The Australian College of Educators actively recognises excellence in the profession through local, state and national awards

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Fellowship of the Australian College of Educators is one of the highest forms of professional recognition that the College bestows. Attaining Fellowship of the College is the recognition of an exemplary contribution above and beyond the expectations for any paid professional role in the field of education.

Fellowship is an important means of encouraging and recognising excellence in professional practice and enhancing the status of the profession.


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Fellowship Application Guidelines


ACE Fellowships are assessed on the basis of evidence of the following achievements:

  • A record of outstanding achievement and of ethical practice sustained over time;
  • Commitment and service to the profession and to others which is above and beyond the formal expectations and requirements for the position(s) held.

An outstanding contribution in any level or sector of education to one or more of the following:

  • Student learning and teaching practice
  • Educational scholarship, innovation, research or policy
  • Educational leadership at international, national, state or local level
  • Advancement of the profession.


Current financial ACE members [MACE] are eligible to nominate themselves for the assessment process for the granting of Fellowship in accordance with the stated criteria and processes.

The National Board and State and Territory Membership and Awards Committees are also eligible to initiate applications for Fellowship in conjunction with those being nominated.

Non-ACE members wishing to join the College can elect to nominate themselves for assessment for Fellowship in accordance with the stated criteria and processes outlined.

The National Board and State and Territory Membership and Awards Committees are also eligible to initiate nominations for Honorary Fellowship. Honorary Fellowship is a confidential process whereby those who have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of education in Australia, and possibly more widely, and are not an ACE member, may be recognised for this achievement.


1. Those seeking to join ACE as Associate members or those already holding this category of membership [AACE] are ineligible to apply for ACE Fellowship.

2. Honorary Fellowship is not open for self-nomination. Honorary Fellowships are rarely awarded and would not normally exceed one–two awards in any year.

For detailed information on the Fellowship Application Process, please refer to the FACE Application Guide

FACE Application Guide

National Awards


Fellowship of the College is one of the highest honours that ACE members can receive.

An ACE Member who receives Fellowship of the College (FACE) is recognised by their peers and the College as a highly accomplished and exemplary educator who has made an outstanding contribution to their profession.

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Details & Eligibility

Educators from all sectors and systems are invited to apply, including those from:

  • the early childhood sector
  • primary and secondary schools
  • higher education sectors (public or private)

Education researchers, managers, trainers or providers of professional education services are also invited to apply.

To be awarded an ACE Fellowship the applicant must prove outstanding achievement and outcomes in their professional practice and make significant contributions to the broader education profession.

The Application Process

There are two avenues through which to apply for Fellowship:

  • Self-nomination: interested educators can complete the Fellowship application themselves. You must included relevant referees for your application and provide supporting documentation.
  • Third party nomination: Awards Committees operate in most states and territories. Members of the awards committees are able to nominate candidates for fellowship. The application process is the same as self-nomination, and supporting information and referees are required to complete the nomination.

The ACE Fellowship applications are open all year round and nominees can commence an application at their convenience.

Over the course of the year, there will be a number of assessment rounds. The closing dates for applications to be considered in each round will be advertised on the ACE website.

For further information contact the ACE national office on (03) 9035 5473, or email

ACE College Medal

The College Medal is the highest honour an ACE member can receive, and is an annual award designed to:

  • recognise outstanding contributions to education in any field, level or sector of Australian education
  • raise awareness among educators and the general public regarding the College’s role in advancing the education profession.

The medal may be awarded to an Australian educator working in this or any other country who has made sustained, outstanding contributions to any field of educational practice, theory or discourse.

State and Regional Awards

New South Wales


South Australia



Western Australia