Study Awards

The VPA has a long standing tradition of supporting members in practical ways and facilitating their continuing development. The provision of high-quality Professional Learning continues to be an important priority for the VPA and the VPA Study Awards Program is a significant means by which the Association delivers development opportunities for members. The VPA receives very positive feedback from members who have availed themselves of this program. 

2019 Study Awards

Applications for the 2019 Study Awards are now open. 

There are three Study Award topics for 2019: 

Principal Health and Wellbeing, Sponsored by Teachers Health

Promoting School and Community Links, Sponsored by Bank First

Developing Others – Building Capacity, Sponsored by Woods Furniture

To apply, read through the Study Awards Information Booklet here.

Then complete the Study Awards Application Form here


Preferably by email to Laura de Iongh

Alternatively you can post your application to:

Laura de Iongh

VPA Study Awards

Unit 2, 13–21 Vale Street, North Melbourne Vic 3051
Tel: 03 8379 4000

2018 Study Award Winners

In 2018, the Study Award Program topics (as detailed below) were consistent with the VPA's priority areas of action for that year: 


Promoting School and Community Links

Dale Power and Kylie Nissen, Principal and Assistant Principal respectively at Miners Rest Primary School, co-won the 2018 VPA and Bank First Study Award Promoting School and Community Links. Dale and Kylie's project will look at targeted inclusiveness in early learning by reviewing and delivering a refined version of the Connect-Ed program, which will strengthen parent engagement and learning through interactive on-site sessions. 

Special thanks to Bank First for sponsoring the Promoting School and Community Links Study Award. 

Mark McLay, Principal of Pleasant Street Primary School, won the 2018 VPA and Teachers Health Study Award for Principal Health and Wellbeing. Mark will produce a booklet that combines knowledge from wellness and happiness experts with effective case studies, to create a key resource that will empower Victorian principals to rebalance their lives. 

Special thanks to Teachers Health for sponsoring the Principal Health and Wellbeing Study Award.

To learn more about previous Study Award winners and their projects, please click here

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