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If your small to medium-sized business is eligible, you can be nominated - or nominate yourself to enter the Telstra Best of Business Awards. Once nominated, the next step is to set up a profile and complete Stage 1, often a valuable learning experience in itself. Plus, an opportunity that could see your business recognised as one shaping Australia's future.
The Telstra Best of Business Awards are comprised of three Stages, designed to assess your relevant real world business expertise against category criteria. Your businesses will be assessed at each Stage in order to progress to the next.
All year round.
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.
31 January–28 February 2023.
An opportunity to celebrate and network with some of the best business minds in Australia.
21 March–23 March 2023.
An exclusive week of networking and celebration, including the National Gala Dinner to honour business’ who are truly moving Australia forward.
To begin, set up your Award Hub profile and complete Stage 1 by Wednesday 6 July 2022, 5pm AEST.
There are three, 100% online Stages to complete before finalists are announced.
If you experience any difficulty or have any questions, feel free to contact our team on 1800 AWARDS.
If you win at state level, you’ll go on to compete at national level.
The initial Stage is a straightforward multiple choice assessment about your business and how successful it is. Your total score will determine whether you progress to Stage 2. You will be advised of the outcome of your entry by email.
Your business has a proven track record of financial viability anchored by a distinct and successful value proposition.
Your business uses technology effectively to optimise day-to-day operations, drive collaboration and connect with customers.
Your business leaders are resilient, empathetic and nurture a diverse workplace with a 'people first' culture.
Your business makes meaningful contributions to and is involved in the communities they serve.
For this Stage, the goal is to gain a deeper understanding of your business and give you an opportunity to expand on answers in Stage 1.
Consisting of seven, 3-4 minute video questions and two written questions, Stage 2 gives Judges an opportunity to get to know you and your business, and what makes it successful. Don't worry, you won't be judged on your camerawork or clothing. We'll supply you with some practice questions before you prepare your submission.
Once your Stage 2 assessment is completed, an expert panel will review your submission and score it against the success criteria. Your total score will determine if you'll progress to Stage 3. You will be advised of the outcome of your entry by email.
Your business has a defined purpose, vision for the future and a strategy to get you there.
Your business tackles challenges with a solutions-focussed mindset to ensure positive outcomes.
Your business makes a significant and sustainable impact or contributes to your chosen category.
The goal of our final Stage is to understand how you would pitch your business to prospective investors or partners.
Stage 3 is structured in terms of what Judges will be looking for and we’ll provide suggestions to guide you through this crucial final piece. You will be advised of the outcome of your entry by email.
6 September 2022
26 September 2022, 5pm AEST
Concise, relevant, accurate and honest answers.
An understanding of business principles, philosophies and practices.
Your sucess story to date, plans and vision for the future.
Evidence of your business success, positive outcomes and contributions you're making.
Those who are successful at Stage 3 undergo a 30 minute Q&A with the Judging panel to discuss their submission in further detail. The highest scoring businesses in each state will then be named State Finalists. You will be advised of the outcome of your entry by email.
State Winners will be announced on our website throughout the month of February. You’ll find the dates of the State Gala Dinners below.
Tasmania–6pm (AEDT) Tuesday, 31 January 2023.
South Australia–6pm (ACDT) Tuesday, 7 February 2023.
New South Wales–6pm (AEDT) Thursday, 9 February 2023.
Western Australia–6pm (AWST) Tuesday, 14 February 2023.
Australian Capital Territory–6pm (AEDT) Tuesday, 21 February 2023.
Victoria–6pm (AEDT) Thursday, 23 February 2023.
Queensland–6pm (AEST) Tuesday, 28 February 2023.
The remarkable State Winners will go on to represent their state on the national stage, where they’ll pitch their business to an esteemed panel of Judges who represent an incredible cross-section of skills and backgrounds from all across Australia.
During their National Experience they will get to mingle and network with past Winners, Telstra Executives and more of Australia’s brightest business minds. They’ll also attend a National Masterclass, where an expert presentation and speech coach will help them craft their final pitch and offer a few final tips to giving an acceptance speech.
It all culminates with the 2023 Telstra Best of Business Awards night of nights – the National Gala Dinner. National media will be on hand to capture all the glitz, glamour and excitement as the top business’ moving Australia forward are revealed, along with the Business of the Year.