This Award recognises distinguished contributions to psychology in Australia by psychologists at later career stage. The contribution must have made a difference to psychology and the Australian community as a whole. The Award may be in any field of psychology.

1. Eligibility

  1. Nominees need to be Australian citizens or have permanent residency status in Australia.
  2. Nominees are required to be members of the Society.

2. Judging criteria

  1. In judging nominees for the Award, the Selection Committee will have regard to:
    1. the significance of the nominee’s work in meeting the mission of the Society, namely, 'to represent, promote and advance psychology and psychologists within the context of improving community wellbeing and scientific knowledge.'
    2. the influence the nominee has had on psychologists in Australia.

3. Value of the Award

The successful nominee for the President's Award will:

  1. Be invited to present a keynote address at the Society’s Annual Conference in the year following receipt of the Award. On acceptance of this invitation, the successful nominee will receive complimentary:
    1. Domestic economy class travel between their home city and the conference venue
    2. Accommodation (room and breakfast only) for up to four (4) nights at the Conference venue
    3. Conference registration
  2. Be invited to submit a version of their keynote address to the Australian Psychologist.
  3. Receive a plaque for the President's Award for Distinguished Contribution to Psychology in Australia.
  4. Receive a cheque for $3000.

4. Administration of the President’s Award for Distinguished Contribution to Psychology in Australia

4.1 Nomination process

  1. The Award will be advertised each year in InPsych, the bi-mothly bulletin of the Australian Psychological Society
  2. The Award will also be promoted where possible through other avenues including sending material to Departments of psychology
  3. Nominees for the Award must be nominated by a member of the Society.
  4. Nominations are to include a letter of nomination addressing the following issues:
    1. The significance of the nominee’s work in meeting the mission of the Society
    2. The influence the nominee has had on psychologists in Australia
  5. Nominations are also to include a curriculum vitae giving details of all publications, community recognition and the names of two referees
  6. If the Selection Committee determines there have been no suitable nominations, then the APS Board of Directors may nominate or invite nominations

4.2 Selection process

  1. A Committee comprising the APS President and three other members of the APS Board of Directors will be responsible for selecting the successful nominee
  2. The APS President will inform the APS Board of the successful nominee
  3. An Award will only be made in any year if there is at least one nomination of sufficient merit

4.3 Award notification

  1. The APS President will inform the successful nominee before any public announcement is made
  2. An acknowledgement of the successful winner will be published in, InPsych, in February of the year following receipt of the Award
  3. The successful winner will be presented with an award plaque at the APS Annual Conference, in the year following receipt of the Award.

5. Closing date and further information

Nominations have closed for 2016. 

Additional information can be obtained from:

6. Previous winners

2015 Professor Justin Kenardy FAPS, University of Queensland
2014 Professor Trang Thomas AM FAPS, RMIT University
2013 Associate Professor Marie Joyce OAM FAPS, Australian Catholic University
2012 Emeritus Professor John O'Gorman FAPS, Griffith University
2011 Professor Trevor Waring AM Hon FAPS, University of Newcastle
2010 Professor Alfred Allan FAPS, Edith Cowan University
2009 Professor Rob Sanson-Fisher AO, University of Newcastle
2008  Emeritus Professor Gina Geffen AM FAPS, University of Queensland 
2007  Professor Matthew Sanders, University of Queensland
Professor Kim Halford, Griffith University 
2006  Not awarded
2005  Professor Margot Prior, University of Melbourne (inaugural award)