The search for the next Queensland Greats has started

Published Friday, 15 September, 2023 at 01:30 PM

Premier and Minister for the Olympic and Paralympic Games
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk


  • Queensland Greats Awards recognises and honours extraordinary individuals and institutions who have made a meaningful contribution to Queensland
  • Nominations are open across three categories—individual, institution, and posthumous.
  • The 2024 Queensland Greats will be announced in Brisbane on Queensland Day, 6 June 2024.

Queenslanders can nominate from today the individuals and institutions who they believe are Queensland Greats.

Nominations for the 2024 Queensland Greats Awards are open.

The Awards recognises individuals who have made a significant contribution to Queensland and who are exemplary role models, and the institutions, public or private, that have contributed significantly to the development of the State. 

Since inception in 2001, 120 individuals, 19 institutions, and 10 posthumous recipients have been honoured as Queensland Greats across the fields of business, science, health, education, Indigenous affairs, sport, arts, conservation, community, and philanthropy.

The 2023 Queensland Greats recipients included First Nations Musician and Composer, William Barton; Creator of Bluey, Joe Brumm; Champion of anti-corruption and accountability, The Honourable Tony Fitzgerald AC KC; rugby league player, Steve Renouf; Educator and refugee advocate, Adele Rice AM; Queensland’s Rural Fire Service; Queensland Elder and early childhood pioneer Dr Honor Dell Cleary OAM; Stem cell research pioneer Emeritus Professor Alan Mackay-Sim AM.

Other previous recipients include cricketer and youth and multicultural advocate Usman Khawaja (2022), Bruce Morcombe OAM and Denise Morcombe OAM (2020), The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO (2016), Dr Dimity Dornan AO (2013) and Kev Carmody (2009).

Quotes attributable to the Premier:

“The Queensland Greats Awards is an opportunity for us to celebrate and thank extraordinary Queenslanders for all they do.

“I am proud to join all Queenslanders in recognising homegrown talent and outstanding achievements every year.

“It could be a friend, co-worker or community organisation doing amazing things – if you know a remarkable Queenslander, now is the chance to nominate them.”

Quotes attributable to 2023 Queensland Greats Awards recipient, Steve Renouf:

“To be named a Queensland Great and recognised for the contribution you’ve made for the greater good of Queensland is an exciting honour and a privilege.”

“Most of us know someone who has dedicated their lives to making our State what it is today, and I would encourage people to take the opportunity to nominate them.”

“Nominating someone for the Queensland Greats Awards will help amplify their work and contribution to their community in Queensland.”

Further information:

Nominations can be made at until 5pm, Friday 16 February 2024.

Recipients will be announced in June 2024 and honoured with commemorative plaques displayed at Roma Street Parkland, Brisbane.


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