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2022 Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in (STEM) Education - applications now open

Awards of $5000 each are on offer across eight categories in this year’s Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education. The Peter Doherty awards recognise students, teachers, schools (both state and non-state), volunteers, mentors and organisations that demonstrate an outstanding and innovative contribution to STEM education in Queensland.  

STEM subjects are increasingly recognised as being vitally important for Queenslander’s jobs of the future.  

The eight award categories are: 

  • Outstanding Senior STEM Student Awards — $5000 each.
  • Outstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Senior STEM Student Awards — $5000 each.
  • Outstanding Rural and Remote Senior STEM Student—$5,000 each.
  • Outstanding Teacher of STEM Awards — $5000 each.
  • Outstanding Rural and Remote Teacher of STEM Awards—$5,000 each.
  • Outstanding STEM Support Officer Awards — $5000 each.
  • STEM Education Partnership Awards — $5000 each.
  • Outstanding School STEM Awards — $5000 each.

2022 marks the 19th year of the awards named after Professor Peter Doherty, a Brisbane-born Nobel Prize-winning scientist who was educated at Indooroopilly State High School and the University of Queensland.

Students can nominate themselves or schools can nominate students on their behalf.

Nominations are now open and close Wednesday 23 March 2022, with winners to be announced at an awards presentation ceremony to be held on 12 August 2022.

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2022 Queensland Women in STEM Prize - CLOSING DATE HAS BEEN EXTENDED

Queensland women studying or working in STEM who are making a significant contribution to Queensland are invited to apply for this year’s competition. 

A prize pool of $15,000 is on offer for outstanding female role models. The award categories are: 

  • Judges' Award awarded to the most meritorious applicant.
  • Inclusion Award awarded to the most meritorious Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicant, applicant with a disability, or applicant who is a carer.
  • Highly Commended Award(s) considered to be meritorious, as determined by the judges.

This state-wide competition is open to early to mid-career women in STEM in Queensland to showcase the amazing work they do. To enter, applicants are required to provide a written application and a short video. Applications close on 14 April 2022 at 4pm (AEST). 

For eligibility guidelines, visit the 2022 Queensland Women in STEM Prize website.

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QLD: Pathways to a successful future strategy, hub and Careers capability development grant program 

The Senior Schooling team, ­­­Department of Education is pleased to announce they have launched the Pathways to a successful future strategy

The strategy is a Prep to Year 12 approach to career education and pathways planning, and frames the department’s vision for preparing all students for the possibilities of their future. It complements schools’ ongoing work and highlights the importance of strong, strategic partnerships between schools and further education, training and employment.

The launch includes two other exciting initiatives for schools:

  • the accompanying Pathways to a successful future hub, which provides valuable supporting resources for schools to engage with the goals and actions of the strategy; and
  • the Careers capability development grant program (CCDGP), where Prep to Year 12 schools or school clusters can apply for $25,000.00 funding to develop innovative career education projects. 

Interested schools can access the CCDGP guidelines and application form from the Careers capability development grant program OnePortal page. Applications close on Friday 22 April 2022.


QLD: 2022 Premier's Coding Challenge

The Premier’s Coding Challenge is an annual statewide initiative for all Queensland students in Year 3 to Year 10. The Premier’s Coding Challenge aims to encourage an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in Queensland students.

The theme for 2022 is #digitalfuturesqld. Technologies is an ever-growing industry that will impact the future world of work. Who better to explore the technology skills required for the readiness in a changing world than our budding Queensland developers and designers, aspiring engineers and young innovators?

The challenge in 2022 is to raise awareness of digital careers and help educate Queenslanders on how important digital technologies are for 21st century citizens.

Students may address digital futures topics such as:

  • predicting jobs of the future
  • how future technology may change our lives
  • the importance now and in the future of:
    • personal security and safety online
    • adhering to social media ethics and protocols.

Entrants can develop an app, game, animation or website, and they must submit a short video showcase with their entry.

Entries close 5pm 14th September 2022.

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Brighter Futures - Arrow Energy in the Community

The next round of Brighter Futures community funding will be open for applications in March 2022.

Brighter Futures community funding grants are awarded for:
  • small scale investments to meet community needs including local capacity building
  • assistance for one-off, local events or projects.

Brighter Futures applications are assessed by Arrow Community Benefit Committees in each region and successful applicants shortly thereafter.

Brighter Futures is Arrow's community investment program which supports the sustainable development of communities in our operational footprint. Through Brighter Futures, we support local organisations that are dedicated to developing stronger Queensland communities.

Our program supports three areas of community interest:

  • health and safety
  • education
  • environment

The program also places significant importance on the inclusion of Indigenous projects and initiatives. From book clubs and childcare facilities to tertiary scholarships and conservation projects, we're working hard to bring visible benefits to local communities.

Application rounds

Opening dates

Closing dates

Round 1 Friday, 18 March 2022 Thursday, 14 April 2022
Round 2 Friday, 3 June 2022 Friday, 1 July 2022
Round 3 Friday, 2 September 2022 Friday, 30 September 2022

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Brighter Futures - Arrow Energy in the Community

The next round of Brighter Futures community funding will be open for applications in March 2022.

Brighter Futures community funding grants are awarded for:

  • small scale investments to meet community needs including local capacity building
  • assistance for one-off, local events or projects.

Brighter Futures applications are assessed by Arrow Community Benefit Committees in each region and successful applicants shortly thereafter.

Brighter Futures is Arrow's community investment program which supports the sustainable development of communities in our operational footprint. Through Brighter Futures, we support local organisations that are dedicated to developing stronger Queensland communities.

Our program supports three areas of community interest:

  • health and safety
  • education
  • environment

The program also places significant importance on the inclusion of Indigenous projects and initiatives. From book clubs and childcare facilities to tertiary scholarships and conservation projects, we're working hard to bring visible benefits to local communities.

Read more


Brighter Futures - Arrow Energy in the Community

The next round of Brighter Futures community funding will be open for applications in March 2022.

Brighter Futures community funding grants are awarded for:
  • small scale investments to meet community needs including local capacity building
  • assistance for one-off, local events or projects.

Brighter Futures applications are assessed by Arrow Community Benefit Committees in each region and successful applicants shortly thereafter.

Brighter Futures is Arrow's community investment program which supports the sustainable development of communities in our operational footprint. Through Brighter Futures, we support local organisations that are dedicated to developing stronger Queensland communities.

Our program supports three areas of community interest:

  • health and safety
  • education
  • environment

The program also places significant importance on the inclusion of Indigenous projects and initiatives. From book clubs and childcare facilities to tertiary scholarships and conservation projects, we're working hard to bring visible benefits to local communities.

Read more