Nominations open for the Queensland Reconciliation Awards 2023

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Queensland’s reconciliation champions are encouraged to enter the 2023 Queensland Reconciliation Awards, with nominations now open.

Aruga is proud to have worked with the Department of the Premiere and Cabinet, supporting the awards for 5 years to deliver Public Relations, encouraging reconciliation champions to apply.

The Awards honour the businesses, community groups, educational institutions and partnerships making outstanding contributions on the road to reconciliation.

Rugby league legend and community hero Johnathan Thurston renews his almost decade-long commitment to the Queensland Reconciliation Awards, returning as Ambassador in 2023.

“Queensland is on a journey of reconciliation together. It is important that we get behind initiatives that continue to build respectful relationships between Aboriginal peoples, Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Queenslanders,” Thurston said.

“By nominating for these Awards, you are not only showcasing your important work and receiving the requisite recognition, but you are showing all of Queensland how far we have come and where we are headed — towards a more inclusive, respectful and unified state.”

The 2023 Queensland Reconciliation Awards are presented across five categories: Business, Community, Education, Health and Wellbeing, and Partnership.

An overall Premier’s Reconciliation Award is also presented to a nominated initiative with a total of $30,000 in prize money across all categories.

Since its inception in 2003, the Awards has recognised more than 100 initiatives and partnerships, fostering a fairer, more inclusive Queensland.

The Yarrie Yarns Project won the Premier’s Reconciliation Award and Partnership category at the 2022 Queensland Reconciliation Awards ceremony in Cairns. Delivered in partnership with Wugu Nyambil, Yarrabah Shire Council and Queensland Police Service, the social media project was celebrated for empowering positive change by sharing First Nations stories for education, inspiration and motivation.

Nominations close at 5pm, Friday 3 February 2023.

For more information or to submit an online nomination, visit