Prepare a nomination: Individual awards

Prepare a nomination: Individual awards

Find out about the nomination process, eligibility, requirements and tips for submitting an award-winning nomination for the WA Education Awards.

Follow the step by step guide to prepare an individual nomination. At the bottom of the page you will also find:

  • tips from the judges
  • some inspiration from a selection of nominations from previous winners
  • details about our free writing assistance service, where our consultant can provide you with feedback and advice about your draft nomination.


Choose the award category

Before you start, you may need to read through each of the categories. This will help you choose the correct category and ensure you are able to make the nominee shine in each of the selection criteria. You can consider if the awards are the most appropriate way to celebrate the nominee’s achievements.

You also need to understand the specific eligibility and selection criteria which need to be included in your nomination. 


Read the terms and conditions

The terms and conditions provide information about your eligibility to nominate, the nominee's eligibility, endorsements and other requirements.


Advise the nominee

If the nominee meets the eligibility requirements, advise them of your intention to submit a nomination.

The nominee must be involved in the nomination process and given the opportunity to provide feedback before the nomination is submitted.  Finalists are expected to attend the awards presentation and winners are expected to be an ambassador for the awards and public education.

You should also ensure peers, colleagues and community are informed, aware and fully supportive of the nomination.


Complete the nomination template

Your nomination needs to demonstrate the nominee’s achievements and claims against each of the selection criteria for the category, supported with examples and evidence.

Use the nomination template for your chosen category:

Ensure it is no longer than two pages and is typed in size 11 Arial font.

You may want to access our free writing assistance service, as well as the tips and examples, at the bottom of this page.


Prepare your supporting evidence

You can provide up to three single-sided pages of supporting evidence such as letters of support, school data or NAPLAN results.

The total size of your attachments must not exceed 10MB.


Provide images

Prepare four high-resolution images of the nominee. Photos must:

  • be a mix of posed and action shots
  • include two individual photos (portrait and landscape)
  • include two photos of nominee with a group of students (portrait and landscape)
  • be at least 3MB each
  • be in JPEG format (do not include photos in a Word document).

Sample photos



Provide referees

You will need to provide the details of two referees who are familiar with the nominee’s work. Referees can come from within or outside the school community. These referees may be contacted at any time during the judging process.


Gather the nominee’s details and documentation

When submitting the nomination you will need to provide the nominee’s details:

  • E number
  • years of service
  • email address
  • mobile number
  • place of study.

You will also need:

  • the two page written statement
  • supporting evidence
  • four high-resolution photos of the nominee
  • details of two referees.


Obtain appropriate endorsement or sign off

All individual staff nominations must be endorsed by the principal. If the principal is not the nominator, provide a copy of the nomination to them to endorse.

Submit your nomination

Tips for preparing your nomination

Tips for preparing your nomination

Get some tips, inspiration and advice for writing your nomination and making it shine for the judges.

Free writing assistance

To assist with your nominations, we have engaged a consultant who can review your draft and provide you with feedback to help make sure your nomination is of the highest possible quality.

This writing advice service is free to all nominators. To access this service, email and a consultant will contact you to arrange an appointment.

Please ensure you have a draft ready to review that has been endorsed by your principal before contacting our consultant.

Awards information session
  • Date to be confirmed in May

Learn how the nomination process works, what to include in your nomination, what the judges look for, and how to write for them.

Attend our free interactive information session either in person or via livestream. A recording of the session will also be available afterwards.

Judges tips
  • Don’t be afraid to single out a genuine individual even though there may be others in that occupational group. It’s important to ensure the singling out is genuine and has earned and is deserving of the spotlight – it will be evident to all and the chorus of applause at the local level will be impressive.
  • Think about all the stakeholders – those who are impacted positively by the great work that the nominee does. Consider how you can capture their voice in the nomination and demonstrate the impact on individuals as well as cohorts of students.
  • Remember the audience you are writing for. If you are not an educator, make sure you speak to educators when putting in your nomination as the majority of nominations are prepared by educators.
  • Focus on how the nominee went above and beyond, rather than what is expected.
  • Champion the achievements and personal traits of the nominee whilst addressing the set criteria. The focus throughout should be the difference the nominee has made to the lives of students.
  • Show how the nominee is a human being with a passion for education and how they can relate to others.
  • Provide strong examples to back up the statements being made, rather than just stating that the nominee meets the criteria.
  • Make sure that any data used is in the context of the school and how the nominee’s leadership is making a difference.
  • Provide evidence that validates the nomination (not simply personal opinions) across all of the domains (e.g. Professional knowledge, practice and engagement).