The Queensland IET Excellence Awards are now open for nominations

Congratulations to all winners of the Queensland IET Excellence Award

Industry Champion of the Year

Carol Doyle
President, Study Cairns

Sponsored by: Nous Group

Alumni of the Year

Dr Linh Tran
Head, School of Nursing, University of Medicine and Pharmacy at Ho Chi Minh,Vietnam 
PhD at Queensland University of Technology

Sponsored by: Hotcourses Group

Student categories 

Sponsored by: TAFE Queensland

Higher Education Student of the Year

Barani Ganapathi
From Switzerland/India, studying a Masters of Occupational Health and Safety Science at University of Queensland

Regional Student of the Year

Reuben George
From Canada, studying a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery at James Cook University, Townsville

Vocational Education and Training Student of the Year

Simon Witt
From the Netherlands, studying a Diploma of Project Management at Envirotech Education

ELICOS Student of the Year

Carolina Santiago
From Brazil, studying English at Navitas

Research Student of the Year

Partha Narayan Mishra
From India, studying a PhD at School of Civil Engineering, University of Queensland

School Student of the Year

Taehwan Kim
From Korea, Year 10 at Brisbane Boys College

Special mentions

Tsukiko Yamada
from Japan studying ELICOS at Navitas

Amy Nguyen
from Vietnam, studying a Bachelor of Actuarial Science at Bond University

Nalongded (Bob) Luanglath
from Laos, studying a Bachelor of Business at Queensland University of Technology

Dorothy Sze
from Singapore, studying Bachelor of Medicine, Surgery and Science at University of Queensland

What are the Award categories?

There are 12 awards recognising the contributions of individuals across Queensland’s international education sector. These awards are divided into three champion categories.

Recipients will be recognised as ambassadors of Study Queensland and help promote Queensland as a leading international student destination.

Three champion categories

IET Student Excellence

IET Alumni Excellence

IET Industry Excellence

Five IET Student Excellence sub-categories


  • Research

  • Higher Education (includes undergraduate and postgraduate students undertaking coursework)

  • Vocational Education and Training

  • Schools


‘Metropolitan’ is defined by Greater Brisbane (Brisbane, Logan/Beaudesert, Ipswich, Moreton Bay) and Gold Coast (areas having more than 20,000 international student enrolments).
‘Regional’ is defined by all other areas of Queensland (areas having less than 20,000 international student enrolments).

Why nominate for the Awards?

Industry & Alumni benefits include

  • Global recognition of education success
  • Profiling opportunity for yourself and your institution/organisation
  • Become a Study Queensland ambassador

Student category prizes include

  • Artwork from TAFE Queensland
  • VIP dining experience
  • Afternoon in Brisbane with Riverlife
  • Overnight accommodation with Student One
  • Mentor/internship with Australian Alumni Jobs Network

What is the Awards process?

Who can nominate?

People can self-nominate or nominate another person who meets the Award eligibility criteria.

What is the eligibility criteria?

Applications for the inaugural IET Excellence Awards program are invited from individuals, teams and organisations that meet the following criteria:

  • Individuals can be nominated and apply in more than one category, but only win in one category;
  • ‘Metropolitan’ is defined by Greater Brisbane (Brisbane, Logan/Beaudesert, Ipswich, Moreton Bay) and Gold Coast (areas having more than 20,000 international student enrolments);
  • ‘Regional’ is defined by all other areas of Queensland (areas having less than 20,000 international student enrolments);
  • Eligibility
    • 1. Student nominees must be full-time international students;
    • 2. Alumni must have undertaken study in Queensland as an international student.
  • Awards sponsors are ineligible to apply;
  • Entry is through the Queensland IET Excellence Awards program, there will be no separate applications;
  • Nominees can be nominated by another person or self-nominated;
  • Nominees must be able to show proof of undertaking study as an international student or working within the industry sector.
  • If you have any questions on eligibility, please email

How do I nominate

Nominate online

Nominations are completed online* 

* If the online nomination form cannot be accessed, please email

The following information is required to complete the online form:

  • Nomination category – the award category that best suits the nominee is to be selected from the list.
  • Nominee details – the nominator provides the name and contact details of the nominee (the person being nominated).
  • Nominee eligibility– the eligibility criteria for the selected award category will be automatically displayed on the form. If eligibility is met, select ‘yes’ to confirm the nominee’s eligibility.
  • Selection criteria and statement (See explained below)– the nominator uses the selection criteria for their specific award category to describe, in 300 words or less, why they are nominating the individual or team for the award. The judging panel will use this information when considering the nominee for an award. The nominee will add a 200 word biograph.
  • Please use the STAR approach:
    • Situation
    • Task
    • Action
    • Result
  • Nominator’s details – the nominator provides their name and contact details. Note the nominator must sign the nomination form in this section.
  • Submit nomination form – click the ‘Submit’ button on the last page of the online form.

What is the Selection Statement?

The Selection Statement is the section of the nomination form where the nominator provides details and examples of their nominee’s achievements, personal qualities and exceptional contribution/s to Queensland’s international education sector. The nominator should highlight how the person
or organisation represents EXCEL:

  • Excels in many ways
  • X-factor
  • Community-minded
  • Engages others
  • Leads for impact

‘Exceptional contributions’ could be in the form of

  • innovation,
  • extra-curricular effort,
  • mentoring,
  • professional development,
  • service delivery,
  • leadership,
  • community contributions
  • or projects.

It is important to provide details and examples of your nominee’s exceptional contribution/s to the school, community and/or the department to illustrate and support their nomination, and ensure that the work is included in the Selection Statement.

The Selection Statement should be of no more than 300 words.

Nomination confirmation

Nominees will be asked to confirm if they accept their award nomination, and show proof of undertaking study as an international student or working within the industry sector.

  • Students – evidence from the institution signed by the Principal Education officer (PEO) such as a status letter to confirm the enrolment status of a student.
  • Alumni – copy of the testama graduation document
  • Industry – letter from the organisation signed on company letterhead.

Nominate now

 What is the judging process?

  • Judging panels are specially selected for each award category and are each chaired by an IETU representative.  Each panel includes senior IET industry experts.
  • The judges will meet to review and short-list nominations during October 2017.
  • Judging will be based on the information provided in the Selection Statement.
  • The judges will consider each nominee’s achievements and their contribution to Queensland’s international education sector.
  • The decision of the judging panel is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

How are winners and finalists recognised?

The finalists in all award categories will be invited to attend an awards ceremony where winners will be announced, acknowledged and receive an award.

Acknowledgement of finalists and winners will include mentions in media articles and information posted on IETU’s website relating to the awards program.

Who are the Awards sponsors?

TAFE Queensland, proud sponsor of the Student category


TAFE Queensland is the largest and most experienced provider of vocational education and training in the state and was named the Large Training Provider of the Year at the 2017 Queensland Training Awards. Our strong partnerships with industry, mean that our students have gone on to work with leading global, national and local organisations.


Hotcourses, proud sponsor of the Alumni category


Hotcourses websites are the leading resource for prospective students seeking study abroad advice, guidance, and course and provider information. Our network of market and language specific websites provides a platform for education providers to engage with their desired audiences, with advertising campaigns offering simple, effective digital marketing and recruitment solutions.


Nous, proud sponsor of the Industry category


Nous Group is a leading Australian-owned management consulting firm, with over 250 staff across Australia and the UK. We have deep expertise across the education sector – spanning early childhood, schooling, vocational education and training, higher education, and adult learning. We help our clients to perform, and succeed, in terms they define.


International Alumni Jobs Network, proud sponsor of the internship and mentoring opportunity


IAJN is a social enterprise that builds communities based on the shared educational experience of international students. IAJN connects members with jobs and engages with industry and events that unite and advance the global community.

Riverlife, proud sponsor of Brisbane experiences


Riverlife’s unique location on the banks of the Brisbane River, offers four unique waterfront outdoor venues which all overlook the spectacular Brisbane River and city skyline. We are passionate about adventure and outdoor recreation, and ensure our activities are designed to challenge and involve active customer participation with heart-pumping experiences!


TAFE Queensland, proud award trophy design partner


TAFE Queensland is the largest and most experienced provider of vocational education and training in the state and was named the Large Training Provider of the Year at the 2017 Queensland Training Awards. Our strong partnerships with industry, mean that our students have gone on to work with leading global, national and local organisations.

Student One, proud accommodation partner


Student One is Brisbane’s premium student accommodation provider. Only accommodating students and with 2400 student beds either in operation or under development in the Brisbane’s CBD, Student One is first choice for students that want the convenience of living in the city. Student One’s flexible approach to living have made them popular with students from all around the world regardless of how long they are here or where they study in Brisbane.


Terms and conditions

By entering the IET Excellence Awards 2017, you agree to abide by the following conditions of entry:

  • All applications must be submitted online. Follow the links to the IET Excellence Awards 2017 page to submit your application.
  • The closing date for all entries is Thursday 19 October 2017 at 11.59pm. Applications cannot be submitted after the closing date.
  • Nominees for student category awards must currently be enrolled in a course being offered by a Queensland education institution. Nominees for the alumni category are an exception but they must have studied at a Queensland institution. All applicants must provide evidence of enrolment as an international student from the education provider.
  • International students must not be an Australian citizen or permanent resident. Finalists must provide proof of their student visa.
  • Each category has specific criteria as outlined within the Award descriptions. Applicants must meet the criteria for the relevant Award to be considered a valid entry. Non-compliance with entry criteria will be sufficient reason for the Queensland IET Awards judging panel to reject the application.
  • Institutions should be CRICOS registered.
  • There are no sub-category awards for industry and alumni.
  • All applications will be judged in a competitive framework.
  • The decisions of the Judging Panel are final. No correspondence will be entered into.
  • For an entry to be valid, it must include the relevant, fully completed category application form and a submission addressing the relevant criteria. If you encounter problems submitting your application electronically, please email:
  • Applicants for the Student and the Alumni categories must provide evidence of study in Queensland.
  • It is the responsibility of all applicants to ensure that they have selected the correct category, and submitted an application for that category by the deadline to ensure consideration.
  • Finalists may be requested to attend an interview with the judging panel or via video conference.
  • All finalists are encouraged to attend the 2017 IET Excellence Awards presentation ceremony to be held on 22 November 2017.
  • In submitting an application for the IET Excellence Awards 2017, applicants agree that all non-confidential details from their applications and the application process, including photographs and recordings can be used online, in any broadcast and print media and in a range of publicity and promotional materials by the Queensland Government.
  • Finalists and winners of the IET Excellence Awards 2017 may be asked to participate in media interviews and to produce user generated content for use on social channels.
  • If necessary, TIQ reserves the right to extend the deadline for applications.
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