Queensland Academies Health Sciences Campus Australian Business Week 2016

Congratulations to our Year 11 students on the outstanding success of Australian Business Week 2016.  Held in the last week of Semester 1, 86 students formed nine teams and participated in this enriching learning experience of the business world.  The week began in the Academy Lecture Theatre where students met their mentors.  Over the course of the week the students:

  • formed corporate teams
  • named, marketed and managed their own company
  • researched cultural aspects of their allocated Commonwealth nation
  • designed a product or service that could be used within the health industry
  • focussed on an allocated disability classification
  • engaged in a computer business simulation over a two-year period
  • produced a 30 second TV advertisement and developed a website
  • prepared a written company report
  • delivered an oral company report to the shareholders
  • created and spruiked their products at the Trade Expo
  • listened to motivational guest speakers, and
  • engaged in teamwork skills.

ABW 2016 montage 1

All teams participated enthusiastically and our campus was transformed with vibrant company advertising, and some very creative radio marketing as companies strived to promote their products. The week culminated in the Awards Dinner which was held at the Southport Golf Club and hosted by Year 12 students, Gabi  Roworth and Celine Wienand. A large number of sponsors, mentors, parents and staff joined our students in this celebration of an extremely challenging week.

Fourteen awards were presented by our sponsors in the following categories:

  • Stead Lane Logo Design Award
  • General Electric Australia Teamwork Award
  • Australian Skin Clinics Company Report Award
  • Quill Group Oral Presentation Award
  • National Bank Computer Simulation Award
  • Griffith University Student Guild Trade Display Award
  • Ace of Frames Best TV Advertisement Award
  • Optimal Lifestyles Website Design Award
  • Quill Group Marketing Award
  • Gold Coast City Council “People’s Choice” Trade Expo Award
  • Queensland Academies Most Outstanding CEO Award
  • Griffith University Health Group Grand Champion Team Award.

ABW 2016 montage 2

The complete list of award winners by category can be found on the ABW page of our website at:


Nine outstanding students led their teams and vied for the title of Most Outstanding CEO. The 2016 award went to Kelly Lin from Team Realise. Kelly reflects on her ABW experience:

Lin, Kelly“During the last week of Term 2, Year 11 students took part in the annual Australian Business Week. Throughout the week, students ran their own company and competed against each other for different awards. Students were given an opportunity to design, develop, market, and present their product. This year students were also allocated a disability that they had to address through their product. In addition, students ran their company over a two-year period on a business simulator, while making important financial decisions.

We also had the honour of having different business mentors to guide us along the way, giving us insightful advice from their past experiences. As the CEO of Team 1, I really appreciated the time we got each morning where we had the chance to talk to our mentors. The advice each of the mentors gave us helped us improve our results massively in the following quarters.

 Australian Business Week was a very special experience that helped us understand how business functions. Throughout the week we were exposed to different lectures about different aspects in a business such as finance, operations and design. These lectures aided us in completing different tasks such as designing logos and running our business through the simulation.

 Not only were we able to gain valuable information about how businesses operate, we were able to improve on our leadership skills and build teamwork. The CEO meetings each morning were designed to prepare us to guide our team. Despite the tight and stressful schedule, each CEO remained calm and lead their team extremely well. I can still clearly remember Mrs Rebgetz saying that we were the calmest group of CEOs she had encountered during her involvement with ABW over the years.

 At the end of the week there was also a dinner to celebrate our success throughout the week. Although my team did not win the grand champion, we were still extremely proud of our product, our company report and our trade display. I was also very honoured to win the Best CEO title thanks to our supportive team. I can proudly say on behalf of the Year 11 cohort that Australian Business Week is definitely one of the most memorable events of our time at QAHS.”  Kelly Lin, CEO Team Realise

Judging takes place during the week and points are allocated across all categories. The competition was very closely contested again this year. The prestigious award for Grand Champion Team went to Team Islander Nation (main picture), mentored by Miss Danielle Dempsey and led by CEO Victoria Ng.

The article below was written by 2015 Graduate, Lorna Hudson and appeared in the Gold Coast Bulletin on the 12 July, 2016.

GC Bulletin article

The Australian Business Week program enables us to provide a range of experiences and skills to develop the leaders of the future. It also has the potential to sow the seeds of an entrepreneurial culture. The challenges of the computer simulation and the demands on our students definitely contributed to their better understanding of business and life in general.

Providing a high calibre Australian Business Week program comes at an enormous cost and our students are extremely grateful to all of the businesses and individuals who offered their support this year. We express our sincere gratitude for the involvement of all our sponsors, mentors, judges and guest lecturers. See more about the QAHS ABW program at http://qahs.eq.edu.au/news-events/abw/.                                                  

Ms Alita Blackmur
HOD (Acting) Student Services