2018 CHASS nominations open

2018 will mark the fifth year of the annual CHASS Australia Prizes. The Australia Prizes honour distinguished achievements by Australians working, studying, or training in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) sectors, including academics, researchers, practitioners, philanthropists, policy makers, and students.

2018 CHASS nominations open


Nominations have now opened for four prizes. Two prizes are being sponsored by Routledge (cash prize of $3,500 each):

  1. 'Distinctive Work '- an exceptional artistic performance, exhibition, film, television show, play, composition or practical contribution to policy
  2. non-fiction book/e-book - that enriches Australian cultural and intellectual life,
  3. Future Leader’ an individual under 30 years of age who is demonstrating leadership skill and potential in HASS (cash prize of $2,000) is being sponsored byFuture Leaders.
  4. CHASS is sponsoring the fourth prize (cash prize of $500) for a student essay, exhibition, performance or project in any HASS area.

Click here to download the nomination form.

There is no application or submission fee for any of the four CHASS Australia Prizes. Self-nominations are welcome.

The previous winners and shortlists are for 'Distinctive Work' are:


  • The Zest Festival 2012-2016 by ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions


  • Myanmar Country Report: Language, Education and Social Cohesion Initiative by Professor Joseph Lo Bianco
  • A Galaxy of Suns by EXPERIMENTA
  • Review of the Family Violence Common Risk Management Framework by Monash University Gender and Family Violence Program

2016 Winner

  • I Am a Miracle by Malthouse Theatre


  • Cut the Sky by Marrugeku Theatre
  • Am I by Shaun Parker & Company

2015 Winner

  • Pinocchio by Rosemary Myers (Windmill Theatre and State Theatre Company of South Australia)


  • Black Diggers by Queensland Theatre Company
  • This girl laughs by Finegan Kruckemeyer
  • Honorable mention: The War That Changed Us by Electric Pictures
  • Honorable mention: Gapuwiyak Calling by Miyarrka Media

2014 Winner

  • Pure Land by Dr Sarah Kenderdine


  • Ganesh versus The Third Reich by Back to Back Theatre
  • LawCite by Professor Andrew Mowbray