms can be downloaded from the Vice-Chancellor’s Awards webpage.  Nominations should be submitted as a single PDF document to, by no later than 5pm on the advertised closing date.

Nominations should be prepared by Sponsors, that is, a supervisor or other person within the University. Sponsors should specifically address the award criteria, provide examples to support their claims, and note that additional references are not permitted, and that additional paperwork will not be considered by the Committee.

Colleges and Service Divisions may choose to set up a committee to ensure that staff who warrant consideration of an award are not overlooked.

Sponsors should note that the Vice-Chancellor’s Awards recognise excellence in achievement and contribution that exceeds the normal expectations of the work undertaken by individuals and teams. The selection committee will consider the academic or professional level and consider their access to opportunity when making their evaluation.

Awards process

Award finalists and sponsors will be contacted once the Committee has made a determination but recipients will not be announced until the awards ceremony. The awards will be presented at the celebratory Vice-Chancellor’s Annual Awards event in the same year and all nominees and sponsors will be invited. Please see awards recipients list below.

In the case of team awards, the team will receive one award, presented to the Team Lead (as specified on the nomination form).

The successful recipient of the Andrew Hopkins Award for Excellence in Health and Safety will also receive $2,000 towards professional development in health and safety as part of the Andrew Hopkins Endowment Fund. In the case of team awards, the team will receive a total of $2,000.


2023 - Not awarded

2022 - Anya Wotton (ANU Communications and Engagement)

2021 - School of Art & Design Technical Team (CASS)

2020 - COVID-19 Taskforce (CHM, DVC SUE, CASS)

2019 - Xin Li (Work Environment Group - HRD)

Further information

For further information please contact

Note: Known as the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Health and Safety Excellence prior to 2017.


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