About the Recognition of Service ceremony

The Recognition of Service ceremony is an annual event that recognises and celebrates dedication, loyalty and longevity of service to the Department of Education.

Service recognition is awarded at a state level each year for staff who have achieved 40 years, 45 years, 50 years, 55 years and, in some cases, 60 years of service. Regional offices coordinate service recognition ceremonies for staff who have achieved 35 years of service.

Unfortunately, due to the impact of current COVID-19 restrictions, the 2021 Recognition of Service presentation ceremony will not proceed on Sunday 25 July 2021. An alternative date will be published here soon.

All service recognition recipients for 2021 have now been notified of this change.

The 2021 Recognition of Service Honour Roll will be published here following the event.

The Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, the Hon. James Merlino MP, recorded this special message to congratulate last year’s Recognition of Service recipients on their exceptional career milestone.

Audio transcript

The Hon. James Merlino Deputy Premier Minister for Education

Hello and congratulations on achieving your exceptional career milestone. It’s my honour and pleasure to recognise you as a 2020 Recognition of Service recipient.

I acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we are all individually located. I pay my respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.

I am always honoured to acknowledge our longest serving contributors to education in Victoria. As staff members who have given between 40 to 60 years of service, your dedication, loyalty and longevity are exceptional. Today is your day to reflect on what working in education really means and your ongoing legacy as individuals. We all have ‘that one’ teacher we still remember, years later. The teacher who made such a positive impact on your life. To the teachers watching today, you are each ‘that one’ teacher for hundreds of current and former students. And many of you were inspired to join the profession by your own teachers. Education is a noble profession. Over the years, you have touched the lives of thousands of Victorian children and young people and given them the best start in life through the power of a great education.

You, our exceptional teachers, principals, education support staff and departmental staff are helping us build a world-class education system. Because we know that apart from a child’s immediate family members, teachers have the biggest impact on a child’s development.

This year we recognise 295 staff members who have served between 40 and 60 years of service to the Victorian community. Collectively, that’s more than 12,000 combined devoted to public education in Victoria. Each of you have worked through multiple decades and many changes over the years.

Whilst I can’t congratulate you in person this year, I can lead all Victorians in celebrating and acknowledging your passion, dedication and loyalty. These attributes have no doubt helped carry you, your peers, students and their families through the extraordinary turbulence of 2020. You do a brilliant job under normal circumstances. But this year, which began with the devastating bushfires followed by the upheaval of the pandemic, you’ve been asked to go above and beyond.

On behalf of the Andrews Government and the thousands of students and families touched by your hard work and dedication, thank you.

I’d like to leave you with this thought from American president, John Quincy Adams. Quote: “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” You have all been doing exactly that for more than 40 years. As we continue to recover from the COVID pandemic, I encourage all of you to keep embracing the great opportunity your work gives you to shape lives and the future. Well done.



To contact the Recognition of Service team email service.recognition@edumail.vic.gov.au.