There are a number of external award schemes which recognise achievement in teaching and learning.

If you are interested in applying to any of the schemes listed below, please contact ITaLI's Teaching and Learning Administration Officer at for advice.

Australian Awards for University Teaching

The Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) were established in 1997 by the Australian Government to celebrate and reward excellence in university teaching.

In 2018, responsibility for the awards was handed to Universities Australia (UA) from the Federal Government Department of Education and Training.

UA expect to release information about this year’s scheme soon, and have advised that all award categories will proceed in 2018. The criteria in each scheme will remain unchanged. The AAUT will continue to recognise quality teaching practice and outstanding contributions to student learning.

The AAUT accept applications for the following three award categories, by invitation only:

  • Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (COCSL)
  • Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning (APEL)
  • Awards for Teaching Excellence (ATE)

Round status – Opening soon. Potential applicants will receive an invitation to submit a draft application in early September 2018. Final submission date is expected to be in December 2018.

How to apply

UA have advised that all award categories will proceed and the criteria will remain unchanged. Official documentation has yet to be released and will be updated below as soon as possible.

Please refer to the 2017 guidelines until further detail is made available.

The following documentation regarding the 2017 AAUT scheme is available:

Information session

An information session about applying for an Australian Award for University Teaching has yet to be scheduled.

Australian Financial Review (AFR) Higher Education Awards

The Australian Financial Review (AFR) Higher Education Awards highlight at a national level the tremendous contribution that the higher education sector makes to Australian prosperity and quality of life.

There are 10 award categories, including education technology, employability and learning experiences.

Applications for the AFR Higher Education Awards open in March and close in June each year. Please note, applications to this scheme are supported for invited applicants. Visit the AFR Higher Education Awards website for more information.

Business Higher Education Roundtable (BHERT) Awards for Collaboration

In 1998, BHERT initiated a series of awards to reinforce the importance of business-university partnerships in innovation, R&D and teaching.

These prestigious annual awards recognise outstanding achievement in collaboration between the sectors of business and higher education.

The winning projects are also those deemed to have measurable outcomes, and high impact for Australia. Expressions of interest open in March and close in May each year. Further information about this scheme can be found on the BHERT website.

Reimagine Education Awards

Applications for the Reimagine Education Awards open in March and close in July each year. The awards aim to acknowledge those most successful in creating transformational educational initiatives, enhancing student learning outcomes and/or employability.

Educational innovators from all over the world can apply for an award under 15 categories. For information about the key criteria and application requirements, visit the Reimagine Education Awards website.