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, 1.9MB) 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 Bevan Brennan ‘Every Child Needs a Champion’ Award

This award recognises an outstanding state school team who has implemented a whole-school approach to nurture and maximise students’ social, emotional and/or physical wellbeing that has resulted in improved learning outcomes.

The initiative must demonstrate positive outcomes and measurable improvement for students, through the three domains of practice of the department’s Student Learning and Wellbeing Framework:

  • creating safe, supportive and inclusive environments
  • building the capability of staff, students and the school community
  • developing strong systems for early intervention.

The award promotes the Student Learning and Wellbeing Framework, the department’s approach to student learning and wellbeing across the whole school.

Bevan Brennan

Bevan Brennan dedicated 4 decades to the advancement of education in Queensland, from classrooms where he taught and schools where he led as a principal, to regional offices and central office as Assistant Director-General. Bevan led an extensive portfolio focused on supporting student wellbeing and protection, disengaged youth and parent and community engagement. He had deep empathy for those in greatest need, especially students, and unwavering willingness to support and expand opportunities for all students to reach their potential. His commitment to a culture of achievement and high expectations in all state schools is a wonderful part of his legacy.

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 below.

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, 1.9MB) 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).

Last updated 19 February 2021