The Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT), an initiative of the Federal Government following the closure of the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC), was established in November 2011 to support learning and teaching in higher education. This Office is situated within the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education. The Australian Government has made a $50.1m funding commitment over four years. This commitment consists of a suite of grants, fellowships, awards and networks, and takes advantage of the significant progress and achievements of the ALTC.
Program guidelines and application processes are available from OLT at www.olt.gov.au.
If you are considering applying for a grant or award, or you are asked to be a partner to a grant application, you are greatly encouraged to contact the Centre for Teaching and Learning for details of the resources, support and essential information for UoN staff considering an application for any of these programs.
CTL Grants and Awards Officer:
Ph: 49216722 or
OLT News: Schedule of 2012 Programs
UoN closing dates apply well before OLT closing dates. Please contact CTL Grants and Awards Officer for further information.
Innovation and Development Program
Innovation and Development projects support research, development and innovation related to the enhancement of learning and teaching in higher education. A wide range of priority areas is covered including assessment, curriculum renewal, student diversity and internationalisation.
Leadership for Excellence in Learning and Teaching Program
Leadership for Excellence projects build leadership capacity in ways consistent with the promotion and enhancement of learning and teaching in contemporary higher education.
Seed Projects provide for pilot projects which test and evaluate an original idea. Applications can address any of the priorities in the Innovation and Development or Leadership for Excellence programs, or any other topic. See Innovation and Development Program and Seed Projects information and Leadership for Excellence in Learning and Teaching Program and Seed Projects information.
Extension Grants support the continued dissemination and embedding of completed learning and teaching projects. These may be projects funded within institutions, or by one of the OLT's predecessor bodies.
The OLT will commission work addressing particular issues and responding to Government priorities, as determined by the Strategic Advisory Committee. Project briefs, application information, and closing dates will be advised by the OLT.
Citations For Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning recognise and reward the diverse contributions made by individuals and teams to the quality of student learning » Find out more
Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning
Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning recognise learning and teaching support programs and services that make an outstanding contribution to the quality of student learning and the quality of the student experience » Find out more
Awards for Teaching Excellence
Awards for Teaching Excellence celebrate teachers (individuals and teams) renowned for teaching excellence, who have outstanding presentation skills and who have made a significant contribution to enhancing the quality of learning and teaching in higher education » Find out more
Prime Minister's Award
The Prime Minister's Award for Australian University Teacher of the Year is the premier university teaching award that is normally presented to one of the recipients of the Awards for Teaching Excellence. This Award, worth $50,000, recognises an academic with an exceptional record of advancing student learning, educational leadership and scholarly contribution to teaching and learning » Find out more
Career Achievement Award
From time-to-time the OLT will award a Career Achievement Award to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to learning and teaching that is recognised across the higher education sector, having had a major influence and left an enduring legacy.
OLT Fellowships and Secondments
See OLT website for Fellowship and Secondment information and closing dates: http://www.olt.gov.au/fellowships
The Fellowships program advances learning and teaching in higher education by supporting a group of leading educators to undertake strategic, high-profile activities in areas of importance to the sector. Through their fellowship activities, Fellows have a positive and lasting influence and impact on higher education practice in Australia.
Fellowship selection is based on individuals’ demonstrated leadership capacity in higher education. The fellowships are prestigious acknowledgements of individuals’ expertise and influence and, as such, are highly valued by recipients’ home institutions. Fellowships afford opportunities for individuals to undertake strategic programs of activities around identified educational issues, to develop their knowledge of the broader higher education environment in Australia, and to practise and further develop their leadership skills in this area.
The OLT offer National Teaching Fellowships and Mid-Career Fellowships. See website for further details.
Academic Secondments aim to enhance the ties and understanding between the sector, the OLT and DIISRTE.
Secondees will carry out a program of work for the Government and the higher education sector on strategic priorities. Those seconded will be a source of academic advice and support to the staff of the OLT, with the aim of broadening staff capability within DIISRTE, and building relationships with the home institution.
Selection is based on individuals’ professional standing and leadership capabilities, their strong record of contributing to learning and teaching development in their discipline, home institution, and/or more broadly across the higher education sector, their role in policy development and implementation, and demonstrated project management experience, including dissemination and promotion of funded work.
The length of the appointment, work schedule, and pattern of attendance will be negotiated with each successful nominee. Academic Secondment nominees must have strong statements of support from their home institutions.