Nominate nowThe VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year award (PDF, 171KB) recognises innovation and excellence by a teacher/trainer providing nationally recognised training to students at a registered training organisation (RTO), or in partnership with an RTO.

Eligibility criteria
Nomination period and closing date
How to prepare your nomination
Nomination sections
Addressing selection criteria
Telephone interviews
Regional award ceremonies and State Gala Dinner

Eligibility criteria

To nominate, you must:

  • be a permanent resident of Australia
  • be a qualified [as determined by the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015] teacher/trainer employed (or regularly contracted) by an RTO
  • have delivered training (for some period) from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019, which will lead/has led to nationally recognised qualifications or Statements of Attainment under the Australian Qualifications Framework national training system
  • have your application endorsed by the CEO, principal or director of the RTO (note: these representatives will be notified of nominations in this category), and provide evidence of your qualification [as determined by the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015] with the nomination
  • meet the conditions of entry.

Vocational education and training (VET) teachers and trainers working in private organisations are eligible to nominate if they are delivering nationally recognised training as defined by the Australian Qualifications Framework.

Teachers and trainers who write or develop course plans or delivery methods, but are not teaching students face-to-face or by another method, are not eligible to nominate.

Nomination period and closing date

Nominations are now open, and the closing date has been extended until midnight, Tuesday 30 June 2020.

How to prepare your nomination

Congratulations on choosing to nominate for the Queensland Training Awards. The key to a successful nomination is starting early – don't leave it to the last minute or you may run out of time.

Visit the Entering the awards page to learn more, including:

Creating an online nomination account

Nominations are submitted via the online nomination portal. You will need to create an account before submitting your nomination. New accounts can only be created, and nominations can only be submitted, during the nomination period.

Once you have created your account, you will receive a confirmation email and must verify your email address before you can begin a nomination. Once you have verified your email you can start your nomination, save it and go back and edit it at any time during the nomination period.

Please ensure your computer has JavaScript enabled, so you can take full advantage of the online nomination portal.

Nomination sections

SECTION A: OVERVIEW (Limit: 300 words)

Provide a short overview of the teacher/trainer's areas of expertise, qualifications, courses/classes taught, education and work background, a description of the environment in which the teacher/trainer operates and any specific challenges which were encountered and may have had to be overcome during the course of teaching/training.

Note: The overview will not be considered or used for judging purposes, but it may be used as your summary throughout the awards process. If you want any of the information from your overview assessed as part of your nomination, please make sure you also include it in your selection criteria responses.

SECTION B: SELECTION CRITERIA (Limit: 600 words for each criterion)

Criterion 1: Excellence and initiatives
Criterion 2: Learner needs and focus
Criterion 3: Commitment to VET teaching and learning
Criterion 4: Links with industry and community


Provide supporting material, such as:

  • professional headshot (mandatory)
  • evidence of teaching qualification (mandatory), as determined by the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015
  • newspaper articles
  • photocopies of awards or certificates
  • letters of support (e.g. a reference from your employer or students)
  • publicity photos of achievements relevant to key aspects of your nomination.

Supporting material of up to 5 attachments may be included. Each attachment must not exceed 10MB. Accepted file types include JPG, JPEG, PNG, PDF, DOC, DOCX, XLS and XLSX. No multimedia items (e.g. YouTube videos) or discs will be accepted with nominations.

Nomination material that exceeds the maximum number of attachments will not be passed onto judging panels for assessment.

Addressing selection criteria

In your nomination, you must present your information in a way that clearly addresses each criterion.

In developing your nomination, you may wish to take into account some of the considerations outlined below which are provided to give clarification of what may be relevant to include when writing against the criteria.

CRITERION 1: Excellence and initiatives (Limit: 600 words)


  • What involvement have you had in the development of new learning methodologies and training delivery?
  • Describe an initiative you have implemented which has led to innovation/improvement in your delivery and/or assessment practice.
  • How have you shared the outcomes of your innovation/improvement with your colleagues?
  • What has been the impact of these initiatives/improvements on your learners, your colleagues and your industry partners?

CRITERION 2: Learner needs and focus (Limit: 600 words)


  • How do you support the diverse needs of your learners and ensure they continue to be engaged in their learning journey?
  • What evidence is there of the effectiveness of the design and delivery methodologies of your training program?
  • Provide examples where you have initiated a new idea/activity, etc. in response to feedback.
  • Provide examples of the learner/industry/community feedback mechanisms that you use.

CRITERION 3: Commitment to VET teaching and learning (Limit: 600 words)


  • How do you maintain and grow your own skills and knowledge?
  • How do you support others to develop their skills and knowledge?
  • Provide examples of your engagement with other VET professionals.

CRITERION 4: Links with industry and community (Limit: 600 words)


  • How are active links with industry and the community implemented in practice?
  • What are the major issues confronting the industry(s) your program engages with?
  • How can VET help address these issues?
  • What level of engagement do you have with industry and professional bodies?
  • How do you promote VET in industry and the community?

Telephone interviews

It is important to note that telephone interviews form part of the judging process and participation is a mandatory component of nominating for the Queensland Training Awards.

All shortlisted nominees must be available to participate in a telephone interview during the judging process. Timeframes will be advised as soon as possible.

Regional award ceremonies and State Gala Dinner

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions around non-essential gatherings, face-to-face regional and state award ceremonies will not take place in 2020. Instead, regional and state winners will be announced via an online campaign with more details to be available soon.

Last updated 30 April 2020

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