Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented in recognition of an individual’s outstanding leadership and contribution to the South Australian VET and skills sector for more than 15 years.

This leadership and contribution may have been linked to an innovation, new knowledge, or ways to improve professional practice deemed to be above and beyond the everyday, with a long-lasting impact within the sector.

This award has specific nomination procedures and eligibility:

Nominations for this award will be assessed by the South Australian Skills Commission against the eligibility and selection criteria. A shortlist of candidates will be referred to the Minister for Education, Training and Skills for selection of the award winner. Nominees will be notified if they have been selected as the recipient of the award and will be presented at the South Australian Training Awards Gala Presentation.

Eligibility criteria

Nominations follow similar eligibility criteria used for the Australian Training Awards. The nominated individual must meet the following criteria.

  • have an established history of distinguished service to the VET and skills sector (15 years or more, of sustained service)
  • have made a positive and lasting contribution to the VET and skills sector
  • be recognised by other industry, training, education or employer groups; and have the respect of professional peers
  • be acknowledged as having reached a pinnacle of their profession or industry
  • have demonstrated, over an extended period, a contribution that has included either research, industry achievement, professional leadership and/or service to the VET and skills community
  • have demonstrated high-level personal integrity
  • have exhibited leadership and provided inspiration to others in the VET and skills sector
  • have positively influenced the VET and skills sector in South Australia
  • have made significant and fundamental contributions and be able to demonstrate a lifetime commitment to the VET and skills sector.

Preparing the nomination

Section A: Overview

Provide a short overview of the person, their achievements, and the reason for the nomination.

Limit: 400 words

This information will not be considered or used for judging purposes, but it may be used as a summary throughout the Awards process.

Section B: Selection Criteria

Applicants will be judged against the following criteria:

Consider the nominee’s history of service to the VET and skills sector – in particular, positions of leadership the nominee has held, such as on boards or as chair of committees. Any other known history in the sector, such as participation on committees and workgroups, and any examples of the nominee representing the VET and skills sector officially with other organisations or at state, national or international meetings. Additionally, consideration is given to an individual’s broader contributions to the VET and skills sector.

Limit: 800 words

Consider the nominee’s significant contribution to the advancement of VET practice and skills development, including teaching or training positions or programs, awards or recognition from professional or industry groups and institutions, and/or innovative approaches to challenges. How will the nominee’s story inspire others to higher standards in their work or to raise the communities’ perception of the VET and skills sector?

Limit: 800 words

Consider the nominees leadership in the field of VET and skills, including positively influencing policy or practice on a state, national or international level. This may include government committees and workgroups, advocacy, senior positions, other training, mentoring or committee participation. How have they ‘made a difference’ in some way?

Limit: 800 words


Up to three single A4 pages of relevant evidence may be provided for each criterion as an attachment. These attachments may be used to highlight a point made in the application and should be clearly referenced within the criterion response.

Key dates

  • 25 March - Nominations open
  • 24 May - Nominations close
  • June—July - Judging process
  • August - Awards finalists announced
  • 25 September - South Australian Training Awards Gala Presentation
  • November - Professional Development workshops for individual winners in preparation for the Australian Training Award
  • 6 December - Australian Training Awards, Canberra