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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 enter, 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 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.
To begin, set up your Award Hub profile and complete Stage 1 by Monday 26 July, 5pm (AEST).
There are three, 100% online Stages to complete before finalists are announced.
To enter the national-level Progressing Australia Award, you’re required to enter a core category first.
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, where Progressing Australia is also decided.
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.
1 June 2021, 9am (AEST)
26 July 2021, 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.
3 August 2021, 9am (AEST)
24 August 2021, 5pm (AEST)
Short written response and video submissions
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 prose. 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 in the real world to prospective investors or partners. The format is completely yours to define and play to your strengths.
Stage 3 is highly 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.
24 September 2021, 10am (AEST)
11 October 2021, 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.
Lastly, all category finalists will be invited to attend an event in their state where State Category Winners and Progressing Australia shortlisted businesses will be announced.
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 Sydney to present.
National Winners judged as those best moving Australia forward, will be announced at the exclusive Telstra Best of Business Awards event. 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.
Our annually updated national-level category, Progressing Australia can only be entered along with one or more core categories.
If you are entering Progressing Australia, you'll be required to submit an additional set of answers and responses for both Stage 2 and 3.
As our national Award, we won't award winners at a state level, however a shortlist of National Finalists will be announced at the state events. Entries will be judged nationally to determine the ultimate winner.
Call 1800 AWARDS Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm (AEST).