A highlight of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders Victoria Branch is the annual celebration and presentation of awards. ACEL VIC honours those educational leaders who in the view of their peers have made a significant contribution to the understanding and practice of educational leadership.

2019 Awardees:

ACEL VIC Fellowship

  • Lisa Black
  • Debbie Locco
  • Dr Michelle Kearney
  • Linden Hearn OAM
  • Karen Money
  • Tim Dorning
  • Tony Larkin
  • Mark McGinnity
  • Vivienne Tellefson
  • Chris Telford
  • Gaynor Robson-Garth

ACEL VIC Hedley Beare Educator of the Year Award

  • Dr Mary Oski

ACEL VIC Brian Caldwell Research Award

  • Professor Jillian Blackmore AM

ACEL VIC Media Award

  • Dr Tanya Vaughan

ACEL VIC President's Award

  • Melbourne Graduate School Of Education


Fellowship awards
ACEL presents Fellowships to those who have made outstanding educational leadership contributions to ACEL and/or whose work has influenced educational practice at a state and/or national level.

Nominees for ACEL VIC Fellowships must be members of ACEL with at least five years standing, or if retired, must have been a member of at least five years standing at the time of retirement. (Please note, however, that the Committee may waive this condition and accept a shorter period of membership in the light of special circumstances or other evidence provided.)

Any member of ACEL in the field of educational leadership or education may be nominated for an ACEL VIC Fellowship. Nominees are also expected to have made an active contribution to ACEL. Members receiving fellowships are permitted to use the post nominal FACEL (VIC).

Evidence needs to be mapped against the following criteria.

1.) Australian Professional Standard for Principals:

  • Leading teaching and learning
  • Developing self and others
  • Leading improvement, innovation and change
  • Leading the management of an organisation
  • Engaging and working with the educational, wider community and/ or profession

2.) Contribution/s to ACEL

3.) Contribution/s to the profession beyond the scope of professional role

The ACEL VIC Hedley Beare Educator of the Year Award
This award is presented to an outstanding ACEL member who upholds and contributes to the aims and objectives of ACEL, promotes ACEL activities and excels as a leader within an educational setting.

The ACEL VIC Brian Caldwell Research Award
This award is presented to a teacher, principal or academic who has made a research contribution during 2019 in the area of educational leadership.

The ACEL VIC Media Award
This award is presented to a journalist from the print, radio, online or television media who has made an outstanding contribution to raising the level of public awareness and the quality of debate on significant national issues, including education.