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

ACE National Awards Program

The Australian College of Educators Annual Awards Program recognises and celebrates outstanding achievements in the education profession across all sectors, systems and levels.

ACE Awards highlight the significant contributions ACE Members make to the education profession, their schools/organisations and the College.

The ACE National Awards Program is cumulative (similar to that of the Australian of the Year). The winners of the major state and territory awards will progress to the pool of nominees for the same category at the national level.

ACE Fellowship

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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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.


Active and continuous membership of the Australian College of Educators for a minimum of 3 years.

Nomination Process

All Nominations for ACE Fellowships can be made to the ACE National Office or via the State and Territory Branch Committees.

The National Board and State, Territory and Regional Committees and sub-committees are able to nominate individuals for Fellowship. Fellowship nomination is a confidential process.

The National Board and State, Territory and Regional Committees are also able 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. Eligibility for an ACE Fellowship requires active and continuous membership to the Australian College of Educators for a minimum of three years
  2. Self-nominations are NOT accepted for ACE Fellowships
  3. Those seeking to join ACE as Associate members or those already holding this category of membership [AACE] are ineligible for ACE Fellowship.
  4. Honorary Fellowship is not open for self-nomination. Honorary Fellowships are rarely awarded and would not normally exceed one–two awards in any year.

State and Territory Awards

Each year, ACE State and Territory Branches may call for nominations for all or a selection of Awards. 

Australian Capital Territory

New South Wales

Northern Territory


South Australia



Western Australia