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VCE Leadership Awards

About the awards

The VCE Leadership Awards recognise VCE students' important and innovative community work and highlight examples of exemplary leadership.

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.

Read about the 2021 VCE Leadership Awards finalists.

a collage of faces of VCE Leadership Award students

2021 VCE Leadership Awards finalists, left to right, top to bottom: Benjamin Okely, Michaela Goggin,
Amelia Bailey (2021 VCE Leader of the Year), Sara Coladonato, Rachel Tan and Adele Roeder

How to nominate a student

Applications for the VCE Leadership Awards 2022 will open in Term 2, 2022. The Awards are open to all Victorian VCE students. Mature age students are also eligible for nomination.

Nominated students must be undertaking at least two Unit 3-4 sequences as part of their VCE program and should demonstrate the following:

  • Participation in school and community activities
  • A positive impact made on their school and/or wider community
  • Leadership qualities, which may include the ability to be self-directed, work in a team, show initiative, inspire others, be organised and show commitment to making a difference

VCE Coordinators, VCE teachers and VCE students can nominate up to two candidates from their school. Nominations need to be endorsed by the Principal, Director or Assistant Principal of the school.

If you are a student, you must consult your VCE Coordinator before submitting your application.

Selection process

VCE Leaders are chosen by a VCAA selection panel. The selection panel highly regards student engagement in community activities beyond the school environment. They look for applicants who initiate activities and make a difference in a project, activity or campaign that they have self-started or founded, or falls outside of being coordinated by an established organisation.

The panel will conduct interviews with the VCE Leaders, after which they choose the VCE Leader of the Year.

For further information, please contact the VCAA External Relations team or call (03) 9032 1629.