It's been quite a task sifting through the nominations.

There's been laughter, often tears, and much deliberation, but we've managed to shortlist five special candidates in each of our eight categories. 

Now we turn to you, the Australian education community, to vote for your favourites. 

Voting for all categories is open now, and closes at 17:00 AEST on December 10, 2018.

Vote for your favourite leader

Vote for your favourite teacher

Vote for your favourite support staff member

Vote for your favourite educator in the area of technology

Vote for your favourite music teacher

Vote for your favourite teacher of Italian

Vote for your favourite teacher of Chinese

Vote for your favourite teacher librarian