The Judging

All submissions will be judged within the State or Territory where the young professional is based, with the State/Territory winners to then prepare a 30 second 'elevator pitch' to camera to be shown at the 2017 Consult Australia Asia Pacific CEO Conference.

The State/Territory Winners will also be flown to Sydney to participate in part of the Conference, the announcement of the National Judges Prize and CEO's Choice Prize winners, and to attend the conference reception.

All submissions will judged against the following six criteria:

  • Originality
    Is this something that has not been widely discussed before?

  • Practicality
    How would it be delivered and integrate with the existing built and natural environments?

  • Economic
    To what extent will it benefit the local and state economies, jobs growth and productivity?

  • Social
    To what extent will it benefit existing and potential communities?

  • Environmental
    ​To what extent will it benefit local ecosystems, reduce emissions and combat pollution?

  • Communication
    Is the idea clearly communicated and easy to understand?

State/Territory Prize

  • $1,000 Prize*

  • Flights and Accommodation to 2017 Asia Pacific CEO Conference & Reception in Sydney (May 4-5)**

National Judges Prize

  • Registration, flights and accommodation to FIDIC International Infrastructure conference or similar*** 

CEO's Choice Prize

  • $1,000 Prize*

Terms and Conditions

^ Staff of Consult Australia and members of the judging panels are prohibited from entering

^^ All submissions will be accepted under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) License

Payment method to be determined by Consult Australia 

** Includes only flights and accommodation to be booked by Consult Australia.
   All other expenses to be covered by each State/Territory Winner individually or their organisation 

*** For one person, up to a value of AUD$5,000 and to be taken by June 2018 unless otherwise negotiated

It’s time to think outside of the box

Consult Australia is the industry association that represents the business interests of consulting firms that design, engineer, assess and plan our built and natural environments.

We represent an industry comprising some 48,000 firms across Australia, ranging from sole practitioners through to some of Australia’s top 500 firms. Collectively, our industry is estimated to employ over 240,000 people, and generate combined revenue exceeding $40 billion a year.

Write Yourself Away is open to young professionals (≤35) and consists of a thought leadership piece written (≤1500 words) that explores the idea of changing something that's a big challenge.

The competition is open to any^ young professional; your employer does not need to be a member of Consult Australia to enter. Find out more about membership.

Submissions^^ must be in MS Word format and accompanied by an up-to-date resume (2 page max) and sent to by 11pm on Monday 23 January 2017.