2009 Australian Film Institute Awards
Nominated for Best Film (with Rebeccca Williamson): for Balibo

2007 Australian Film Institute Awards
Best Film (shared with Robert Connolly): for Romulus, My Father

2005 Australian Directors Guild
Cecil Holmes Memorial Award

2001 Australian Film Institute Awards 
Nominated for Best Film: for The Bank

2001 Inside Film Awards (Australia)
Nominated for Best Feature Film (with Robert Connolly):for The Bank

1998 Australian Film Institute Awards
Nominated for Best Film (with Robert Connolly):for The Boys

1995 Australian Film Institute Awards
Nominated for Best Film: for All Men are Liars

1989 Cannes Film Festival
Nominated for the Palme d'Or (Grand Prize): Sweetie

1989 Listener Film and Television Awards
Best Film: The Navigator

1988 Cannes Film Festival
Nominated for the Palme d'Or: The Navigator

1988 Australian Film Institute Awards
Best Film: The Navigator

1988 Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival (Spain)
Best Film: The Navigator

1984 Cannes Film Festival
Nominated for the Palme d'Or: Vigil