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The Institute’s Awards for Excellence is one of Queensland’s most respected and highly regarded industry Awards programs. Thanks to the efforts of our judges each year, every entrant receives a site visit from the category’s judging panel.

The judging process

Each Award category is judged by an independent panel of professional industry members.

After submissions close we conduct an external health check to ensure all projects are entered in the appropriate categories. We reserve the right to reallocate submissions to another category if it is considered to be a more appropriate fit. In this instance, the entrant will be notified and they will be given the option to amend their submission. Once the health check is complete, the Institute coordinates the judging.

Judging of entries is a two-step process:

  1. A review of the written submission against the criteria for each category; and
  2. An on-site inspection by the panel of judges.

The on-site presentation is a key component of the judging and should be delivered by your most senior representative who is intimately familiar with the project e.g. CEO, Chairman, Director, Founder etc. Entrants are requested not to provide gifts (including alcohol) to the judges in any capacity. 

Changes to the site inspection date and time are not permitted under any circumstances. It is strongly recommended that you block out the judging period in all key company representative’s diaries in advance to ensure the right people (i.e. CEO, Chairman, Development Manager, Project Lead etc) are available.

The decision of the judging panel is final and will not be subject to challenge by an entrant or other parties.

Ensuring a COVIDSafe judging experience

Please note the following 2020 judging process changes:

  1. The ‘site inspection’ will now be a face-to-face experience instead of a virtual experience:
    • Site inspections will be arranged in person and scheduled by the Institute in conjunction with the judging panels and entrants
    • Entrants have a maximum of 1 hour per site visit per submission with the judging panels
    • Should a vehicle be used onsite, at maximum, two persons per vehicle is permitted to ensure social distancing measures are met.
  2. Entrants are encouraged to practice good hand and respiratory hygiene:
    • Wash hands frequently with soap and water, before and after eating, and after going to the toilet
    • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or flexed elbow, dispose of tissues, and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser
    • Avoiding contact with anyone who has symptoms such as fever, a cough, sore throat, fatigue, and shortness of breath
    • If unwell, stay home and avoid contact with others.
  3. To ensure we provide a COVIDSafe judging experience, by attending site visits you are confirming that:
    • You are well and are not experiencing any symptom of illness such as cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell
    • You have not been in contact with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19
    • You are not otherwise required to be self-quarantining; and
    • If any of the above circumstances change prior to the event you will notify us and not attend.

We appreciate your support and understanding with respect to these changes and should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the team to discuss.

Becoming a judge

The Institute regularly rotates its judges and invites senior members of the industry to participate. If you wish to be considered to judge in the future, please send your details to