Nominees should be recognised as Australian even where they have worked extensively outside Australia.
Nominees may be working in a company or as an independent artist.
Nominated work/artists should clearly demonstrate a high level of audience engagement, and outstanding achievement in performance and production.
Nominees should clearly demonstrate outstanding skills in more than one area of performance (eg. song, dance, acting for musical theatre; at least two specialised skills in movement-based circus such as aerial and acrobatics; physical comedy and song and dance for cabaret etc).