Queensland Training Awards
Regional and state judging for the Queensland Training Awards is coordinated by the Queensland Department of Youth Justice, Employment, Small Business and Training.
Judging panels are formed for each category, comprised of 1 departmental staff member and 3 representatives from business, industry and the public sectors.
Panels first shortlist then interview shortlisted applicants.
Shortlisted nominees must be available for online or phone interviews, as follows:
- May interview round* (all shortlisted applicants, including state direct entry categories)
- August interview round* (state finalists progressing from regionals only).
*Shortlisted nominees are advised of specific interview dates and details in advance.
(Individual, employer and community-based training initiative awards)
Judging panels will select finalists and winners for each region, based on written submissions and online or phone interviews.
First, panels shortlist up to 5 nominees for interview. Up to 3 regional finalists are then selected per category to attend each final in July, where regional winners are announced.
Regional winners are automatically selected as state finalists and compete for a state award, participating in a second round of interviews in August.
State winners are announced at the State Gala Dinner in September.
In 2022, employer categories were consolidated at the national level—from 3 categories (small, medium and large) to 2 categories (small and large). Employee thresholds were changed so all employers can still enter. Currently, Queensland continues to offer 3 employer categories, requiring a pre-selection process ahead of nationals to determine Queensland's nominees for the Australian Training Awards' Small and Large Employer of the Year categories. Queensland's medium employer category winner will therefore be assessed against either the winner of the small or large employer category, depending on their employee numbers. At a national level, small employers are defined as employing 99 or fewer employees, while large is 100 or more. More on national judging below.
State direct entry categories
(Training provider and Industry Collaboration awards)
Judging panels will shortlist up to 5 nominees for interview, from which 3 finalists—including the winner—is determined.
Winners in these award categories are announced at the State Gala Dinner in September each year, with finalists notified ahead of the event.
Australian Training Awards
National judging is coordinated for the Australian Training Awards by the Australian Department of Employment and Workplace Relations.
Queensland winners from the individual categories (except for the Equity Student of the Year award, which is a Queensland-only award) progress as finalists for the national awards and do not need to complete a new nomination. They will all attend the Australian Training Awards ceremony.
Queensland winners from the organisational categories (except for the Community Training Initiative of the Year award, which is a Queensland-only award) are also nominees for an aligned national award category, however, only the top 3 shortlisted national finalists from around Australia will attend the Australian Training Awards ceremony.
Pre-selection will also take place to determine the 2 state winners of Queensland's employer awards (from the small, medium and large employer of the year categories) that will progress to national judging for the 2 aligned national employer awards (small and large). Details above.