The QTIC Salute to Excellence Awards recognises Year 11 and 12 students that are undertaking or have completed vocational education and training in tourism, food and beverage or cookery. The Awards highlight the importance of promoting vocational education and training among secondary schools across the state.

The student's qualification can be achieved through one of the following delivery methods:

  • VET in schools
  • School-based traineeship
  • School-based apprenticeship

Nominations for 2019 open on Thursday 1 November 2018 and close on Sunday 2 June 2019  
Download the 2019 Salute to Excellence Awards Nomination Kit.


Why Participate in QTIC's Salute to Excellence Awards? 

  • Establish industry/employer contacts and mentors
  • Gain assistance with career aspirations
  • Industry and state recognition of achievements
  • Meet other like-minded students and trainers from across Queensland
  • Hear success stories from industry professionals
  • Maximise opportunities for publicity

2019 Key Dates

  • Thursday 1 November 2018: nominations open
  • Sunday 2 June 2019: nominations close
  • Monday 11 June 2019: ‘Salutees’ notified of judging outcomes
  • Monday 1 July 2019: Skills Test Day at TAFE Queensland South Bank Campus
  • Friday 19 July 2019: RSVPs due for the Awards Dinner
  • Monday 29 July 2019: Salute to Excellence Awards Dinner

2019 Judging Panel

Cookery Dustin Osuch The Star Gold Coast Executive Chef Culinary Department
Cookery Josh Lawson Bakehouse Steakhouse Head Chef
Tourism Karen Thornburn Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove Resort & Intercontinental Hayman Island Resort Cluster Learning and Development Manager
Tourism Karen Hellsten Mountain Wine Tours Managing Director
Food & Beverage Adrienne Putelli Hilton Hotel Brisbane Director of Human Resources
Food & Beverage Kevin Puglisevich Bacchus Restaurant Manager

 2019 Finalists

Cookery Ethan Hobbs Helensvale State High
Cookery Michael Bae Helensvale State High
Cookery Ella Harris Pacific Pines State High School
Cookery Johnel Dapat Marist College
Cookery Tayla Little Kirwan State High School
Cookery Mackenzie Treloar Helensvale State High
Cookery Jessica Pye Pacific Piness State High School
Food & Beverage Laetitia Sanderson St Andrews Lutheran College
Food & Beverage Saige Amos Calamvale Community College
Food & Beverage Catherine Tekopua Calamvale Community College
Food & Beverage Joshua Ragau Kirwan State High School
Food & Beverage Seth Powers Mansfield State High School
Food & Beverage Zara Cannon Kelvin Grove State College
Food & Beverage Hunter Spain Calamvale Community College
Food & Beverage Isabella Hitchcock Brisbane Bayside State College
Food & Beverage Teagan Losch Alexandra Hills State High School
Tourism Constance McArthur Rosewood State High School
Tourism Holli Sihlberg Marist College
Tourism Hayley Antoci Albany Creek State High School
Tourism Katie Lemke Albany Creek State High School
Tourism Olivia Kleinschafer Marist College
Tourism Molly Dobbins Albany Creek State High School
Tourism Benjamin Doss Rosewood State High School
Tourism Renee James Albany Creek State High School

We are proud to be driving this initiative and remain committed to raising industry standards through training and education.


For more information about entering the Salute to Excellence Awards, or for sponsorship enquiries, please contact our Workforce Development team on 07 3236 1445 or 

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Use of Photographs and Personal Information
Award entrants, nominees and ticket purchasers are advised that we will collect your personal information for the purpose of communicating with you about the awards and associated events. This information may be kept on file (hard copy and/or electronic) for future reference.  

The Salute to Excellence Skills Test Day and Awards Dinner will be filmed and photographed for publicity and marketing purposes in printed publications and the Internet (websites and social media). If you do not give consent for your voice and/or image to be used in our printed or electronic publications, you must advise photographers in attendance that you do not want your image captured for publicity purposes.

For more information, view our Privacy Policy or request a hard copy by contacting us on 07 3236 1445 or, or write to Queensland Tourism Industry Council, C/- Office Manager, PO Box 13162, George Street QLD 4003.