The Outstanding Alumni Awards (OAA) recognise graduates of QUT and its predecessor institutions for exceptional professional and personal achievements and contributions to the local, national, and international community.

Established in 1991 as an initiative of the QUT Alumni Board, the awards showcase and celebrate diverse achievements, leadership, and the impact of our alumni in the real world.

Award recipients are recognised at QUT's annual Outstanding Alumni Awards ceremony, and their inspirational stories are shared widely with the broader community.

The 2020 award winners were honoured at the Outstanding Alumni Awards ceremony on Monday 12 October.

Award categories

Awards include:

  • QUT Alumnus of the Year
  • Faculty Outstanding Alumni Awards
  • Indigenous Alumnus of the Year
  • Young Alumnus of the Year (for graduates under the age of 35)

Nominations

Any member of the community, including QUT staff, students, and alumni can submit a nomination. Self-nominations are also permitted.

Nominators must obtain permission from the nominee before proceeding with a nomination.

Nominators and nominees are strongly encouraged to read the award guidelines and conditions.

Nominations for the 2021 awards will open next year.

2020 award winners

2020 Alumnus of the Year and Indigenous Alumnus of the Year

His Honour Judge Nathan Jarro

His Honour Judge Nathan Jarro is Queensland's first Indigenous judge and is one of only three Indigenous judges currently presiding over an Australian courtroom – an important step for First Nations people. His Honour’s contributions to the legal profession and his community demonstrate commitment, ambition and integrity.

Watch His Honour's video

Young Alumnus of the Year

Matt Fairhurst

Matt Fairhurst is a tech entrepreneur and the co-founder and CEO of Skedulo, an award-winning, world-leading company in disruptive intelligent mobile workforce management. Although physically based in San Francisco, Matt maintains his connection to the university by sharing his knowledge with QUT students and alumni.

Watch Matt's video

Young Alumnus of the Year

Reba Brammer

Hailing from regional Queensland, Reba Brammer has built an incredible career in the space of a decade as an innovative footwear designer working for renowned global apparel and sportswear brands. Her career trajectory showcases a fast-growing and organic strategy grounded in resilience and self-belief.

Watch Reba's video

Dr Kirstin Ferguson (Business)

Formerly an officer in the Royal Australian Air Force, Dr Kirstin Ferguson is a company director, author and award-winning leadership expert with a strong passion for gender diversity and inclusion in the workforce. Kirstin’s military training, tertiary education and diverse career roles have set her up as a well-respected business leader.

Watch Kirstin's video

Dr Benjamin Law (Creative Industries)

Dr Benjamin Law is an Australian writer, broadcaster and social commentator who has built an outstanding writing career on topics of diversity and issues of representation in the media. His best-known work, The Family Law, has received countless nominations and won many awards.

Watch Ben's video

Jane Bourne (Education)

Jane Bourne is the CEO of The Creche and Kindergarten Association, a not-for-profit organisation regarded as one of Australia’s leading providers of childcare and kindergarten with more than 330 centres across Queensland. Jane is a highly regarded expert with over 40 years’ experience in early childhood education and care.

Watch Jane's video

Dr Robyn Littlewood (Health)

Dr Robyn Littlewood is the Chief Executive of Health and Wellbeing Queensland and a leading advocate for health promotion. Robyn has worked extensively across all levels of paediatric obesity prevention, nutrition and dietetics, from consultation with children and families in her clinic, to leading multi-disciplinary teams on statewide initiatives.

Watch Robyn's video

Debbie Kilroy OAM (Law and Special Excellence)

Debbie Kilroy OAM is one of Australia’s leading advocates for protecting the human rights of women and children through decarceration. Debbie's passion for the abolition of the prison industrial complex is the result of her personal experience of the criminal legal system. She has committed her life to seeking justice for others.

Watch Debbie's video

Julian Anderson (Science and Engineering)

Julian Anderson is highly regarded as a pioneer and international leader within quantity surveying and cost engineering, with a career spanning over four decades at a global quantity surveying and project management firm. As a veteran adviser, Julian is renowned for his dedication to his profession and quest for continuous improvement in his industry.

Watch Julian's video

Past winners

Outstanding Alumni Awards Winners 2019

QUT Alumnus of the Year and Faculty of Law Outstanding Alumni Award
Lex Greensill CBE
QUT Young Alumni of the Year
Josh Cameron
Alex Ghiculescu
Jake Phillpot
Tasmin Trezise
QUT Business School Outstanding Alumni Award winner
Caitriona Fay
Creative Industries Faculty Outstanding Alumni Award winner
Joseph Kwan MH
Faculty of Education Outstanding Alumni Award winner
Norman Hunter OAM
Faculty of Health Outstanding Alumni Award winner
Professor Wen-I Liu
Science and Engineering Faculty Outstanding Alumni Award winner
Hon. Karen Andrews, MP

Outstanding Alumni Awards Winners 2018

QUT Alumnus of the Year and Faculty of Law Outstanding Alumni Award
Tony McAvoy SC
QUT Young Alumnus of the Year
Dr Chris Jeffery
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Outstanding Alumni Award winner
Sandra Mau
Young Innovation and Entrepreneurship Outstanding Alumni Award winners
Lisy Kane
Sarah Moran
Tammy Butow
Special Excellence Award
Amanda McClelland
QUT Business School Outstanding Alumni Award winner
Jeff Dunn
Creative Industries Faculty Outstanding Alumni Award winner
Archie Moore
Faculty of Education Outstanding Alumni Award winner
Patrea Walton PSM
Faculty of Health Outstanding Alumni Award winner
Veronica Casey
Science and Engineering Faculty Outstanding Alumni Award winner
Ben de Bont

Outstanding Alumni Awards Winners 2017

QUT Alumnus of the Year and Faculty of Law Outstanding Alumni Award
Darryl McDonough
QUT Young Alumnus of the Year
Kate Gifford
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Outstanding Alumni Award winner
Joel Pobar
Young Innovation and Entrepreneurship Outstanding Alumni Award winner
Michael Brett
Special Excellence Award for Achievements and Contributions to Indigenous Communities
Wayne Denning
QUT Business School Outstanding Alumni Award winner
Christine Corbett
Creative Industries Faculty Outstanding Alumni Award winner
Peter Greste
Faculty of Education Outstanding Alumni Award winner
Hon. Leeanne Enoch, MP
Faculty of Health Outstanding Alumni Award winner
Tina Coco AO
Science and Engineering Faculty Outstanding Alumni Award winner
Michael Dempsey

Outstanding Alumni Awards Winners 2016

QUT Alumnus of the Year and Creative Industries Outstanding Alumni Award
Kate Miller-Heidke
QUT Young Alumnus of the Year
Jessa Rogers
QUT Business School Outstanding Alumni Award winner
Caitlin Wilson
Faculty of Education Outstanding Alumni Award winner
Maryanne Walsh
Special Excellence Award for Achievement in Podiatry and Faculty of Health Outstanding Alumni Award winner
Greg Dower
Faculty of Law Outstanding Alumni Award winner
Roman Quaedvlieg
Science and Engineering Faculty Outstanding Alumni Award winner
Richard Eastes
QUT Business School Special Excellence Award for Service to the Community
Paul Quilliam
Special Excellence Award for Contributions to the Nutrition Profession
Lim Su Lin

Outstanding Alumni Awards Winners 2015

QUT Alumnus of the Year and Science and Engineering Faculty Outstanding Alumni Award
Dr Abigail Allwood
QUT Young Alumnus of the Year
Andrew Blackman
Andrew Northcott
Special Excellence Award for achievement in education and Faculty of Education Outstanding Alumni Award
Carmee Lim
Special Excellence Award for innovation in youth support and education
Andrew Gourley
QUT Business School Outstanding Alumni Award
Carolyn Dawkins
Creative Industries Faculty Outstanding Alumni Award
Leigh Sales
Faculty of Health Outstanding Alumni Award
Karni Liddell
Faculty of Law Outstanding Alumni
Dominic McGann