25 years celebrating outstanding teachers

The ASG National Excellence in Teaching Awards is a community-centred awards program, started by the NEiTA Foundation in 1994 to honour exemplary teaching in Australia and New Zealand.

Over the last 25 years, NEiTA has received around 40,000 nominations for excellent and inspirational teachers from early childhood and school communities throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Six national recipients from New Zealand and 12 recipients from Australia are selected to receive the awards each year. Each recipient receives a crystal apple trophy, a certificate and a $5,000 professional development grant.

So far, more than 1,050 teachers have received awards, and the NEiTA Foundation has awarded more than $1,000,000 in professional development grants, prizes and endowments.

The awards are divided into three categories:

  • Early childhood
  • Primary school
  • Secondary school.

Special awards

Each year the judging committee select four teachers in recognition of exceptional teaching, best practices and contribution in the following areas:

  • The ASG NEiTA Early Careers Teaching Award

This award recognises the efforts taken by an early careers teacher who has been teaching continuously for a period of between two and four years to incorporate differentiated strategies to meet the specific learning needs of students.

  • ASG NEiTA Founders’ Award for Leadership

This award recognises a teacher’s philosophical contribution as a leader, the teacher’s understanding of ‘leadership’, and how he/she leads others to success.

  • ASG NEiTA Innovation Award

This award recognises a teacher who has introduced new methods or ideas to create positive change in the school/centre’s programs, and/or in students’ thinking and learning processes.

  • The Terry O'Connell Regional and Remote Teacher's Award

This award was created in memory of former NEiTA Foundation Chairman and ASG Director Terry O'Connell was a passionate advocate for teachers in remote and regional areas who work in difficult and challenging parts of Australia.

  • ASG Space Camp Teacher Ambassador

Every year, one teacher is selected to represent Australia in July at the week-long International Space Camp for Educators conducted at the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

The teacher also acts as chaperone for the two ASG Space Camp Student Ambassadors, selected from ASG member families.

NEiTA is funded and managed by ASG, via the NEiTA Foundation, as part of its wider mission to enhance the education outcomes in our communities.

How are National Award recipients selected?


COVID-19 update: In keeping with the latest government health advisory, the NEiTA presentation, scheduled to be held on 27 March in Melbourne, has been postponed indefinitely. We will keep you posted on developments.

2019 ASG NEiTA New Zealand Recipients

2019 ASG NEiTA Australia Recipients

NEiTA Foundation Financial Statements