WA Beginning Teacher of the Year

WA Beginning Teacher of the Year

This award recognises the fresh, enthusiastic and passionate approach that beginning teachers bring to their classrooms and to the profession.

They embrace technology and innovate in their approach to teaching and learning. They contribute to their school communities in many different ways.

The award category is for qualified teachers who have taught for up to three years and are working in our schools with a significant proportion of the week dedicated to classroom teaching.

This award is proudly sponsored by Edith Cowan University.


The WA Beginning Teacher 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.

Selection criteria

Nominations must address each of the three selection criteria:

  • professional knowledge
  • professional practice
  • professional engagement.

The selection criteria is based on the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.


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

  • All professionally qualified teachers who had no more than three full years teaching experience at the start of this year; and are currently working in a Western Australian public school with at least 0.6 FTE dedicated to classroom teaching, are eligible.

Note: Anyone who has taught for more than three years should be nominated for the WA Premier’s Primary or Secondary Teacher of the Year award.

Prepare your nomination