Seventeen Queenslanders have been named finalists in this year’s India Australia Business & Community Awards (IABCA), including regional exporter Real Time Instruments.

IABCA celebrates the Australia-India relationship and honours migrant entrepreneurship, community leadership, and innovative foreign trade and investment initiatives.

This year, Queenslanders have been named finalists in 13 out of the 14 IABCA categories, one of the strongest showings of any state.

TIQ CEO Paul Martyn congratulated the 17 Queensland finalists, and said the Queensland–India relationship was one to be celebrated.

‘Our state shares a special relationship with India – a relationship to which we are strongly committed and which we continue to build upon,’ he said.

‘Congratulations to all the Queenslanders named IABCA finalists this year, who are helping to strengthen that relationship and deliver real benefits to the community.

‘Queensland is proud to host these national awards for a third year.’

Mackay-based Real Time Instruments is a finalist in the Australian Exporter & Service Provider of the Year category.

The company provides analysers to accurately measure the quality of bulk materials being transported on a conveyor belt for the coal mining, mineral processing, power generation, cement and food manufacturing industries.

Real Time Instruments works with a number of Indian clients to enhance their environmental performance. TIQ’s Mackay office has provided advice to the company on entering new export markets.

The Queensland Government’s Queensland-India Trade and Investment Strategy 2018–2023 aims to generate jobs and economic growth by supporting an even stronger Queensland-India relationship.

In the 12 months ending May 2019, India was Queensland’s third-largest export market, purchasing around $10.3 billion worth of Queensland goods.

Last year’s IABCA winners included Queensland cancer researcher Professor Rajiv Khanna AO, who was named Professional of the Year, and Brisbane community volunteer Reena Augustine, who won the Young Community Achiever Award.

The 2019 winners will be announced at the IABCA gala at Howard Smith Wharves on Friday 11 October. To see all the finalists and buy tickets to the gala, visit

TIQ is leading the Queensland Government’s sponsorship of this year’s awards.

Queensland finalists in the 2019 India-Australia Business & Community Awards

Category Name Organisation
Young Community Achiever of the Year Joseph F. Kolapudi Australian Refugee and Migrant Care Services
  Prerna Pahwa Superheroes Without Capes
Community Services Excellence Award (Individual) Harjit Singh Saini Community Radio 4EB
  Paviter Noori Ecutas Productions
Community Services Excellence Award (Organisation)   Rotary Club of Brisbane International
Business Woman of the Year Dr Padma Gadiyar Professional Practice Sale
Business Leader or Professional of the Year (Male) Ash Kumar Nvoke Future Learning
Business Leader or Professional of the Year (Female) Aarti Bajaj Wild Dreamer Productions
Australia India Science, Research & Development Award Prashant Sonar QUT
  Professor Neena Mitter University of Queensland
Spirit of Sport Award Sathish Rajendran Brisbane Super Kings Cricket Club Inc
Tourism, Hospitality and Catering Award   Roshni Indian Restaurant
    Global Sports Travel & Tours
Excellence in Innovation   AIYAI Pty Ltd
Australian Exporter & Service Provider of the Year   Real Time Instruments
SME of the Year   Viden Group
Small Business of the Year   Nvoke Future Learning