Gifted Awareness Week- 2017

Gifted Awareness Week 2017- March 12 to 18


DIVERSITY: Recognise, Realise, Respond

National Report

Gifted Awareness Week Australia was founded by the Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented (AAEGT) to raise awareness of the identification, support and learning needs of gifted children and to celebrate the dedication of individuals and educational bodies who are making a difference in the lives of gifted children and their families. Gifted Awareness Week (GAW) 2017 was held between the 12th and 18th of March and was centred on the national theme, Diversity: Recognise, Realise, Respond.

The 2017 Gifted Awareness Week sub-committee worked hard at local, state and national levels to encourage and promote a multitude of events centred on raising awareness of the needs of gifted children.  A summary of these events can be found on the GAW 2017 tab of the AAEGT website. In addition, the committee produced an extensive GAW Digital Tool Kit that was sent out across the country to many individuals, schools and businesses. Our media release package, supported by several academia across the country, provided daily information on a diverse range of topics pertinent to gifted education in our country. In addition, a number of politicians across state and federal levels were also provided with the various media releases and further conversations with AAEGT Council and state committees ensued.

Our Gifted Awareness Week Launch Media Release:

The following announcement made by a representative of ACARA during Gifted Awareness Week 2017:

There were several follow-up events and media opportunities that occurred after Gifted Awareness Week, including the emphasis made in federal parliament on the rights of gifted and talented children to be challenged.


The state and territory reports as follows:

Victoria – Michele Linossier


Northern Territory – Jodi Brown


Tasmaina – Lynne Maher


South Australia – Lesley Henderson


Western Australia – Kylie Bice


We encourage our national community to start planning now for Gifted Awareness Week 2018 which will be held from Sunday 18th March to Saturday 24th March 2018.


Melinda Gindy

National Facilitator

Gifted Awareness Week Australia



Digital Tool Kit