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VCE Leadership Awards

About the awards

The VCE Leadership Awards recognise the efforts of VCE students in promoting leadership and participation in their school and local community. The VCE Leadership Awards are open to government, Catholic and independent school students. Mature age students are also eligible to apply.

VCE Leadership students demonstrate initiative, inspire others, work well in a team, and are committed to making a difference. Nominees may participate in activities associated with the arts, sport, debating and public speaking. They may campaign for social justice, environmental protection or fundraising.

‘For the longest time, I have had a passion for leadership. Not because I want my name on the headline or to be praised for my work. I am driven instead by my love for the success of others. We all have dreams, aspirations and skills that deserve to be highlighted. It is not my wish to display mine to the world but use them to showcase others.’

Lincoln Ingravalle, Leader of the Year 2019


Read about the 2019 VCE Leadership Awards finalists.

Finalist of the 2019 awards

Finalists of the 2019 VCE Leadership Awards
L to R: Ellie Jones, Maiysha Moin, Lachlan Warwick, Sophie-Kate Shaw, Maya Ghassali and Lincoln Ingravalle

How to apply

Applications for the VCE Leadership Awards 2020 will open in Term 2, 2020.

While schools may have more than one student who is eligible to apply, only one application per school per year will be considered.

Selection Process

VCE Leaders will be chosen by a VCAA selection panel in August 2020. The panel will conduct interviews with the VCE Leaders in September 2020, after which they will choose the VCE Leader of the Year 2020. Interviews may be conducted in person, via Skype or over the phone.

Applicants will be considered for an award if they are undertaking at least two VCE Unit 3–4 sequences and can demonstrate:

  • leadership qualities, including the ability to be self-directed, work in a team, show initiative, inspire others, be organised and show commitment to making a difference
  • participation in school and community activities
  • making a positive impact on school and community.

The selection panel highly regards student engagement in community activities beyond the school environment. The panel looks for applicants who initiate activities and make a difference in a project, activity or campaign that they have self-started or founded, or that falls outside being an activity, project or campaign organised by an established organisation.

The VCE Leader of the Year 2020 will be announced at the VCE Leadership Awards ceremony on Friday 18 September 2020.


For more information, contact:

VCAA Media and Communications
(03) 9032 1629 or 1800 134 197 (for non-metropolitan callers)