From courageous police and fearless firefighters to dedicated educators and caring health workers, 22 finalists have been selected from across Queensland for the QBANK Everyday Heroes Awards.

The finalists were chosen from 176 inspiring nominations, highlighting the many frontline workers who go above and beyond in the line of duty.

The awards, now in their ninth year, celebrate the exceptional achievements of people within Queensland Police, Fire, Health, Corrections, Justice and the Public Service.

QBANK Chief Executive Officer Byron Fuller said many nominees had inspirational stories.

“Most of our nominees are not looking for recognition, they show up to work every day to serve, protect and heal their communities, and for that, we say thank you,” Mr Fuller said.

“Family, colleagues, friends, and members of the public took the time to nominate their Everyday Heroes this year.”

Mr Fuller said the six award categories were Achievement, Ownership, Dedication, Working Together, Excellence and the Young Everyday Hero Award.

“These awards are such a special way to shine a light on the unsung heroes in our state and recognise their hard work and dedication, even when they think no one is watching,” he said.

“We are looking forward to celebrating our Everyday Heroes at the awards ceremony.”

The finalists will be reviewed by a panel of highly respected judges, and the winners will receive $2000 and an additional $2000 donated to a charity of their choice.

The 2023 Everyday Heroes Award winners will be recognised at the annual awards dinner at the W Hotel Brisbane on 27 October 2023.

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  • Emma Williams, QAS, Kawana
  • Laurence Bateman, QPS, Townsville
  • Zoe Tidswell, QPS, Gold Coast


  • Bethany Mahadeo, QLD Education, Brisbane
  • Craig Andrew, QPS, Gold Coast
  • Helen Zahos, Volunteer, Gold Coast


  • Margret Langdon, QCS, Wacol
  • Michael Watson, QLD Education, Elanora
  • Kenneth Robinson, QPS, Dayboro


  • Byron Tyrer, QAS, Russell Island
  • Russell Stanford, QCS, Rathdowney
  • Ethyn Vit, QFES, Ipswich

Working Together

  • Steve Illidge, AFP, and Dr Amy Illidge, QLD Health, Brisbane
  • Elizabeth Faulkner and Caitlyn Parsons, QLD Health, The Gap
  • Vaughn Mason, QAS, Wylie Steel and Callam Moriarty, QPS, Baralaba

Young Hero

  • Jonesy Cairncross, QFES, Waterford
  • Georgia Glentworth, QFES, Closeburn
  • Tom Price, Volunteer, Brisbane