Excellence in Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practice Award


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.



To be eligible for the award the nominated LLN practitioner ('the Nominee') must meet the Conditions of Entry requirements and:

  • have appropriate qualifications to deliver training to adult learners, as required by the Australian Qualifications Framework;
  • have at least twelve months of professional experience in adult LLN training provision and/or have completed a post-graduate LLN qualification*; and
  • have been involved in the provision of LLN training to adult learners [for some period] in the last twelve months.

*Post-graduate LLN qualifications include the Graduate Diploma of Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practice (TAE80113); and the Graduate Diploma of Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy Leadership (TAE80213).

Selection Process and Key Dates

Selection process and Key Dates
Selection Process Key Dates
Nominate directly to the Australian Training Awards  Open: 1 December 2016
 Close: 31 May 2017
Finalists and unsuccessful applicants notified  July 2017
Finalists attend judging interviews in Canberra 22 November 2017
Winner is announced at the Australian Training Awards presentation dinner event in Canberra 23 November 2017

Preparing your application

Section A: Overview

Provide an overview of your areas of expertise, qualifications, courses/classes taught, education and work background including a description of the environment in which you operate and any specific challenges which were encountered and may have had to be overcome during the course of your career.

Note: This information will not be considered or used for short listing or judging purposes, but it may be used as a summary throughout the Awards process.

 (limit: 300 words)

Section B: Criteria

Nominees will be assessed against the following criteria:
Criterion 1: Excellence and innovation in LLN delivery
Criterion 2: Student focus/outcomes
Criterion 3: Professionalism, leadership and collegiality
Criterion 4: Links with industry and/or community

Addressing the criteria

This information will be considered and used for short listing and judging purposes.

Note: The considerations listed under each criterion are provided to clarify what to include when writing against the criteria.

Criterion 1: Excellence and innovation in LLN delivery

How has the nominee demonstrated excellence and innovation in their approach to the design and delivery of adult LLN programs in the classroom or workplace? For example, you may consider:

  • innovative approaches to training program design, delivery and evaluation
  • innovative approaches to the use of information communication technology (ICT) to deliver LLN training and assessment in flexible and engaging ways
  • highly effective or unique methods for improving collaboration between vocational staff and foundation skills specialists in order to better integrate/contextualise LLN training. Describe the nature of collaboration or partnerships, and positive outcomes.

Criterion 2: Student focus/outcomes

How has the nominee’s LLN teaching practice impacted positively on students or clients? For example, you may consider:

  • evidence of successful learning outcomes for students, including data relating to their broader course participation or completion rates, academic results, or positive work outcomes
  • strategies used to engage students with particular LLN needs or those from disadvantaged groups, and details of positive outcomes
  • systems and processes for collecting information on student LLN needs and course satisfaction levels, and how this information was acted upon to improve teaching practices.

Criterion 3: Professionalism, leadership and collegiality

How has the nominee demonstrated professionalism and leadership in LLN practice? For example, you may consider:

  • strategies to foster a shared approach and commitment to excellence in LLN teaching and learning across the nominees teaching department, organisation or workplace
  • participation in groups or support networks (including online learning communities) with a view to engaging in professional dialogue, sharing best practice and identifying challenges
  • evidence of a broad range of LLN accomplishments, including contributions to a body of knowledge on adult LLN training, (eg articles, speaking engagements, or visits to other institutions/workplaces)
  • acting as a mentor or guide for other LLN practitioners or VET trainers wishing to improve their LLN expertise
  • renewal of skills and knowledge, including ongoing professional development and/or progress towards a higher LLN qualification.

Criterion 4: Links with industry and/or community

How does the nominee work to ensure that they respond to the needs of industry and the broader community? For example, you may consider:

  • strategies to forge stronger linkages with industry (e.g. through partnerships, networking and collaboration)
  • testimonials or data from industry, business or community stakeholders relating to improved student achievements outcomes
  • acting as a workplace champion to promote LLN/foundation skills training and connect employers and employees with relevant advice, information and resources.

How to Apply

Applications for this award are made directly to the Australian Training Awards.

  1. Register an account
  2. Read important information
  3. Select category
  4. Start your entry (save it in-progress)
  5. Confirm agreement with the declaration by selecting the tick boxes
  6. Submit your entry to be in the running.



Phone 02 6240 9874 or email australiantrainingawards@education.gov.au.