2022 Australian Rural Education Awards

Since 1994, Australian Rural Education Awards (AREAs) have been awarded annually to an individual, institution, organisation or industry to recognise excellence in rural education in Australia.

Presented by the Hon. Fiona Nash, Regional Education Commissioner, and SPERA President Chris Ronan, the 2022 AREAs were recently announced at the National Conference for Regional, Rural & Remote Education conference dinner Barossa Valley on the 13th of October 2022.

Congratulations to all of the AREA 2022 awardees!

Regional, Remote, Rural Partnership Award 
Demonstrating a successful partnership for students outcomes in a RRR community of praxis
Winner: HarvestEd Student Agricultural Program – QLD Virtual STEM Academy & Asia Education
Winner: Wuyagiba Study Hub – Wuyagiba Bush Hub Aboriginal Corporation

Highly Commended: Learning Skills Advisor Program – CUC Far West
Highly Commended: Learn2Learn
Highly Commended: RESN Help, Live and Wiki

Community Centric Award 
Recognition of a person/project/organisation who have placed a RRR community at its’ centre
Winner: Geraldton Universities Centre
Highly Commended: Discover Your Future – CUC Far West
Highly Commended: Rural and remote team – QLD Department of Education

First Nations  Education Award 
Recognising excellence in Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander RRR education
Winner: Speaking in Colour – Cherie Johnson
Highly Commended: First National Education – CQU

Research Excellence Award  
Recognising significant contribution to the Australian RRR education discourse
Winner: Associate Professor Hernan Cuervo
Highly Commended: Dr Mollie Dollinger
Highly Commended: Dr Karen Peel

Innovative Project Award 
Innovative programs and practises in RRR education|
Winner: Social Enterprise Schools – Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship (ACRE)

Highly Commended: Learning Skills Advisor Program – CUC Far West
Highly Commended: Learn2Learn
Highly Commended: RESN Help, Live and Wiki

Contact Details
2022 nominated initiatives will shortly be published with contact links and best practice case studies on the SPERA website.