Release type: Media Release


$2000 prizes on offer for skilled students


The Hon Sussan Ley MP
Assistant Minister for Education

The search has begun for Australia’s best vocational training students in 2013, with nominations opening for this year’s Australian Vocational Student Prize (AVSP).

Assistant Minister for Education Sussan Ley said schools have until 29 November to nominate their top Year 12 students for the 2013 AVSP, which includes the Prime Minister’s Award for Skills Excellence in School.

“Australian schools provide students with the skills they need for the jobs of today and tomorrow and these awards support the Government’s plan for a stronger, more diverse and productive economy,” Ms Ley said.

Students studying in a wide range of fields including aged care, hospitality and animal care, or trades such as carpentry, cooking, hairdressing and mechanics can be nominated.

Up to 500 outstanding Year 12 students, who are undertaking Vocational Education and Training in Schools or an Australian School-based Apprenticeship as part of their senior secondary certificate, will be awarded a $2,000 prize and a certificate.

“These prizes recognise the importance of Vocational Education and Training and School-Based Apprenticeships in helping young Australians build great careers in industries which are looking for highly skilled employees,” Ms Ley said.

“The prizes also recognise training for a trade or other skilled job at school is just as important and demanding as any other field of study, and that students who work extremely hard to achieve excellence should be recognised regardless of what they study.

“I encourage schools to nominate their top Year 12 Vocational Education and Training or Australian School-based Apprenticeship students for the 2013 awards.”

For more information, including how to nominate, visit:

Department Media:
Ms Ley’s media contact: Steve Block – 0428 213 264

Background / Further information 

The AVSP was introduced by former Minister for Education, Dr Brendan Nelson in 2004 to promote the value of gaining vocational skills at school, and to recognise the important role of vocational education in preparing students for further training and employment.

In 2005, then Prime Minister John Howard established the Prime Minister’s Award for Skills Excellence in School to honour the most exceptional of the AVSP recipients.

Up to 20 of these awards are made each year. Winners of the Prime Minister’s Award for Skills Excellence in School receive an additional $2,000 prize and a certificate.

Students can be nominated by their school principal, teacher or a Vocational Education and Training Coordinator.