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Lifetime Achievement Award

Professor Arun Sharma

Deputy Vice-Chancellor 

Queensland University of Technology

Professor Arun Sharma has been the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Commercialisation) at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) since June 2004. In this role, he has overseen one of the fastest growths in research trajectory of any university in Australia (more than three-fold increase in annual research funding and a two and half-fold increase in the number of PhD students graduating annually). This performance has helped QUT climb from 18th position to 9th nationally in research block grants, and to rapidly rise in global rankings – QUT is today ranked in the top 250 in both the Times Higher Education and QS rankings and has climbed more than 200 places in the Academic Ranking of World Universities over the past three years to be in the top 300.


Intercultural Innovator Award

Brett Lee

Brett Lee is a former Australian international cricketer and fast bowler, who played and became a cult legend in all three formats of the game of cricket. Lee is recognized as delivering one of the fastest delivery of all time.


His record quickest delivery was 161.1 km/h (100.2 mph) in 2002. He is known for his consistency of pace, going over 150 kilometers per hour (93 mph) throughout his entire career. He is also widely regarded as one of the best pace bowlers ever to have played the sport. Brett finished his test cricket career with 310 wickets, and his One Day International career with 380 wickets. 

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Young Professional of the Year

Senior Content Producer

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Shivali leads one of the ABC's most successful products, ABC Education Learn English. The digital education platform has 4.4 million followers, making it the largest social media community of the ABC. Shivali's unique background as a journalist, educator and migrant have allowed her to bring her experience and expertise to the world through this platform. Born in India and raised in Singapore, Shivali is a champion of diversity and multiculturalism. She remains one of the few personalities of the ABC who comes from a South Asian background.


Young Community Achiever 

Reena Augustine


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Reena was appointed as the Queen’s Baton Bearer for the Commonwealth games. She was been conferred several awards including the Varnam Cultural Qld Community service award 2018, the Brisbane Women in Business Award for Community Dedication 2016 and the Lord Mayor’s Multicultural round table scholarship for 2017-2018. Further, she was placed within the Lord Mayor’s final 12 for the 2016 Mayoral Awards.


Community Services Excellence Award

Southern Aboriginal Corporation (SAC)

As the region’s only Aboriginal cultural and development organization operating as a community business and service provider, SAC makes well-informed decisions in planning for and delivering effective services and programs for Aboriginal people. SAC was incorporated in 1983 as a regional body to represent the interests of over 3,900 Noongar people. 


Business Woman of the Year

Dr. Vanita Sharma

Vibe Ayurveda

Dr. Vanita Sharma is an Ayurvedic practitioner with a special interest in Integrative Medicine. She has been practicing Ayurveda for over twenty years and is the first one to introduce Ayurvedic practice in Australia.  She is an acting Vice President of Australasian Association of Ayurveda and a Deputy Chair & nominated member Complementary Health IRC, AISC SkillsIQ Australia Dept of Education and training.

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Business Leader of the Year

Ravneet Pawha

Deakin University

Ravneet Pawha has led Deakin University’s vision and engagement in India for 24 years. Leading a team of over 55 staffs, she has established an international reputation of excellence. In 1994, Ravneet led the establishment of Deakin’s office in New Delhi, making it the first office to be opened by an overseas university in India. Under her leadership, Deakin has become the Australian leader in international education in India, with extensive strategic engagement across education, training, research, industry and academic partnerships.

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Professional of the Year

Professor Rajiv Khanna AO - QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute

Professor Rajiv Khanna AO is a world-leading immunologist who has directed almost 30 years of remarkable medical research. With more than 20 years’ work on immunotherapy – known as ’the fourth pillar’ of cancer treatment — his extensive and ground-breaking research harnesses the capabilities of the human immune system and significantly, is being delivered to patients.

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Tour operator of the Year

Safir Tours Pty Ltd

Safir Tours is a bespoke Destination Management Company/Inbound Tour Operator that customizes all itineraries based on the requirements of the clients. We offer a complete array of services geared for a wide range of travelers. From Customized Leisure groups to Affinity groups, Individuals to Honeymoon couples, Incentives to Conferences, we provide an end-to-end solution. 

Excellence in Innovation

Mobiconnect by Mobiddiction

Mobiconnect is an enterprise grade platform based on a modular approach, designed and created by Mobiddiction. It’s core structure is completely customisable and can be scaled, adapted and offered as a PaaS (Platform as a Service) making it easy for any business, big or small, to plug in and play! Designed and fit to engage end-users with their mobile devices, Mobiconnect uses smarts for publishing news, social content, events, segmented notifications, location intelligence and much more.

Spirit of Sport Award

Jason Jaskirat Singh Sangha

Cricket NSW

The youngest cricketer to be offered by Cricket NSW, Jason Sangha's rise has been spectacular. In November 2017, Jason made headlines across the cricket world when he became the youngest batsman since Sachin Tendulkar to score a century against England in a First-Class match. That century also meant he became the youngest batsman since Ricky Ponting to score a First-Class ton in Australia.


Micro Business of the year

GR Phones


GR Phones is famous for quick turnaround time and quality service. For your business needs, you can count on us to help your company run easily and stay on the fast track to productivity. We are committed to our partnerships with both our businesses and schools and are pleased to help in any way we can. GR phones, as an industry professional, we sell and repair Mobile phones, iPad, tablets, Laptops, and other electronic gadgets.

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Small Business of the year

Advent Consulting Engineers

Advent Consulting Engineers (Advent) was created with the focus of being an active team member for our clients by creating collaborative relationships. Since inception, Advent has added value to their clients through innovation, problem-solving and technical excellence in civil engineering, structural engineering and project management services. They have always been and will be true to their vision – to work together with clients to deliver innovative, sustainable and constructable value engineered solutions. 

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SME of the Year

Fortuna Advisory Group

Established in 2011 by Founder & MD, Dinesh Aggarwal, Fortuna Advisory Group was born to create the joy that comes from seeing dreams become reality. A conglomerate of professional service providers, we believe that financial understanding and security are often keys that enable this. Our work brings people on a journey with us empowering businesses and individuals to reach their full potential, while positively impacting the lives of business owners, their teams, customers, and society itself Located in Balcatta, WA and branch office in Carnarvon, we demonstrate our belief by providing award-winning solutions in the areas of Accounting & Tax Advisory, Finance & Mortgage Broking, Legal Services and Wealth Management.


Australian Exporter of the Year


TAHPI Pty Limited is an Australian company specializing in Health Planning and Healthcare Design on a larger scale. TAHPI is headquartered in Sydney Australia with an international branch network in many countries including Malaysia, India, UAE, Qatar, Oman, and UK. TAHPI’s Indian and UAE branches are very active in India and are currently the most prolific designers of health facilities in India.

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