ASG NEiTA Nomination Eligibility Criteria

All nominations must be submitted online at

Please read these guidelines carefully before completing the nomination form.

1. Who is eligible for nomination?

Qualified and registered educators and directors in early childhood centres, and teachers and principals in primary, special and secondary schools who:

  • have a minimum of two years’ teaching experience in Australia or New Zealand.
  • are currently employed at a minimum average of:
    a. 0.6 FTE plus a week (primary, special and secondary teachers) or
    b. 28 hours a fortnight (kindergarten and preschool teachers teaching pre-prep programs).

Award Categories

  • Early Childhood Category
  • Primary School Category
  • Secondary School Category

2. Who can nominate?

  • Schools and Community Centres can nominate through the parent association, secondary school student council, school board/council, or the committee of management.
  • Parents, grandparents or guardians.
  • Community organisations can nominate independently.
  • Teachers may nominate a person from the school/centre attended by their own children, provided they are not employed at the same school/centre.


  1. Early childhood educators, centre directors, teachers and principals from the same school or centre.
  2. Teachers’ family members.
  3. Officials associated with the NEiTA program.

3. Reason for nomination

Nomination for excellence in education should include details of one or more of these domains:

  • Outstanding leadership
  • Expert knowledge
  • Exemplary and innovative teaching practice
  • Professional engagement with colleagues, parents, carers and the community.

4. Additional material (optional)

NEiTA welcomes supporting letters from the principal, centre director, school board/council, parent association, committee of management, or other relevant authority. Any other material submitted will not be considered by the selection panel. Additional supporting material will be accepted by 11.59pm (AEST) on the 31st of July 2019.

5. Confidentiality

NEiTA will not:

a) disclose the nominator’s identity to the early childhood educator/centre director teacher/principal, without the prior permission of the nominator

b) disclose the nominated early childhood educator/centre director/teacher/principal’s details to the media or any other organisation without their prior permission (see ASG NEiTA Privacy Statement at


6. Nomination process 

All eligible nominees will be invited to complete an online Self Portrait Form, highlighting aspects of their teaching/leadership background, experience and accomplishments. 

The Self Portrait form must be submitted by 11.59pm (AEST) on the 29th of August 2019 to complete the Stage 1 of the assessment process.


a) Educators or directors who have received a State and Territory, or National Award from ASG NEiTA within the last three years are not eligible to progress to the Self Portrait stage.

b) ASG NEiTA retains the right to verify any information pertaining to the nomination before confirming the acceptance of the nomination.

7. Certificate of Nomination:

Certificate of Nomination will be provided to nominated teachers/leaders whose candidature for the awards is approved after verification by the NEiTA Foundation. This Certificate is available electronically for the Principal/Centre Director to print off and present to the teacher. No hard copy Certificates will be provided by NEiTA.

8. ASG awards and grants

Each of the nominees who progresses through Stage 2 could become eligible for:

  • A $5,000 grant -awarded to 12 national winners in Australia and 6 national winners in New Zealand.

Where a recipient is due to retire or leave the teaching profession within 12 months of receiving the grant, the money will be given to the school or centre for use in community development programmes or special projects that will need to be pre-approved by ASG.

  • NEiTA Teacher Ambassador of the Year:

One national award recipient will be selected to receive the special NEiTA Teacher Ambassador of the Year award.

ASG will sponsor one teacher in Australia and one in New Zealand and give them the once in a lifetime opportunity to attend the International Space Camp 2020, an international gathering of teachers, at the US Space & Rocket Center, Alabama, USA.

The two teachers will also be accompanied by two children selected by the NEiTA committee later during the year.

9. Results

The selection of the ASG NEiTA award winners are at the absolute discretion of the NEiTA judging panel and no discussions can take place regarding unsuccessful nominations.

Results will be communicated to national and local media and will be published on the ASG website Please refer to this site for a list of all award recipients.

10. Closing date for Nominations

Completed nomination must be submitted at by 11.59pm (AEST) on the 31st of July 2019. No hardcopy nominations will be accepted.

For general enquiries about the awards please contact ASG NEiTA

on 1800 624 487 or