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Queensland High-Achievers set their sights overseas

Five Queenslanders received prestigious overseas travel Awards in a ceremony at Parliament House today.

The Awards were conferred by His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland on behalf of the Queensland Overseas Foundation (QOF).

This year, the Awards included three scholarships for young vocational training graduates:

  • Mr Justin Wade, Meat Processing (Retailing)
  • Mr Ben Nedwich, Business Administration
  • Mr Adrian Clark, Bricklaying

Through their Scholarships, these recipients will be given the exciting opportunity to live and work overseas in a country of their choice for up to two years.

Two Bursaries were also awarded to outstanding vocational education and training educators. The Bursaries will enable them to travel overseas and undertake professional development opportunities. The recipients of these Awards were:

  • Mr Carl Balke, Lead Vocational Teacher for Refrigeration and Air Conditioning at TAFE Queensland SkillsTech
  • Ms Judy Hoskins, Lead teacher for Indigenous Primary Health Care, formally of TAFE Queensland North

Queensland Overseas Foundation Chair, Mr Geoff Favell said the Awards would benefit Queensland industries in the long term.

“The Queensland Overseas Foundation Awards enable exceptional Queensland vocational education and training personnel to travel overseas and test their abilities against the best in the world.”

“Past recipients have returned to very senior positions in Queensland companies or started their own successful businesses.”

These Awards are unique in Queensland and they are invaluable to the recipients but also to the communities and education settings they return to.”

You can register your interest in applying for the 2018 awards by sending an enquiry email to or applying online via

The Queensland Overseas Foundation is a voluntary, non-profit organisation that has provided annual scholarships to high achieving Queenslanders for the past 40 years with the goal of bringing the best global practices back to Queensland industries.

The QOF is sponsored by industry training organisations and supported by the Queensland Government through the Department of Education and Training.

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