Minister's Arts Education Awards

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The prestigious Minister’s Arts Education Awards are in recognition of outstanding achievement and endeavour in Arts education.

There are four awards available for outstanding teachers of the Arts in public and non-Government schools.
Each recipient of an award will receive $5,000 to support their professional learning in their chosen Arts field. Awards are presented in two categories:

Public School Category (two awards)

  • One award for a primary teacher of The Arts
  • One award for a secondary teacher of The Arts

Non-Government School Category (two awards)

  • One award for a primary teacher of The Arts
  • One award for a secondary teacher of The Arts

About the Minister’s Arts Education Awards

The Minister’s Arts Education awards recognise excellence in teaching in improving children and young people’s learning. The awards aim to highlight outstanding achievement, creativity and leadership of teaching and learning in arts education.

The awards are a considerable prize in terms of funding to support the professional development of the recipients. This may include their students and/or school community, but the prize is predominantly about funding the recipients’ professional development.

By supporting the professional learning of the prize winners, it is envisaged that further opportunities for inspiration, innovation, best practice, and leadership can be pursued and realised.

The award funding is provided for expenditure during the 2021 calendar year.


Teachers can self-nominate or be nominated by a member of the school community for a Minister’s Arts Education Award. Nominated teachers must:

  • Be an Australian citizen or have permanent residence status in Australia
  • Be a teacher of the Arts currently based in a public or non-Government school
  • Have taught in a public or non-Government school for at least 3 years consecutively immediately prior to the nomination
  • Not have won this award previously

Eligible nominees will need to provide the following:

  • Principal’s endorsement
  • Supporting statement by the nominee or nominator (a member of the school community)*
  • Personal statement
  • Professional learning proposal (including budget)

*Supporting statements should be based on the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (AITSL).

Requirements of Award Winners

The four successful award winners will be required to:

  • Attend the Educators SA World Teachers Day Awards on the 30th of October 2020 to be presented with their awards.
  • Be available for media calls as required.
  • Develop a program of their professional learning activities.
  • Undertake to complete the professional learning activities within the 2021 calendar year (unless otherwise negotiated).
  • Share their professional learning with colleagues in ways that benefit the broader teaching and learning community. This will take the form of a short report on completion of their professional learning, and the running of a small professional learning activity that is based on their professional learning funded by the prize.
  • Consult with the Executive Director of Educators SA.

Selection Process

  • Nominees submit applications by the closing date and will be notified of receipt by Educators SA.
  • A panel representing the relevant Arts associations, Educators SA and the Department for Education will assess the applications.
  • Recommendations from the panel are then endorsed by the Educators SA Board.
  • All nominees and nominators are notified of the outcomes by mid-October.

Interested in Nominating?

Nominations can be made online. Please allow twenty minutes to complete the online application.

Before self-nominating or nominating a member of the school community, please ensure you have read:

You are advised to prepare your responses in a Word document, and copy and paste them into the online nomination form when you are ready to fill it in.

Please contact Rod Nancarrow (Executive Director, Educators SA) or Sharyn Schell (Arts Projects Manager, Department for Education) to discuss any questions, including your nomination and/or eligibility.

Applications close on Friday the 18th of September at 5pm.

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