2024 State Finalists - Building Communities

Community focused businesses

Get to know the businesses working to make a positive impact on culture and society so people from all walks of life can thrive as part of a supportive community in 2024.
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Building Communities Finalists by state

Australian Capital Territory

Dak & Co

ACT Finalist

Dak & Co is a Canberra based boutique marketing agency that specialises in transformative social media marketing experiences. Founded by communications specialist, Jemma Mrdak, Dak & Co works with small to medium sized businesses, offering a variety of services, including social media management, content creation, influencer marketing, and event planning. 

The Healthy Eating Clinic

ACT Finalist

The Healthy Eating Clinic is a premium nutrition and dietetics clinic in Canberra, with a passion for setting people free from food stress and build healthy eating habits. With a team of qualified dietitians, they provide clients with individualised nutrition advice, guidance and support.

NatureArt Lab

ACT Finalist

Established in 2017 by wildlife and botanical artist, Julia Landford, NatureArt Lab is an art school and environmental education centre with a vision to connect people with nature through art. NatureArt Lab offers a range of teaching programs that integrate art, science and environmental sustainability.


ACT Finalist

Founded by Carol Jennings when mainstream swimming classes weren’t able to cater for her son’s disabilities, WaterWombats offers individualised aquatic based services for children living with a disability. WaterWombats provides children and teenagers that have diverse needs with water safety, swimming and aquatic therapy programs designed for their needs.


ACT Finalist

artKids is an after-school art and drawing program that focuses on nurturing and growing children’s drawing and observational skills. Fulfilling a niche in the after-school activity market, artKids provides fun and structured drawing and art classes to primary school children, onsite at schools.

Digital Design Partners (DDP)

ACT Finalist

Digital Design Partners (DDP) was co-founded in 2020 as a fully-remote consultancy specialising in digital and systems transformation. DDP delivers service improvement, solution design and systems implementation with a focus on collaboration, co-design and customer experience.

New South Wales

Carbiz Accident Replacement Vehicles

NSW Finalist

Carbiz Accident Replacement Vehicles is an all-in-one accident management service providing customer support throughout all stages of being in a motor vehicle accident. 

Its mission is to get customers back on the road conveniently and safely with trusted repairer partners and providing like-for-like replacement vehicles.

Random Harvest Gourmet

NSW Finalist

Founded in 1981, Random Harvest has developed an extensive range of quality gourmet products, beautifully packaged and affordably priced. 

It boasts a diverse range of individual sweet and savoury artisanal products, along with gift packs, gift hampers and corporate hampers.

Evolve Communities

NSW Finalist

Led by Co-Directors Carla Rogers and Aunty Munya Andrews, Evolve Communities is a trusted provider of cultural awareness training and allyship accreditation. 

Whether in person or online, Evolve Communities core programs are facilitated by an Indigenous and non-Indigenous team, modelling allyship.

Pinnacle People Solutions

NSW Finalist

Pinnacle People Solutions is a human resource company exclusively focused on providing high quality services to regionally based small to medium enterprises and not for profits. 

Its team believes that helping regional businesses meet their obligations as employers, while attracting, retaining, and developing the right staff, leads to stronger, more resilient communities.

Northern Territory

Manapan Furniture

NT Finalist

An Indigenous owned organisation, Manapan produces bespoke, high-end furniture pieces from the remote island of Milingimbi just off the north coast of mainland Australia.

The core mission of Manapan is to empower the Yolngu nation of Milingimbi by providing job opportunities through the production of its range of high-end giftware, furniture and office furnishings. 

DRV4LYF Driving School

NT Finalist

Run by Pamela and Christopher Dixon, DRV4LYF Driving School has been operating successfully for more than 17 years, giving people the confidence to drive safely.

DRV4LYF believes that road safety is everyone's responsibility, underpinning the culture of the business. The team teaches not just the skills of driving a car, but the inherent dangers that people face on the roads every day.

Aboriginal Sea Company

NT Finalist

Established in 2022, Aboriginal Sea Company gives Indigenous people and Traditional Owners an opportunity to grow First Nations-controlled marine and seafood industry related businesses. 

The Aboriginal Sea Company makes investments in the seafood and maritime industries to create social outcomes for Aboriginal people, including training, employment and small-scale enterprise development.



QLD Finalist

Stymie is a child protection tool allowing students in schools and community groups to anonymously report harm to them or someone else.

It works by sending encrypted, anonymous notifications to authorised recipients who can respond accordingly, encouraging kids to speak up and helping to cultivate a safe environment for everyone.

Accessible Homes Australia

QLD Finalist

Accessible Homes Australia (AHA) is an NDIS-registered Specialist Disability Accommodation provider with a mission to create high quality, accessible homes. 

Founded by Perry Cross AM, a ventilated quadriplegic who intimately understands the significance of accessible housing, AHA brings together a wealth of experience and commitment to delivering exceptional housing.

Tennis Direct

QLD Finalist

Tennis Direct is a wholesaler and retailer across a variety of sporting equipment, specialising in tennis. 

The business employs and trains local staff who custom string all tennis racquets onsite prior to shipping, allowing players to shop tailor-made products at a competitive price.


Wildlings Forest School

QLD Finalist

Wildlings Forest School provides play based learning experiences for children in supported yet unstructured outdoor spaces across South East Queensland, Australia. 

The team helps kids aged 0-12 years get outdoors and connect with nature.

South Australia

Heartfelt Support

SA Finalist

Heartfelt Support is a disability support service committed to helping clients meet their NDIS goals. 

The company offers a broad range of services tailored to the needs of each client including mentoring and support, recovery coaching, art and music therapy, equine therapy, employment services and more.

Chat Well Allied Health

SA Finalist

Chat Well Allied Health is a paediatric allied health clinic dedicated to providing high-quality services that empower children and their families. 

The warm and welcoming team embodies a neurodiversity-affirming approach within their practice to support children with a range of diagnoses including autism, intellectual disability, developmental delay and more.

Say Hooray

SA Finalist

Say Hooray provides an array of allied health services including autism and ADHD assessments, speech pathology, occupational therapy, psychology, music therapy, and more. 

Say Hooray creates a positive workspace and fosters an environment where clients are acknowledged and celebrated for their true selves.

Communication eXtra

SA Finalist

Communication eXtra is a registered NDIS provider dedicated to providing unwavering support to the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. 

The team is committed to recognising everyone’s unique challenges and strengths, aiming to foster an inclusive and supportive environment where participants are heard, valued, and supported.


SA Finalist

Transmutation is a craft sized recycling and manufacturing business that makes and sells circular economy products, proving to its customers that waste can be great. 

The business sells everything from bags, belts, clothing and jewellery, homewares, and more.

Netcraft Australia

SA Finalist

Netcraft Australia is an IT service provider offering a wide range of IT services including network design, solution deployment, custom software development and disaster recovery planning. 

In addition to serving Australian customers, the Netcraft team has been involved in major projects to improve the reliability of internet services cross-country.


DK Accounting & Advisory

TAS Finalist

Founded by David Kewley, DK Accounting and Advisory is a dynamic accounting firm founded on the concept of building a strong local community through the empowerment of entrepreneurial enterprises. 

The team prides itself on providing tailored accounting, tax, and business advice to suit all client needs.

Tasman Pest Management

TAS Finalist

Tasman Pest Management is a pest management business that provides residential and commercial clients with the latest products and techniques to safely control common pest issues. 

Felicity Ryan Ballet

TAS Finalist

Established in 2012, Felicity Ryan Ballet is a non-competitive, all-inclusive, ballet studio that offers a comprehensive range of classes for both children and adults. 

The team at Felicity Ryan Ballet provides excellent technical training while maintaining a positive and nurturing environment for all students, encouraging self-discipline, kindness, self-awareness, and confidence.

Adoreu baby

TAS Finalist

Adoreu baby is a retail store in the heart of Launceston offering products to support customers' growing family needs. 

From pregnancy and post-partum support, breast feeding care, and baby essentials, including nursery furniture, prams and car seats, the team is devoted to supporting families and the community.

Allison Davies, Music and The Brain

TAS Finalist

Allison Davies, Music and The Brain educates parents, carers, teachers and service providers to use therapeutic, music-based strategies as tools for felt safety in themselves and their children, with a particular focus on neurodivergence and neuro affirming practice. 

Miss G & Me

TAS Finalist

Founded by Penni Lamprey, Miss G & Me is a high-quality clothing label tailored to tall women and their unique needs. 

Miss G & Me crafts every garment meticulously in Victoria or Tasmania, and is committed to sustainability, supporting local industries, and minimising its environmental impact. 


Second Chance Animal Rescue

VIC Finalist

Second Chance Animal Rescue is a community-based charity run by vet professionals, animal-loving volunteers, and foster carers. Its team rescues and rehabilitates dogs and cats due to be euthanised at pounds and shelters across Victoria, to help offer them a second chance at finding their forever homes.

She's on the Money

VIC Finalist

She's on the Money was born from founder Victoria Devine’s dream to make finance accessible and engaging for individuals from all walks of life. 

She's on the Money helps empower financial wellness across podcasts, resources, books, columns, and events.

The Conversation

VIC Finalist

The Conversation is a global knowledge project, driven by a powerful combination of technology, academic expertise, and journalistic know-how. 

Through a network of newsrooms across Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, and beyond, its on a mission to bring together universities and journalists to produce and disseminate free, independent, and fact-based journalism. 

Real Schools

VIC Finalist

Real Schools provides primary and secondary schools with innovative and transformative mentoring and coaching programs to help educators transform school cultures, with a mission to improve the lives of teachers, students, and parents.

Mums Matter Psychology

VIC Finalist

Founded by Clinical Psychologist and Director Frances Bilbao, Mums Matter Psychology is a leading perinatal psychology practice that provides specialised, affordable, and accessible psychological therapy to help support women's mental health during the transition to parenthood.

Western Australia

Our Ruby Girl

WA Finalist

Founded by disability psychologist Sarah Yates in 2018, Our Ruby Girl is a cafe that champions inclusivity and empowerment by maintaining a 50% staff ratio of individuals with disabilities. 

Its mission is to provide unique and equitable opportunities for people of all abilities relating to employment, events, and practical life experiences.

Pachamama Early Education and Childcare

WA Finalist

Pachamama is a dynamic early education and childcare provider that endeavours to reignite the joy of traditional outdoor play with friends in natural surroundings. 

It aims to reconnect children with the beauty of nature, providing soul-nourishing experiences and fostering positive interpersonal interactions.

Peak Education

WA Finalist

Peak Education is a tuition college, empowering year 10 to 12 students to take control of their studies and achieve their academic goals. 

Specialising in ATAR mathematics, physics, and chemistry, it offers small group classes, one on one workshops, and comprehensive resources.

AussieOS Global Mobility

WA Finalist

AussieOS Global Mobility is a relocation service provider that supports individuals and their dependents secure housing when they first arrive from overseas or interstate.

Whether assistance is needed for a corporate relocation, a family move, or an individual relocation, it offers personalised solutions to ensure a smooth transition.

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