Hon Simone McGurk BA(Arts) BA(Comms) MLA

Hon Simone McGurk BA(Arts) BA(Comms) MLA

Minister for Child Protection; Women's Interests; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; Community Services

    Young achievers in out-of-home care make the grade

    2/08/2022 5:00 PM
    • Premier and Child Protection Minister recognise the achievements of young Western Australians who have spent time in out-of-home care
    • The award winners are pursuing a diverse range of education and training goals across various industries
    • The Achiever Awards has recognised more than 550 young people over 32 years

    Dozens of young West Australians who have overcome significant personal obstacles to pursue higher education goals have been honoured at the annual Achiever Awards.


    Premier Mark McGowan and Child Protection Minister Simone McGurk today congratulated the 35 recipients at a ceremony at the WA Museum Boola Bardip.


    The Achiever Awards celebrate the education and training accomplishments of young people aged 15 to 25, who have been in the care of the Department of Communities.


    The award categories include:

    • The University Achiever Award;
    • The Registered Training Achiever Award;
    • The Apprenticeship or Traineeship Achiever Award; and
    • The Community Spirit Award.

    The young achievers are pursuing a range of education and training goals at university and TAFE, in disciplines such as:

    • Marine biology;
    • Psychology;
    • Criminology;
    • Nursing;
    • Speech therapy;
    • Indigenous history;
    • Business;
    • Social work; and
    • Government studies.

    Of this year's award recipients, 14 are Aboriginal - and many of the award winners are also active volunteers in their communities, acting as role models for other young people.


    Winners will receive a certificate and trophy honouring their efforts - along with financial support of up to $4,000 to assist with the costs of their ongoing study, course work or training.


    More information on the Department of Communities annual Achiever Awards is available at: http://www.communities.wa.gov.au/achieverawards


    Comments attributed to Child Protection Minister Simone McGurk:


    "I am so inspired by the incredible resilience and determination of these young people, who despite facing a difficult start to life are actively building a bright future for themselves.


    "Education opens so many doors - and I am proud these award winners will be supported to further pursue their education, and follow their dreams.


    "The carers, caseworkers, family and friends of nominees who have supported these young people in their journeys should also be celebrated. The gift of your time and care has made a real difference to people's lives.


    "A safe, stable home, and people who care are fundamental to providing young people with an opportunity to thrive. Foster carers play a critical role in supporting young people and helping them to achieve."


    Minister's office - 6552 6600