The Bank of Queensland (BOQ) was established in 1984 and now holds rankings in Australia’s top 150 listed companies. Its initial operations extend back to 1874 where the bank first operated as the Brisbane Permanent Benefit Building and Investment Society before undergoing a series of merges and restructuring to form Bank of Queensland as it is known today. From its humble beginnings in Queensland the Bank of Queensland has developed rapidly and now has more than 200 branches operating throughout every Australian state and territory. The Bank has received numerous awards over the past ten years. It was presented the winner of the Choice Regional Bank of the Year award in 2000, and most recently the 2003 and 2004 Best Regional Bank by the Banking and Finance Industry. Their awards emphasise the Bank of Queensland’s continuing dedication to innovation and customer service standards.