Find all the 2018 Australian Awards for University Teaching winners and citations here (PDF 4.2MB)

State-based Award Ceremonies

Recognising Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

South Australia/Northern Territory

The South Australia and Northern Territory Promoting Excellence Network (SANTPEN) are proud to present the AAUT Citations Award Ceremony to celebrate the Citation recipients from Flinders University, the University of Adelaide, the University of South Australia, Charles Darwin University and Batchelor Institute. Our special guest presenter Professor Kerri-Lee Krause, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and Professor of Higher Education, will present recipient certificates in an invite-only event to be held in Adelaide on Monday, 29 April.

New South Wales/ACT

With the support of NSW DVCAs, Western Sydney University is organising a celebration (17 April 2019) for the NSW AAUT citation recipients.


Date: Thursday, 9th May, 5pm – 7pm
Venue: Deakin Downtown
Guest Speaker: Prof Jane den Hollander


Professor Debra Henly (Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) of Griffith University is pleased to host the Queensland ceremony recognising the winners of the 2018 Australian Awards for University Teaching.

The outstanding achievements of some of our State's remarkable educators will be recognised - these include twelve separate institutional category wins:

-  Award for Australian University Teacher of the Year

-  Awards for Teaching Excellence (Teaching Awards)

-  Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning (Program Awards)

-  Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

Recipients and dignitaries from Bond University, Central Queensland University, Queensland University of Technology, The University of Queensland, University of Southern Queensland will be in attendance.

The Queensland ceremony (Recognising Queensland's Winners of 2018 Australian Awards for University Teaching) is being held on:

Date: Thursday, 11 April 2019
Time: 6.00 - 9.00pm
Venue: Function Room, The Ship Inn, Cnr Stanley and Sidon Streets, South Bank Parklands, Brisbane


The Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) were established in 1997 by the Australian Government to celebrate and reward excellence in university teaching. Since then, with an honour roll that includes many highly respected and celebrated members of the sector, the Australian Awards for University Teaching have become a valued form of recognition for university educators Australia wide. The Australian Awards for University Teaching recognise the impact that educators have on the learning and teaching experiences and outcomes of university students. They celebrate and reward programs practices that support students and enhance learning. They promote excellence in learning and teaching in all aspects of higher education. Recipients, with the support of their institutions, contribute to systemic change in learning and teaching through the ongoing sharing and dissemination of knowledge. This year, there are four Award types promoting and recognising excellence in learning and teaching.


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Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

Citations recognise and reward the diversity of contributions made by individuals and teams to the quality of student learning. They are awarded to individuals or teams who have contributed to the quality of student learning in a specific area of responsibility over a sustained period, whether they are academic staff, general staff, sessional staff or institutional associates.

In 2018, up to 60 citations will be awarded across the following four categories:

  • Approaches to teaching and the support of learning that influence, motivate and inspire students to learn. 
  • Development of curricula, resources or services that reflect a command of the field. 
  • Evaluation practices that bring about improvements in teaching and learning. 
  • Innovation, leadership or scholarship that has influenced and enhanced learning and teaching and/or the student experience. 

Maximum of six Citation submissions per institution, and the maximum number awarded to each institution is three.

Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning (Program Awards)

Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning recognise learning and teaching support programs or services that make innovative and outstanding contributions to student learning and/or the quality of the student experience. They are awarded to programs and services that have set high standards for education support in Australian universities.

In 2018, one award will be given in each of the following categories (six awards in total): 

  • Widening participation
  • Educational Partnerships and collaborations with other organisations
  • Innovation in curriculum design and pedagogy practice
  • Postgraduate education
  • Student experiences and learning support services
  • Global citizenship and internationalisation

Maximum of two Program Awards submissions per institution across all categories.

Awards for Teaching Excellence (Teaching Awards)

Awards for Teaching Excellence recognise Australia’s most outstanding university teachers or teaching teams who have demonstrated excellence, leadership and sustained commitment to teaching and learning in higher education. Teaching Awards reward the enrichment of student experiences and the improvement of learning outcomes through innovation and the delivery of quality teaching over a sustained period.

In 2018, one award will be given across each of the following categories (seven awards in total):

  • Biological Sciences, Health and Related Studies (including Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Medical Sciences and Nursing, etc.)
  • Early Career (for teachers with less than five years cumulative experience teaching in higher education institutions)
  • Humanities and the Arts
  • Law, Economics, Business and Related Studies
  • Neville Bonner Award for Indigenous Education (individuals who must demonstrate their contribution to Indigenous education)
  • Physical Sciences and Related Studies (including Architecture, Building and Planning, Engineering, Computing and Information Science)
  •  Social and Behavioural Sciences (including Psychology and Education)

Maximum of three Teaching Awards submissions per institution across all categories.

Award for Australian University Teacher of the Year

The Award for Australian University Teacher of the Year is the premier university teaching award. Among the Teaching Award recipients, one individual with an exceptional record of advancing student learning, educational leadership and scholarly contribution to learning and teaching will be awarded the Award for Australian University Teacher of the Year.

In selecting the recipient of the Award for Australian University Teacher of the Year, particular attention is given to the evidence demonstrating advanced skills in evaluation and reflective practice; participation in and contribution to professional activities related to learning and teaching; coordination, management and the leadership of courses and student learning; publication of research related to teaching; and demonstration of leadership through activities that have broad influence on the profession.


November/ December 2018
There are two phases for the submission process. Phase 1 is to enter the nominee’s details and Phase 2 is to upload the required documentation, including digital photograph.

Phase 1: Nomination Registration 

  • Opening Date: Monday 5 November 2018, 8.00am AEDT
  • Closing Date: Wednesday 21 November 2018, 11:59pm AEDT

Please note that late registration will NOT be accepted after the closing date.

After Phase 1 closing date, registered nominees can be withdrawn but no new registrations can be added.

Phase 2: Upload Submission

  • Opening Date: Monday 26 November 2018, 8.00am AEDT
  • Closing Date: Monday 10 December 2018, 11:59pm AEDT 

Please note that late submissions will NOT be considered after the closing date.

February 2019
Notification on the outcome of the 2018 AAUT nomination

27 February to 1 March 2019

  • Announcement of the Award recipients for the 2018 Awards for Teaching Excellence and the Australian University Teacher of the Year Award at Universities Australia Higher Education Conference, on Wednesday 27 February to Friday 1 March 2019
  • See 2019 Higher Education Conference for more information 


Only those institutions listed in Table A and Table B of the Higher Education Support Act (2003) are eligible to nominate for the AAUT.


 Australian Catholic University The Australian National University
Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education The Flinders University of South Australia
CQUniversity The University of Adelaide
Charles Darwin University The University of Melbourne
Charles Sturt University The University of Queensland
Curtin University of Technology The University of Sydney
Deakin University The University of Western Australia
Edith Cowan University University of Canberra
 Federation University Australia The University of New England
Griffith University UNSW
 James Cook University The University of Newcastle
La Trobe University University of South Australia
Macquarie University University of Southern Queensland
Monash University University of Tasmania
 Murdoch University University of Technology, Sydney
Queensland University of Technology University of Sunshine Coast
RMIT University Western Sydney University
Southern Cross University University of Wollongong
Swinburne University of Technology Victoria University



Bond University
The University of Notre Dame Australia
MCD University of Divinity
Torrens University Australia



Click here (PDF 47.4KB) for the updated Institutional Contact Officer List from the eligible institutions.



There are three Award Committees: Citations, Program Awards and Teaching Awards. The Awards Committees are responsible for confirming and endorsing the ratings given by assessors, before sign-off by Universities Australia. This committee will be made up of senior academic leaders (XLSX 19.5KB) in teaching and learning with a track record of leadership and extensive experience in the field across the Australian higher education sector.



Each nominee is required to prepare a submission consisting of a written statement, and relevant supporting documents. This submission is referred to as a “nomination” Once completed, the Institutional Contact Officer is responsible for the online submission of all nominations for their institution. Institutional Contact Officers will be notified of the award outcomes via email. All nominees are encouraged to attend the Universities Australia (UA) Higher Education Conference where the outcomes will be formally announced.

All nominations must be submitted by your Institutional Contact Officer. 

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For instructions on how to submit your nomination, please download the relevant information pack: 

Word documents for the nomination forms can be found here.

For assistance developing and writing your award nomination, the see the Australian Awards University Teachers Networks Network (AAUTN)  website. The AAUTN Award Mentor Scheme draws on the skills and experience of Australian Teaching Award winners who can provide advice and support for aspiring award applicants on the development of their award applications.

Past Award Recipients (2012 to 2017)

Quick Reference

Download the quick references here (PDF 274KB)

  • 2018 AAUT Award Summary 
  • 2018 AAUT Key Online Submission Dates 
  • 2018 AAUT Nomination Process
  • 2018 AAUT Nomination Checklist 
  • 2018 Citation Nomination Checklist 
  • 2018 Program Award Nomination Checklist 
  • 2018 Teaching Award Nomination Checklist 

2018 AAUT Communication/Newsletters

The AAUT Newsletters are available to download:

The DVCAs Newsletters are available to download:



For any AAUT queries, please email the Awards Team at


To submit your online submission, please click 2018 AAUT Awards portal.

For technical AAUT Awards – SPARKPLUS Online Submission queries, please contact:

The SPARKPLUS technical support is available from:

  • Thursday 1 November 2018 to Friday 14 December 2018
  • Monday to Friday: 9.00am to 6.00pm AEDT