The Outstanding Achievement in the VET and Skills Sector Award recognises an individual's outstanding leadership and contribution to the Australian Vocational Education and Training (VET) and skills sector for more than 15 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.

Eligibility criteria for the Australian Training Awards

Nominees must be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident of Australia and meet the Australian Training Awards Conditions of Entry.

Nominees must have:

  • made a positive impact on the VET and skills sector (at either state/territory or national level)
  • earned recognition by other industry, training, education or employer groups
  • the respect of their professional peers
  • demonstrated over an extended period of time, a contribution which has included either research, industry achievement, professional leadership or service to the VET and skills community
  • personal integrity, and
  • 15 years or more service to the VET and skills sector.

This award merges the previous Lifetime Achievement Award and the National Achievement Award. Previous winners of these awards have been recognised for their long-standing contribution to the sector and are not eligible to re-apply for this award.

State and Territory Skills Ministers are invited to nominate one individual for the award. Nominations for this award may also be submitted by a third-party. Self-nominations are not accepted.

Selection criteria

Criterion 1: History of service

Criterion 2: Significant contributions to and positive influence on the VET and skills sector

Criterion 3: Leadership  

Preparing the nomination

Nominations are submitted here.

Section A: Overview

This information will not be considered or used for judging purposes, but it may be used as the nominee’s summary throughout the Australian Training Awards nomination process.

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

(Limit: 400 words)

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

Criterion 1: History of service

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

Criterion 3: Leadership

Addressing the criteria

This information will be considered and used for assessment purposes. Please be aware that your responses to the selection criteria will be strengthened by the inclusion of measurable results and appropriate indicators (including achievement data and other types of external validation).

Up to three (3) single A4 pages of relevant evidence may be provided for each criterion as an attachment. These attachments may be used to highlight a point made in your response and should be clearly referenced within the criterion response.

Note: considerations are not additional selection criteria, but are provided to clarify what may be relevant to include when writing a response for each criteria.

Criterion 1: History of service

Consider the nominee’s history of service to the VET and skills sector—in particular, positions of leadership the nominee has held such as on boards or as chairs of committees. Any other known history in the sector, such as participation on committees and working groups, and any examples of the nominee representing the VET and skills sector officially as a liaison to other organisations or at state, national or international meetings. Additionally, consideration is given to an individual’s broader contributions to the VET and skills sector.

(Limit: 800 words)

Criterion 2: Significant contributions to and positive influence on the VET and skills sector 

Consider the nominee’s significant contribution(s) to the advancement of VET practice and skill development, including teaching or training positions or programs, awards or recognition from professional or industry groups and institutions, and/or 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 and skills sector?

(Limit: 800 words)

Criterion 3: Leadership

The nominee’s leadership in the field of VET and skills 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?

(Limit: 800 words)