Scholarships & Awards

Following on from last years highly successful inaugural round of Awards and Presentation Scholarship programs, the AETM is calling for nominations for 2018. These awards are intended to encourage, showcase and reward the outstanding work that is performed by members and also those who have served the organisation.


Conference Presentation Scholarships

scholarshipTo encourage presentations and reward those presenters who showcase their work by presenting at the annual conference, the AETM is offering two scholarships, annually to members. These scholarships will financially support each winner up to the amount of $5,000 to attend a suitably approved conference of the recipient’s choice. Conferences include AETM, SCHOMS in the UK and CCUMC or UBTECH in the USA.

The judging committee will be looking for innovation, problem solving, excellence in execution plus unique and ground-breaking approaches to tough or complex problems.  Selection criteria include Innovation, Cleverness, Problem Solving and Benefit to the organisation in the areas of technical solutions, projects delivery, AV administration processes and AV strategic initiatives. Entries should include high quality images of the project and examples of the work done.

Previous scholarship winners include Dave Rigter from the University of Wollongong with his presentation Back to the Future – How UOW went from JEDs to SVSi in twelve months.

Dave said “The scholarship has been a highlight of my professional development in the past few years.  Meeting colleagues from SCHOMMs in the UK helped frame some of the challenges we face here in Australia.  I’ve also been invited to present at UBTech in Las Vegas this year.  None of this would have been possible without the AETM’s support.  I strongly encourage all members to apply for a scholarship.”

Other recipients of the scholarship include Hayden Leiper from the University of the Sunshine Coast on setting up audio for videoconferencing systems, and Nathan Gardiner from the University of Canterbury covering the amazing response to the severe earthquake that hit Christchurch.



Outstanding Contribution Award


These awards are intended to encourage, showcase and reward the great work that is happening at member organisations. Categories include Learning and Teaching, Communication and Collaboration, Educational Media Production, Simulation and Live Event or Production. In addition, three nominees may be selected from these Categories that fit one of the following areas of special interest – Innovation, Young (aged 35 or younger) or new AV professional and Women in AV. The outstanding contribution may be in design, project, management, or support.

Previous winners include Astride Loigom from Deakin University and Kevin Sing from Curtin University who received awards for their work in Learning and Teaching, and Tim Mohr from the Australian Film Television and Radio School for Educational media production.

To be eligible the nominee must be listed on the membership directory of the AETM organisational portal.


The Awards for Outstanding Contribution recognise members of the AETM who have made an outstanding contribution within the last 12 months in one of the following categories of audiovisual/education technology:

  • Learning and Teaching
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Educational Media Production
  • Simulation
  • Live Event or Production

In addition, 3 nominees may be selected from the above that fit one of the following area of special interest:

  • Innovation
  • Young (aged 35 or younger) or new AV professional
  • Women in AV

The outstanding contribution may be in design, project, management, or support.

Nominations close 5PM Friday 2nd November 2018 (AEST)





Distinguished Service Award


The AETM Distinguished Service Award is the most prestigious award available to the Association and recognises those individuals who have distinguished themselves through their long term commitment and excellence towards achieving the objectives of the AETM. This award is reserved for those whose contribution goes beyond the ordinary or even the excellent for an extended period of time, not just a few years.

The 2017 inaugural award for Outstanding Contribution was presented to Derek Powel. Derek was a long serving President of the AETM and is a highly respected contributor in the audio visual industry.


The Distinguished Service Award recognises a current or past member of the AETM who:

  • Has/had at least 5 years AETM membership.
  • Demonstrated outstanding commitment to the AETM.
  • Made a substantial contribution to the objectives of the AETM.

Nominations close 5PM Friday 30th September 2018 (AEST)



The award winners will be announced and presented at the upcoming AETM annual conference at the end of the year.