About the Awards

Organised by the Australian Publishers Association (APA), the prestigious annual Educational Publishing Awards reward excellence and innovation in the industry. The event offers colleagues and industry professionals the opportunity to network and celebrate achievements. Awards are judged by a panel of peers, and each year teachers and booksellers vote for the coveted Publisher of the Year award.

The Educational Publishing Awards Australia is the industry’s major annual awards event and provides publishers with the opportunity to showcase the very best educational publishing has to offer. Every year, for the 21 years the awards have been in existence, the quality of the entries is truly excellent, so to win or be short listed in any one of the categories is valued enormously by recipients.
– Lee Walker, Director, Primary Division, Oxford University Press

The awards were co-founded in 1993 by the APA and Professor Mike Horsley, the current President of the International Association for Research on Textbooks and Educational Media.

The 24th Educational Publishing Awards will take place in 2017 at the Pavilion, Arts Centre Melbourne.  More information about the award categories and the criteria against which products are judged can be found below.

Submit your entries HERE.



Primary: Student Resource – Mathematics (Numeracy)
Primary: Student Resource – English (Literacy/Literature/Language)
Primary: Student Resource – Arts/Science/Humanities/Social Sciences/Technologies/Health and Physical Education/Languages
Primary: Reference Resource
Primary: Teaching Resource
Primary (Adaptations): Student or Teaching Resource

Outstanding Digital Resource – Primary*


Secondary: Student Resource – Junior – Mathematics/Science
Secondary: Student Resource – Junior – English/Humanities/Languages/Arts/Technologies/Health and Physical Education
Secondary: Student Resource – Senior – Mathematics/Science
Secondary: Student Resource – Senior – English/Humanities/Languages/Arts/Technologies/Health and Physical Education
Secondary: Teaching Resource
Secondary: Reference Resource

Outstanding Digital Resource – Secondary*


TAFE and Vocational Education: Student Resource
TAFE and Vocational Education: Teaching and Learning Resource
Tertiary (Wholly Australian): Student Resource
Tertiary (Wholly Australian): Teaching and Learning Resource
Tertiary (Wholly Australian): Scholarly Resource
Tertiary (Adaptations): Student Resource
Tertiary (Adaptations): Teaching and Learning Resource

Outstanding Digital Resource – Tertiary*

Overall Award for Excellence in Australian Educational Publishing 
(Each judging panel puts forward their nomination for this award on the final judging day and a winner is decided.)



  • Materials must be developed primarily for use in Australian educational settings.
  • Material must be at least 75% authored and commissioned in Australia (except for the adaptation categories, where there is a minimum of 25% Australian content, and the Tertiary [wholly Australian] categories, where 100% Australian content is required).
  • Entries must have been published for the first time between 1 April 2016 and 1 April 2017.
  • New editions: It is expected that new editions will have been substantially re-designed and re-issued during the 2016-2017 time period in order to be eligible. In your entry information for second or subsequent editions please fully describe the extent of change in comparison to the previous edition. Clarification on the eligibility of new editions should be sought from Rosaleen Stewart on behalf of the Chief Judge. (Email: rosaleen.stewart@pearson.com)
  • You may enter a complete series for consideration as long as:
    • at least one component in the series has been published in the eligible year
    • none of the other components have been entered previously. For example, if you have a series of textbooks for Years 7-10, and Years 7-9 published prior to 1 April 2016, but Year 10 published in May 2016, you may enter all four books as one entry, as long as you did not enter Years 7-9 for the 2016 awards.
    • You may also enter parts of series as standalone entries. For example, if you had entered Years 7-9 of your textbook series in the 2016 awards, you may enter Year 10 for consideration on its own in the 2017 awards.
  • One copy of each resource entered must be sent to:

Attention: Brendan Bolton

Cengage Learning Australia
Level 7, 80 Dorcas Street
South Melbourne 3205 Victoria

to arrive by 5.00 pm on Tuesday, 13 June 2017.

  • Payment must also be received by the close of entry date (Monday, 12 June 2017) for your resources to be considered for judging.

Further Information Before You Enter Your Resources

  • Entries must be submitted online, and for each entry you must submit one (1) copy of the resource with a print out of the completed entry form that you submitted on the website attached. For series, the judges’ advice from past years is to send all components or at least a very good number to represent the full range of the series.
  • If a resource is entered in more than one category, each entry must be registered separately with a separate entry form, and will incur a separate entry fee.
  • Please follow the instructions on the entry form to include any relevant login and password for digital products. A suggested pathway with screen shots giving the judges an effective way to view and use the digital resource is recommended. Onus is on the companies entering to provide accurate and usable login details and guiding information. Feedback from the judges in past years is that entrants do not take this requirement seriously enough with access issues and lack of guiding information impeding their ability to view digital entries in their best light.
  • Please be sure to supply all the requested additional items on the entry form.
  • There is no limit to the number of entries that may be submitted from each publisher.
  • The Judging Panel reserves the right to move a resource from the category in which it has been entered to a more appropriate category; to rule on eligibility of any entry; to not declare winners in some circumstances. The decision of the judges is final. A change in category or a decision not to declare a winner may particularly apply in Primary where the number of entries in some categories can be very small.
  • The Chief Judge reserves the right to withdraw an entry or an award on behalf of the APA if it is deemed ineligible, i.e., that it does not meet the Conditions of Entry.
  • Please check the Conditions of Entry carefully prior to entering, and contact Rosaleen Stewart if you have any questions.


For all categories the judges will take into consideration the aim and the success of the publication in meeting the educational and market needs, including syllabus and course requirements in Australian educational institutions. Any special features should be noted by entrants on the entry form. The judges will use the following criteria in judging entries:

1.Publishing contribution. How does the product contribute to the quality/standards/innovation of the industry?

For example:
a.  How does it raise the bar of excellence in content and method for furthering student understanding?
b. What innovation or original approach to the interpretation of curriculum for classroom practice is evident?
c. How does the product differ in a positive sense from other products already in the market?

2. Relevance for use, applicability of the resource to a course or courses of study, and suitability of pedagogy for teachers and students

3. Flexibility and adaptability

a. Does it create opportunities for personalised or individual, independent learning? If so, does it do this well?
b. Can it be effectively used for a variety of learning purposes?

4. Capacity of the resource to engage learners, meet the curriculum requirements, and achieve educational outcomes

5. Clarity, ease of use and navigation and attractiveness

6. Importance to the market (The market is students, schools and educators who could purchase the resource.)
a. Other criteria being equal, is the resource important to the market?
b. Does it add value to learning, enhance engagement, improve learning outcomes, and if so, how important are the outcomes achieved by using this resource?


Outstanding digital resource judging criteria:

The Outstanding Digital Resource category recognises the excellence of Australian educational digital resources. Judging in this category will take account of the Overall Judging Criteria and the following additional criteria:

  • Applicability of the resource to a course or courses of study.
  • Capacity of the resource to meet the curriculum outcomes and pedagogy of teachers and learners.
  • Presence of original or product-specific content.
  • Ease of access and navigation.
  • Capacity of the product to engage learners to achieve educational outcomes.
  • Provision of appropriate links and resources

*Does not require separate entry. All items entered in above categories will be considered for this award.