CQ Series Under 18 Competition Guidelines

CQ Series Under 18 Competition guidelines

The CQ Series Under 18 Competition is a joint initiative of the Queensland Government and YouTube, as part of Create Queensland, to help develop Queensland-based emerging and established entrepreneurial creators build new content, support production costs, attract online audiences and develop a sustainable career as a content producer.

The CQ Series Under 18 Competition supports creators aged 13 to 17 with the development of content of any genre in accordance with YouTube’s community guidelines.


A cash award of $3000 will be awarded to three (3) creators.

Funding allocation

Funds are to be allocated toward an activity, service or capital item that will directly aid in the development of the creators’ content and, ultimately, the sustainability of their channel on YouTube. Examples of appropriate purchases include but are not limited to:

  • Equipment (camera, lens, editing software, sound equipment etc.)
  • Professional development/training/marketing support services (short courses, consultancy, presentation skill development, Google AdWords etc.)

Professionals engaged to deliver services will be reviewed during the budget approval process to ensure reputability.

Who can apply

  • Applicants must be between the ages of 13 to 17 years as at 1 November 2017.
  • Applicants must be Queensland residents for the duration of the competition.
  • Applicants must have a minimum subscriber base of 1000.

Please note applicants who are immediate family members of the judging panel or employees working for the Strategic Policy and Innovation Division, Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation (DSITI) are ineligible. Immediate family includes the following: siblings, defacto, spouse and children will be excluded from the competition.

Project Deliverables

  • Comprehensive budget for review/approval prior to issuing of funding.
  • Financial report (inclusive of invoices and/or bank statements) and final report (template to be provided) due after all purchases have been expensed and before 31 March 2018.

Application deadlines

  • Applications open 10 October 2017.
  • Applications close 5pm, 1 November 2017.
  • Shortlisting interviews commence from 15 November 2017.
  • Successful applicants will be notified by 1 December 2017.
  • Budget submitted for review by 15 December 2017.
  • Financial and final report due by 31 March 2018.

Application materials

Complete the application form (DOCX, 203KB) and include:

Application content

Applications and YouTube channel content may be disqualified from the competition if it includes or links to content which:

Evaluation criteria

Funding decisions will be made against the following criteria:

  • is unlawful
  • may harass or cause distress to any person
  • involves the transmission of obscene or offensive content impersonates any other person or falsely claims to represent any other person, whether living or dead, real or fictitious. Making false, misleading or deceptive representations that you are another person or character can amount to a criminal offence and give rise to civil liability
  • invades the personal privacy of any other person or groups and/or includes any personal information (such as names, private addresses or phone numbers), including your own
  • contains abuse, stalking, harassment, threatens or otherwise violates the legal rights of others
  • makes a contribution that is defamatory or libellous or likely to damage the reputation of any person, group of people or organisation
  • uses insulting, threatening or provocative language or language that is hateful towards a certain group of people, or incites hatred on the basis of race, religion, gender, nationality or sexuality or other personal characteristic
  • makes a contribution that includes obscene, offensive or inappropriate language or material not appropriate for minors
  • conducts any illegal activity or solicits the performance of any illegal activity
  • contributes any text or other material that infringes the intellectual property rights of others or reveals confidential information
  1. The creative strength and distinctiveness of the channel (50 per cent).
  2. Clear explanation of the how the creator will use the competition to develop the applicant’s channel, expand subscribers, and/or reach new audiences (50 per cent).

Evaluation process

  1. Applications will be assessed by a judging panel compromising a representative from:
    1. Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) QLD
    2. Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation (DSITI)
    3. Screen Queensland
    4. YouTube.
  2. Shortlisted applicants may be required to attend an in-person or Skype interview. A legal guardian must be present.
  3. Decisions on applications are final. The Program Manager, QUT Creative Enterprise Australia, will advise applicants of the outcome of their application, in writing.

Terms of funding

Funding is in the form of a grant ($3000 x 3 awards), which is 100 per cent payable upon submission (and approval) of budget. Financial report (inclusive of invoices and/or bank statements) and final report (template to be provided) due after all purchases have been expensed and before 31 March 2018.

QUT Creative Enterprise Australia, as Program Manager, will enter into an agreement with the successful applicants on behalf the Queensland Government.

Each creator acknowledges they are responsible for the rights to the project and understand they will be the lead contact for the duration of the contract.

In making an application to CQ Series Under 18 Competition, the applicant agrees to provide personal information and provides consent for this information to be provided to third parties associated with the program for administration purposes only.

The successful applicant and production must comply with YouTube’s terms of service and community guidelines.


The Queensland Government collects, manages, and uses personal information in accordance with the Information Privacy Act 2009. The Queensland Government will collect and collate information (including personal information) from the application form to evaluate applications for the competition.

Applicants should note that broad details of successful proposals, agreed outcomes, progress and the level of funding awarded may be published by the Queensland Government. The names and likenesses of competition winners may be published by the Queensland Government and may be used or disclosed to promote this program or future similar programs.

Your personal information will not be otherwise be disclosed to any other third party without your consent, unless authorised or required by law or for the purposes of Information Privacy Act 2009.

The provisions of the Right to Information Act 2009 and Information Privacy Act 2009 apply to documents in the possession of the Queensland Government.


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