2017 Award Categories

There are 18 awards categories presented at the 2017 Australian Training Awards; nine individual categories and nine organisation categories.

The majority of the Awards are to be entered via the state and territory Training Awards with winners from each state and territory eligible to compete at the national level in aligned categories.  Seven of the award categories are entered by applying directly to the Australian Training Awards.

Individual Categories

Lifetime Achievement Award (Direct Entry)

The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented in recognition of an individual's outstanding leadership and contribution to the VET sector for more than 25 years. This may be a new innovation, new knowledge, or ways to improve professional practice deemed to be above and beyond the everyday with a long lasting impact in the sector

National Achievement Award (Direct Entry)

The National Achievement Award is presented in recognition of an individual's outstanding leadership and contribution to the Australian VET sector for up to 25 years. This may be a new innovation, new knowledge, or ways to improve professional practice deemed to be above and beyond the everyday with a long lasting positive influence and impact in the sector.

Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year Award (State/Territory Entry)

The Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year Award is presented to a student who is undertaking a Certificate II or above qualification as a part-time Australian School-based Apprentice. The Award recognises the student’s commitment to their formal studies at school, and in the workplace.

Vocational Student of the Year Award (State/Territory Entry)

The Vocational Student of the Year Award recognises outstanding achievement by a vocational student in a course of study leading to a nationally recognised qualification. State or territory training award winners of this category are automatically finalists for the Australian Training Awards and will compete at the national level.

Aboriginal and Torres Islander Student of the Year Award (State/Territory Entry)

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year Award recognises the achievement of an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student who displays a strong understanding and knowledge of the vocational education and training system and demonstrates the relevance of lifelong learning for themselves and their community.

Australian Apprentice (Trainee) of the Year Award (State/Territory Entry)

The Australian Apprentice (Trainee) of the Year Award is presented to an individual who is undertaking a traineeship and has been outstanding in all aspects of their training.

Australian Apprentice of the Year Award (State/Territory Entry)

The Australian Apprentice of the Year Award is presented to an Australian Apprentice who has been outstanding in all aspects of their trade.

VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year Award (State/Territory Entry)

The VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year Award recognises innovation and excellence by a vocational education and training (VET) teacher/trainer providing nationally recognised training to students at a registered training organisation (RTO), or in partnership with an RTO.

Excellence in Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practice Award (Direct Entry)

The Excellence in Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) Practice Award recognises innovation and excellence by an individual involved in improving LLN skills in an educational, community or workplace context.

Applications can be made by relevant individuals or organisations (eg colleagues, professional bodies, students, employers, industry or community representatives); or through self-nomination.

Business Categories

Small Employer of the Year Award (Direct Entry, except QLD, TAS and ACT)

Small employers drive growth and create jobs and are the engine room of the Australian economy. In acknowledgement of the vital role small employer’s play in Australia, from 2016 the Australian Government has amended the eligibility requirements for the Small Employer of the Year Award, so that all businesses are able to nominate.

The Small Employer of the Year Award recognises a small enterprise which has achieved excellence in the provision of 'nationally recognised training' to its employees.

Please note that ‘nationally recognised training’ refers to training that is based on a national training package or accredited course which results in a person receiving a formal qualification or Statement of Attainment issued by a Registered Training Organisation. This includes Australian Apprenticeships.

Medium Employer of the Year Award (State/Territory Entry)

The Medium Employer of the Year Award recognises a medium enterprise which has achieved excellence in the provision of ‘nationally recognised training’ to its employees.

Please note that ‘nationally recognised training’ refers to training that is based on a national training package or accredited course which results in a person receiving a formal qualification or Statement of Attainment issued by a Registered Training Organisation. This includes Australian Apprenticeships.

Large Employer of the Year Award (State/Territory Entry)

The Large Employer of the Year Award recognises a large enterprise which has achieved excellence in the provision of ‘nationally recognised training’ to its employees.

Please note that ‘nationally recognised training’ refers to training that is based on a national training package or accredited course which results in a person receiving a formal qualification or Statement of Attainment issued by a Registered Training Organisation. This includes Australian Apprenticeships.

Australian Apprenticeships - Employer Award (Direct Entry)

The Australian Apprenticeships - Employer Award recognises those employers who have made innovative improvements in training which provide beneficial outcomes for their apprentices and/or trainees in Australia and to their local community.

Industry Collaboration Award (State/Territory Entry)

The Industry Collaboration Award recognises an exemplary skills development collaboration between at least one employer/industry body and at least one organisation delivering nationally recognised training. 

Collaboration versus Partnership

A ‘collaboration’ is where two or more parties work together to achieve shared goals. A ‘partnership’ is a business structure where two or more parties enter a contractual relationship in which they can legally share profits, risks and losses according to terms set out in their partnership agreement. The key difference between a partnership and a collaboration is that parties who work collaboratively do not necessarily need to be bound contractually.

This award is to recognise outstanding collaborations, not partnerships.

Registered Training Organisation Categories

Small Training Provider of the Year Award (State/Territory Entry)

The Small Training Provider of the Year Award recognises a registered training organisation that offers a specific range of training products and services and demonstrates excellence and high level performance in all aspects of vocational education and training.

Large Training Provider of the Year Award (State/Territory Entry)

The Large Training Provider of the Year Award recognises a registered training organisation that offers a broad range of training products and services and demonstrates excellence and high level performance in all aspects of vocational education and training.

International Training Provider of the Year Award (Direct Entry)

The International Training Provider of the Year Award recognises a registered training organisation that has demonstrated outstanding achievement in all aspects of vocational education and training to full-fee paying international students in Australia and overseas.

School Pathways to VET Award (Direct Entry)

The School Pathways to VET Award recognises eligible organisations including schools, registered training organisations (RTO), group training organisations, industry bodies and employers that have collaboratively delivered one (or more) excellent vocational education and training (VET) programs to secondary school students.