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AUSTSWIM Awards of Excellence 2023

Do you want to recognise an outstanding teacher, swim school, presenter, program or organisation in your state or territory? 
You can celebrate their achievements by nominating them for an AUSTSWIM Award!  
What started as three national award categories in 2004 has now grown to over 15, covering the AUSTSWIM family on a state, national and international level. The Awards acknowledge individuals, swim centres and organisations for their contribution to aquatic education and water safety through leadership, innovation, and community spirit – helping students and their community to be safer in, on and around water. 
This year, the nomination process has never been easier. It is an opportunity to reflect on an individual or organisation’s achievements and praise those who go above and beyond for students and their community every day. 
Nominating for an AUSTSWIM Award provides a real boost for individuals and organisations. Previous award nominators report an increase in staff morale, better staff retention and recruitment, increased participation and revenue and stronger community engagement and support. Previous recipients have benefited from obtaining professional learning in areas of their choice, unique career opportunities and accelerated career progression, all because of their award receipt.


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Nominations for the 2023 Awards of Excellence have now closed.
Thank you for nominating for AUSTSWIM's 2023 State Awards. Nominating for an AUSTSWIM Award provides a real boost for individuals and organisations.
What happens next?
  • Nominations will now be assessed to confirm they are eligible to proceed.
  • Nominees will be approved and then shortlisted to a finalists list.
  • Finalists will then be contacted via email to approve and further support their application.
  • Once the finalist has approved and supported their nomination, the nominee will proceed to the judging round. Finalists are reviewed by judging panels for each award category.
  • Recipients for each category will be announced in May.
Please note: 
All nominees must be AUSTSWIM Licensed and or recognised in their appropriate category. The list of finalists will be based on the number of nominations received, taking into consideration all nominees from metro, regional and remote areas. Please read our nomination guide below for further information on the awards process.


AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety
AUSTSWIM Teacher of Infant and Preschool Aquatics
AUSTSWIM Teacher of Aquatics – Access and Inclusion
AUSTSWIM Teacher of Adults
AUSTSWIM Teacher of Competitive Strokes
AUSTSWIM WETS Aqua Instructor
Best New AUSTSWIM Teacher
AUSTSWIM Recognised Swim Centre – Small
AUSTSWIM Recognised Swim Centre – Large
AUSTSWIM Recognised Swim Centre – New Zealand
AUSTSWIM Recognised Swim Centre – International
AUSTSWIM Teacher of the Year – New Zealand
International AUSTSWIM Teacher of the Year
Most Outstanding Contribution to AUSTSWIM
AUSTSWIM Presenter of the Year (National Award only)
Most Significant Contribution (National Award only)
Local Community Initiative of the Year (National Award only)


Nominations open: Friday 10 February 2023
Nominations close: March 8 2023
Judging: State Awards - April 2023
Presentation: State Awards - Presented in May 2023
Presentation: National Awards - Presented in July 2023


Our nomination guide provides information on how to nominate, the judging process, and each award category.


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