TIQ’s Business and Skilled Migration Queensland (BSMQ) team has been named a finalist in the 2019 Multicultural Queensland Awards.

The awards recognise the valuable contributions of Queenslanders who support and promote an inclusive, harmonious and united Queensland.

BSMQ has been named a finalist in the Government category, which recognises the outstanding achievements of a state or local government team in providing equitable access to services or enabling increased participation of diverse groups in social or economic opportunities.

BSMQ Manager Greg McKean said his team was proud to be nominated for the work they do every day with business and skilled migrants from around the world.

‘BSMQ assesses applications for state-nominated visas with the goal of attracting the best and brightest business and skilled migrants to Queensland to help diversify and strengthen our community,’ he said.

‘These migrants bring extraordinary energy, ideas and innovation to communities right across Queensland, and it’s wonderful to work with industry stakeholders to help open up pathways for success.

‘The BSMQ team considers it a privilege to work with these groups, and an honour to be named a finalist in the Multicultural Queensland Awards.’

In 2018–19, BSMQ nominated 598 business migrants from 38 countries to migrate to Queensland, who are expected to inject around $1.24 billion into the Queensland economy.

They also nominated 1,700 skilled migrants from 76 countries across 196 occupations, who have collectively transferred $163 million in relocation investment to Queensland.

Also named finalists in the Government category are Toowoomba Regional Council, for its multicultural initiatives, and Queensland Corrective Services, for its work with the Islamic Council of Queensland to create culturally safe environments for inmates from Islamic backgrounds.

Held every year since 1990, the Multicultural Queensland Awards aim to highlight efforts and achievements in supporting Queensland’s multicultural identity, and to encourage excellence in promoting multiculturalism.

This year’s winners will be announced at an awards dinner on 30 August at the Royal International Convention Centre in Brisbane.

Investment, including investment by business and skilled migrants, is identified as an economic priority for Queensland in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.