• Primary: Student Resource – Mathematics (Numeracy)
  • Primary: Student Resource – English (Literacy/Literature/Language)
  • Primary: Student Resource – Arts/Science/Humanities/Social Sciences/Technologies/Health and Physical Education/Languages
  • Primary: Reference Resource
  • Primary: Teaching Resource
  • Primary (Adaptations): Student or Teacher Resource
  • Primary: Educational Picture or Chapter Book
(Entries are invited in the seven categories listed above and will be sorted into a final six categories based on entries received.)

See also: Further Primary resources requirements


  • Secondary: Student Resource – Junior – Mathematics/Science
  • Secondary: Student Resource – Junior – English/Humanities/Languages/Arts/ Technologies/Health and Physical Education
  • Secondary: Student Resource – Senior – Mathematics/Science
  • Secondary: Student Resource – Senior – English/Humanities/Languages/Arts/ Technologies/Health and Physical Education
  • Secondary: Teaching Resource
  • Secondary: Reference Resource

VET and Tertiary

  • Tertiary (Adaptations): Teaching and Learning – print or blended learning 
  • Tertiary (Adaptations): Teaching and Learning – digital only
  • Tertiary (Wholly Australian): Teaching and Learning – print
  • Tertiary (Wholly Australian): Teaching and Learning – blended learning 
  • Tertiary (Wholly Australian): Teaching and Learning – digital only
  • VET: Teaching and Learning – print or blended learning
  • VET: Teaching and Learning – digital only
An overall winner for each sector (Primary, Secondary and VET/Tertiary) will then be selected by the Chief Judge from the category winners. 

Further notes on each category can be found here. 



Primary, Secondary and Tertiary/Vet categories

1. Publishing contribution

  • Excellence: How does the resource raise the bar of excellence in content and method for furthering student understanding?
  • Innovation: What innovation or creative approach to
    • the interpretation of curriculum for classroom practice: or 
    • the teaching and learning of the topic is evident?
  • Originality: How does the resource differ in a positive sense from other resources already in the market?

2. Educational rigour

  • Curriculum Alignment for Primary, Secondary and VET: How well does it meet the descriptors of a national or state curriculum and its educational outcomes?
  • Teacher resource: How does the resource support teaching practices? How can it be used in the classroom or in preparation for class?
  • Achievement of Learning Outcomes: Does the resource support the achievement of improved learning outcomes?

3. Written Components 

  • Clarity: Does the writing demonstrate clarity, and is it aimed at the appropriate level for the target market?
  • Quality and completeness of content: Does the resource provide comprehensive coverage of the field?
  • Relevance: Does the resource foster the use of 21st century learning techniques, content and technologies?

4. Visual and/or audio components

  • Design: Is the resource user friendly and well designed for ease of use?
  • Engagement: Is the resource structured in a way that stimulates and engages learners?

5. Whole product

  • Format: How does the chosen format support and enhance the resource’s content, and does the resource make the most of the media in which it is published?
  • Cohesion: Do the various components work togethers to improve teaching and learning in an effective way?
  • Flexibility and adaptability: How well does the resource allow for a variety of learning opportunities? For example, can the student personalise or be creative with their work? 


Scholarly Non-Fiction Book of the Year

This award is for a work of scholarly non-fiction that is both accessible to a wide readership and has had an impact on the Australian community.  The work is written or edited by an Australian author and is founded in scholarship and research. The work is demonstrably evidence-based through appropriate citations of a range of primary and secondary sources and has been recognised as excellent by the author’s peers. The book might present a narrative history, explain a complex topic of community relevance, tell the stories of important individuals, encourage improved community outcomes including improved health, analyse significant texts, provide a synthesis of ideas, revive interest in a neglected subject, or examine the latest thinking on a topic. The book’s accessibility is evident in the clarity of its writing style, its presentation and design. It will have been published within the last year.  

Indicators of the book’s accessibility and impact may be demonstrated by:

  • Sales in the Australian and global marketplace   
  • Positive coverage of the book in general media  
  • Positive coverage of the book in social media  
  • Citations of the book in other literature  
  • Influence on government policy (e.g. through citation in a white paper or mention in a political speech)  
  • Positive community outcomes  
  • Enrichment of Australian culture in some demonstrable way  
  • Demonstrable impact within its field.

*Australian author = 75% Australian authored, Australian commissioned