Congratulations to all our state winners and finalists.

Photos from the State Gala Dinner are now available from out photography sponsor, Sheila Sissons Photography, including on-stage, from the red carpet, welcome reception, media and bling walls and in the photo booth.

Go to their website, click on the 'QTA 2018' online gallery and apply the code 'QTA2018' to view and purchase hundreds of professionally-taken formal and social images.

Event details


Saturday 8 September 2018
Welcome reception - 6pm
Formalities - 7pm


Royal International Convention Centre
600 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills

The Queensland Training Awards thanks their state sponsors.

View the Queensland Training Awards State Gala Dinner Program (PDF, 6.6MB).

Special Guests

The Governor of Queensland, His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC

The Governor of Queensland,
His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC

Kaye and Paul de Jersey are dedicated long-standing Queenslanders.

The Governor was born in Brisbane in 1948, the third son of school teacher parents Ronald and Moya (both now deceased).

His Excellency won a Commonwealth Scholarship to The University of Queensland, and graduated with degrees in Arts in 1969 and Laws (with Honours) in 1971. Also in December 1971, the Governor married Kaye Brown. His Excellency and Mrs de Jersey have three children and three grandchildren.

The Governor was called to the Bar at the end of 1971 and was appointed as Her Majesty's Counsel (QC) in 1981.

The Governor was appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1985, when aged 36 years, becoming the 17th Chief Justice of Queensland on 17 February 1998 and served in that role for more than 16 years until 8 July 2014.

In recognition of his contributions to the Australian community, the Governor was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2000, and awarded a Centenary Medal in 2003. He holds honorary doctorates from The University of Queensland (2000) and the University of Southern Queensland (2008), and Griffith University (2014).

His Excellency was appointed the 26th Governor of Queensland on 29 July 2014.

Queensland Premier and Minister for Trade, The Honourable Annastacia Palaszuzuk MP

Queensland Premier and Minister for Trade,
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszuzuk MP

Annastacia Palaszuzuk was sworn in as Premier of Queensland on 14 February 2015 following the state election on 31 January 2015 and in 2017 was elected as Premier for a second term.

She has represented the Inala electorate in the Queensland Parliament since September 2006.

Ms Palaszuzuk holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland, Master of Arts (Hons) from the University of London, Bachelor of Laws from the University of Queensland and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the Australian National University.

Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development, The Honourable Shannon Fentiman MP

Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development,
The Honourable Shannon Fentiman MP

Shannon is committed to the creation and protection of quality jobs in Queensland, and is a passionate advocate for quality education and training opportunities for all members of the community.

Delivering the government's commitment to creating jobs in Queensland and supporting local businesses to reach their full potential are Shannon's main priorities as Minister.

Master of Ceremonies

Tom Williams

When Tom called in to Merrick and Rosso's Drive show on Triple J in July 2000 to throw in his ten cents worth on the nation's airwaves he forgot to turn down the radio in his ute. The resulting feedback had Merrick and Rosso producer Jen Oldershaw hanging up before Tom's pleading persuaded her to hang on the line. Twenty seconds later the listeners met Tom the Chippy from Manly.

The ensuing rave with the boys made Tom into a regular, letting the people of Australia know about life on the building site for the remainder of the year. When Merrick and Rosso went to launch Sydney's new radio station NOVA 96.9 in April 2001, Tom came with them, running The Chippy's Driver Reviver every Friday morning.

Tom's knockabout charm and easy humour has made him a cult figure alongside the NOVA breakfast team and the first choice as the resident builder on Seven Network's DIY show, Room for Improvement.


Casey Barnes

Casey Barnes

2018 Golden Guitar Finalist Casey Barnes is making a monumental impression on the Australian country music scene. He's had hits in Europe, recorded and toured in America, appeared in a top-rating Australian TV show, and performed alongside many international stars including Mariah Carey, Lady Antebellum and Bryan Adams.

One of Australia's premier performers, this year has seen Casey Barnes release further chart topping singles from his new album The Good Life.

Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts

Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts

Since 1998, the Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts (ACPA) has inspired training excellence and innovation among students and teachers of contemporary dance, music and acting.

Unique within Australia's creative industries, ACPA is the only centre offering courses that incorporate all performing arts genres, including classes dedicated to Indigenous cultural fusion.



A unique trio bringing you electric mixed sounds of soul, R&B, pop, reggae and motown. UN!SON is a 3 piece band rising up from Brisbane.

DJ Owe

DJ Owe

DJ Owe is one of Queensland's most sought after urban RnB DJs. He has toured across Australia, supported international acts including Chingy, Montel Jordan, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, T-Pain and Lloyd.

With his uniquely diverse DJ sets, his mixes have been broadcast across the globe. DJ Owe takes the music and dance experience to a whole new level.

Last updated 13 September 2018

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