Nominations for SA Public Education Awards now open with Eddie Betts this year’s ambassador

As a father of four and strong advocate for education, Eddie Betts understands the hard work that goes into mentoring and teaching children and young people so that they can be their best.

“Eddie Betts is a much-loved and widely respected figure who is eager to celebrate those working in our schools and to thank them for their contribution to delivering the best education outcomes for our students,” said Minister for Education John Gardner.”

“We are very pleased he has agreed to be this year’s ambassador for the SA Public Education Awards.

“From today, students, parents, and the wider public can nominate an outstanding and dedicated person working in public education, both in teaching and non-teaching roles, who they believe deserves recognition.

“A lot of work goes into running government schools and early learning sites around the state, so it’s important we take the time to recognise the outstanding individuals who go above and beyond to ensure children and young people receive an outstanding educational experience.

“The high achieving individuals recognised in these Awards further benefit from the opportunity to undertake approved professional development that will benefit their practice. This reflects our commitment to making our education system the best in Australia.”

Nominations are now open until Thursday 31 May. To view the various award categories head to or visit one of the nomination stalls in Rundle Mall and make a nomination on Friday 4 May or Colonnades Shopping Centre and Castle Plaza on both Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 May.

Finalists will be announced in August and the overall winners will be announced at the awards ceremony held in October.
2018 SA Public Education Awards ambassador Eddie Betts is keen to promote the awards and is encouraging people to nominate people they value as great contributors to our education system.

“I hope people from around SA will show how much they value the dedication and contribution of a person or team in their local school, preschool, children’s centre or the wider department. It’s these people who are working hard to support and build a successful future for all South Australian kids,” said Eddie Betts.

“Everyone should go online or come and visit the nomination stalls to make sure somebody who’s positively influencing public education in South Australia gets the recognition they deserve.”