How to nominate

How to nominate

Follow the step-by-step guide to prepare and submit your nomination.


Choose the award category

Select the category that best fits your school and your achievements to make your nomination shine. Do you have an inspiring story of leadership to tell? Is your whole school achieving great heights?

The school principal, leadership team, staff and broader school community should be informed and supportive of a nomination. The best nominations are a team effort.


Read the terms and conditions

Read the terms and conditions for important information on eligibility, endorsement and other requirements.


Write the nomination

Your written statement needs to demonstrate your school’s achievements in the context of the award category. Find out more about writing your nomination.

You must use the written statement template to write your nomination.

Access free nomination writing support from an independent consultant. Find out more.


Get endorsement

Once your nomination is complete, it must be endorsed by the principal.

The nominator and the principal must sign the nomination endorsement template.


Gather your documents and photos


When you submit the nomination, you will need:

  • the completed written statement using the template
  • the signed nomination endorsement.

All files must be named clearly and include the name of your school. No other attachments or appendices are permitted.


You must also submit five photos of the school. These don’t form part of the judges’ assessments but are required to submit your nomination. Where possible your photos should relate to the achievements outlined in your nomination and:

  • be a mix of posed and action shots
  • include staff and students, not focussed on facilities
  • be at least 3MB each
  • be in an image file format, such as JPEG (do not include photos in a Word document)
  • have all relevant photo permissions.
Photo examples



Submit the nomination online

This is the final step to complete your nomination is to submit the online nomination form.

You need to complete the form in one go, so make sure you have all your finished documents ready to upload.

The form is only accessible by Department staff, so if the nominator is a council/board chair or P&C president, a school staff member can submit the form on their behalf.

Please allow yourself plenty of time to complete the online nomination form as late submissions can’t be accepted.

Nominate now

Nominate now

Recognise whole-school efforts, support your entire school community, and win $10,000 for your school’s projects and programs. Nominations close 5:00pm, Monday 15 August 2022.

Submit your nomination

Nomination templates

Nomination templates

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Still need help?

If you have any questions about the process or need help, please email