VC's Awards for Excellence

The Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Excellence were established in 2002 and are awarded annually.

New guidelines have been developed for the Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Excellence outlining eligibility, the award categories, the selection criteria, the process for nomination and nomination form, the selection process and timelines.

The purpose of the Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Excellence is to recognise and reward exceptional performance that supports the Transforming Lives and Enhancing Communities - Strategic Plan 2018 – 2022 (pdf, 3.99mb) over a 12-month period.

Academic, teaching and general/professional staff employed in their current position for a minimum of six months, on a continuing basis or a fixed-term appointment which extends for at least one year are eligible to be nominated for an award. Teams are also eligible to receive an award.

There will be one award per eight categories each year. The categories are:

  • Leadership
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation
  • Service
  • Reconciliation
  • Research Excellence
  • Research Impact
  • Research – Early Career Researcher.

A new award category has been added to recognise research impact.

  • The new category of Research Impact will recognise staff who have demonstrated exceptional research impact to the economy, society, culture, national security, public policy or services, health, the environment, or quality of life beyond contributions to academia.

The Vice-Chancellor will determine the monetary amount for each award category at the start of the financial year. The amount will be $3,000 per category unless otherwise determined by the Vice-Chancellor.

The recipient(s) will have an option of receiving the funds for personal or work-related business use, which can include professional development. (Please note, if recipient(s) elect to utilise the funds for personal use, the amount is distributed through the payroll system. It is treated as a 'bonus', and is therefore subject to PAYG tax.)

Each recipient will receive a framed award citation; presented at the annual end-of-year staff awards function.

The Vice-Chancellor will call for nominations each year.

Deputy Vice-Chancellors and the Chief Operating Officer should encourage all staff to participate in nominating staff members for the awards and ensure that at least one nomination per School/Directorate is received. Self-nomination is not permitted.

Nominees are to address the selection criteria relevant to the award category and use the appropriate nomination form. The nomination form must be signed off by at least two nominators. The nominee/s is/are responsible for preparing an outline of the excellence achieved and providing supporting evidence.

Endorsements must be provided by Deans/Directors. In instances where Deans/Directors are nominated, a Deputy Vice-Chancellor/Chief Operating Officer must endorse the nomination.

Completed nominations must be forwarded to the Director, Human Resources by the closing date.

The Vice-Chancellor will appoint a selection panel that will be chaired by the Chief Operating Officer.

The selection panel will evaluate all nominees per category against the selection criteria based on the completed nomination form as well as any supporting evidence. The selection panel will provide the Vice-Chancellor with its recommendations within 10 working days after it has concluded its evaluation.

Please refer to the Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Excellence Guidelines and Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Excellence Nomination Form for further details on nomination.

Further information

For further information, please contact Mr Carl Trotta, HR Business Partner on (03) 5327 9304 or


Other Vice-Chancellor's Awards

The Vice-Chancellor also recognises teaching excellence and outstanding contributions to student learning by annually awarding the:

  • Vice-Chancellor's Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (up to 10 citations);
  • Vice-Chancellor's Citations for Student Service (up to three citations); and
  • Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence (one award).
These awards are co-ordinated by the Centre for Learning, Innovation and Professional Practice (CLIPP).

For further information (including award guidelines and nomination forms) about other Vice-Chancellor's Awards, please visit the CLIPP website.