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Terms of entry in the Public Education Awards


The Public Education Awards are open to all employees of the Department for Education. Some categories are only open to certain employees, please check individual category information (PDF, 6275 KB).

Applications from people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent are particularly encouraged.

Public Education Awards finalists / winners are not eligible for an award for a period of 2 years (including as part of a team). The work profiled by finalists/winners is not eligible for an award for a period of 2 years.  

Shortlisted applicants must be in good standing with the department. The awards manager reserves the right to remove any applicant at any time. 


Nominations are anonymous and may be made by any colleague or member of the public. Permission is not required from the nominee. Nominees must submit an application if they wish to be considered for an award, apart from the Auntie Josie and Performance Through Values awards which require applications to be completed by a colleague or leader.


Applications will be invited from nominees and are also open to all Department for Education employees. Individuals and teams may only apply in 1 category.

Entrants are required to answer all of the questions provided in the online application form for their chosen category. Information that is provided in the title and summary fields may be used for marketing purposes.


The State judging panel reserves the right to not award a winner if they deem there are no suitable submissions in a particular category.

Decisions made by the judging panel are binding and final. No correspondence regarding the panel’s decisions and recommendations will be entered into.


Prizes provided to winners and finalists must be taken by the end of the calendar year following the awards. Funds not used in this time must be returned to the Public Education Awards program.

A question addressing what you would spend the winning prize on is included in each category. It is expected winning applicants will undertake the specified activity, or something very similar (such as the same course with a different provider). Any winner wishing to change their professional learning activity must seek permission from the awards manager and may forfeit their prize if no suitable alternative is found.

Finalists' prizes will be allocated post event for an approved professional activity of choice, as negotiated with their line manager and the awards manager.

Winners and finalists may be required to fulfil an ambassadorial role and must agree to participate in the promotion of the awards prior to and following the ceremony as requested by the department.


Public Education Awards

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