Premier’s VCE Awards categories

​Eligibility and selection

The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) manages the eligibility and selection of award recipients for the Premier’s VCE Awards.

There is no need for a student to nominate or apply to the VCAA to be eligible for the awards. To be eligible, students must sign a disclosure authorisation for awards which is included on the VCE Student Personal Details form provided by their school.

Award recipients are notified in writing approximately six weeks prior to the annual awards ceremony, which is held in the second term of the school calendar.


Premier’s VCE Awards are presented in three categories:

  • Top All-Round VCE High Achievers
  • Top Three International Students
  • Study Awards

To be eligible for a Premier’s VCE Award, students must attain a score of 46 or higher in their VCE studies. However, not every student that attains 46 or higher will receive an award, as Individual Graded Assessment scores are used to determine the top group of students for each VCE Study Award. The number of Premier’s VCE Awards conferred in each study is based on the number of enrolments in that study. Therefore, there will be more awards conferred in studies with larger student enrolments.

Top All-Round VCE High Achievers

The Top-All Round VCE High Achievers Award recognises students who have achieved study scores of 46 or higher in at least five VCE studies in the most recent academic year and the previous years. Scored VET studies are included in the count of studies.

Top Three International Students

Nominations for the Top Three International Students are based on a student’s most recent academic year study scores. The order of merit for international students studying in Victoria on a student visa is based on their Premier’s VCE Awards score. This score is calculated by the addition of the study scores obtained for the best four VCE studies plus 10 per cent of study scores obtained in up to a maximum of two other VCE studies. University subjects and VET studies may contribute to the score. Full fee-paying overseas students are not eligible to receive an award in the Top All-Round VCE High Achiever or Study Award categories.

Study Awards

Nominations for Study Awards are based on a student’s most recent academic year study scores. The number of awards conferred in each study is calculated using the enrolment base in that study. There will be more awards in larger studies. Individual Graded Assessment scores are used to determine an order of merit and identify the best students. Students must have a study score of 46 or above to be eligible for an award. The VCAA reserves the right to recommend a student for an award on the basis of the study scores achieved in more than one study.

Further Information

Please contact the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority:
Phone: (03) 9032 1700 or 1800 134 197