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Minister’s Planning Awards

The Minister’s Planning Awards for 2022 are now open.

We are committed to shaping Queensland’s future — and that means investing in tomorrow’s planners by giving them an opportunity to put their skills, knowledge, and ideas to practice in real-life scenarios.

Emerging planners entering the workforce will soon play a leading role in delivering well-planned communities for Queenslanders, so we’re keen to see today’s students apply their learnings and ideas to address real challenges.

The Minister’s Planning Awards give planning students the opportunity to submit applications to demonstrate innovative and practical approaches to real-world planning challenges — particularly related to engagement and consultation in planning.

Learn more about this year’s awards program below.

Categories and criteria

If you’re studying a planning-related degree at a Queensland university, you could be eligible to apply for one of three awards below:

  • Submit a thesis or major final research project that contributes to the creation of well-planned communities that are prosperous, resilient and sustainable

    Eligibility: undergraduate, post-graduate and masters planning students

    Prize: $2,000 cash prize

  • Submit a 750-word rationale addressing the student's understanding planning talent

    Eligibility: female undergraduate, post-graduate and masters planning students

    Prize: four-week paid internship

    *Universities can nominate a maximum of three students for this award.

  • Submit a 750-word rationale addressing the student's understanding planning talent

    Eligibility: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander undergraduate, post-graduate and masters planning students

    Prize: four-week paid internship

    *Universities can nominate a maximum of three students for this award.

How to apply

Nominations for the 2022 Minister’s Planning Awards are now open.

This year, all undergraduate, post-graduate and masters planning students are eligible to apply!

To apply, please complete an online nomination form and submit your documentation.

Submissions must be received by 5pm Friday 30 September 2022.

Before you complete the nomination form, please ensure you, and if applicable, the nominee(s), have read, understood and agree to the Minister’s Planning Awards guidelines (PDF, 266 KB), including the assessment criteria, and the Minister’s Planning Awards privacy and security statement (PDF, 284 KB).

Please ensure all nominees confirm in writing that their entry is their original, unpublished work, except for any third-party material which is appropriately used, acknowledged and referenced in accordance with standard academic practice and copyright law via a signed copy of the submission acknowledgement form (PDF, 243 KB).

For university representative or lecturer nominations: Note you must attach a copy of each nominee's written confirmation and agreement of their nomination to this form.

Prizes

The Minister’s Planning Awards will be presented at the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) Queensland Awards for Planning Excellence in November 2022.

Prizes on offer as part of the awards include four-week paid internships with Queensland's planning department — giving you a valuable opportunity to showcase your knowledge and apply your studies in a real-life context.

The internships will give you an opportunity to see first-hand how Queensland’s planning framework drives economic growth and delivers well-planned, sustainable and resilient communities. You’ll be involved in a variety of work including regional and state planning, development assessment, statutory planning, and policy development.

In 2022, all undergraduate, post-graduate and masters planning students are eligible to apply for the Minister's planning Awards. A cash prize of $2000 will be awarded for the Minister’s Planning Award Thesis or Research project Category.

We will also profile the winner’s submissions and the best ideas we receive on our website — giving you a chance to showcase your work for prospective employment opportunities.

Frequently asked questions

  • Submissions must be received by 5pm Friday 30 September 2022.

  • To enter, please complete the online nomination form and submit the required documentation.

    If you are nominating a female and/or indigenous student planner, you will need to ensure that you attach a signed copy of the submission acknowledgement form, when you complete the submission form.

  • If you are unable to upload your submission via the online form please email planningcomms@dsdilgp.qld.gov.au to discuss other arrangements.

  • The Minister’s Planning Awards will be presented at the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) Queensland Awards for Planning Excellence in November 2022.

  • Yes. In response to feedback from previous years, the awards are now open to all undergraduate, post-graduate and masters students.

    Post-graduate students, who graduated from their undergraduate degree in 2021 are also welcome to submit their thesis or research project from their undergraduate studies to the Minister’s Planning Awards (thesis/research project) category.

  • As long as international students are attending an eligible university and have an appropriate visa that entitles them to work in Australia, they can apply for the Minister’s Planning Awards.

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Contact us

For more information, please email planningcomms@dsdilgp.qld.gov.au

Last updated: 04 May 2022