2018 Premier's Anzac Memorial Scholarship eligibility criteria and information

Eligibity criteria & information 

  • All students enrolled in years 10 and 11 in 2018, from the 20 High Schools drawn through the ballot process, will be eligible to apply for selection to go on the PAMS 2018 school tour.
  • Each school drawn in the ballot will nominate one student and a reserve to attend the PAMS 2018 School Tour. Schools must submit the required documentation to Veterans Affairs for endorsement by 16 October 2017.
  • The names of the successful students and supervising teachers will be announced after 16 October 2017.


Selection process

Students will follow a two-stage selection process:

Stage 1

Students will submit a piece of work on a theme or topic that relates to the Centenary of Anzac. It needs to be appropriate to the level of the student and doesn’t need to be related to a subject being studied. Suggested themes to base work around are:

  • The importance of commemoration
  • The effect of the war on communities in Australia
  • The returned soldier
  • The effect of the Great War on women
Media can include:
  • Essay of 1000 words (word count does not include references or footnotes)
  • Poem or short story
  • Audio presentation (maximum 10 minutes)
  • Video presentation (maximum 10 minutes)
  • Musical composition – a song or instrumental
  • Digital presentation
  • Web page or PowerPoint
  • Artwork – painting, drawing, photograph or textile
 Stage 2

A school/community panel must be established to consider the work submitted and shortlist students who will then be invited to present their piece of work to the panel in an interview setting. Students will also be required to demonstrate that they have the qualities and attributes to be an appropriate representative of NSW on the tour.

At the interview stage, students will be asked to discuss their work and how it relates to the topic that has been set. The panel will be required to assess:

  • The quality of the student’s submission and their presentation.
  • Their capacity to undertake the tour.
  • If they will be an appropriate representative of NSW in the tour setting.
  • Their ability to communicate effectively on his or her return (upon their return from the tour students will be expected to share their experiences with their school and the community).


Special consideration should be given to students where their current financial, personal or family circumstances would normally preclude them from overseas travel.



Emergency replacements for student 

Schools are encouraged to nominate a reserve student who can replace the initial nominee in the event of an emergency. This reserve student will need to be prepared to step in for the nominated student (e.g. they will need to have a passport and have made other preparations as if they were going).


Guidance on the composition of the local panel 

A school/community panel will consider the work submitted and shortlist students who will be invited to present their work to the panel in an interview setting. A panel of four, chaired by the principal, will be responsible for selecting the student. In addition to the school principal, panels should include:

  • One community member, in the first instance a representative of the local RSL. 
  • One of the school’s teaching staff (executive or non-executive).
  • A school parent

 Government schools may also consider inviting a member of the local NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group to participate.

Schools are responsible for:

  • Providing the documentation, including a report on each process, to support the local panel’s recommendations by 16 October 2017.
  • Leading and managing the preparation process for the student including liaising with parents and caregivers, providing support and resources as appropriate and required.
  • Meeting the explicit requirements for the Department of Education’s Overseas Excursions Policy, which includes the following:
    • A risk assessment of the student is to be conducted and a risk management plan developed.
    • Signed consent forms granting permission for the student to participate and a medical information form are to be obtained from parents or caregivers.