Entries are now open for Queensland’s inaugural IET Excellence Awards, which will recognise excellence in the multi-billion dollar international education and training (IET) sector.

The awards will promote best practice in international education and training, recognise those who contribute to the sector, and raise awareness of the benefits of international education to communities across Queensland.

Twelve awards in three champion categories and multiple subcategories will recognise individual excellence.

Categories are:

  • IET Excellence – Student (including metropolitan and regional subcategories for research, higher education, vocational education and training, schools, and ELICOS)
  • IET Excellence – Alumni
  • IET Excellence – Industry Champion.

Award winners will become ambassadors for Study Queensland, the Queensland Government’s IET web portal, and will help promote Queensland as a leading international student destination.

IET is Queensland’s second-largest services export after tourism. In 2016, it contributed $3.25 billion to the state’s economy and supported around 19,000 jobs.

The new awards are being run by TIQ’s International Education and Training Unit.

Nominations close 19 October, with winners announced at a ceremony in Brisbane on 22 November.

The awards are an initiative under the International Education and Training Strategy to Advance Queensland 2016–2026.