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Nominate or apply for the Public Education Awards

Nominations for the 2020 Public Education Awards have been postponed.

Our resources are currently focused on supporting schools and preschools in relation to COVID-19.

This may affect further scheduled dates including the application phase of the 2020 Public Education Awards. Details regarding the awards program will be confirmed as soon as possible.

Nomination or application

There are 2 ways to enter the Public Education Awards.

You can be nominated by a colleague or member of the public. When nominated, you will receive an email inviting you to submit an application. 

You may also submit an application for an award without having received a nomination. This is to recognise individual employees or teams whose amazing work may not be visible to the public or other areas within the department – so make sure you apply and tell us about it.

Choose a category

Once you decide to apply in the awards, it is important to talk to your site leader or manager and choose the most appropriate category for your achievement. Your principal or director will be required to endorse your application after your submission.  Some categories are open to all staff, or may be restricted to site-based staff, educators or corporate staff.

Choose the category in which you can comprehensively address all of the award criteria. The criteria are included in our application guide (PDF, 6275 KB). Each category also specifies if it is open to applications from individuals, teams or both.
Some categories require a colleague or leader to complete the application on your behalf.

Write your application

The application form is available during the application phase. Whether you’re completing an application for yourself or on behalf of another employee, you will need to create a login and then follow the steps to complete your application.

The response to each question in the application process has a word limit (250 words) – remember, less words is fine if you have clearly answered the question. Make sure your answers are clear, concise and written in plain English. Provide specific examples to demonstrate how you have met the awards criteria.

Judges may be unfamiliar with your area of work so avoid acronyms or relying on assumed knowledge. Ask a colleague or manager to read through your application before submitting.

Where relevant consider following the STAR model to structure your responses providing clear examples / evidence knowledge or approach to work. 

  1. Situation: What was the situation/context/challenge faced?
  2. Task: What needed to be accomplished, what role did you/the nominee take?
  3. Action: What did you/the nominee do and how did you/the nominee go about it?
  4. Result: What results/outcome were achieved and what did you/the nominee learn?

* The application form auto-saves as you go, but please make sure you save as you work on any significant areas.

You will have the opportunity to attach documents (to a maximum of 2 pages) to support your application. Please make sure that any critical information is addressed within the application and does not rely on the supporting documentation. 

There is a question that asks what you would spend the prize money on should your application be successful. Consider this carefully as it will be expected that you undertake this activity if you win.

The online form can be accessed on your computer or device, and you can revisit to work on your application as many times as you like until you submit your entry up or the application phase closes.

Seek endorsement

All applications require endorsement to be eligible for an award.

Endorsers must be a principal or director, including anyone acting in those positions at the time. Provide your endorser’s contact details on the ‘endorsement’ tab within your application. When you press ‘submit’ your application will be emailed to your nominated endorser.

Submit your entry

Please check carefully that you have addressed all criteria and you have read the terms of entry before submitting your application. Once your application is complete press 'submit'. You will receive an email confirming that your application has been submitted.  

Applications undergo a range of endorsements and due diligence checks as part of the awards process to ensure that finalists are in good standing with the department.

The awards manager will keep in touch and advise if you are a finalist once judging is completed.

Late entries will not be accepted.


Public Education Awards

Phone: 8226 2339
Emailpubliceducationawards [at] sa.gov.au