Victorian Learn Local Awards

The Victorian Learn Local Awards recognise the inspirational efforts of learners, practitioners and training providers in the Learn Local education and training network.

The Victorian Learn Local Awards are held annually by the Adult, Community and Further Education (ACFE) Board.

The Learn Local education and training network plays a major role in the development of local individuals, local businesses and local communities throughout Victoria. It delivers the skills that support our economy and underpin the inclusiveness of our communities. The Awards are an opportunity to showcase this valuable work. Through the Awards we acknowledge the network’s many contributions and celebrate the success of learners, practitioners and training providers across the State.

Nominations closed for the 2017 Awards

Nominations have now closed for all categories for the 2017 Victorian Learn Local Awards. Finalists will be announced in July.

Key dates

  • Nominations open: Tuesday 18 April:
  • Nominations close (most categories): Friday 9 June
  • Nomination close for Learn Local Volunteer Champion Category: Friday 23 June
  • Awards judging including finalist interviews: June, July
  • Finalists announced: Late July
  • Winners announced: Thursday 31 August

Award categories

This year there is a total prize pool of $66,000 across seven award categories.

Individual categories

  • The Ro Allen Award – Recognising Pre-accredited Learner Excellence
  • Outstanding Practitioner

Each individual category winner will receive $5,000 and finalists receive $1,000 in prize money (two finalists per category).

Program categories

  • Outstanding Pathways Program
  • Excellence in Creating Local Solutions
  • AMES Australia Diversity Innovation Award

Each program category winner will receive $10,000 and finalists receive $1,000 in prize money (two finalists per category).

Acknowledgement categories:

  • Learn Local Legend (no external nomination process)
  • Learn Local Volunteer Champion (new category – external nomination process)

Acknowledgement category winners will receive $1,000 in prize money (eight winners per category). In addition, the eight winners of the Learn Local Volunteer Champion acknowledgement category will be put forward by the ACFE Board for consideration as part of the Victorian Premier's Volunteer Champions Awards which are held in December.

Learn Local providers are not able to submit a nomination for the Learn Local Legend acknowledgement category. All Learn Local providers active in the region in 2016 and 2017 will be considered and a 2017 Legend will be selected by each ACFE Regional Council.

For more information regarding the Award categories see: Award Category Descriptions (doc - 284kb)

Learn Local Awards presentation dinner

This year's winners will be announced at a presentation dinner which will take place in Melbourne on the evening of Thursday 31 August 2017.

Stay tuned to this website where further details on the event (including how to purchase tickets) will be available over the coming months. 

Contact us

For more information, please contact the Victorian Learn Local Awards team at: or 9637 2473.

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