Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Professional Staff Excellence

The Vice Chancellor's Awards for Professional Staff Excellence, established in 1998, are an opportunity to recognise and reward professional staff who have demonstrated outstanding performance, contributing to the overall success of the University.

The Awards should encourage all staff to seek ways to step up and take on new challenges – the rewards are worth it.

Award recipients receive $2,000 (individuals) and $4,000 (groups) to be paid either as salary or professional development. For the first time in 2014, an overall winner of the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Professional Staff Excellence received $10,000, to be paid either as salary or professional development.


All professional staff members, up to and including HEW 9, who are either ongoing or on a fixed term appointment of normally greater than 12 months, are eligible for nomination for this award.

Faculties and Divisions can nominate up to one individual and one team.

Staff cannot be the recipient of an individual award in two consecutive years for the same or substantially similar achievement.

Nomination criteria

The VC's Awards for Professional Staff Excellence recognise staff for outstanding performance or contribution that exceed normal expectations of a role. Nominations must demonstrate:

  • an exceptional achievement or success
  • outstanding service to a variety of stakeholders
  • an outstanding or novel initiative which has been implemented
  • improvements to work procedures or operational systems
  • exceptional initiative/achievement involving cross-unit
  • contribution to enhancing the student experience
  • exemplar of the University's values, code of conduct and upholds leadership behaviours and professionalism when interacting with colleagues and stakeholders

Download the 2018 Professional Staff Excellence Guidelines (PDF, 254KB) and Nomination Form (PDF, 717KB)


Commencing 2015, the nomination process for VC's Awards has changed and is now linked to the faculty and division awards. For information on your faculty or division award process, please contact your faculty/division awards coordinator (PDF, 78KB).

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Faculty and division award committees will have the opportunity to submit one individual and one team nomination by email using the nomination form for the Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Professional Staff Excellence.

Deadline for submission is 5 October 2018 with the Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Professional Staff Excellence committee determining the overall winner.