Queensland Training Awards
Regional and state judging for the Queensland Training Awards is coordinated by the Queensland Department of Employment, Small Business and Training. The judging panels consist of 1 departmental staff member and 3 representatives sourced from business, industry and the public sector.
Individual, employer and community-based organisational award categories
Judging panels will select finalists and winners for each region and for the state level, based on written submissions and phone interviews.
At the regional level, up to 5 nominees are shortlisted for interview. Up to 3 regional finalists are then selected and announced per category in the lead-up to regional finals.
Regional winners are automatically selected as state finalists and will go on to compete for the state award.
Winners are announced at the regional award ceremonies in July and State Gala Dinner in September each year.
In 2022, the Medium Employer of the Year category will discontinue at the national level. Pre-selection will take place to determine the 2 state winners from Queensland's employer awards (from the Small, Medium and Large Employer of the Year categories) that will progress as state's finalists to national judging for the 2 aligned national employer awards (small and large employer). The medium employer category winner will be assessed against either the winner of the small or large employer category, depending on national eligibility criteria (small is defined as employing 99 or fewer employees, while large is 100 or more) to determine the 2 state finalists for the national employer categories. More on national judging below.
Training provider and Industry Collaboration award categories (state level only)
Judging panels will select 3 state finalists and 1 winner per category, based on both written submissions and phone interviews.
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 Education, Skills and Employment.
Queensland winners from the individual categories (except for the Equity VET 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.