The 2021 Showcase Award guidelines outlines the award categories, criterion, how to enter, key dates, development grants and the selection process.

It is highly advisable to read the guidelines (PDF, 1.7MB) in full prior to writing the submission and entering the nomination online.


For Showcase Award categories, an ‘initiative’ includes professional learning activities, consultation and decision-making processes, resource or infrastructure development, events and activities that have contributed to positive changes in student outcomes.

The Showcase Award for Excellence in Rural and Remote Education

For the full program information and submission templates please refer to the following documents.

How to enter

Participation in the 2021 Showcase Awards involves the following steps:

Read the submission guidelines
Please also refer to the additional support information section.

Nominations due 5pm Friday 7 May 2021
Submissions must be lodged electronically via the submission portal using the submission template.

Regional awards judging

Regional selection teams will:

  • review submissions
  • select 2 commendation submissions per award category for each region
  • select 1 winner per award category for each region, except for the Rural and Remote Education category which may have up to 2 winners per region.

The regional awards will be announced week commencing Monday 14 June 2021.

State awards judging

Regional winners will be shortlisted in July 2021 and 2 programs per category will be announced as state finalists on or around Monday 2 August 2021.

State finalist judging will take place on 7 and 8 October 2021, with winners announced at the Showcase Awards online presentation on Friday 29 October 2021. This will be a live streamed event.

Please read the submission guidelines (PDF, 1.7MB) prior to completing the online submission process.

Additional support

Example submission template

A sample submission is available to support applicants with preparing their submission for the group categories. This example has been annotated to show how information could be provided to address the 2019 Showcase Awards judging standards.

Group category—Secondary Years

  • Based on a submission from Charters Towers State High School, winners of the 2017 Showcase Award for Excellence in the Junior Secondary Years.
    Note: the Junior Secondary category is no longer part of the program but this age range would apply for the Secondary Years category.

View the example submission (Department of Education personnel only).

Additional support preparing your submission

Two recorded web sessions are available and provide applicants with more information regarding how to plan a submission, use the submission template and understand the judging standards.

Planning a Showcase Award submission

This session will assist participants to plan a Showcase Award submission. It will explore:

  • general requirements for planning nominations
  • specific requirements for group and individual award categories
  • using the submission template
  • available supporting resources.

Understanding the Showcase Awards judging standards

This session will focus on the Showcase Awards judging standards and will assist participants to understand:

  • the Standards of Evidence as informing the Showcase Awards judging standards for group categories
  • the 4 dimensions (design, impact, scalability and investment) and 5 strength levels
  • further resources
  • support group category submissions.

Web sessions

Last updated 17 March 2021