About The Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards

The Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards recognise and reward great teachers and principals – especially those working in challenging and socially-diverse communities.

Launched in October 2016, the initiative is run in partnership with not-for-profit Schools Plus. Schools Plus connects donors with schools in disadvantaged communities to support projects that improve the learning and life outcomes of their students.

By sharing the remarkable stories of its recipients and placing their achievements in the spotlight, the Awards aim to inspire other teachers and promote excellent practice in schools across Australia.

Each year, 12 of Australia’s best educators will be recognised and rewarded with a $45,000 Teaching Fellowship, which covers:

  • $10,000 for the recipients professional development;
  • $5,000 for participation in a 12-month fellowship program that includes a study tour to Singapore; and,
  • $30,000 to fund a project in their school to improve student achievement and wellbeing.

Read more about this year’s inspirational recipients over the following pages.