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.

In 2020 ACEL celebrates its impressive 35th year since the original inception where the first Gold Medal were originally 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 several 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’.

Our National Awards 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 Keith Tronc Award for Outstanding Teacher Leadership
ACEL Hedley Beare Award for Educational Writing
ACEL Nganakarrawa Award
ACEL Fellowships
ACEL Leadership Award
Achievement Awards
ACEL Presidential Citation
ACEL National Media Award

The work of each nominee will be reviewed against criteria based on each specific award. 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 2020 National Awards will be announced on 9th of December and will be presented with a more formal ceremony to come.


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

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

Nominations close
Sunday 8th November 2020

Fill out the online form.