For more than 40 years, Max Hart (Arthur Maxwell Hart) shared his light vehicle automotive expertise with students across the TAFE sector. He commenced his first role at SuniTAFE in 1989 and continued to teach until his retirement in 2017.
During his time at SuniTAFE Max helped to shape the careers of thousands of students. He taught the vital skills of the automotive industry, including everything from car sales to engine reconditioning. He also coordinated and taught the automotive VET in Schools Program.
Going above and beyond, in 2007 Max was responsible for establishing an automotive school-based apprenticeship pilot program in conjunction with SMGT.
He was a “champion” of TAFE and the automotive industry.
Max was described as a passionate and dedicated teacher. He was also viewed as a mentor by both staff and students at SuniTAFE.
Throughout his career, Max was recognised for his commitment to teaching. In 2008 he was nominated for the Minister’s Awards for Excellence for Commitment to Australian Apprenticeships. Then, in 2015 he was awarded the SuniTAFE Teacher of the Year.
Sadly, Max Hart passed away in 2020. In acknowledgement of his immense contribution to SuniTAFE, the Max Hart Memorial Award was established in his honour. The award is supported by his family.
Continuing Max’s dedication to student success, the Max Hart Memorial Award aims to celebrate students who have pushed themselves academically and who have performed above expectations. Rather than award the highest achieving student, the award aims to highlight the hard work of students at every level who are striving to do better.
The Max Hart Memorial Award was presented for the first time at the 2022 Trades Event, which was held in Mildura on 3 November.
The inaugural winner of the award was Bradley Pike.
Bradley is a hard worker who is committed to his studies. He is a worthy first winner of this award.