VC's Awards for Excellence


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

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, 4MB) including the Stretch Reconciliation Plan 2019–2022 (pdf, 1.4MB).


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


This year, additional award categories have been introduced to recognise staff excellence during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the outstanding achievements of Vocational Education and community engagement.  The nine categories are as follows:

  • Leadership and transformational change
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Excellence in professional services during COVID-19
  • Excellence in community engagement
  • Research excellence
  • Research impact and/or engagement
  • Research - Early Career Researcher
  • Vocational industry engagement and collaboration, and
  • Vocational teaching excellence.


The Vice-Chancellor will call for nominations each year.  Deputy Vice-Chancellors or the Chief Operating Officer should encourage staff in their Portfolios to participate in nominating staff to ensure that at least one nomination per School or Directorate is received.

Staff members who are employed on continuing or fixed-term appointments may nominate other staff members.  Self-nomination is not permitted.

For full details, download the Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Excellence Guidelines (docx, 80kb).

Award and recipient(s)

There will be one award per category each year.

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 the Vice-Chancellor determines otherwise.

Each recipient will receive a framed award citation that will be presented by the Vice-Chancellor at an event to be held at various campuses.

Recipient(s) will have an option of receiving the funds for personal use or work-related business purposes, which can include professional development.  Where a team receives an award, the team can determine how the funds will be distributed and expended.

For full details, download the Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Excellence Guidelines (docx, 80kb).

Guidelines and nomination form

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.

How to apply

Using the appropriate nomination form, nominees address the selection criteria relevant to the award category. 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 seven working days after it has concluded its evaluation.

Further information

For further information, please contact Ms Lisa Pickering, Manager, Organisational Development and Diversity on (03) 5327 9620 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.