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Terms of entry – Public Education Awards


The Public Education Awards are open to all employees of the Department for Education and Child Development. Some categories are only open to certain employees, please check individual category information.

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


Nominations are anonymous and may be made by any 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.


Applications will be invited from nominees and are also open to all DECD employees. Individuals and teams may only apply in one 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.


It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure their entry is endorsed by a Principal, Director or above before the close of applications.


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

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.

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 a professional activity of choice, as negotiated with their line manager and the awards manager.


Public Education Awards

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