Stage 3 is closed! Thank you and good luck to all our entrants.

Award Categories

Accelerating Women.

From increasing Australia’s GDP and the economy to making our communities safer and healthier, equity is beneficial to all Australians. This category is for small and medium-sized businesses actively challenging exclusion and inequality to create meaningful and lasting equity for women.

Who it's for.

If you are achieving one or more of the following Category examples, consider nominating and entering your business for this Award.

Initiative development

For businesses who have developed and put internal initiatives in place focussed on progressing and supporting women.

Challenging stereotypes

For businesses actively challenging stereotypes by reshaping traditionally male-dominated industries or roles.

Core focus

For businesses with a core offering built on providing products or services that support and help women.

Championing women

For businesses passionately working to keep women employed or helping women to re-enter the work force at any stage of their life.

Career pathways

For businesses advocating for women by having measures in place to provide career pathways to leadership positions for women.

Addressing the gap

For businesses offering training and education for women aspiring to work, or working in male dominated fields to reduce the skills gap.

Equity Fighters

For businesses resolutely fighting for, or offering equal pay and work opportunities for women.

Eligibility criteria.

To enter, you must meet the following set of eligibility criteria.

The business must:
  • Reside in Australia
  • Have a registered Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • Have been operating in Australia for at least 12 months
  • Be more than 60% Australian-owned, with the owner(s) or founder(s) responsible for making key management decisions
  • Be a small to medium-sized business that's a sole trader, partnership, incorporated, NFP, social enterprise or franchise whose franchisor is 60% Australian owned and not an ASX-listed company
  • Earn more than $50,000 in annual revenue 
  • Have under 200 full-time equivalent staff as at the close of entry date
  • Be a business that operates in an ethical manner with suppliers, distributors and contractors
The business must not:
  • Be a listed company, franchisor, a club, co-operative, or a Telstra licensee
  • Be affiliated with Telstra through investments or donations
  • Be more than 50% owned by another business
  • Be a government agency
  • Have filed for bankruptcy in the last 5 years, or have been subject to court proceedings in the last 12 months from the close of entry date, including in the business owner or founder’s personal capacity
  • Be a recipient of significant ongoing government funding. Excluding Job Keeper or any other COVID-19 related support
  • Be a business who has been a contracted commercial supplier of Telstra in the last 3 years

Key dates.


Shortlisting Q&A

3rd November

The day all entrants learn if they have been invited to undergo a Q&A with the Judging panel to discuss their Stage 3 submission in further detail.

Stage 3 Q&A

22nd November – 25th November 

Entrants will be given the opportunity to talk about their business face to face via an online interview with Judges. An opportunity to let their passion shine through.

State Finalists Notification

30th November 

The day entrants learn if they have been selected as a State finalist.


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