The Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) were established in 1997 by the Australian Government to celebrate and reward excellence in university teaching. Since then, with an honour roll that includes many highly respected and celebrated members of the sector, the Australian Awards for University Teaching have become a valued form of recognition for university educators Australia wide.

The Australian Awards for University Teaching recognise the impact that educators have on the learning and teaching experiences and outcomes of university students. They celebrate and reward programs practices that support students and enhance learning.

They promote excellence in learning and teaching in all aspects of higher education. Recipients, with the support of their institutions, contribute to systemic change in learning and teaching through the ongoing sharing and dissemination of knowledge. This year, there are four Award types promoting and recognising excellence in learning and teaching.

Award programs

There are four award recognising excellence and outstanding contributions to student learning:

  • Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
  • Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning
  • Awards for Teaching Excellence
  • Award for Australian University Teacher of the Year.

For more information on Awards and to download the up-to-date information packs for each of the awards categories, visit the Universities Australia website.

2019 AAUT key dates

Monday 12 August Deadline for Expression of Interest
Download the EOI form
Monday 19 August Full submissions due for internal review
Monday 26 August Panel review meeting
Friday 30 August Panel feedback to applicants
Monday 9 September Final submissions due for endorsement by panel and Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor
Friday 13 September AAUT Deadline for submissions
Notification of Outcome January 2020


2019 AAUT information packs

For instructions on how to submit your nomination, please download the relevant information pack: 

  • AAUT Awards Portal Nomination Submission Instructions (Available 9 August 2019)

Support for award programs for VU staff

For more information regarding application support, please email

Award Mentors for 2019 Applicants

The AAUTN Award Mentor Scheme draws on the skills and experience of Australian Teaching Award winners who have volunteered to act as mentors for future awards applicants.

Mentors can provide advice and support for aspiring award applicants on the development of their award applications. This may take the form of:

  • providing advice on the most suitable award type based on career stage and experience (Citation, Award for Teaching Excellence etc.).
  • providing guidance on structuring a narrative around the mentee’s teaching experience
  • providing advice on what teaching and education activities are worth focusing on
  • providing feedback on mentee’s written application. 

Citation endorsement

The VU awards panel is responsible for endorsing citations for submission. No applications may be submitted outside of this process.

2018 citation recipients

Congratulations to the following two staff on their AAUT citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in 2018.

Ms Kathy Michael - Victoria University Business School

For enhancing local and international student learning and engagement by adopting an innovative e-learning tool to create a platform for Virtual Office Hours.

Dr Puspha Sinnayah - First Year College

Active Learning Strategies improve student engagement in First Year Bioscience.