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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.

Public Education Awards finalists and winners are not eligible for an award for a period of 2 years (including as part of a team).

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


Individuals and teams may only apply in 1 category.

Entrants are required to answer all questions provided in the online application form for their chosen category. Information 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 final. No correspondence regarding the panel’s decisions and recommendations will be entered into.

Short films

Short films will be created for each finalist to introduce them and showcase their contributions and achievements. Finalists must be available for filming during September.

Films will be shown for the first time at the awards ceremony and will later be available on the department’s website.


Prizes provided to winners and finalists based at sites must be used by the end of the calendar year following the awards. Winners and finalists from corporate must use their funds within the current financial year. Funds not used in these timeframes 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's expected winning applicants will undertake the specified activity, or something very similar. 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: 8463 4985
Email: PublicEducationAwards [at] sa.gov.au