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Jaylon Newchurch, Tarndanya Keynote Speaker 2023
Celebrating First Nations Excellence.
The CareerTrackers Gala Awards are a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander excellence in our community. We award and celebrate individuals and organisations who have demonstrated leadership and excellence in the CareerTrackers community.
For the first time in 2023, CareerTrackers took an in-person, place-based approach to our Gala events across the country. This allowed for each region to celebrate in their hometown, and to recognise the key individuals in their state that have contributed to their local program and community’s success through the Gala Awards.
At the 2024 Gala Awards, we are introducing a new award for a participant in our high school program, the Future Leader award, for someone who shows early leadership promise through their dedication to not only their own growth and achievements, but also the community.
For each state, awards are presented to winners in the categories below, except for the Partnering for Excellence Awards and Future Leaders Award, which are all national.
Intern of the Year
The Intern of the Year Award is the most prestigious Gala Award. It is presented to an intern who has demonstrated all-round excellence in the three pillars of CareerTrackers; university, internship and community. This intern exceeds expectations in their degree and internship and is an active and impactful member of the CareerTrackers program.
This intern has displayed the qualities and attributes that will see them become a future leader.
Alumni Excellence Award
The Alumni Excellence Award is presented to a graduate of the CareerTrackers program who is excelling in their career, promoting the overall vision of CareerTrackers and paying it forward by being a positive role model for the next generation of First Nations professionals.
The CEO’s Award celebrates a student who has demonstrated a sustained interest and effort in working toward their personal, professional and academic goals. We invite nominations for students who you believe personify persistence and consistency in their journey to success.
Project Excellence Award
The Project Excellence Award is jointly presented to an intern and their manager. This award recognises a manager that has provided an intern with an opportunity to deliver a project of great significance to the business, and an intern who has risen to the challenge making a lasting contribution within their sponsoring company.
Community Spirit Award
The Community Spirit Award is presented to an intern who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to their individual community. This intern is a role model for future generations and is an active, positive influence within the CareerTrackers community.
Intern Manager of the Year
The Intern Manager of the Year Award is nominated by interns and presented to a manager who demonstrates the highest level of professional and personal leadership. This Intern Manager is a role model and has contributed to the professional development of their intern(s).
Partnering for Excellence
The Partnering for Excellence Award is presented to three partners (a small, medium and large business) that have thought outside of the box and gone above and beyond to create opportunities in support of the CareerTrackers partnership. These partners have demonstrated values aligned with CareerTrackers’ vision.
The Academic Excellence Award recognises students’ hard work and dedication to their university studies. This award is presented to students who have achieved a distinction average or higher across the year.
The Future Leader is a distinguished accolade presented to a high school student who embodies exceptional dedication to both their personal aspirations and the broader community. This award recognises a young individual who stands out for their unwavering commitment to shaping a promising future for themselves and for those around them
NSW/ACT | Tayla Rae, Western Sydney University (Greater Cities Commission)
QLD/NT | Ruby Traucnieks, University of Queensland (Origin Energy)
SA | Pantju Nam, University of Adelaide (GHD)
VIC/TAS | Tahnee Towers, Victoria University (The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research)
WA | Sharlene Baloch, The University of Western Australia (Insurance Australia Group)
NSW/ACT | Jack Day, The University of Newcastle (Westpac)
QLD/NT | Miranda Mahoney, University of Queensland (AECOM)
VIC/ TAS | Amelie Theuma, Australian Catholic University (Australian Super)
WA | Teresa Devitt, Curtin University (Broad Construction)
NSW/ACT | Emma Belgrove, University of Wollongong (Insurance Australia Group)
QLD/NT | Lachlan Preece, Queensland University of Technology (CBA)
SA | Abbey Amundson, University of Adelaide (NAB)
VIC/TAS | Caitlyn Grace-Long, RMIT University (VACCA)
WA | Tyler Kelly, Curtin University (CPB Contractors)
NSW/ACT | Thea Sievers, Australian National University & Mike Treece (Universities Australia)
QLD/NT | Arabella James-Mason, Queensland University of Technology & Chris Brindley (The Salvation Army)
VIC/TAS | Jay Van Nus, Federation University of Australia & Joe Cutelle (Kellogg Brown & Root)
WA | Brooke Birch, Curtin University & Sam Hetherington (The Walt Disney Company)
NSW/ACT | Allirah Bell, University of Sydney (Inside Policy)
QLD/NT | Grace McColm-Monaghan, University of Melbourne (GHD)
SA | Aimee Synnett, University of South Australia (Telstra)
VIC/TAS | Kyle Webb, RMIT University (IFM Investors)
WA | Lori Wilkinson, Curtin University (The Minderoo Foundation)
NSW/ACT | Mark Beetson, CPB Contractors
QLD/NT | Tom Fotheringham, DLA Piper
SA | Viveka Simpson, Teach for Australia
VIC/TAS | Patrick Maiden, GHD
WA | Mike Hill, Windyama Digital Solutions
Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI)
NSW Public Service Commission