Award Categories

Indigenous Excellence.

Embracing, learning from and celebrating our First Australians can make us stronger and more united as a country. This category is for Indigenous-led, owned and operated small and medium-sized businesses succeeding through entrepreneurialism, innovation and inspiring the next generation of all 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.

Goals of change

For businesses who have set clear and actionable goals to be a role model for change.

Inspiring practices

For businesses finding new ways to operate and set an inspiring example for others.

Innovative approach

For businesses embracing bold and innovative ideas to build on or maintain success.

Strong growth

For businesses experiencing significant year-on-year growth that are successful across the board.

Achieving ambitions

For businesses on track to achieve ambitious goals set out in a business plan.

The 2022 Telstra Best of Business Awards Indigineous Excellence National Award Winner is KILLARA SERVICES

Killara (formerly GJK Indigenous Solutions) is an Aboriginal owned and operated Cleaning Company. Killara is Supply Nation certified and was created to create real pathways for Indigenous Australian to gain access to sustainable employment.  

Featured 2022 entrants.

ACT Winner


Curijo is a management consultancy specialising in Aboriginal affairs as well as mainstream services in Canberra. Through consultancy, strategic insights, and capability, Curijo's vision is to make a difference for its clients, staff, and all Indigenous Australians.

NT Winner

Ikuntji Artists Aboriginal Corporation

Established in 1992, Ikuntji Artists Aboriginal Corporation was the first art centre established by women in the Western Desert Art Movement. Today Ikuntji Artists Aboriginal Corporation are represented in galleries and institutions in Australia and around the world.

WA Winner

Kardan Construction

Kardan Construction is a Supply Nation Certified Aboriginal building company which operates on the philosophy that community infrastructure should have community outcomes, building infrastructure for a stronger and more resilient society.

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
  • Belong to or be certified as being an Indigenous-owned and operated from any of the following organisations/groups: Supply Nation, FACCI Assured Affiliate, Indigenous Chamber of Commerce within your state (e.g., NSWICC), Australian Indigenous Chamber of Commerce, FACCI Assured Affiliate, or be registered as an Indigenous business through the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations, or Supply Aus
  • 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 JobKeeper or any other COVID19-related support)
  • 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.

Q&A interviews

15 November – 18 November

If your Pitch Pack entry is successful, you will proceed to Q&A. Click below for details on category information, selection criteria and eligibility.

State Finalist Announcement

28 November 2022

Entrants who are successful in Q&A will move on to compete at a State Level. Click below for details on category information, selection criteria and eligibility.

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