Achievement awards

Rewarding significant engineering achievements.

The achievement awards honour the engineering accomplishments of individuals at every stage of their careers, across Engineers Australia’s colleges and engineering communities.

Awards in this category represent the fields of biomedical, chemical, civil, electrical, environmental, heritage, information telecommunications and electronics, mechanical, risk, structural and transport engineering.

Nominations are open until Tuesday 2 July. 

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Nominees are judged based on their eligibility criteria and their award submission. All nominees need to comply with the submission guidelines and any terms and conditions of the chosen award.

To find out more, view the people awards handbook.

We encourage nominees of all backgrounds and identities including people of all genders, those with disabilities, mature age and younger applicants, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and others who are culturally and racially marginalised. 

This award is presented to a distinguished biomedical engineer who has made significant contributions to the field.

The David Dewhurst Award pays tribute to one of Australia’s earliest biomedical engineers, Dr David Dewhurst, whose work continues to shape the landscape of biomedical engineering today.

Recipients are presented a framed bronze medal and certificate during an Engineers Australia award ceremony.

The Chemical Engineer Achievement Award recognises an eminent Australian or New Zealand chemical engineer for their exceptional contributions to the field through achievements or service.

Recipients are presented with a framed certificate at an Engineers Australia award event.

This accolade is presented to a distinguished civil engineer who has made significant contributions to the profession. 

The Sir John Holland Award commemorates the legacy of Sir John Holland, a renowned civil engineer and founder of the John Holland Construction group.

Recipients receive a sculpture and a framed certificate at an Engineers Australia award event.

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This award is granted to an outstanding electrical engineer who has made a profoundly significant contribution to the field of electrical engineering.

The MA Sargent Medal commemorates the legacy of Dr Michael Anthony Sargent, an outstanding electrical engineer and Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia who held several prominent roles with Engineers Australia throughout his career.

Recipients of the MA Sargent Medal are presented an engraved medal and a framed certificate during an Engineers Australia award event.

This award recognises outstanding contributions to engineering heritage over a significant period.

The John Monash Medal pays tribute to Sir John Monash, a distinguished civil engineer and respected Australian military commander during World War I. 

Recipients of the John Monash Medal are presented with an inscribed medal and certificate at an Engineers Australia award event.

This award acknowledges a prominent environmental engineer who has made an outstanding contribution to engineering by promoting:

  • environmental and sustainability excellence
  • the profession within the community.

Recipients are presented with a certificate at an Engineers Australia award event.

This award is named in honour of the late A.N. (Neville) Thiele OAM, a pioneer in audio engineering standards and former president of the Institution of Radio and Electronics Engineers (IREE), which represented early Australian radio and electronics engineering. 

The IREE Neville Thiele Eminence Award is presented annually at an Engineers Australia event. Recipients receive a framed certificate, engraved medal and a cash prize of $10,000.

This award is presented annually by the Mechanical College Board to someone who’s given outstanding service to mechanical engineering. 

The AGM Michell Medal was first presented in 1978 and honours Anthony George Maldon Michell, an outstanding Australian mechanical engineer who lived in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Recipients of the AGM Michell Medal are awarded a bronze medal and certificate during an Engineers Australia presentation dinner. Winners are also invited to give a presentation on a topic of their choice which will be published in the Australian Journal of Mechanical Engineering.

This award acknowledges a prominent risk engineer who has made an outstanding contribution to engineering by promoting:

  • excellence in the practice of risk engineering and risk management
  • the profession within the community.

Leading risk engineers require a comprehensive knowledge of their organisation so they can create solutions that improve business performance. Successful recipients of this award will have demonstrated a business outcome focus and business achievement in their nomination.

The John Connell Gold Medal is presented to an individual who has made a significant national and international contribution to the structural engineering profession.

This award honours John Connell who made an outstanding contribution to structural engineering and founded John Connell and Associates in 1958. His company merged with others and eventually became part of Aurecon.

Recipients are presented with a mounted and framed gold medal at an Engineers Australia award event.

The Transport Medal recognises outstanding individual contributions to transport in Australia. The award is open to applicants across public and private sectors including transport operators, consultants, government, academia and researchers.

Applicants don’t need to be a member of Engineers Australia and can only nominated by someone else.