Who is eligible for a NEiTA 2020 Award?

Qualified and registered educators and directors in early childhood centres, and teachers and principals in primary, special and secondary schools who:

  • Have a minimum of two years’ teaching experience in Australia or New Zealand

  • Are currently employed at a minimum average of:
    a. 0.6 FTE plus a week (primary, special, and secondary teachers) or
    b. 28 hours a fortnight (kindergarten and preschool teachers teaching pre-prep programs).



  • Educators or directors who have received a NEiTA Award within the last three years will not be eligible for a NEiTA 2020 Award. However, as NEiTA Foundation members, these past winners are encouraged in 2020 to nominate a current or former peer.

  • NEiTA retains the right to verify any information pertaining to the nomination before confirming the acceptance of the nomination.

Who can nominate?

  • Schools and community centres can nominate through the parent association, secondary school student council, school board/council, or the committee of management.

  • Parents, grandparents or guardians of school-going children may nominate independently.

  • Community organisations can nominate independently.

  • Teachers may nominate a person from the school/centre attended by their own children.

  • In this extraordinary year of 2020, recognising the collegiate nature of the profession, teachers may nominate their peers*.



  • Teachers’ family members

  • Officials associated with the NEiTA program

*Note: Prior to the interview stage, all finalists will need to have their applications endorsed by their principal, school head or centre director. In the case of school leaders, NEiTA Foundation will seek endorsement at the school council level. (This may be done directly on NEiTA’s Award Force platform.)


Reason for nomination

Nomination for excellence in education should include details of one or more of these domains:

  • Outstanding leadership, particularly by principals and deputy principals in response to the COVID-19 crisis

  • Expert knowledge

  • Exemplary and innovative teaching practice, particularly excellence in creation and outstanding delivery of online education during the COVID-19 lockdown

  • Professional engagement with colleagues, parents, carers, and the community, especially by providing exemplary support for student wellbeing during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Nomination and nomination acceptance process

Community members are invited to nominate an eligible teacher, principal, or early childhood educator for a NEiTA 2020 Award via the online nomination form on the Award Force platform.

Eligible nominees will then be invited via email from NEiTA to complete a brief online application form comprising only five questions.

They will be asked to highlight aspects of their teaching/leadership background and accomplishments and their response as an educator to the COVID-19 crisis and online delivery. (In recognition of time-poor educators, in 2020, the application process is much shorter with no video.)

Nominees must submit the completed application form by 11.59am (AEST) on 28 September 2020 to qualify for Stage 1 of the assessment process.  

Note: NEiTA welcomes supporting letters from the school principal, centre director, school board/council, parent association, committee of management, or other relevant authority. Any other material submitted will not be considered by the selection panel. Supporting material will be accepted up to 12 noon (AEST) on Monday, 28 September 2020. Providing such a letter in the Stage 1 application phase will obviate the need to provide principal endorsement should the nominee become a finalist and progress to the final interview at Stage 2.

Selection criteria for finalists

An experienced group of teachers, principals, and educationalists, including former NEiTA winner,s form the panel of judges, who will assess all applications.  Applying a common criteria they will shortlist teachers, principals and early childhood educators who reveal outstanding leadership, expert knowledge, exemplary and innovative teaching practice, and professional engagement with colleagues, parents, carers, and the community, especially by providing exemplary support for student wellbeing during the COVID-19 lockdown.

The selection of the NEiTA 2020 Award winners is at the absolute discretion of the NEiTA judging panel. We are unable to encourage any discussion regarding unsuccessful nominations.

The list of award recipients will be published on this website and communicated to national and local media.

Unsuccessful Nominees

A digital Certificate of Nomination will be provided to all eligible nominated teachers and school leaders. We encourage school principals, early childhood centre directors and school councils to acknowledge community appreciation of their children’s educators by printing and presenting the Certificate of Nomination publicly to the teacher or leader.


NEiTA will not:

a) Disclose the nominator’s identity to the early childhood educator, centre director, teacher, or principal without the prior permission of the nominator.

b) Disclose the nominated early childhood educator, centre director, teacher, or principal’s details to the media or any other organisation without their prior permission (see NEiTA Privacy Statement at

Key dates

  • Community nominations for the NEiTA 2020 Awards are now closed

  • Eligible nominees to accept their nomination, and complete and submit their self-portrait by noon on Thursday, 8 October 2020

  • Principal (or school council) endorsement to be submitted by 21 October 2020.

  • Notification of finalists, and unsuccessful candidates: 26 October 2020.



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