“To Educate a Child is to Turn Walls into Doors … “

The Country Education Partnership established the Rural Education Award to showcase the outstanding achievements and practices of education leaders, and educators, in Victorian Rural and Remote Learning Communities.

The award has operated for a number of years, recognising outstanding rural education leadership with kind support from people such as Mr. Baillieu Myer.
Each year the Country Education Partnership invites education communities to nominate educators, education leaders, or education partnerships to nominate for the Annual Award.

Stories of past Rural Education Award recipients can be read by clicking on the link: Rural Education Award Recipients

Rural Education Award Purpose:

To acknowledge the outstanding, and exemplary achievement and contribution of education leaders, educators and education organisations in supporting, providing and enhancing the provision of learning within rural and remote communities.

Rural Education Award Focus:

The Rural Education Award will acknowledge the Inspirational Educators, Education Leaders and Education Organizations that exist within our rural and remote communities. The Country Education Partnership invites rural learning communities (whether that be early years services, schools, or adult learning organisations) to nominate educators and education leaders who have made a difference in rural and remote children’s and young peoples lives.

Rural Education Award Scholarship:

In acknowledgment of the importance of this Award, the Country Education Partnership has allocated a scholarship to the value of $6000 in recognition of the outstanding contribution made by the recipient, and the importance of the ongoing development of the initiative in enhancing learning opportunities for rural and remote children and young people.

Overall Criteria

The criteria developed for the Rural Education Award will reflect the overall objectives of the Country Education Partnership which includes:

  • Utilising collaborative approaches that foster inclusiveness, participation, sharing and responsiveness to students and staff learning needs and desires;
  • Enhancing the capacity or rural and remote communities in delivering a high quality and responsive education;
  • Innovative approaches, that are underpinned by continual rethinking and evaluation of current practices, and as a result utilises “new thinking and practices”;
  • Utilising an evidence-based approach, and as a result has data/information that indicates the outcomes and impacts of such an initiative have enhanced learning opportunities and education outcomes for students and/or staff.

The definition of rural for the purpose of the Rural Education Award includes those communities that are located:

  • at least one and half hours car travel from Melbourne CBD
  • at least 15 minutes from a regional population of at least 10,000 people
  • within a community population of less than 5000 people.

For Background Information:

An outline of the Rural Education Award can be accessed here: Rural Education Award

As part of the application, nominees should describe how they have addressed the Overall Criteria listed above.

  • All applications will be acknowledged, via email, shortly after receipt. Late applications will not be considered.
  • Eligible applicants are advised to complete the award application form and address the selection criteria detailed.
  • The selection panel will shortlist eligible candidates.
  • Short listed candidates may be required to attend an interview.
  • The selection panel will include representatives in the field of education, who will use the criteria to identify rural education communities that demonstrate excellence.


The application must be endorsed by the governing body (E.g. school council) or a senior management person (E.g. Principal or Manager).


In support of your application, you must provide the contact details of two referees. If you are short listed, your referees will be contacted. As a general guide, referees may focus on your achievements to date and why you are an outstanding candidate.

Selection Process

Given the significance, value and prestige of this Award there is a rigorous selection process. The achievements of recipients will be celebrated at a state level, and in some cases at national and international level.

More Information

Mr Phil Brown
Executive Officer
Country Education Partnership
Email via the CEP contact form