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

Eligibility criteria for the Australian Training Awards

Nominees for this award must be a permanent resident of Australia and have won the equivalent state or territory training awards in 2021.

Eligibility criteria for the state and territory training awards

To nominate for the award the applicant must:

  • be a qualified (as determined by the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015;) teacher/trainer employed (or regularly contracted) by an RTO; and
  • have delivered training (for some period) from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2020 which will lead/has led to nationally recognised qualifications or Statements of Attainment under the Australian; and Qualifications Framework national training system.

All applicants must be endorsed by the RTO and evidence of qualification* must be submitted with the application.


This award category requires the applicant to address the following criteria:

Criterion 1: Excellence and initiatives


  • What involvement have you had in the development of new learning methodologies and training delivery?
  • Describe an initiative you have implemented which has led to innovation/improvement in your delivery and/or assessment practice.
  • How have you shared the outcomes of your innovation/improvement with your colleagues?
  • What has been the impact of these initiatives/improvements on your learners, your colleagues and your industry partners?

(limit: 600 words)

Criterion 2: Learner needs and focus


(limit: 600 words)

  • How do you support the diverse needs of your learners and ensure they continue to be enaged in their learning journey?
  • What evidence is there of the effectiveness of the design and delivery methodologies of your training program?
  • Provide examples where you have initiated a new idea/activity etc. in response to feedback?
  • Provide examples of the learner/industry/community feedback mechanisms you use?

Criterion 3: Commitment to VET teaching and learning


  • How do you maintain and grow your own skills and knowledge?
  • How do you support others to develop their skills and knowledge?
  • Provide examples of your engagement with VET professionals?

(limit: 600 words)

Criterion 4: Links with industry and community


  • How are active links with industry and the community implemented in practice?
  • What are the major issues confronting the industry(s) your program engages with?
  • How can VET help address these issues?
  • What level of engagement do you have with industry and professional bodies?
  • How do you promote VET in industry and the community?

(limit: 600 words)

For further information visit your relevanstate or territory training awards website.