Friday 9 August 2024 | THE STAR EVENT CENTRE

Congratulations for being shortlisted as an excellence awardee in the 2024 Australian Education Awards!

The Australian Education Awards bring together hundreds of education leaders, recognising the star performers in the profession. Across 29 categories, the Australian Education Awards recognise schools, principals, department heads and teachers for their achievements.

The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Friday 9 August 2024 at The Star Event Centre, Sydney.


We conducted a call for nominations from February 2024 to March 2024 and received hundreds of nominations. This was followed by an intensive research period to verify the nominations and to ensure that those selected as excellence awardees were the most deserving.

As publisher of The Educator, we have an unparalleled presence in the sector, making the nomination and research process enormously comprehensive.

More information about the Australian Education Awards methodology is available here.


As an excellence awardee in the 2024 Australian Education Awards, you will receive recognition at a national level both in the lead up to the event and in post-event coverage (if you attend the awards ceremony). Please note:

  • You are welcome to share this achievement within your organisation immediately; however, all external announcements are embargoed until Monday 13 May 2024, which is when we’ll announce the excellence awardees through The Educator online channels and on the Australian Educator Awards website.
  • Your submission will be sent to a panel of judges who will determine the overall awards winners.
  • To help us make the event more memorable, please provide 1 video following the instructions below, by Friday 7 June.
  • Book your table at the awards ceremony to ensure you are there to celebrate your success with your team. Bookings can be made online here.


The Australian Education Awards team will put together a compilation with all the excellence awardees videos to show at the awards night. This is an opportunity for the excellence awardees to showcase their work, or to simply put a face to their name! If you wish to be part of this, please provide a short video following the instructions below.


  • The video should be a max 5-10 seconds clip of yourself or your school/team;
  • This could be anything, such as: filming yourself or your peers at the school; saying ‘hi’ in front of your school logo; doing something fun; showcasing some interesting activities you have organised with your peers/students.
  • Do not include any audio or text: we will add background music and text;
  • The video should be recorded 16:9 (horizontally) in high resolution;
  • If possible, use a tripod;
  • Try to avoid light behind you and make sure that there is sufficient light on each face;
  • Save the video with the name of the nominee (Name, Surname, School name for individual awards; School name for school or curriculum awards);
  • When ready, the videos must be sent to [email protected] via email, a shared folder or WeTransfer: wetransfer.com


Monday, 13 May, 2024

Excellence Awardees announced

Friday, 7 June, 2024

Excellence awardee video due

Send your video to [email protected] via email, a shared folder or WeTransfer: wetransfer.com 

Friday, 12 July, 2024

Guest information due

If you purchased a seat/table, all guest details (including their dietary restrictions and email address) must be provided via the link in the registration confirmation email by this date.

Friday, 9 August, 2024

Australian Education Awards ceremony.

More information can be found here. Book your table here.


7:00 PMNetworking drinks
7:30 PMAwards program begins
11:00 PMProgram concludes
11:00pm – 12:00amNetworking and dancing


The Star Event Centre, 80 Pyrmont St, Pyrmont NSW 2009, Australia

Click here for parking and directions. 


Black tie


Merrick Watts

Modern Vintage


  1. Best Co-Curricular Program
  2. Best STEM Program
  3. Best Use of Technology
  4. Grok Academy Innovation in Curriculum Design
  5. Innovation in Learning Environment Design
  6. NRL Schools Primary School of the Year – Government
  7. Primary School of the Year – Non-government
  8. AFL Schools Secondary School of the Year – Government
  9. Winc Education Secondary School of the Year – Non-government
  10. Australian Boarding Schools Association Boarding School of the Year
  11. Prime Super Regional School of the Year
  12. Special Education School of the Year
  13. Best School Strategic Plan
  14. Best Student Wellbeing Program
  15. Best Professional Learning Program
  16. Ideagen Best First Nations Education Program
  17. Deputy Principal of the Year
  18. Primary School Principal of the Year – Government
  19. Primary School Principal of the Year – Non-government
  20. Prime Super School Principal of the Year – Government
  21. School Principal of the Year – Non-government
  22. Department Head of the Year
  23. Primary School Teacher of the Year – Government
  24. Primary School Teacher of the Year – Non-Government
  25. Secondary School Teacher of the Year – Government
  26. Secondary School Teacher of the Year – Non-Government
  27. Education Rising Star of the Year
  28. Australian School of the Year
  29. Australian School Principal of the Year


Accepting the award
If your school wins, please discuss beforehand who will go up on stage to accept the award from the presenter. As the program is running to strict time, please refrain from making a speech. N.B. If you are an excellence awardee in two categories in a row, please make sure you have two different people present to collect the award in case you win. The first person who collects the award may still be outside having their photo taken while the winner of the next award is being announced.

Photographs and video
Immediately after accepting your award, a Key Media staff member will escort you off stage to the media station for an official photograph and brief interview.

The Australian Education Awards is a spectacular black-tie gala evening, where hundreds of Educators gather for a night of celebration, fine dining and exciting live entertainment. Every award winner present on the night will have their photo featured in the post-event coverage.

Book your table now and ensure you are there on the night to celebrate your success with your team.

Congratulations again and we look forward to seeing you at the event!

The Australian Education Awards team

Book your table here!

For further information please contact us at [email protected]