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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.

Eligibility criteria for the Australian Training Awards

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 Standards for RegisteredĀ Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015,
  • 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 past 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).


This awards category requires the applicant to address the following award 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.

(limit: 600 words)

Criterion 2: Student focus/outcomes

How has the nomineeā€™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.

(limit: 600 words)

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.

(limit: 600 words)

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.

(limit: 600 words)