WA Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer of the Year

WA Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer of the Year

This award recognises the significant role of Aboriginal and Islander Education Officers.

They support school staff to develop culturally inclusive teaching and learning programs, and build relationships with Aboriginal communities that allow culture and languages to be shared.

This award is proudly sponsored by Kurongkurl Katitjin at Edith Cowan University.

The WA Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer of the Year receives $25 000 (50% for professional development and 50% cash) and three finalists each receive $2500. See terms and conditions for more information.

Nominations must address each of the three selection criteria:

  • supporting Aboriginal students
  • linking school to community
  • providing whole-school support.

In addition to the terms and conditions, the following eligibility criteria apply for this category:

  • All Aboriginal and Islander Education Officers currently working at a Western Australian public school at the time of nomination are eligible.
  • 2019 winners of the WA School Services Staff Member of the Year, WA Education Assistant of the Year and WA Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer of the Year will not be considered for this category in 2021. All previous finalists, and winners from 2018 or earlier, are eligible.

The judging panel include:

  • academic experts in relevant areas of teaching and education research
  • members of education and leadership professional associations
  • sponsors committed to public education
  • past winners who bring their experience
  • senior Department of Education staff.

Two members from each judging panel will visit each finalist at their school to speak with the finalist, school staff, students, parents and referees to help determine winners.

Site visits will be held between Monday 6 September to Friday 17 September 2021.