The Australian Training Awards recognise and celebrate outstanding achievements in the vocational education and training sector.

The Australian Training Awards commenced in 1994. Over this time many individuals, businesses, and registered training organisations have been rewarded for showcasing best practice in VET.

The Awards are held annually in November in a different state or territory.

16 Awards categories will be presented at the Awards – eight categories are individual achievements and eight for businesses and registered training organisations.

11 awards are entered to the Awards through the state and territory training awards process with winners from each state and territory becoming eligible to compete at the national level in aligned categories.

Individuals, businesses and registered training organisations can nominate directly to the Australian Training Awards for the following Direct Entry categories:

  • Outstanding Achievement in the VET and Skills Sector Award
  • Innovation in VET Award
  • Australian Apprenticeships Employer Award
  • School Pathways to VET Award
  • Excellence in Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practice Award

Find out if you're eligible to nominate by checking out the Award Categories page.

The Awards presentation event coincides with Finalist Week, during which time finalists get to participate in the Finalist Week program to establish networks with fellow category finalists from around Australia. Finalists will also participate in professional development activities to prepare for their role as a national ambassador for the VET sector.

Award winners/runners-up are recognised nationally as leaders in their field of study, training or a national leader in skills, training and workforce development. Winners in certain categories receive $5,000 in prize money and runners-up receive $2,500 prize money.

Finalists are invited to become members of the Australian VET Alumni. The Alumni are national ambassadors for the VET sector. Find out how you can enter the Australian Training Awards and check the eligibility requirements at how to nominate.