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Do you know a great Australian teacher or school leader in your community?

Do you know a great Australian teacher or school leader in your community?

Image source: Alison Rourke, 2019 Commonwealth Bank Teaching Award recipient

Nominations are now open for the 2020 Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards. Educators can win a $45,000 Teaching Fellowship, which includes a $25,000 project for their school.

Nominations are open now for the 2020 Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards.

Now in their fourth consecutive year, the Awards recognise inspiring Australian educators who are evolving their teaching practices to improve the lives of their students and their local community.

Kylie Macfarlane, General Manager Corporate Responsibility at Commonwealth Bank, said the Teaching Awards, established in partnership with national education charity Australian Schools Plus, are an opportunity to acknowledge educators on a national stage.

“The Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards celebrate and showcase the positive role our teachers play in the learning and development of our children – an incredibly important and fundamental role in our communities,” Ms Macfarlane said.

“The 2020 Teaching Fellows will join elite alumni from schools across Australia, forming a group of education professionals who can affect real and meaningful change in the Australian education landscape.”

Rosemary Conn, CEO of Australian Schools Plus said, “The Awards give leading educators the chance to collaborate with colleagues across the country and champion innovative practices in their schools and the broader education system. Fellows can develop and refine their skills, and learn from other Teaching Award recipients as well as international experts through masterclasses and an overseas study tour.”

As part of the Awards, each winning teacher or school leader will be awarded a $45,000 fellowship. Of this, $25,000 will fund a high-impact project to be implemented at their school with the remaining to be used on continuing professional development for these leading educators.

Applications are now open until 27 September, with winners to be announced at a ceremony in Sydney in March 2020.

For more information or to nominate for the 2020 Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards visit

About The Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards

The Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards are run in partnership with Australian Schools Plus, a not-for-profit organisation established in 2013 to increase philanthropy for schools most in need of support. Launched in 2016, the Awards are run annually to recognise and support 12 teachers and school leaders across Australia with a $45,000 Teaching Fellowship.

The Awards form part of Commonwealth Bank’s continuing commitment to improving Australian education outcomes. Commonwealth Bank has established these Awards because it believes great teachers help children reach their potential. The Awards aim to elevate the teaching profession by recognising outstanding achievement and to inspire other Australian teachers.

About Australian Schools Plus

Australian Schools Plus is a national charity that delivers high-impact philanthropic support for schools in disadvantaged communities, to give students the opportunities they need to fulfil their potential. It was established in 2013, bringing to life a recommendation in the 2011 Review of Funding for Schooling (Gonski Review). More than 4,600 schools across Australia are eligible for tax-deductible donations through Schools Plus.