All nominations must be submitted online at

Please read these guidelines carefully before completing the nomination form.

All qualified and registered educators and directors in early childhood centres, and teachers and principals in primary, special and secondary schools who:

  • have a minimum of two years’ teaching experience in Australia
  • are currently employed a minimum average of:
    a. five days per fortnight (primary, special and secondary teachers) or
    b. 28 hours per fortnight (kindergarten and preschool teachers teaching pre-prep programs).

School and centre communities can nominate early childhood educators and centre directors, teachers and principals through the parent association, secondary student council, school board/council, or committee of management. Parents, grandparents or guardians, and community organisations can also nominate independently.

Note: Teachers may nominate an early childhood educator, centre director, teacher or principal from the school/centre attended by their own children, provided that they are not also an employee at the school/centre.

Exclusions: Early childhood educators, centre directors, teachers and principals from the same school or centre, teachers’ family members, and officials associated with the NEiTA program are not eligible to nominate.


NEiTA welcomes supporting letters from the principal, centre director, school board/council, parent association, committee of management, or other relevant authority. Any other material submitted will not be considered by the selection panel. Additional supporting material will be accepted by NEiTA until 3 August 2017.

NEiTA will not

a) disclose the nominator’s identity to the early childhood educator/centre director teacher/principal, without the prior permission of the nominator
b) disclose the nominated early childhood educator/centre director/teacher/principal’s details to the media or any other organisation without their prior permission (see NEiTA Privacy Statement at

NEiTA is responsible for the implementation of the Awards and is assisted by a National Advisory Council comprised of representatives of teaching standards bodies, parent groups, education authorities, professional associations, teachers and students.

All early childhood educators/centre directors/teachers/principals for whom a valid and approved nomination has been received by closing date will be invited in writing to complete and return online a Self Portrait Form, highlighting aspects of their teaching/leadership background, experience and accomplishments, useful to the selection process. Receipt of this form by due date, 3 August 2017, completes the application process.

Teachers/principals/directors who have received a State and Territory, or National Award from NEiTA within the last three years are not eligible to progress to the Self Portrait stage.

Note: NEiTA retains the right to verify any information supplied pertaining to the nomination before confirming the acceptance of the nomination.

Certificate of Nomination:
Certificate of Nomination is provided to nominated teachers/leaders whose candidature for the awards is approved after verification by the NEiTA Foundation. This Certificate is available electronically for the Principal/Centre Director to print off and present to the teacher. No hard copy Certificates will be provided by NEiTA.

Awards and grants are presented to early childhood educators/centre directors/teachers/principals as selected representatives of inspirational teaching and leadership in Australian schools and early childhood education centres in all systems of education. The selection process consists of two steps:

7.1. ASG National Excellence in Teaching Awards
In September 2017, an independent panel will review all approved nominations and select 120 finalists. In October, 60 teachers/principals/directors across the nation will receive a State and Territory Award. Each teacher/principal/director will be presented with a commemorative award, and an honour certificate in recognition of high teaching/leadership standards.

From the 60 recipients of the state and territory awards, early childhood educators/centre directors/teachers/principals will be selected for ASG National Awards in four categories: Leadership and Development, Innovation and Community Engagement.

The 12 national awardees will be honoured for their achievements at a national presentation function in early 2017 to be attended by government and education VIPs, and invited media. The national awardees will also receive the prestigious individually-crafted NEiTA crystal apple award.

ASG Grants:
A total of $60,000 will be distributed to national awardees to further their professional development, or for community relations initiatives.

Where a national recipient is due to retire or leave the teaching profession within 12 months of receiving the grant, the money will be given to the school or centre for use in community development programmes or special projects as approved by ASG.

NEiTA Teacher Ambassador of the Year: One national award recipient will be selected to receive ASG sponsorship as the Australian representative to the International Space Camp, an international gathering of gifted teachers, at the US Space & Rocket Center, Alabama, USA.

Results will be communicated to national and local media, and will be published on the ASG website Please refer to this site for a list of all award recipients.

Selections are at the absolute discretion of NEiTA and no discussions can take place regarding unsuccessful nominations.

Completed nomination must be submitted at by 3 July 2017. No hardcopy nominations will be accepted.

For further information, contact the NEiTA Secretariat:
Telephone freecall: 1800 624 487