Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognises an individual who has:

  • an established history of distinguished service to the vocational education and training (VET) sector
  • made a lasting contribution to VET practice
  • exhibited leadership and provided inspiration to others in the VET sector
  • positively influenced VET on a state, national or international level.


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.

Selection of the nominee is made on the basis of the candidate's significant, fundamental contributions to the VET sector (whether in research, leadership, mentorship or other); the lasting impact of these contributions to the sector; and the demonstration of a lifetime commitment to VET.

Nominees should have:

  • made a positive impact on the VET sector [at either state/territory or national level]
  • 25 years, or more, of sustained service to VET
  • earned recognition by other industry, training, education or employer groups;
  • the respect of professional peers
  • general acknowledgement as having reached a pinnacle of their profession or industry
  • demonstrated, over an extended period of time a contribution which has included either research, industry achievement, professional leadership and service to the VET community
  • personal integrity.


  • do not need to be currently working in the VET sector to be eligible for this award
  • should be permanent residents of Australia.

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
Nominations are shortlisted. Closing 31 May 2017
The recipient is announced at the Australian Training Awards presentation dinner event in Canberra, ACT. November 2017


Section A: Overview

Provide a short overview of the person, their achievements and the reason for the nomination.

Section B: Nominees will be assessed against the following criteria:

Criterion 1: History of service

The nominee’s history of service to the VET sector - in particular, positions of leadership the nominee has held such as on boards or as chair of committees. Any other known history, such as participation on committees and workgroups, and any examples of the nominee representing VET sector officially as a liaison to other organisations or at state or national meetings.

Criterion 2: Significant contribution and positive influence on the VET sector

The nominee’s significant contribution(s) to the advancement of vocational education and training practice, including teaching or training positions or programs, awards or recognition from professional or industry groups and institutions, innovative approaches to difficulties. How will the nominee’s story inspire others to higher standards in their work or to raise the communities’ perception of the VET sector?

Criterion 3: Leadership

The nominee’s leadership in the field of vocational education and training including, but not limited to, positively influencing policy or practice on a state, national or international level. This may include Government committees and workgroups, advocacy, senior positions, other training, mentoring or committee participation. How have they “made a difference” in some way?


Nominations are to be made directly to the Australian Training Awards.

To enter:

  • Prepare the nomination addressing Section A and Section B above.
  • Ensure the nomination is in 12 pt font and a maximum of 20 A4 pages (including attachments and excluding nomination form).
  • Complete and attach the Lifetime Achievement Award Nomination Form to the application, and send to:

Assistant Manager
Australian Training Awards 
Governance and Engagement Branch 
Skills Market Group 
Department of Education and Training GPO Box 9880 Canberra City ACT 2601


Phone 02 6240 9874 or email