About the awards
The VCE Leadership Awards recognise the efforts of VCE students in promoting leadership and participation in their school and local community. The VCE Leadership Awards are open to government, Catholic and independent school students. Mature age students are also eligible to apply.
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.
'Wherever you see a person in need, there is an opportunity for leadership. That could be someone in your friendship group or community or a person overseas. Being a leader doesn't depend on your location, age or qualification. If you have the vision to do something that will benefit one person or a whole community, go for it. Everyone can be a leader.'
Victoria Hirt, Leader of the Year 2018
Read about the
2018 VCE Leadership Awards finalists.
Winners of the 2018 VCE Leadership Awards
How to apply
Submit a completed
2019 VCE Leadership Awards (docx - 100.69kb) application by mail or email to:
VCE Leadership Awards
Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority
Level 7, 2 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Applications close 5pm Wednesday 31 July 2019.
While schools may have more than one student who is eligible to apply, only one application per school per year will be considered.
What happens next?
VCE Leaders will be chosen by a VCAA selection panel in August 2019. The panel will conduct interviews with the VCE Leaders in September 2019, after which they will choose the VCE Leader of the Year 2019. Interviews may be conducted in person, via Skype or over the phone.
Applicants will be considered for an award if they are undertaking at least two VCE Unit 3–4 sequences and can demonstrate:
- leadership qualities, including the ability to be self-directed, work in a team, show initiative, inspire others, be organised and show commitment to making a difference
- participation in school and community activities
- making a positive impact on school and community.
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 that falls outside being an activity, project or campaign organised by an established organisation.
The VCE Leader of the Year 2019 will be announced at the VCE Leadership Awards ceremony on Wednesday 18 September 2019 at Queens Hall, Parliament House.
For more information, contact:
VCAA Media and Communications
(03) 9032 1629 or 1800 134 197 (for non-metropolitan callers)