How it works

The application process.

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 enter Stage 1, which is often a valuable learning experience in itself.

The fundamentals.

The Telstra Best of Business Awards are comprised of 3 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.

Key dates for the 2024 Awards program.



Nominations close 5 May 2023. If you miss this date, you can still nominate in advance for next year’s program.

Stage 1


Entries close 17 May 2023. If you’ve been nominated, you need to complete your profile and enter Stage 1 by this date.

Stages 2 & 3


Successful Entrants will progress through additional stages in May, July and September. Details for your state will be available in the Hub.

National Awards Experience


The National Awards Experience will run from 12–14 February 2024, involving events over 3 days concluding with the National Gala Dinner.

To enter

To begin, set up your Award Hub profile and complete Stage 1 by Wednesday, 17 May 2023, 5pm AEST.

Three stages

There are three, 100% online stages to complete before finalists are announced.

Support all the way

If you experience any difficulty or have any questions, feel free to contact our team on 1800 AWARDS.

State and National Awards

If you win at state level, you’ll go on to compete at national level.

Have a question?

Try our FAQs or speak with our Award Team. Call 1800 AWARDS Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm (AEDT).

Nominations open all year round.

Nominate an exceptional business moving Australia forward – even your own.