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QMCA Ian Harrington Award

The Ian Harrington Award, is intended to recognise an individual or team from a QMCA member company that has “gone above and beyond” in its collaboration to achieve an outstanding result.

The collaboration can have taken place at any stage of a project lifecycle. Alternatively, the collaboration can have occurred outside of a project environment, at an industry or research level, where the creation and sharing of knowledge has had a beneficial impact on the civil infrastructure sector.

Download the Award Information Pack – 4. QMCA 2018 Ian Harrington Award Criteria

Ian Harrington

This award has been created in celebration of Ian Harrington and his contribution to the Queensland civil infrastructure sector. In particular, his commitment to improving and increasing collaboration within the industry.

With a career that spaned over 45 years, Ian’s achievements have helped shape many of the QMCA member businesses into the major contractors they are today.

This award recognises Ian’s passion for collaborative working and his focus on giving back by transferring his knowledge to others.


To be eligible for the QMCA Ian Harrington Award, entrants/entries must adhere to the following criteria:

  • The collaboration must have been conducted between a team or individual employed by a QMCA member company and one or more of the following:
    • A client organisation,
    • A design consultant, subcontractor or supplier,
    • An industry group(s) and/or researcher institution.
  • The collaboration must have been conducted in the last two years.
  • Entrants must be based or have an office in Queensland.
  • The benefits of the collaboration must have been realised within the civil infrastructure sector in Queensland. Please note this includes industrial and resource projects but excludes residential or commercial building projects.
  • By submitting an entry, copyright for use of all entry materials is assigned to the QMCA. Information provided by entrants can be held in confidence at the applicants’ request. Please put this request in writing.

Please note, for the 2018 Awards, QMCA has expanded the Award categories. If your application does not fit the above criteria it may be eligible for another award.

Key Dates

  • Submission closes Wednesday 5th September. Please note an entry fee ($2,500 excl GST) is to be paid on submission.
  • Awards will be presented at QMCA’s annual long lunch on Friday 5th October 2018

The Process

Entering the awards is a simple process that starts with an expression of interest and culminates with the award ceremony on 5th October

Step 1 – Submission

All entrants must provide a clear and concise submission. Objective information should be provided to ensure the judges can appreciate the scope of the approach and degree of success obtained. All entrants must ensure the evaluation criteria requirements are addressed in their submissions. Entries will be judged based on the evaluation criteria.

The full submission will comprise of:

  • A written submission of 5,000 words maximum (including any attachments)
  • Written submission can be desktop published but must be submitted in pdf format. Font must be larger than Arial 10 font or equivalent sized font.
  • High resolution photographs submitted in jpg format, maximum 20 photos.
  • A video, maximum of 2.5 minutes, avi or .mp4 format.

This year, QMCA will only accept electronic copies of submissions. Please send files of all submissions to the QMCA Secretariat at admin@qmca.com.au.

Entrants will be asked to pay a submission fee of $2,500 (excl GST) per entry. This is a non-refundable fee, made payable to:

Bank Details
BSB: 084 424
Account No: 12395 1076
Account Name: Queensland Major Contractors Association

Step 2 – Shortlisting

Once the submission closes on Wednesday, 5th September, all submitted entries will be provided to the judges for shortlisting.

The judging panel will shortlist the entrants and present their final recommendations to the QMCA Executive Committee for consideration and acceptance.

Evaluation Criteria

All criteria have an equal weighting. Each entry will be assessed on how it responds to the following criteria:

Criteria Description
Value creation. What benefits has the collaboration brought about? Who has benefitted? And how can those benefits be measured? For example, project success, business success, lower delivery cost, improved benefits realisation and improved business opportunity for the participants.
Impact What impact has the collaboration had on the wider civil infrastructure sector.
Sustainability Have the collaboration partners looked to extend their partnership based on initial collaboration?

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