About the program

Our story

Telstra Best of Business Awards were created to celebrate Australia's best small and medium-sized businesses.

Why small and medium-sized businesses?

Small and medium businesses are the foundation of Australia’s financial, cultural and social prosperity. The successful ones can adapt to both their own and their community's changing needs.

Telstra Best of Business Awards were created to celebrate the achievements of these businesses, while giving them the opportunity to learn from Australia’s best business minds. We're passionate about recognising standout businesses while inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs. 

Seven award categories

We've meticulously designed Telstra Best of Business Awards to celebrate the success stories, diversity and brilliance of Australia's small and medium-sized businesses. We aim to represent the scope of them all across seven dedicated categories.

Our award categories include Accelerating Women, Building Communities, Championing Health, Embracing Innovation, Indigenous Excellence, Outstanding Growth and Promoting Sustainability.

Our past winners

Throughout 30 years of Awards, we've had the honour of celebrating some of Australia's most exciting small and medium-sized businesses. We're thrilled to have seen our alumni become household names, notable business leaders, and grow into global operations. We're grateful for their continued support of the Awards, and we hope you join them one day.

Bush Medijina

Telstra Business Awards 2019 State Winner. 

Love To Dream

Telstra Business Women's Awards and Telstra Business Awards 2017 National Winner.


Telstra Business Women's Awards 2020 State Winner. 

Mollydooker Wines

Telstra Business Awards 2019 State Winner. 

Scoot Boots

Telstra Business Awards 2018 National Winner. 

STEM Punks

Telstra Business Awards 2019 State Winner. 


Telstra Business Awards 2019 State Winner. 

Water Tight Canberra

Telstra Business Awards 2019 State Winner. 

Our legacy programs

Telstra Business Awards

For 28 years, the Telstra Business Awards helped put Australia’s best small and medium-sized businesses in the spotlight.

Telstra Business Women's Awards

The Telstra Business Women’s Awards program recognised and celebrated outstanding business women for 25 years. 

Our 2024 program dates

Nominations open

All year round

We accept nominations all year round. If you know an exceptional business moving Australia forward, nominate them today.

Stage 2 entries

2 May - 24 May 2024

For this stage, the goal is to gain a deeper understanding of your business and give you an opportunity to expand on your answers from stage 1.

Stage 3 entries

26 June - 17 July 2024

If your Stage 2 entry is successful, you will be able to complete Stage 3. 

Think your business is ready to join our alumni?

Have a question?

Find answers to your frequently asked questions.

Contact us

Speak with our Awards Team and call 1800 AWARDS Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm (AEDT).