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Major Sponsor + Legacy Award

Home to a diverse cohort of over 6,500 international students and over 20,000 students in total, James Cook University (JCU) is small enough to give you personal attention, but large enough to offer you a robust university experience and a chance to build your future networks.

Our career-focused courses are designed to prepare graduates for the workforce by experiencing real-life scenarios while learning from leading industry professionals. JCU students graduate job-ready, equipped with practical skills and the confidence required to face the challenges of the future. This commitment is reflected in our ranking as #1 in Queensland for full-time employment and graduate starting salaries**.

*2023 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings as a percentage of higher education providers in the International Association of Universities (IAU) database
**2023 Good Universities Guide

Phone: (07) 4232 1000 – Cairns


Business Technology Excellence Award

With one of the largest university footprints in Australia, CQUniversity takes pride in offering a diverse array of TAFE and university qualifications. Its most northern campus, CQUniversity Cairns, stands as a dynamic educational hub nestled in the CBD, and is poised to turbocharge the regional economy with plans for a new expansive campus.

Recognised for accessible and innovative education, the Cairns Campus boasts comprehensive courses spanning arts, engineering, sciences, business, health, and technology. Crafted in collaboration with industry experts, these courses integrate social innovation skills to ensure graduates possess the practical abilities needed by employers and communities. Awarded five stars for employment rates and starting salaries, CQUniversity empowers students to be who they want to be.

Phone: 13 27 86 (for current and future student enquiries within Australia)


Community Contribution Excellence Award

Maxima is a not-for-profit organisation with a long history in supporting people in their pursuit of meaningful work. They have a genuine emphasis on an inclusive culture and positive outcomes for customers and the wider community, by breaking down the barriers to employment to work towards a better Australia.

Over their proud 35-year history, Maxima has grown to support 70 communities across Australia providing a diverse range of employment and recruitment services, including Disability Employment Services, NDIS services, Temporary and Permanent Recruitment, Apprenticeships and Traineeships, and Indigenous Employment Services.

Phone: 1300 MAXIMA (1300 629462)


Customer Service Excellence Award - Professional Services

Danae Jones Consulting covers all forms of media and all areas of marketing and creative conceptual development. While Danae Jones is the face of the brand, behind her sits the DJC team of marketing strategists, graphic designers, video producers, copy writers, web developers and digital disruptors. The team brings with them over 100 years combined experience in the industry. 

The DJC teams mission is to create, delight, inform, engage, involve, exceed expectations and grow with their clients.

Email: email/danae)(


Customer Service Excellence Award - Trade, Retail & Services

Crystalbrook is one of Australia’s leading sustainable and innovative independent hospitality companies. Each hotel in the portfolio carries an authentic expression of its location, a passion for responsible luxury, considered design and a twinkle of fun for a uniquely enriching experience.

With eight hotels across Australia and 14 restaurants and bars and three day spas the group is helping to redefine hospitality across Australia.

Phone: 1300 00 20 50 (Reservation Enquiries)


Emerging Leader Excellence Award

James Cook University (JCU) aims to create a brighter future for life in the Tropics by delivering education, conducting research and engaging with those living in the world’s Tropics.

Their graduates perpetuate this through their own endeavours; many as professionals working in northern Australia.

JCU's ground-breaking research has contributed to major advancements in areas such as building standards for extreme weather conditions, sustainable agriculture, environmental management, tourism, and public health, all improving the liveability of tropical regions.

The context in which they operate is transforming, impacted by increased competition for students and resources, changing expectations of universities, advances in digital technology, and globalisation. 

Phone: 07 4232 1000 


Indigenous Business Excellence Award

Endeavour Foundation is an independent organisation founded more than 70 years ago by a small group of families who wanted equal access to education for children with disability.

Today Endeavour Foundation focuses on ability – on dreams, goals and potential. Whether it’s learning life skills, living independently, socialising, making new friends, finding a job, exploring new interests or trying new things, Endeavour Foundation collaborate with the people they support to make their dreams a reality.

Endeavour Foundation are at the heart of local communities – offering choice, opportunities and personalised support for people living with disability.

Phone: 1800 112 112


Innovation Excellence Award

Cairns Regional Council's vision is shaping the future of our community. From the boulders to the beaches, the Cairns region covers a vast area, uniquely framed by the world-heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics rainforests. 

Cairns is a vibrant and multicultural region, home to over 170,000 residents. Its relaxed and tropical lifestyle makes people love to live, work and play in Cairns.

Cairns Regional Council is shaping a liveable and prosperous future for all. They are focused on Cairns becoming a sustainable, globally connected city with a diverse and resilient economy. They strive to protect and enhance the region's natural wonders, now and for generations to come.

Cairns Regional Council, shaping the future.

Phone: 1300 69 22 47


Marketing & Communications Excellence Award

The Cairns Post has evolved from a broadsheet newspaper to a multi-media company producing Cairns' only daily newspaper, both online and in paper, along with many special publications. delivers to Cairns and surrounding areas the most up to date breaking news in Far North Queensland.

Part of News Corp Australia, The Cairns Post has evolved as a company to reflect the growing, cosmopolitan city of Cairns, with a continued increase in circulation and digital readership growing significantly over the years. Throughout its 136 year history, the paper has endeavoured to reflect and celebrate the community it serves.

The Cairns Post team has a long and proud tradition of covering the whole Far North region, from Cardwell to Cape York and west to the Tablelands. With dedicated journalists living and working here, residents can always stay up-to-date with the issues that affect them.

Phone: 07 4052 6666


People Management Excellence Award

CBC Staff Selection have built a reputation for excellence, not only in terms of matching the best people to the best jobs, but through the exemplary service they provide.

With over 35 years experience in Far North Queensland, CBC Staff Selection take pride in their ability to match skilled candidates to your specialist recruitment requirements. With their in depth knowledge of the local employment market and an established pool of experienced candidates within various professional sectors, CBC Staff Selection can assist you in filling your temporary, permanent or contract vacancy today.

Phone: 07 4051 9699


Sustainability & Environmental Excellence Award

Star 102.7 is the radio station made for Cairns and created for those who love everything about the unique and vibrant lifestyle in Far North Queensland.

Their music policy is simple, they play nothing but the best music which gives reason to Star being Cairns’ #1 station. Their announcers, Dave & Inkie for Breakfast and Nikki in the Afternoons are longtime locals, broadcasting live each day from their studios on Grafton Street.

Committed to the Cairns community, Star 102.7 invests more than $1M into local community events and charities each year, ensuring they are part of a vibrant growing region. They would like to thank the Cairns community for embracing their brand and for listening every day.

Phone: 07 4042 8000


Entertainment Sponsor

At Grant Thornton, care is just as important as capability because we believe that client experience is as important as the outcome. We strive to provide a strikingly different experience – one that’s more personal, proactive, authentic, and agile. To achieve that, we focus on investing in and building our relationship with our clients.

Grant Thornton Australia is a member firm of the Grant Thornton global network – one of the world's leading independently-owned and managed accounting and consulting firms. With over 1,300+ people across five states, we have the scale to meet changing needs – while retaining the agility required to keep our clients one step ahead.

Phone: 07 4046 8888


Trophy Sponsor

Cashcor Engineering is your “One Stop Engineering Shop”. From concept to design to manufacturing, Cashcor provide tailormade solutions to meet each client’s specific needs and time restraints.

Their diverse range of machinery and equipment, housed at their locally owned and operated workshop, enables them to carry out all jobs in-house – without the need to outsource – meaning their services are more cost effective for their clients and they have the ability to maintain quality control on all works.

For more than 40 years, Cashcor has provided their industry in Cairns and the broader regions with professional and highly experienced services.

Phone: 07 4035 1588