Award Categories

Championing Health.

As a nation, our greatest asset is the health of our citizens. Good physical and mental health can have a positive effect on almost every aspect of our lives. This category is for small and medium-sized businesses who are solving for and improving health outcomes for Australians. 

Who is it for?

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

Increasing accessibility

For businesses breaking down barriers for people who require access to health services by increasing accessibility and affordability.

Health innovation

For businesses playing a role in creating new products or services, or providing training with the goal of improving the health of patients, customers or members.

Funding health

For businesses supporting the health industry by providing funding for the development of health services and initiatives.

Frontline care

For businesses enhancing the lives and workplaces of our essential frontline healthcare workers so they can operate in a safe, minimal-risk environment.

Health and wellbeing

For businesses working to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of outpatients by assisting in the management of their illnesses.

The 2022 Telstra Best of Business Awards Championing Health National Award Winner is Ear Science Institute Australia

With 1 in 6 Australians having some form of hearing loss, Ear Science Institute Australia works to raise awareness and enhance the lives of those living with ear and hearing disorders through innovative treatments.

Featured 2022 entrants.

Progressing Australia

NSW Winner

Hospital Products Australia

Hospital Products Australia believes and specialises in integrating technology into healthcare environments. This enhances workflow efficiencies and frees up healthcare professionals to focus on caring for their patients.

Progressing Australia

QLD Winner

Fuel Your Life

Fuel Your Life is a dietetics company that want you to have your cake and eat it too. The team takes a result-driven, tailor-made approach to provide targeted nutrition strategies fit for every lifestyle.

Progressing Australia

TAS Winner

Martin’s Eyecare

Martin’s Eyecare sees optometry differently. Since 2009, it has provided bespoke eyecare services to the Glenorchy community, and values classic eyewear that isn’t about a brand name, rather a true representation of wearer.

Eligibility criteria.

To enter, the following set of eligibility criteria that must be met. Each category also has specific criteria requirements too. If you have any questions about these conditions or eligibility please contact us.

The business must:

  • Reside in Australia
  • Have a registered Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • Have been operating in Australia for at least 12 months at the time you submit your Stage 1 entry
  • Be more than 60% Australian-owned, with the owner(s)/founder(s) responsible for making the key management decisions
  • Be a small-to-medium business that’s a sole trader, partnership, incorporated, NFP, social enterprise or franchise whose franchisor is 60% Australian owned and not a listed company
  • Earn more than $50,000 in annual revenue
  • Have under 200 full-time equivalent staff at the time you submit your Stage 1 entry
  • Operate 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, donation or reselling
  • Be more than 50% owned by another business
  • Be a government agency
  • Have filed for bankruptcy in the prior 5 years or been subject to court proceedings in the prior 12 months – including in the business owner or founder’s personal capacity – at the time you submit your Stage 1 entry
  • Be a recipient of significant ongoing government funding (excluding temporary government relief or support packages, such as Jobkeeper or disaster recovery)
  • Have been a contracted commercial supplier of Telstra in the last 3 years
  • Enter the same category where the business has previously won at State or National level at the Telstra Best of the Business Awards in the past 3 years
  • Have a staff member that has been a State or National Judge in the Telstra Best of Business Awards for any category in the past 3 years

Conditions of Entry:

  • A business may not enter the awards if a staff member or owner has applied to be a Judge in the same awards program year.
  • When requested, business financials must be supplied. All financials will remain confidential and will not be shared or used outside the purposes of judging the business’ performance, success and viability.

Key Dates for the 2023 Program.


Nominations open

Nominations for the 2023 program have now closed, but don't worry - we accept nominations all year round, so you can always nominate for the next program. 

Stage 2 entries

13 July - 3 August

Click below for details on category information, selection criteria and eligibility.

Stage 3 entries

6 September – 26 September

If your Stage 2 entry is successful, you will be able to participate in Stage 3. Click below for details on category information, selection criteria and eligibility.


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