Peter Redfern-Elliot
Australian Capital Territory

Employer: Canberra Institute of Technology

Peter has been teaching at the Canberra Institute of Technology for 15 years. He is currently teaching Hospitality, Hotel, Travel, Tourism and Events Management programs, from Certificate III to Advanced Diploma level. 

Prior to teaching, Peter worked in the hospitality industry for over 15 years, offering his students the opportunity to benefit from his experience and insights. With a desire to help his students to reach their full potential, Peter provides the knowledge and skills they need for their career. Peter’s passion for vocational education and training, in addition to his talents in explaining training courses, are the main reasons for his success.  

Peter has also been a Pastoral Care Officer for 9 years in the Hospitality, Culinary and Tourism Department, providing wellbeing and academic support to international students with care, concern, empathy, and diligence.  

Since January 2017 Peter has worked in partnership with the Ginninderry SPARK Training & Employment Initiative on several programs. He successfully increased and maintained a high completion rate among participants from low socio-economic backgrounds and participants facing multiple barriers.  

Through his strong connections with the industry, Peter helped secure work experience placements for 85% of the SPARK participants, in which 65% gained employment.  

Peter has received awards to recognise his teaching abilities, including the 2020 CIT Staff Appreciation Award, and he was a finalist in the 2015 Public VET Teacher Award and 2015 CIT Student Association Teacher of the Year Award.