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Premier's VCE Awards

The Premier’s VCE Awards recognise students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in the Victorian Certificate of Education. Information on the total number of awards due to be presented, the list of award recipients’ names and details on the ceremony will be published on the Department of Education’s page .

Criteria for the Premier's VCE Awards

Nominations for the Top All-Round VCE High Achiever category are based on study scores from the most recent academic year and the previous years. Nominations for Study Awards and the Top Three International Students are based on the most recent academic year study scores. Each year, individual Graded Assessment scores are used to determine the top group of students for each VCE study award. The number of study awards in each study is based on the number of enrolments in that study. The 2023 Premier’s VCE Awards also include six awards for Outstanding VCE Vocational Major Student Achievement selected through a nomination and judging process coordinated by the VCAA.

Outstanding VCE Vocational Major Student Awards

Nominations are now open for Outstanding VCE Vocational Major (VM) Student Awards – an additional award category within the 2023 Premier’s VCE Awards. These awards will recognise the achievements of high-performing young people who complete the VCE VM in 2023.

This will be the first time vocational and applied learning (VAL) students are represented at the Premier’s VCE Awards, following the introduction in 2023 of the Vocational Major within the VCE.

It will also ensure Victoria continues to recognise the accomplishments of exceptional VAL students, as it has previously done through the VCAL Achievement Awards, which were held for the final time in May 2023.

Six Outstanding VCE VM Student Awards will be conferred at the 2023 Premier’s VCE Awards. Suitable candidates for awards in this category will complete the VCE VM in 2023, having:

  • demonstrated excellence in their VCE VM program
  • shown growth in their demonstration of employability skills
  • meaningfully explored and pursued their pathway options
  • made a positive impact within their community.

Nominate a student

Nominate a VCE VM student for an award in this category via the online nomination form.

Nominations are now closed.

Important notes:

Further information about this award category

Contact the VCAA’s Applied Learning Unit.

Top All-Round VCE High Achievers

The Top-All Round VCE High Achievers award is awarded to students who have achieved study scores of 46 or higher in at least five VCE studies in the most recent academic year and the previous years. Scored VET studies are included in the count of studies.

Top Three International Students

The order of merit for international students studying in Victoria on a student visa is based on their Premier’s VCE Awards score. This score is calculated by the addition of the study scores obtained for the best four VCE studies plus 10 per cent of study scores obtained in up to a maximum of two other VCE studies. University subjects and VET studies may contribute to the score.

Study Awards

The number of awards in each study is calculated using the enrolment base in that study. There will be more awards in larger studies. Individual Graded Assessment scores are used to determine the order of merit and identify the best students. Students must have a study score of 46 or above to be eligible for an award. The VCAA reserves the right to recommend a student for an award on the basis of the study scores achieved in more than one study.

There is no need for students to apply to the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority to be eligible for the awards. To be eligible, students must sign the disclosure authorisation for awards on the VCE Student Personal Details form, which is provided by their school. Award winners are notified in writing, approximately six weeks prior to the awards ceremony.

Further Information

For further information about the Premier's VCE Awards, please visit the Department of Education’s page.

For further information about the Outstanding VCE VM Student Awards, please contact the VCAA’s Applied Learning Unit