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Apply now for the 2023 Rio Tinto Leadership Awards!

The Rio Tinto Leadership Awards aims to celebrate and reward nominated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students’ and encourage further study, increase skills, build confidence and employment opportunities.


Category 1: Aboriginal Student of the Year
  • Two awards valued at $1,000 each
  • Must have fully completed a Certificate III, IV or Diploma Qualification
Category 2: Rio Tinto Study Recognition Awards
  • Four awards valued at $750 each
Category 3: Rio Tinto Youth Recognition Award
  • One award valued at $750 each
  • Must be aged 16-18
Entry requirements
  • Available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Must be aged 18 - 25 for Categories 1 & 2, and 16 - 18 for Category 3, and a permanent resident in the West Kimberley region
  • You will need to demonstrate outstanding academic achievement or have overcome significant barriers to reach an academic goal
  • Students can be nominated by NR TAFE staff or by themselves
  • Nominees must be enrolled or on track to complete a certificate I, II, III, IV or Diploma.


To apply, click here to download the application form from our website and email to

The application deadline is Wednesday, 13 December 2023.