Weld Australia’s Excellence Awards are the most prestigious event on the welding industry calendar. The Awards embody and promote the highest standards of craftsmanship, quality and professionalism.
The 2023 Welding Excellence Awards are a fantastic opportunity for welders, fabricators and educators across Australia to showcase their people and their operations. Winners will be awarded in each state for each of the award categories below. Award entries close at midnight on 15 September 2023.
Attend the Awards
The awards will be presented at events held across the country in October and November 2023:
- Western Australia: Wednesday 18 October at Beaumont on the Point (306 Riverside Drive, East Perth)
- New South Wales & ACT: Wednesday 25 October at Waterview in Bicentennial Park (Bicentennial Drive, Sydney Olympic Park)
- South Australia: Wednesday 1 November at Glenelg Golf Club (James Melrose Road, Novar Gardens)
- Queensland & Northern Territory: Wednesday 15 November at Indooroopilly Golf Club (Meiers Road, Indooroopilly)
- Victoria & Tasmania: Wednesday 29 November at Huntingdale Golf Club (Windsor Ave, Oakleigh South)
Registrations for the events are now open. Simply click on the link above or the red button below to book.
The 2022 award events sold out in record time, so be sure to keep an eye on our updates.
How to Enter the 2023 Welding Excellence Awards
Entries must be submitted via the specific online form for each category by midnight on 15 September 2023. These forms can be found below, by clicking on the relevant red button. The Conditions of Entry can be viewed here.
Before starting your entry, it is recommended that you download the Award Criteria. You will need the information outlined in the Award Criteria on hand to complete your online entry form. The Award Criteria can be downloaded via:
- Company of the Year – Fabrication
- Company of the Year – Supplier
- Indigenous Company of the Year
- Health & Safety in Welding
- Project of the Year
- Welding Professional of the Year – Welding Coordinator
- Welding Professional of the Year – Welding Supervisor
- Welding Professional of the Year – Welding Inspector
- Young Trades Person of the Year (under 25 years of age)
- Trades Person of the Year (over 25 years of age)
- Young Indigenous Trades Person of the Year
- Training and Education Award – Organisation
- Training and Education Award – Individual Teacher
- Ken Trevena Award – South Australia Only
- Mick Cudmore Award – Western Australia Only
With Thanks to Our Sponsors
2023 Award Categories
Company of the Year
The Company of the Year Award recognises superior performance across a comprehensive range of business metrics including: innovation, quality assurance, corporate social responsibility, health and safety, and training and development of employees. There are three sub-categories:
Welding Professional of the Year
This Award recognises professionals who are making a valuable contribution to the Australian welding and fabrication industry. The individual should demonstrate a high level of skill, knowledge or craftsmanship, be dedicated to their profession, and have professional development plans in place.There are three sub-categories:
Health & Safety in Welding
The Health and Safety in Welding Award recognises organisations that are leading the way in encouraging and promoting health and safety throughout the Australian welding industry, and ensuring the health and safety of their own team. Organisations will be judged on criteria such as design and implementation of innovative programs or initiatives, the outcomes of these programs, and the health and safety of their team.
Project of the Year
The Project of the Year Award recognises excellence in welding and fabrication projects, with a focus on exceptional craftsmanship, a commitment to Australian and International Standards, environmental sustainability and innovation. Projects must have been completed in the 12 months preceding 1 October 2023.
Young Trades Person of the Year (under the age of 25)
This Award recognises people under the age of 25 who are making a valuable contribution to the Australian welding and fabrication industry. The individual should demonstrate a high level of skill, knowledge or craftsmanship, be dedicated to their profession, and have professional development plans in place.
Trades Person of the Year (over the age of 25)
This Award recognises people over the age of 25 who are making a valuable contribution to the Australian welding and fabrication industry. The individual should demonstrate a high level of skill, knowledge or craftsmanship, be dedicated to their profession, and have professional development plans in place.
Young Indigenous Trades Person of the Year
This Award recognises indigenous trades people under the age of 25 who are making a valuable contribution to the Australian welding and fabrication industry. The individual should demonstrate a high level of skill, knowledge or craftsmanship, be dedicated to their profession, and have professional development plans in place.
Training and Education Award – Organisation
The Training and Education Award recognises the outstanding achievements of a STEM or VET provider or program. Entrants may include secondary education and tertiary education providers. Criteria include delivery of quality, innovative training programs, involvement with industry, recruitment and retention of students, and corporate social responsibility.
Training and Education Award – Individual Teacher
This Award recognises and the outstanding achievements of a STEM or VET teacher at TAFEs, independent RTOs and private companies. Entrants will be judged on criteria such as delivery of quality, innovative training programs, high level of knowledge or craftsmanship, strong links with students, and dedication to their profession.
Ken Trevena Award – South Australia Only
The Ken Trevena Award recognises someone who has demonstrated an outstanding example of welding expertise on a particular project, attained meritorious skill in a Weld Australia Course, has made a contribution to the art and science of welding, or developed a welding principle, technique or process with special merit.
Mick Cudmore Award – Western Australia Only
The Mick Cudmore Award recognises someone who has demonstrated an outstanding example of welding expertise on a particular project, attained meritorious skill in a Weld Australia course, has made a contribution to the art and science of welding, or developed a welding principle, technique or process with special merit. This Award is open to members based in Western Australia only.
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WITH THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS
For over 100 years, BOC (a Linde company) has been a proud contributor to advances in industry and everyday life, including welding and cutting, steelmaking, refining, chemical processing, environmental protection, wastewater treatment, food processing and distribution, glass production, electronics, and healthcare.
In welding, BOC’s technical experts guide customers through an extensive range of welding and cutting options, including gas mixtures, to help them achieve their budget, productivity and quality demands.
As the exclusive supplier of EWM digital welding machines in Australia and New Zealand, we help customers with Welding 4.0 via new technology solutions for areas such as robotics and automation saving fabricators time and money.
For more information visit www.boc.com.au
As a Wesfarmers company, Coregas is the only Australian industrial gases company. Coregas manufactures and distributes compressed gases and cryogenic liquids to almost all industries, ranging from heavy industry and manufacturing, to healthcare and specialty users such as laboratories.
Welding and cutting is core to our business and our product offerings. With our dedicated technical team and broad range of industrial and specialty products, we can provide expertise and support initiatives to further improve productivity, quality, and safety.
Coregas is changing gases around the country, seeking to raise the bar in terms of service, quality, and value. We believe that the best way to grow our business is to listen to customers and deliver on our promises to them.
For further information, visit: https://www.coregas.com/
Originally evolving from the industrial weighing sector, Diverseco has built on its capabilities to become one of Australia’s leading integrated measurement and automation solutions provider to a broad range of industries.
Diverseco is proud to supply the world’s leading industrial and collaborative robot solutions to a growing range of industry sectors. The combination of both Kawasaki Robotics’ range of industrial robots and Doosan Robotics and OnRobot’s cobots and robot grippers respectively, Diverseco is able to provide a solution for virtually any application that is able to be automated.
Diverseco will help you to eliminate common welding problems and discontinuities such as undercutting, excessive melt-through, incomplete fusion, incomplete joint penetration, porosity, weld metal cracks and heat affected zone cracks, all through industry-leading welding robot systems. Their specialists will work alongside your team to ensure that your operations are aligned with your perfect robotic welding solution, from the initial consultation to the installation and post-installation servicing.
For further information, visit: https://diverseco.com.au/
With a rich legacy dating back to 1982, Gentronics has been dedicated to serving industries just like yours, providing unrivalled expertise and a comprehensive range of welding products, consumables, and industrial supplies. Our mission is to empower you to achieve the best results by offering the finest selection of top- quality products at competitive prices, ensuring you have everything you need to successfully complete your next project.
At Gentronics, we specialise in Welding Automation, Generators, Engine Driven Welders, Turning Rollers, Positioners, Compressors, Benders, Notchers, and Safety Equipment. Whether you require equipment or consumables for TIG, MIG, MMA, CNC, Inverter MIG, Welding Wire, Filler Rods, Aluminium, Stainless Steel, or even gas cylinders and refills such as Oxygen, Acetylene, and Argon, we are your one-stop solution.
Our commitment extends beyond merely supplying welding products and equipment. With our Welshpool service centre, we offer comprehensive repair and maintenance services for all your equipment. No matter the scale of the task or the complexity of the machinery, we have you covered. And to minimise downtime and maximise convenience, our team of On-Site Service Technicians is readily available to assist you whenever the job requires it.
At Gentronics, we take pride in offering more than just products and services. We provide a dynamic environment where welding enthusiasts and professionals alike can immerse themselves in a world of possibilities. Our state-of-the-art Welding Bay, located on-site, is a haven for welders of all skill levels.
Step into our Welding Bay and be greeted by an extensive array of cutting-edge welders proudly on display. From traditional models to the latest advancements in welding technology, we have it all. Our commitment to innovation ensures that you have access to the most up-to-date equipment that enhances your welding experience.
At Gentronics, we pride ourselves on building lasting relationships with our clients. Our dedicated team of professionals possesses deep industry knowledge and a genuine passion for delivering exceptional service. We prioritise your satisfaction and aim to exceed your expectations at every step. Choose Gentronics as your trusted partner for all your welding needs. Experience the reliability, expertise, and personalised attention that sets us apart. Together, let’s take your projects to new heights of success.
For further information, visit: https://www.gentronics.com.au/
One Gas Australia
Introducing One Gas Australia, a trailblazer in the Industrial & Hospitality Gas industry, committed to revolutionising the business landscape with a unique and inclusive approach.
Our fundamental philosophy centres around empowering our customers through our ground-breaking NO RENT Cylinder purchase program. By granting complete control and ownership of the cylinders, we empower our customers to treat them as indispensable tools and equipment, just like any other essential asset.
At One Gas Australia, we set the benchmark for unwavering commitment to innovation, service excellence, and unmatched value for all our esteemed customers. We take pride in spearheading the paradigm shift towards Rent-Free ownership in both the industrial & Hospitality Gas markets, heralding a new era of progress.
Driven by our unwavering dedication to making a positive impact, we forge meaningful partnerships with our Stockists and Customers, catering to the needs of metropolitan as well as rural communities. Our reach extends far and wide, leaving no region untouched by our deliberate and focused efforts.
With decades of industry experience under our belt, we bring profound expertise in the welding industry to the table. Let us guide you towards finding the perfect gas solution for any job, ensuring optimum performance and unparalleled results. At One Gas Australia, the future of gas ownership is here, and we invite you to be a part of this transformative journey.
For further information, visit: https://onegasaustralia.com.au/
Outsource Institute (AUS), founded in 1998, is an Australian Engineering college, delivering qualifications in Engineering, Welding and specialised trade & technical skills to the Mining, Defence, Manufacturing and Engineering sectors both domestically and internationally.
Having partnered with industry for over 20 years, Outsource Institute is at the forefront of what skills and knowledge is needed in the metals and engineering sector and makes it their business to deliver it both directly and through industry partnerships with Weld Australia, Custom Fluid Power, SMC Corporation (Australia) Pty Ltd, Workforce Success and RPR Trades. To provide their students with educational pathways post their vocational studies, Outsource Institute has recognition for their courses in the form of articulation pathways with several of Australia’s top universities, The University of Queensland, Griffith, Southern Cross, the University of Southern Queensland, and James Cook University.
For more information, visit outsourceinstitute.edu.au or call 1300 136 904.
With many years of experience working with some of the largest construction companies in Australia, ProQM specialises in a range of skills to help you and your company with all things construction. ProQM has a team of dedicated surveillance officers and inspectors to undertake inspections for various disciplines, in a range of industries including:
- Tier 1 and 2 construction companies
- Construction supply chain, structural steel fabricators and architectural steel suppliers, precast manufacturers and coatings contractors
- Tailor systems to suit the size of the business or the scale of the project
Being NATA accredited to ISO/IEC 17020, ProQM can provide Tier 1 and Tier 2 construction companies with accredited reports, to meet the VicRoads requirements for structural steel, structural and precast concrete, and protective coatings. If your construction company requires leeway suppliers, structural steel fabricators or architectural steel suppliers, look no further than ProQM.
Our aim is to always ensure that your construction projects run smoothly and efficiently to ensure first time right deliverables, our reporting system is also real time, so you, as the client, receive the report as our inspector is driving out the gate.
For more information, visit www.proqm.com.au or call 1800 467 767.