VIC Branch News: September 2023

By Coralee Pratt posted 14-09-2023 14:21


A highlight of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders Victoria Branch is the annual celebration and presentation of awards. ACEL VIC honours those educational leaders who in the view of their peers have made a significant contribution to the understanding and practice of educational leadership.

To assist in this process, we urge all ACEL VIC members to consider nominating worthy candidates for recognition of their leadership and service to education. The award nomination process is confidential until completed, and nominations have been approved. The ACEL VIC Awards committee will evaluate nominations with respect to the essential criteria.

The ACEL VIC awards committee will contact successful nominees on the completion of the process. In all cases the Committee Convenor will also contact all nominators in relation to the outcome of their nomination. Nominators seeking further information or assistance should contact the ACEL National Office at to obtain contact details for the VIC Committee Convenor.

Nominations must be received by Friday 20 October 2023


The ACEL VIC Hedley Beare Educator of the Year Award
This award acknowledges the exceptional legacy made by Professor Hedley Beare to Australian and International education. Hedley was an inspirational and pragmatic leader who had experience of educational leadership at every level. His many achievements include creating the Northern Territory and ACT Schools’ Authorities, a Harkness Fellow, a Doctor of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, President of the International Congress for School Effectiveness (ICSEI), National Patron of ACEL, recipient of the ACEL Gold Medal (1991) and William Walker Memorial Orator (1998).

The ACEL VIC Hedley Beare Educator of the Year Award is presented to an outstanding ACEL member who is a ‘true educator’, upholds and contributes to the aims and objectives of ACEL, promotes ACEL activities and excels as a leader within an educational setting.


The ACEL VIC Brian Caldwell Research Award
This award acknowledges and pays tribute to the scholarship and work of ACEL Victoria Patron Professor Brian Caldwell (FACE, FACEA). Brian is an outstanding and influential scholar whose work has played an influential role in reshaping thinking, policy and practice about educational leadership nationally and internationally. The recipient of this award is presented to an ACEL member and teacher, principal or academic who has made an important and distinctive research contribution to educational leadership, policy and/or practice in Victorian education.


The ACEL VIC Debbie Locco Leadership Award
This award acknowledges and perpetuates the memory of the life and work of Debbie Locco FACEL (Vic). Debbie was an inspirational and influential educator who played a pivotal leadership role in empowering and shaping future leaders. The recipient of this award is an ACEL member who has demonstrated Debbie’s passion, energy and commitment, to inspire current and future leaders and members of the profession, to engender the best possible educational outcomes for children and young people.


The ACEL VIC Media Award
This award is presented to a journalist from the print, radio, online or television media who has made an outstanding contribution to raising the level of public awareness and the quality of debate on significant local, state and/or national education issues.


ACEL VIC Fellowship Awards
ACEL VIC presents Fellowships to those who have made outstanding educational leadership contributions to ACEL and/or whose work has influenced educational practice at a state and/or national level.

Nominees for ACEL VIC Fellowships must be members of ACEL with at least five years standing, or if retired, must have been a member of at least five years standing at the time of retirement. (Please note, however, that the Committee may waive this condition and accept a shorter period of membership in the light of special circumstances or other evidence provided.)

Any member of ACEL in the field of educational leadership or education may be nominated for an ACEL VIC Fellowship. Nominees are expected to have made an active contribution to ACEL. Members receiving fellowships are permitted to use the post nominal FACEL (VIC).

Evidence needs to be mapped against the following criteria.

Australian Professional Standard for Principals:

  • Leading teaching and learning
  • Developing self and others
  • Leading improvement, innovation and change
  • Leading the management of an organisation
  • Engaging and working with the educational, wider community and/ or profession