Queensland takes home 4 top prizes at 2017 Australian Training Awards

Queensland has taken out four of the top prizes at the 2017 Australian Training Awards in Canberra overnight.

In a massive win for the state, the Australian Apprentice of the Year was awarded to Gemma Hartwig from Dalby in Queensland.

The Small Employer of the Year was given to Tradesmen on Time, Medium Employer of the Year was awarded to Darwalla Group, while Hutchinson Builders scooped up the Large Employer of the Year award.


Dr Jim Watterston, Director-General of the Department of Education and Training congratulated Queensland’s national winners, along with all 13 members of the Queensland team who were in the running to be named the nation’s best.

“Queensland’s success on the national stage demonstrates the strength of our vocational education and training sector,” Dr Watterston said.

“I congratulate the seven individuals and six organisations on representing Queensland’s vocational education and training sector at the national level.

“Our winners put Queensland’s training credentials on display last night, and I applaud them and the entire state team on their achievements and commitment to training.”

The Australian Training Awards recognise outstanding apprentices, trainees, vocational students, teachers and trainers, training providers and employers, as well as lifetime and national achievers.