The purpose of this Award is to recognise outstanding practice of a psychologist in a school setting by a member of the Interest Group.


  1. The Psychologists in Schools Interest Group National Committee is responsible for administering the Award and for funding of the Award.
  2. The National Committee of the Psychologists in Schools Interest Group will appoint a Selection Committee of at least three (3) members of the Interest Group and the Convener to be responsible for selecting an appropriate Award winner.
  3. Any member of the Committee who has proposed a nominee cannot be on the Selection Committee for the Award.


To be eligible for this Award, nominees must:

  1. be a current member of the Psychologists in Schools Interest Group
  2. be employed by or work within the school sector 
  3. have a minimum of 10 years working as a School Psychologist in the government, catholic or independent sector

Current Psychologists in Schools Interest Group National Committee Members are not eligible to be nominated for this Award

Nomination process

  1. The Psychologists in Schools Interest Group will seek nominations from its members via a bulk email and other relevant promotional strategies.
  2. Nominees must be proposed and seconded by a member of the Interest Group Nominees cannot propose themselves.
  3. The Proposer must ensure the Nominee is a Psychologists in Schools Interest Group  Member
  4. An application for this award must include:
    1. A statement that all eligibility criteria are met by the nominee
    2. Statements that outlines how the nominee has met all the selection criteria
    3. The nominee’s curriculum vitae
    4. A letter of support addressing the selection criteria from either a School Principal or Senior School Psychologist from the nominee’s workplace
  5. Completed applications should be submitted to the Administrator Interest Groups via

Selection criteria

This award will be presented to an outstanding practitioner of school psychology who has demonstrated their skills in the following areas:

  1. The nominee is held in the highest of esteem by those in their own school system, including teaching staff, students and fellow psychologists
  2. The nominee has demonstrated excellence and innovation in the delivery of school psychology services
  3. The nominee has contributed to the broader school psychology community, as evidenced by activities such as providing supervision to peers, contributing to debate and discussion on school psychology through journals and other media, offering professional development to others, and/or undertaking research in the area of school psychology

Value of the award

This award will consist of:

  1. An Award certificate and/or plaque
  2. A $200 book voucher
  3. Membership subscription to the Psychologists in Schools Interest Group for the following subscription period

Closing date

The Award nomination close date is 31 October


Previous Winners:

2016 : Judith Scarfe