Congratulations to all of our 2022 Finalists. 

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 it's 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.

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)
  • Must show evidence of being Indigenous owned and operated
  • Be more than 60% Australian owned, with the owner(s) or founder(s) responsible for making key management decisions and show evidence of this
  • 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.

Nominations open

All year round

Nominate your own or another remarkable business.

State Winner Notification

February 2022

State Winners will be announced in February.

National Gala Event

April 2022

National Awards Gala event held in Sydney. Winners will be announced in each category. As well as the National Winner for Progressing Australia.

Have a question?

Try our FAQs or speak with our Awards Team

Call 1800 AWARDS Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm (AEDT).

Nominations for this year's program are closed. Nominate for next year.