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2021 Innovation & Excellence Awards

The annual QMCA awards are back to celebrate the outstanding work that our members, partners and suppliers undertake in Queensland.

Our Award Event will welcome over 500 leaders from the contracting, engineering, consulting, government and industry environments.

This year we’ll continue to showcase the brightest and best that our industry has to offer.

Submissions are now open for the 2021 Queensland Major Contractors Association (QMCA) Innovation and Excellence Awards to celebrate the outstanding work of our industry.

Award Categories

There are seven categories in this year’s awards designed to reflect the people and projects from across our industry. To learn more about each award and to submit an expression of interest, please click on the links below:

Contractors, design consultants, subcontractors and suppliers are invited to submit their entries in their chosen category.

Award Criteria

Please CLICK HERE to download the criteria for each award.

Award Timings

  • Expressions of Interest Open – 6 September 2021
  • Expressions of Interest Close – 24 September 2021
  • Award Submissions Open – 18 October 2021
  • Award Submissions Closes – 12th December 2021
  • Award Judging  – From 13 December 2021 to 14 January 2022
  • Panel Presentations – 17 January 2022
  • QMCA Awards Long Lunch – 11 February 2022

Award Submissions

This year the award submissions comprise three elements:

  • Part 1 – Online Expression of Interest – Deadline 24 September 2021
    Your EOI should be no more than 250 words using the Expression of Interest Form on the relevant award page. Your Expression of Interest is intended to provide a very simple overview of the project to ensure relevance and eligibility against the award criteria.
  • Part 2 – Online Submission – From 18 October 2021 to 12 December 2021
    Comprising no more than 500 words using the Submission Form on the relevant award page, your award submission should represent achievements that showcase innovation and excellence in the Queensland civil infrastructure sector and files can be submitted as part of the entry submission.
  • Part 3 – 30 minute panel interview and Q&A – 17 January 2022
    A 30 minute panel interview will be held with the judges for your nominated category on 17 January 2022. This will be a 15 minute presentation to the judging panel followed by a 15 minute Q&A.

Don’t miss your opportunity to be recognised!

Winners will be announced at the QMCA Innovation and Excellence Awards Luncheon on Friday 11 February 2022. The awards luncheon is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our industry and network with Queensland’s leading civil infrastructure operators.

Entry Fees

Expression of Interest

There is no charge to submit an expression of interest.

Award Submission

A non-refundable entry fee of $2,000 +GST Applies to all entries. QMCA will invoice entrants upon submission of an entry.

Award Submission – Deadline 12 December 2021

Comprising no more than 500 words (3,000 characters) using the Submission Form below, your award submission should represent achievements that showcase innovation and excellence in the Queensland civil infrastructure sector.

Additional files, should be transferred via a file sharing service (DropBox, OneDrive, WeSendIt etc) with the download link emailed to media@qmca.com.au

Submissions are now open. Please use the form below to enter the awards.

2021 QMCA Award Sumbission Form

2021 Entry Form
    Only QMCA members are eligible for the following awards: Cbus Super Fund Project of the Year above $100 million Award (QMCA Members Only) Project Manager or Construction Professional Award (QMCA Members Only) Ian Harrington Award (QMCA Members Only) Young/Emerging Professional of the Year (QMCA Members Only)
  • Please choose from the drop down.
  • Please provide an overview of your entry, limited to 500 words - a maximum of 3,000 characters. Please provide additional items such as imagery and video content via a file sharing service by sending a link to media@qmca.com.au

Awards Supporters

QMCA would like to acknowledge and thank our supporters, without whom the 2021 Innovation and Excellence Awards would not be possible.

Become A Supporter

QMCA’s Innovation and Excellence awards are our industry’s major celebration as we recognise the people, projects and innovations that define our success.

Taking place on 11 February 2022 and spanning 7 categories, over 500 senior leaders, decision-makers and industry professionals will pack Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre to be part of this outstanding event.

Being a supporter is a great way to connect your brand with our membership and the wider construction and infrastructure sector. Click here to download a sponsorship prospectus and find an opportunity that is right for your brand.

Cbus Super Fund

Cbus Project of the Year $100m+ Award Sponsor

Cbus is the leading Industry Super Fund for the building, construction and allied industries.

As one of Australia’s largest super funds, Cbus is passionate about providing strong retirement outcomes for members and helping employers manage their business superannuation needs.

Established in 1984, Cbus is run only to maximise returns to members, and not profit to shareholders.

With $65 billion in funds under management (as at June 2021), Cbus invests back into your industry, creating jobs and stimulating economic growth through our subsidiary company Cbus Property Pty Ltd*.

Cbus is proud to sponsor the QMCA Innovation & Excellence Awards and specifically congratulates the winner of the Project of the Year above $100 million Award.

*Cbus Property Pty Ltd is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cbus and has responsibility for the strategic performance and management of Cbus’ direct property investments.

Cbus’ Trustee: United Super Pty Ltd ABN 46 006 261 623 AFSL 233792 Cbus ABN 75 493 363 262. This information is about Cbus and does not take into account your specific needs or considerations. For more information about Cbus visit www.cbussuper.com.au or call us on 1300 361 784. For more information about Cbus Property visit www.cbusproperty .com.au


Coates Project of the Year Under $100m Award Sponsor

Coates is Australia’s leading equipment hire provider, operating across a range of markets including engineering, mining and resources, infrastructure, manufacturing, construction, agriculture and major events.

In FY21, Coates celebrated 136 years of commitment to supporting their customers who help build Australia.

With a national footprint of over 150 branches, more than one million pieces of equipment and over 1,900 highly skilled employees, Coates provides expert equipment solutions for nearly 19,000 customers.

This includes end-to-end solutions for temporary works, traffic management, water management, industrial shutdowns, maintenance, training services and events.

So give Coates a call on 13 15 52 or visit coates.com.au and let’s make it happen.

4020 Consult

Emerging Professional of the Year Award Sponsor

4020 was established to provide our client’s within the Construction, Engineering & Renewables sectors with a highly effective approach to managing their People strategy and Recruitment operations.

With a clear focus to overcome the challenges that often beset SMEs, 4020 Consult engages in genuine partnerships with a select group of clients to enhance their people engagement strategies while also optimising their staff performance through training and coaching. The very core of our business though has always been recruitment, where we specialise is attracting the highest quality of candidates through our extensive networks and search techniques.


Project Manager or Construction Professional Award Sponsor

Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Project Management Academy

Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is a major Australian university with a global outlook and a real-world focus. Our engaged and grounded approach to education and research is highly valued and trusted by employers, government and business. We are committed to providing real world learning experiences and research solutions across a broad range of fields and our courses are in high demand. Our strengths include award-winning teaching, relevant research that benefits the community, a commitment to entrepreneurship and creativity, high student satisfaction and excellent graduate employment outcomes.

We are an ambitious and collaborative institution that seeks to equip our students and graduates with the skills they’ll need in an increasingly disrupted and challenged world. We are transforming the experience we offer our 50,000 students and we place a premium on the international and national accreditation of our various professional degrees.

QUT has been delivering masters level project management courses for around 35 years – predominantly to professionals in the building and engineering industries – but also to many other sectors including design, health, IT, education, science and business. The Graduate Certificate and Master of Project Management are offered in both fulltime and parttime modes to domestic and international students through either campus-based or online delivery. The courses are accredited by the Project Management Institute and are endorsed by the Australian Institute of Project Management. The course content has been carefully developed and curated by teams of QUT academics, professional industry practitioners, and learning designers to ensure an appropriate balance of cutting-edge research-informed theory and current real world professional practice and delivered in a blended learning mode designed to enhance and extend knowledge, skills and capabilities. QUT’s extensive experience and student learning outcomes ensures that we are recognised as one of the preeminent university providers of project management education in Australia.



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Coffey Testing

Event Partner

At Coffey Testing, Quality Assurance and Independent Geotechnical Testing is what we do and what we provide to our clients in the most efficient and commercial manner. Aggregate, concrete and soil testing requires a diligent approach and focus to ensure accurate results.

We take pride in our work which allows our clients to have comfort knowing they are getting results that have been tested in line with relevant statutory standards by scientific minded people who care about their work and the impact it has on construction projects.

As one of Australia’s largest construction materials testing providers, we are looking to build long term relationships based on genuine partnerships where buy in to the all-round success of our client’s projects is paramount to the way we operate.

Please get in touch with us so we can look to explore ways in which we can assist you reduce your risk, improve your operations and client relationships through the delivery of our people.

Our members.

Acciona Infrastructure Australia
Bielby Holdings
BMD Constructions
CPB Contractors
Decmil Group Limited
Fulton Hogan
Georgiou Group
John Holland
Laing O’Rourke
Martinus Rail Pty Ltd
McConnell Dowell
Seymour Whyte Constructions