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Destinations & Past Recipients

Scholarship and Bursary Destinations

Testimonials from Past Recipients


Mostyn Higgs

2013 QOF Scholarship Recipient

“Although I strongly believe Australia is an industry leader in construction, there is so much that we can learn from international markets. Dubai is well known for iconic projects, and I’m excited to learn different methods and ways of building to bring back to the team here in Queensland.”

Mostyn completed a Certificate III in Carpentry at TAFE Queensland SkillsTech and a Certificate IV in Civil Construction at RudTek. He used his scholarship to travel to Dubai where he has been working on major infrastructure projects including his current position as Construction Manager for Brookfield-Multiplex working on the iconic building ‘The Opus’. Mostyn has found that despite facing a number of challenges while on his scholarship, he has gained an enormous amount of experience, not only in construction but also in management.


Richard Ousby

2007 QOF Scholarship Recipient

“To young people thinking about taking an international work and study experience I say – do it – take a risk. The experience is invaluable for not just your professional life but your personal life too. It can be scary but it is an endeavour worth taking.”

Richard has had a remarkable career including his significant appointment as Executive Chef for Stockhouse Restaurants in Brisbane and Melbourne. After being awarded a QOF Scholarship, he travelled to the United Kingdom where he worked at the famous three Michelin star establishment, Waterside Inn on the River Thames in Bray. On his return to Queensland in 2011, he was awarded the prestigious Electrolux Australian Young Chef of the Year Award, a year later, the Aqua Panna and S. Pellegrino Young Chef of the Year Award in Venice, Italy.


Amiee Kahl

2010 QOF Scholarship Recipient

“I honestly believe that winning the QOF scholarship got me where I am today – it gave me the confidence to take that leap overseas. This was something I always wanted to do but probably would not have done without the support and encouragement of the QOF and my mentors.”

After winning a QOF Scholarship, Amiee moved to London and secured employment with London street-wear label ‘Lazy Oaf’ as their Production Co-ordinator and later Product Development Manager. During her time with Lazy Oaf, she travelled to Hong Kong and China regularly and visited Portugal, Las Vegas and South Korea for trade shows and market research. In July 2015 she was offered the role of Design and Production Manager with Brisbane based womenswear label Maiocchi and in September 2015 she returned to Brisbane to continue her exciting career in fashion.

Past QOF Global Connections Bursary Recipients

The QOF Global Connections Bursary was first awarded in 2014 and since that time our Bursaries have supported vocational education and training professionals from a broad spectrum of training sectors to attend conferences, study tours and work-shadowing experiences all over the world.


Year of Award Name Employer and Position Destination Activity
2014 Ms Jenny Field Evocca College, Advisor to the Board Helsinki, Finland and St Petersburg, Russia Attendance and participation at the International Vocational Education Training Association Conference
2015 Ms Julie Scott Simple Solutions Training and Consulting, Industry Trainer and Assessor Tauranga, New Zealand Attendance at the National Tertiary Learning & Teaching Conference 2015
2015 Ms Cassandra Baker TAFE Queensland Brisbane (Southbank), Workplace Training Officer – Bakery Villepinte, France Attendance at the Europain – International Baking Trade show
2015 Mr Lewis Moore TAFE Queensland, Gold Coast; Teacher / Program Developer Singapore and Malaysia Fact finding visit to Singapore Polytechnic Institute
2015 Mr Paul Marshall TAFE Queensland SkillsTech, Teacher – Electrotechnology (Refrigeration & Air Conditioning) Vietnam – Ha Noi, Than Hoa, Da Nang, HCM Study tour of Vietnam as a volunteer English tutor
2016 Mr Jedd Sparks Howell Davies Welding Atlanta, USA Attendance at the FABTECH Exhibition
2016 Mr Carl Balke TAFE Queensland SkillsTech, Lead Vocational Teacher Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Nuremburg, Germany International exhibition for the Refrigeration, Air Conditioning & Ventilation and Heat Pumps sectors
2017 Judy Hoskins Peak Training & Consulting Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Attendance and presentation at the 3rd International Conference on Public Health
2017 Cassandra McIntyre Cairns School of Distance Education China, Hong Kong Tourism Confucius Institute Study Tour

Past QOF Scholarship Recipients


Since 1976 Queensland Overseas Foundation has assisted more than 110 young Queenslanders to travel overseas and advance their career through work experience and other professional development activities.

Scholarships have been awarded to fashion designers, butchers, sheet metal workers, auto mechanics, electricians, chefs and more!

These opportunities have benefited the individuals in their own career aspirations as well as their local community and Queensland as a whole through deeper global connections and the new knowledge and skills returned to the State.

Year Name Trade Origin Destination
2017 Ben Nedwich Business Administration Bundaberg
2017 Justin Wade Butcher Allora United Kingdom
2017 Adrian Clark Bricklayer Rocksberg United Kingdom
2016 Annaleese Cochrane Fashion Design Alexandra Hills Canada
2016 Charl Pierre du Plessis Diesel Fitting Mount Nathan
2015 Russell Routledge Sheet Metal Redlands Canada
2015 Timo Pretorius Electrician Gladstone
2015 Adelaide Pollock Fashion Design Brisbane Hong Kong
2015 Byron Allsopp Meat Retailing Meringandan United Kingdom
2013 Richard Pascoe Cookery Highfields Manchester, England
2013 Rhiannon Pittard Bakery Mount Sheridan London
2013 Mostyn Higgs Construction Albany Creek Dubai
2012 Rhys Walsh-Tindall IT & Network Support Chinchilla Singapore
2012 Jessica Parker Business Services Bundaberg London
2011 Simon Ryan Electro Technology Systems Electrician Toowoomba England
2011 Sheridan Vigers Make Up Artist Nudgee England
2011 Caitlyn Paustain Fashion Design Seven Hills England
2011 Ashley Naumann Jeweller Caloundra Italy/UK
2011 Phoebe Younger Fashion Design Toowoomba England
2010 Amiee Kahl Fashion Design Redcliffe England
2010 Megan Todd Fashion Design Helensvale England
2010 Nicholas Petridis Landscape Architecture Morningside Scotland
2010 Geordan Bauer Meat Retailing Bundaberg Germany
2009 Daniel McGaw Electro Technology Systems Electrician Toowoomba Ireland
2009 Leo Primus Project Management Gold Coast Malaysia
2009 Abigail Fincham Fashion Design Graceville England
2008 Aysha Oliver Fashion Design Morningside England
2008 Tammy Cole Pastry Chef Regents Park Scotland
2008 Cassandra Blyth Commis Chef Townsville England
2007 Jessica Dowdle Hospitality Management Noosa Heads England
2007 Stephanie Christiansen Hospitality Management Bardon Canada
2007 Joshua Stemm Light Vehicle Automotive Mechanic Aspley Dubai
2006 Ranu Obaha Hospitality Operations Yeerongpilly England
2005 Richard Ousby Commercial Cookery Wilston England
2004 Cheryl Callender Commercial Cookery Cairns France
2003 Shaune Achurch Greenkeeper Bunderberg USA
2003 Jacinta Olde-Byvank Interior Design and Decoration Marsden England
2003 Ryan Malsem Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Cairns Europe
2002 Elizabeth Weatherhead Hairdresser Rochedale England
2002 Luke Hinton Carpenter Yeppoon Indonesia/Peru
2001 Daniel Chritchlow Chef Gold Coast England
2001 Carla Uebergang Interior Design and Decoration Loganlea England
2001 Paul Nesbit Panel Beater Cairns Canada
2000 David Whitrod Refrigeration and Air Conditioning New Farm England
1999 Rory Little Fitter and Turner Rochedale Canada
1999 Michael Davis Fitter and Turner Tully South Africa
1998 Narissa Ruddick Hairdresser Townsville England
1998 Les Airs Elecrical Fitter/Mechanic Kingaroy Europe
1997 Jay Morrison Plumber and Gas Fitter Moura Canada
1997 Cassandra Baker Pastry Cook Stafford Heights England
1997 Paul Carruthers Instrument Fitter Childers Canada
1996 Brian Coleman Sheet Metal Worker Greenslopes Canada
1995 Benjamin Tracy Jeweller Mudgeeraba England
1995 Sarah Cooper Cook Oxenford Switzerland
Year Name Trade Origin Destination
1995 Peter Burton Electrical Fitter/Mechanic Mount Isa England
1994 Nathan Van De Belt Cook Mount Coolum South Korea
1993 Rebecca Chadwick Haidresser Gold Coast England
1993 Scott Wightman Heavy Vehicle Mechanic Jimboomba USA
1993 Angelo Leonforte Cook Hamilton Island Italy
1993 Juania McDermott Cook Brisbane England
1992 Allison Andrea Graphics Reproducer Kingaroy USA
1992 Sandra Smith Hairdresser Taroom England
1992 Sean Hill Heavy Vehicle Mechanic Brisbane USA
1992 Brendt Halliday Moulder Brisbane Scotland
1991 Andrew McDicken Refrigeration Mechanic Jimboomba USA
1991 Aaron Maree Pastry Cook Coorparoo England
1991 Allison Achilles Cook Camp Hill England
1991 Stanton Thomsen Fitter and Turner Brisbane USA
1990 Samantha Milosevic Fashion Designer Brisbane England
1990 Lachlan Riddel Motor Mechanic Lower Beechmont England
1989 Dianne Clark Graphic Artist Brisbane England
1989 Grant Behrendorff Electrical Fitter/Mechanic Cairns Canada
1988 Cameron Haylock Sheet Metal Worker Brisbane England
1988 Dwayne McClintock Fitter and Turner Rocklea Canada
1988 Sandra Graham Hairdresser Cairns Canada/USA
1988 Stephen Clark Electrical Fitter/Mechanic Clermont England
1987 Kim Langford Optical Mechanic Toowoomba Canada
1987 Gerard Carter Electrical Fitter/Mechanic Mackay Canada
1987 Brett Otto Fitter and Turner Bunderberg Germany/UK
1987 Bruce Parkes Electrical Fitter/Mechanic Townsville USA
1986 Kevin Rayfield Electrical Fitter/Mechanic Blackwater USA
1986 Paul Vonhoff Carpenter and Joiner
1986 Scott Lobston Electrical Fitter/Mechanic
1985 Glenn Frettingham Motor Mechanic Brisbane
1985 Stephen Bower Electrical Fitter/Mechanic Gladstone
1984 Geoffrey Hupfield Signwriter Gold Coast USA
1983 Toimi Puusarri Electrical Fitter/Mechanic Mount Isa Canada/USA
1983 Gordon Van Der Est Motor Mechanic Beenleigh
1981 Ray Carnie Watchmaker Brisbane
1981 Bruce Irwin Graphics Reproducer Brisbane
1981 Paul Walsh Electrical Fitter/Mechanic Moranbah
1980 Carey Henry Electrical Fitter/Mechanic Mount Isa Canada
1980 Lindsey Weber Bread Baker Toowoomba
1980 Gordon Osborne Radio and TV Technician
1980 William Kraft Carpenter Hervey Bay England
1980 Albert Turner Electrical Fitter/Mechanic Gladstone
1979 Mark Tierney Electrical Fitter/Mechanic Brisbane
1979 Stewart Shannon Radio and TV Mechanic Toowoomba
1979 Christopher Hocking Lithographic Camera Operator Brisbane
1979 Anthony Dutton Composing Motor Mechanic Cairns
1979 Peter Fahey Cook Kangaroo Point Switzerland
1978 Myles Breitkrewtz Motor Mechanic Moura USA
1978 Ian Ward Sheet Metal Worker Brisbane England
1978 Mark Neale Motor Mechanic Karalee USA
1977 John Aquilina Electrician Brisbane
1977 Eric Organ-Moore Refrigeration Mechanic Brisbane England
1976 Ross Patrick Electrician Brisbane USA
1976 Walter Billingham Fitter and Turner Cairns England