ACEL invites all members to nominate an individual or team who has made a significant educational contribution and who has influenced education at a national level in Australia.

The most important evening on the ACEL calendar celebrates its impressive 38th year since the first Gold Medals were awarded to Victoria’s Robert Fordham and Western Australia’s Edwin Harold. Since their inception, the ACEL National Awards have grown in stature with educators being recognised for their contributions across six categories. We also recognise media organisations/journalists/programs that contribute significantly to raising the profile of the education sector and make valuable contributions to the national conversation via “The ACEL National Media Award’.

Always a highlight of the ACEL Annual Conference, our National Awards Ceremony honours educational leaders who have dedicated themselves to the improvement of student and educational outcomes.

Awards will be presented across the six categories which are open for nomination and two special achievement awards which are listed below.

Nominated Categories
ACEL Gold Medal Award
ACEL National Fellowships
ACEL Hedley Beare Award for Educational Writing
ACEL Nganakarrawa Award
ACEL Keith Tronc Award for Outstanding Teacher Leadership
ACEL Leadership Award
Achievement Awards
ACEL National Media & Journalism Award (discretionary)
ACEL Presidential Citation (discretionary)

The work of each nominee will be reviewed against criteria based on each specific award. Please be aware that current ACEL branch executives are not eligible for nomination. Evidence provided must also demonstrate impact at a system, state and/or national level. This process is completely confidential. The ACEL Awards Committee has provided information in regard to nomination requirements, criteria for Fellowships and Awards and also provided guidelines and sample documentation to assist with the nomination process.

The 2023 National Awards will be announced on 27 September and will be presented with a more formal ceremony after the close of Day 1 of the ACEL National Conference 2023. Information in regard to the conference is available on our website at:


Please complete the online form below.
If unable to complete online, please Click here to download the Nomination form and submit to [email protected].

Guidelines to assist Nominators:
Sample Supporting Statements
Sample Citations
Sample Biography

Nominations close
Wednesday 31 May 2023

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