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VCE Leadership Awards

About the awards

The VCE Leadership Awards recognise VCE students' important and innovative community work and highlight examples of exemplary leadership.

The Awards are open to all Victorian VCE students. Mature age students are also eligible for nomination.

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 2020 VCE Leadership Awards finalists.

How to nominate a student

VCE Coordinators, VCE teachers and VCE students can nominate up to two candidates from their school. Nominations should respond to the selection criteria in the nomination form and need to be endorsed by the Principal, Director or Assistant Principal of the school.

If you are a student, you must consult your VCE Coordinator before submitting your application.

Nominations open: Friday 4 June 2021

Nominations close: Friday 30 July 2021

VCE Leadership Awards 2021 Nomination Form (docx - 89.41kb)

VCAA Consent and Release Form (docx - 79.58kb)

Selection process

VCE Leaders will be chosen by a VCAA selection panel in August 2021. Students are eligible for nomination if they are undertaking at least two Unit 3-4 sequences as part of their VCE program and should demonstrate the following:

  • Participation in school and community activities
  • Positive impact made on school and/or wider community
  • Leadership qualities, which may include the ability to be self-directed, work in a team, show initiative, inspire others, be organised and show commitment to making a difference

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 falls outside of being coordinated by an established organisation.

The panel will conduct interviews with the VCE Leaders in September 2021, after which they will choose the VCE Leader of the Year 2021. Interviews may be conducted in person, via Webex or over the phone.

The VCE Leaders and Leader of the Year will be announced at the VCE Leadership Awards ceremony on Friday 17 September 2021 at Treasury Theatre.

For further information on how to apply, contact the VCAA External Relations team or call (03) 9032 1629.