Outdoors Queensland Awards

Outdoors Queensland Awards

The Awards recognise and reward excellence in the outdoor recreation community

About the Awards

The Outdoors Queensland Awards (formerly known as the Queensland Outdoor Recreation Awards) recognise and reward excellence in the outdoors community. The Awards celebrate individuals, organisations, programs, events and activities that have been successful in significantly improving outcomes for participants, clients and communities.

The Outdoors Queensland Awards are for the ‘outdoors community in Queensland’ – outdoor enthusiasts, adventure tourism operators, outdoor education providers, activity clubs, land managers, retailers … and more.

The Outdoors Queensland Awards are an important means of recognising the size and diversity of the outdoors community and industry and provide an opportunity for outdoor individuals and organisations to be rewarded and recognised for their contribution. They are also a means of recognising how important the outdoors, outdoor activity and the environment are to the lifestyle of Queenslanders.



We encourage you to make an award nomination – to acknowledge an organisation, an individual, a special event or program, for contribution to the outdoor sector in Queensland.

Preparing Your Nomination

  1. Review the award criteria
  2. Select the most appropriate award
  3. Go to Make an Award Nomination
    • Consider carefully how your nominee meets the criteria of the chosen award
    • Collect all necessary background information and support material
  4. Go to the Nomination Form, complete and SUBMIT!

Important Dates
Nominations Closing Date: Friday September 21st, 2018
Winners announced: Friday October 26, 2018 at the Outdoors Queensland Awards Dinner

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The Awards Dinner

The award winners will be announced at the Outdoors Queensland Awards Dinner held at the Rydges South Bank Brisbane on Friday October 26th, 2018.

The annual Outdoors Queensland Awards Dinner is a popular networking opportunity for members of the outdoor community to get together to celebrate the Award winners – the individuals and organisations who have made a positive and lasting difference to the outdoors and outdoor recreation in Queensland, in all its various guises.

Date: Friday October 26

Time: 6.30 pm arrival for 7.00 pm start (end approx 11.00 pm)

Dress Code: Smart Casual – or a chance to get dressed up!

Guest speaker for the evening will be Jemma Wilson, a professional offroad motorcycle racer, who has won both state and Australian championships (see below)

In addition there will be raffle prizes, great food, good company and lots of fun!

Jemma Wilson

Jemma Wilson is a professional offroad motorcycle racer who has been competing Nationally and Internationally for over ten years. Jemma has won eight State Championships, four Australian Offroad Championships, five Womens World Cup Team Championships and competed in the World Enduro GP’s as a privateer for five seasons.

“With the support of Yamaha Motor Australia for all these years, I have been able to see not only this beautiful country of ours, but the world, make friends for life and accomplish things I never would have thought possible. Enduro racing has taught me how to work hard for what I want, and realise that there is an entire world out there to explore and enjoy!”

In the last ten years, Jemma has not only achieved her dreams in the world of Offroad Motorcycling but has also succeeded academically. After completing Bachelor of Law and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning, she is now a High School Legal Studies and Business Teacher.

The Outdoors Queensland Distinguished Achievers Award

This award recognises and acknowledges the achievements of the consistent winners of the Outdoors Queensland Awards (and formerly the Queensland Outdoor Recreation Awards) since their inception in 2002.


Previous recipients:

QORF thanks and acknowledges the ongoing support to the Outdoors Queensland Awards from all our sponsors: The Queensland Government, the Brisbane City Council, K2 Basecamp and Nature Play QLD.

Check out the Previous Award Winners    

Be inspired!

The Awards

The Queensland Government Award for Outstanding Achievement (Individual)

Sponsored by The Queensland Government

This award is for individuals who have demonstrated professionalism, high achievement in a particular field and exemplary role modelling.

They should meet all or some of the Essential Criteria, and in addition they may have demonstrated excellence through:

  • Consistent high quality service delivery
  • Innovative instructional or educational programs
  • Providing opportunities for people of all abilities


The Brisbane City Council Award for Outstanding Achievement (Organisation)

Sponsored by the Brisbane City Council

This award  is open to clubs, organisations, education providers and other enterprises that have made a valuable contribution to the outdoor community and operate with professionalism and to high standards.

They should meet all or some of the Essential Criteria, and in addition they may have demonstrated excellence through:

  • Consistent high quality service delivery
  • Innovative instructional or educational programs
  • Development opportunities for individuals
  • Providing opportunities for people of all abilities
  • Innovative environmental sustainability programs
  • Sustainable land management practices
  • Active involvement in community environmental projects
  • Creating opportunities for people to experience the outdoors


The Queensland Government Encouraging Participation Award

Sponsored by The Queensland Government

The recipient of this award will have achieved significant success in encouraging participation in outdoor activities through innovative program development and/or marketing.

They should meet all or some of the Essential CriteriaIn addition, nominees (organisations or individuals) may have facilitated increased participation in outdoor recreation for either the general population or specific client groups through:

  • Innovative programs designed to attract a broader client group
  • Program modification to target a select client group
  • Inclusive programs designed to engage:
    • People of all abilities and/or CALD backgrounds
    • People of all ages & gender
  • Effective marketing and promotion
  • Outstanding program delivery


The K2 Basecamp Young Achiever Award

Sponsored by K2 Basecamp

This award recognises the efforts and achievements of an individual new to the outdoor sector; a student, young person or other making a change into the field. They maybe enrolled in a structured course (eg School, TAFE, University), volunteering or working as a trainee for an outdoor activity provider.

They should meet all or some of the Essential Criteria, and in addition they may have demonstrated excellence through:

  • Achievement of personal goals or marked improvement
  • Exemplary leadership, role modelling and initiative
  • Professional behaviour and ethical outdoor practice
  • Effort over and above what is expected
  • Contribution which has helped achieve significant outcomes


The QORF Government Achievement Award

Sponsored by QORF

This award recognises the achievements of local or state government departments and/or agencies that have produced positive outcomes for the outdoor sector.

They should meet all or some of the Essential Criteria, and in addition they may have demonstrated excellence through:

  • Development of supportive policies, strategies and/or actions
  • Active engagement with advisory groups or committees to address community needs and values
  • The provision of a diverse range of outdoor activity opportunities


The Brisbane City Council Outdoor Event Award

Sponsored by the Brisbane City Council

This award is for individuals, organisations or committees that have developed and managed a significant* outdoor recreation event, that might include one-off or annual events such as Come-and Try days, Adventure Races, Expos or Festivals, major state / national / international championships, jamborees …

*number of competitors, entrants or attendees, the turnover or funds raised and/or the number of individuals involved in organising / running the event.

They should meet all or some of the Essential Criteria, and in addition they may have demonstrated excellence through:

  • Environmental, economic and social sustainability
  • Significant increase in opportunities for participation in outdoor recreation
  • Consideration of appropriate risk management and safety strategies
  • Coordination of significant numbers of volunteers
  • Extensive involvement and support from local business / community
  • Innovative promotion, event planning, marketing, sponsorship, risk management or facility design


Nature Play Education Award

Sponsored by Nature Play QLD

This award is for educational services or institutions, such as schools or childcare centres, that have increased the time kids spend in outdoor learning, Forest School or unstructured outdoor play.

They should meet all or some of the Essential Criteria, and in addition they may have demonstrated excellence through:

  • Innovative educational program development to increase or integrate nature play into the educational service
  • A commitment to the nature play or outdoor learning ethos
  • Ability to demonstrate a creative approach to curriculum interpretation in outdoor learning.
  • Child’s’ regular and ongoing access to nature play experiences
  • Development of the educational grounds or use of external settings
  • Outdoor environment is suitably challenging; risk assessments and consent for its use in place.
  • Demonstrated effective use of resources, including links with the local community, organisations and parents.
  • Use of Nature Play QLD resources within an educational setting.


The Queensland Government Nature Play Community Award

Sponsored by The Queensland Government

This award is for communities (individuals or organisations*) that have developed initiatives to increase the time kids spend in unstructured play outdoors and in nature.

They should meet all or some of the Essential Criteria, and in addition they may have demonstrated excellence through:

  • Innovative programs, events or activities for children 12 years or under
  • Exciting nature play spaces
  • Creative resources for nature play
  • Awareness raising events, publications or services

* Not educational institutions – educational organisations are encouraged to nominate for the Nature Play Education Award


The Queensland Government Award for Outdoor Places and Spaces

Sponsored by The Queensland Government

This award recognises that outdoor recreation activities require access to places and spaces. Nominees for this award will have developed one or more outstanding outdoor recreation facilities or venues.

They should meet all or some of the Essential Criteria, and in addition, the facilities may:

  • Create or substantially increase opportunities for outdoor recreation activities.
  • Utilise innovative design and/or construction features
  • Address the specific needs of the target user group or community.
  • Follow or develop best practice methods in environmental techniques.
  • Use appropriate risk management and safety strategies


Managing Your Event!

Resources to help you plan and run an amazing event: Event Management

Become a member

QORF welcomes applications for new Community and Green Circle Members from organisations and individuals involved in the outdoors

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