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How it works
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 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.
Nominations close 5 May 2023. If you miss this date, you can still nominate in advance for next year’s program.
Entries close 17 May 2023. If you’ve been nominated, you need to complete your profile and enter Stage 1 by this date.
Successful Entrants will progress through additional stages in May, July and September. Details for your state will be available in the Hub.
The National Awards Experience will run from 12–14 February 2024, involving events over 3 days concluding with the National Gala Dinner.
To begin, set up your Award Hub profile and complete Stage 1 by Wednesday, 17 May 2023, 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.
27 March 2023
17 May 2023, 5pm AEST
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.
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.
23 May 2023
13 June 2023, 5pm AEST
Short written response and video submissions
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.
Your business is committed long-term to solving, or contributing to your chosen category's goal.
Stage 3 is divided into two parts - Pitch Pack and Q&A. For the Pitch Pack portion, the goal is to understand how you would pitch your business to prospective investors or partners. We will let you know what Judges will be looking for and provide suggestions to guide you through this crucial final piece. You will be advised of the outcome of your entry by email.
17 July 2023
4 August 2023, 5pm AEST
This 30-minute Q&A session is your opportunity to discuss your submission in further detail with the Judging Panel. The highest scoring businesses in each state will be named State Finalists and, again, you will be advised of the outcome of your entry by email.
One scheduled 30min interview
26 September 2023
29 September 2023, 5pm AEST
Concise, relevant, accurate and honest answers.
An understanding of business principles, philosophies and practices.
Your success story to date, plans and vision for the future.
Evidence of your business success, positive outcomes and contributions you're making.
State Winners will be announced at their respective State Awards Nights, happening during late 2023.
The remarkable State Winners will go on to represent their state on the national stage where they’ll pitch their businesses to a new panel of judging luminaries. To help them craft their final pitch, they’ll be teamed with an expert presentation and speech coach before being flown to Nationals to present.
Judges will determine this year’s National Winners, including the Business of the Year. These incredible businesses moving Australia forward, will be announced at the exclusive Telstra Best of Business Awards National Gala Dinner. National media will be on hand to capture all the excitement. It’s also an excellent opportunity to mingle and network with Telstra Executives and more of Australia’s brightest business minds.
Nominate an exceptional business moving Australia forward – even your own.