APATA – The Australian Performing Arts Teachers Association


Commence your submission when you’re ready.

To enter your submission, please go to the awards submission portal. Please note you need to be logged into your account to access and open the portal.

Once a submission is started you can complete it over numerous sessions, it doesn’t need to be completed straight away or in one sitting. You can save and continue your submission up until the closing date – midnight AEDT on the 1 March 2022 .

A member of the APATA team is available to you throughout the process, should you require any assistance.

Complete your submission by midnight AEDT on 1 March 2022. 

Your submission needs to be finalised and submitted in the system by midnight AEDT on 1 March 2022. No further changes are permitted after this time or to any submission that has been formally submitted as confirmed through the Awards Entry Portal.

Awards Presentation

Awards will be announced Friday 29 April 2022.

Important Dates & Fee’s

Criteria Available & Entries Open: 1 September 2021   |    Entries Close: 1 March 2022   |    Awards Announced – Friday 29 April 2022

Fees & Charges

What is the fee per submission?

Award submission fee’s = $50.00 per entry (excluding gst)

Please note ‘The Meskell Award – Honorary Award’ does not attract an entry fee. 


All entries for the APATA National Awards Program are submitted, managed and judged via an online system, which enables entrants to upload all relevant material including ‘Member / Criteria Statement’, images, video and/or audio files to address the relevant criteria. All submissions must be prepared online. Hard copy submissions will not be accepted.

Entries can be submitted in multiple categories, but respective judging criteria must be addressed. To enter you will need to be logged into your account to access the Awards Entry Portal. Once you have accessed the entry portal follow the instructions to complete your submission.

For each entry you must:

Address the specific judging criteria

Attach a Member / Criteria Statement

Attach any supporting material

Attach your personal photo and/or logo

Pay entry fee

Need help? Call 1300 582 580 or email hello@apata.com.au

File Formats, Size and Attachments

Upload jpeg, pdf or word files.

Maximum 10 attachments with each file size not bigger that 5MB.

Video attachments may be hosted on a video site such as YouTube, Vimeo or link provided to drop box (no more than 5 minutes long).

When providing URLs please ensure any applicable usernames and passwords are provided or deactivated to allow judges access.

Should judges be unable to access URLs they are unable to review with your submission.

Do I Require Permissions?

If you are entering the work of others as part of your submission you will need permission to use their content (e.g., images). It is the responsibility of the entrant to ensure permission and approvals have been granted by third parties.

Judging Period

Award entries is for the period of 1 January 2021 – 31 December 2021.

Can I Withdraw My Submission After the Due Date?

All submission cancellations (withdrawal) must be made in writing to APATA.

Submission fees will be refunded if cancellation is received via written notification prior to the submission closing date of midnight AEDT on 1 March 2022.

Written notification to withdraw should be addressed to hello@apata.com.au


Can Non-Members Enter the Awards?

You must be a member to enter into an award category.

Judging Process

How Will My Submission Be Judged?

Each category is judged by an independent panel of industry professionals and peers. Judging of entries will include a review of the written submission against criteria for each category and additional content via images and video files.

APATA reserves the right to reallocate award submissions to another category if it is considered to be a more appropriate fit. In this instance, the entrant will be notified, and they will be given the option to amend their submission.

The decision of the judging panel is final and will not be subject to challenge by an entrant or other parties.

What Happens After I Submit My Entry?

After submissions close APATA conducts an internal health check to ensure all projects are entered in the appropriate categories. Once the health check is complete, APATA coordinates category judging of entries with the appointed judging panel.

Can I Be Disqualified?

Yes! Under no circumstances should an entrant be in contact with or approach a member of the judging panel to discuss a submission. Should APATA be made aware of such behaviour, your entry will be disqualified immediately.

Should an entry not have the required approvals and permissions from interested third parties, APATA will immediately remove and disqualify the entry.

Will You Tell Me If I’ve Won Beforehand?

Apologies…no…it’s a surprise!

How Do I Become A Judge?

APATA regularly rotates its judges and invites senior members of the industry to participate.

If you wish to be considered to judge in the future, please send us your details to hello@apata.com.au

Please note you cannot be an entrant in the awards and a judge at the same time.

Finalists & Winners

Finalists and winners will be announced on Friday 29 April 2022.

Following official proceedings finalists and winners will be made public on the APATA website.

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