The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year award (PDF, 162KB) recognises the achievement of an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student who is undertaking an apprenticeship, traineeship or course of study leading to a national qualification, and who has been outstanding in all aspects of their training and demonstrates the relevance of lifelong learning.

Eligibility criteria

To nominate, you must:

Nomination period and closing date

Nominations are now open and must be submitted by midnight (Queensland time) Tuesday 31 March 2020. Please note that there will be no extension to this timeframe.

How to nominate

Nominations are to be submitted via the online nomination portal. To be considered in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year award category, you must first nominate in one of the above individual award categories.

When submitting your nomination for the individual category online, you must tick the following boxes indicating that you:

  • are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent; and
  • wish to also nominate for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year award.

Once you have ticked the boxes as part of your nomination for this award category, you will be asked to complete one additional criterion around Community Engagement. Once you have completed this extra criterion, your nomination will also be submitted for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year award. You only need to address one additional selection criterion.

Additional selection criteria

This award category requires the applicant to address the following additional selection criterion which is specific to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year award.

CRITERION 4A: Community Engagement (Limit: 400 words)

You may wish to include information about:

  • How are you connected with your community/extended family?
  • How has the training impacted on your community?
  • What qualities do you have or activities you have been involved in that you feel would be useful in your role as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year?
  • Your achievements in areas other than study and work.

Telephone interviews

It is important to note that telephone interviews form part of the judging process and participation is a mandatory component of nominating for the Queensland Training Awards.

All shortlisted nominees must be available to participate in a telephone interview during the last 2 weeks of April 2020, and if selected as a state finalist, also the first 2 weeks of August 2020.

Regional award ceremonies and State Gala Dinner

Finalists from this category will be required to attend the award ceremony (in July) for the region they are nominated in. Winners from each regional final will be required to attend the State Gala Dinner in September. Attendance is required as presence for the announcement of the winner is mandatory.

Information on award ceremony dates and venues will be updated throughout the year.

Last updated 7 January 2020

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