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2020 Educational Publishing Awards Australia announced

A still from the EPAA 2020 digital ceremony

In a digital celebration that premiered online yesterday afternoon, publishers and educators celebrated excellence in educational publishing. On Zoom screens, Microsoft Teams calls, laptops and mobile phones in living rooms around the country, attendees celebrated 20 outstanding resources, as well as all those involved behind the scenes and in classrooms.

As many people shifted to making and using these vital educational resources from home during the coronavirus restrictions, this year’s Educational Publishing Awards also featured a range of speeches made from home, including keynotes from high-achieving educators Yasodai Selvakumaran and Jane Doyle, who respectively spoke about the importance of teaching diverse histories and the power of effective literacy teaching.

Our Land, Our Stories by Sally Lawrence, Lisa Fuller, Josie, Orlando and Shae et al., published by Nelson – A Cengage Company, partnered with AIATSIS, was awarded Outstanding Primary Resource, applauded by judges for its ‘authenticity in the way that it celebrates contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.’

PLD was awarded the 2020 Publisher of the Year for Primary for the third year running.

The 2020 Publisher of the Year for Secondary was Jacaranda, who also received the Outstanding Secondary Resource award for Jacaranda VCE Chemistry 1 Units 1 & 2 and Units 3 & 4 + studyON by Neale Taylor, Angela Stubbs and Robert Stokes et al., which judges commended for its ‘clear and accessible content and its direct alignment of content with the key knowledge and skill requirements of the study design.’

Financial Accounting, 9th edition by Craig Deegan, published by McGraw Hill, was awarded Outstanding Tertiary & VET Resource. Judges said this was ‘due to its comprehensive and memorable suite of resources and its student-focused approach.’

The Mike Horsley Award was presented to Peter van Noorden, celebrating a prolific career that has spanned more than 40 years. He was most recently the Managing Director of Oxford University Press Australia and New Zealand – a position he held for about 12 years.

The Scholarly Non-Fiction Book of the Year award went to Australianama by Samia Khatun, published by University of Queensland Press, which judges called ‘an intriguing story that has required, in its telling, both careful, sustained research and familiarity with diverse and complex cultural traditions and areas of philosophy.’

The awards ceremony can be viewed at any time on YouTube. The event was coordinated by the Schools and Educational Publishing Committee and supported by the Tertiary and Professional, and Scholarly and Journal publishing committees of the Australian Publishers Association.

Special thanks to our major sponsor the Copyright Agency, and also to sponsors Newgen KnowledgeWorks and Learnosity.

Browse the 2020 EPAA catalogue here to see all the winning and shortlisted resources, or view the full list of winners and highly commended resources here. Award winners can access digital assets showcasing their win here.

Announcing the speakers for the 2020 (virtual) Educational Publishing Awards Australia

As the 2020 EPAA awards celebration approaches, we are proud to announce two inspiring speakers who will be joining us on the night.

Tamil Sri Lankan–born teacher and leader Yasodai Selvakumaran teaches at Rooty Hill High School in Western Sydney. This culturally and linguistically diverse school, based in an area with socio-economic challenges, has been named one of Australia’s 40 most innovative schools in 2016 and 2017. In her short career, Yasodai has already garnered an array of accolades, including the 2014 Australian Council of Educational Leadership Mary Armstrong Award for Outstanding Young Educational Leader, a place on The Educator Australia’s 2017 Rising Stars list, and the Australian Teaching Fellowship for 2018.

Jane Doyle is the K–2 Teaching and Learning Coordinator and Literacy Support teacher at Dominic College in Tasmania. Establishing a range of initiatives, such as a K–6 Japanese language program, the Mamma Margaret Kitchen Garden program, and a parent–teacher literacy and numeracy program, Jane has developed many resources and programs to support students and the school community. In 2018, she received the Pearson Award for Teacher of the Year, and she was also recognised at the Australian Scholarships Group National Excellence in Teaching Awards.

To hear from these innovative leaders in education, we invite you to join us for the 2020 Educational Publishing Awards, to be held online in a free digital event on Thursday 3 September, with thanks to our major sponsor The Copyright Agency.

Educators, librarians and booksellers – you’re invited!

Calling all teachers, librarians and booksellers: rate your favourite educational publisher.

The Educational Publishing Awards Australia celebrate excellence and innovation in educational publishing. The event recognises publishers who are creating cutting-edge, groundbreaking and pedagogically sound resources for teachers and students. The most coveted awards on the night are decided by the votes of our partners in education: educators, librarians and booksellers (that’s you!).

If you buy, sell or use educational resources such as textbooks, we want you to cast your vote and help decide this year’s Australian Primary and Secondary Publishers of the Year.

And then, wherever you are, we welcome you to tune in to see if they take out this year’s major prizes at the Educational Publishing Awards Australia.

Please complete this short survey to have your say about Australia’s educational publishers. You’ll be asked to rate these publishers on five areas: product quality, field services, company services, marketing and innovation. The survey should take no longer than 10 minutes. The survey closes on Friday 10 July 2020 at 11:59pm AEST.

To say thank you, your survey response will also automatically put you in the draw to win a $500 David Jones gift card, or one of two Australian Book Industry Award prize packs (a pile of new books!).

The survey will ask for your email address to ensure we only receive one response per person. However, the survey data is completely anonymous. The awards are organised by the Australian Publishers Association. If you have any issues with the survey, please contact

Thank you for completing the survey, and we look forward to bringing you an exciting online celebration in September! As we take the awards ceremony online this year, we invite you to join us in celebrating at our free digital event on Thursday 3 September 2020. Proudly sponsored by the Copyright Agency.

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2020 entries are now open (now extended)

Entries are now open for the 2020 Educational Publishing Awards. Australian educational publishers can submit learning resources published between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020.

The 28th Educational Publishing Awards Australia will be held as a special digital event, due to current circumstances. Save the date to join us virtually on Thursday 3 September 2020.

The 2020 Educational Publishing Awards are now open for entries.

The call for entries is open now:

Nominations must be submitted by Friday 5 June 2020, now extended from the original closing date of 29 May.

Please read the conditions of entry and judging criteria before submitting your nomination here.

Publishing companies of all sizes are welcomed to enter. Whether you are submitting from a traditional publishing company, a small publisher or a start-up company, we are excited to receive your submission.

Award categories include Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary, TAFE and Vocational Education, as well as the Primary and Secondary Publishers of the Year.

Browse the full list of 2020 awards categories here, and view last year’s winners here.

How do I enter?

Entries are made via this digital platform. Please note that judging will be conducted remotely due to social distancing requirements, so please provide your resource in a digital format. You can also consider providing a short video walkthrough or introduction to accompany your entry.

Head to this link to read the criteria for each category and follow the prompts to submit your learning resource.

Judges for 2020

Judging of the awards is a rigorous process for all involved. Returning to the role of Chief Judge for the fifth year in a row is Professor Angela Carbone, Associate Dean (Learning Innovation), Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology at Swinburne University of Technology. An overall winner for each sector (Primary, Secondary and Tertiary and TAFE & Vocational) will be selected by the Chief Judge from the category winners.

Save the date

Save the date for a special digital Educational Publishing Awards, to be held online on Thursday 3 September 2020. Stay tuned for more details.