Australian Business Awards

Listed below are the major business awards in Australia, but if you’d like to know what’s possible for your business, industry, sector or region, get in touch. We create business award calendars for clients that set out all the potential awards they can enter in the coming 12 months, with open and closing dates and categories.


The golden oldie of business awards in Australia, the Telstra Business Awards now take place in two stages. Stage one is a simple online questionnaire. Those who make the grade at stage one are invited to participate in the ‘deep dive’ stage two. This is a very extensive questionnaire comprising around 30 questions, most with a response limit of 300 words maximum. Allow yourself 30-40 hours to complete the Telstra Business Awards.

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The Telstra Business Women’s Awards are the most prestigious awards for women in business, education, academia and not-for-profit. Women from the corporate world as well as business owners are encouraged to enter. The awards have various categories and start at state level; finalists from each state go onto the national finals. Like the Telstra Business Awards, the Telstra Business Women’s Awards involves a ‘deep dive’ of entrants’ values, marketing, mentoring, financial acumen, challenges and successes, among other things.

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The Australian Business Awards has a wide scope of categories that means most companies can find a category to enter. There’s customer service, innovation, technology, customer UX and a category for not-for-profits, just to name a few.

The Optus My Business Awards are a mainstay of the awards calendar, with the winners announced at a gala event each November. The entry categories include many for different sectors such as professional services, marketing and media, wedding service and real estate, as well as more general categories including innovation.

The EY Entrepreneur of The Year in Australia is part of EY’s global Entrepreneur of The Year program. Businesses enter their state awards first and are usually well-established larger private businesses. The national winner goes on to the global finals.

The NSW Business Chamber Business Awards celebrate the success of NSW businesses. Entrants who are successful in their region go onto the state-wide awards. Entrants must be a member of the NSW Business Chamber or their local chamber, if it has no awards of its own. If you’re not in NSW, there’ll be a similar award in your state.

SmartCompany, a leading online publication for entrepreneurial news and resources, presents annual Smart50 awards that recognise Australia’s fastest growing SMEs.

The Stevie Awards for Asia Pacific are part of the global, highly prestigious Stevie Awards. The categories cover excellence in innovation, customer service, business management, as well as technology categories, across different industries.

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These awards are organised by the Australian Financial Review and are for companies with at least 30 permanent full time/part-time employees. Gaining a place in the Most Innovative Companies list is great publicity.

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Our team of Award Writers ...

I have always found writing awards submissions a highly arduous task that I regularly avoided, albeit at the detriment of having my business’ achievements recognised. After making contact with Proof Communications and speaking with Glynis Skepper, I couldn’t be more impressed. Glynis’ ability to articulate our successes along with her warm, friendly approach has made my dealings with Proof Communications an absolute pleasure and I look forward to working with Glynis again in the future.
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