How our awards work - Accelerating Women

Accelerating Women category

This Award category is for businesses actively challenging exclusion to create lasting equity for women.

Who can apply in this category?

If you’re fulfilling one or more of the following category examples, consider nominating and entering your business for this Award.

Initiative development

For businesses who have developed and put internal initiatives in place focused on supporting women.

Challenging stereotypes

For businesses actively challenging stereotypes by reshaping traditionally male-dominated industries or roles.

Core focus

For businesses with a core offering built on providing products or services that support and help women.

Championing women

For businesses passionately working to keep women employed or helping women to re-enter the workforce at every stage of life.

Career pathways

For businesses advocating for women by providing career pathways to leadership positions for women.

Addressing the gap

For businesses offering training and education for women aspiring to work in male-dominated fields to reduce the skills gap.

Equity fighters

For businesses resolutely fighting for, or offering equal pay and work opportunities for women.

Eligibility criteria

To enter, the following eligibility criteria must be met. Each category also has specific requirements. If you have any questions about these conditions, please contact us.

  • Reside in Australia
  • Have a registered Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • Have been operating in Australia for at least 12 months at the time you submit your Stage 1 entry
  • Be more than 60 percent Australian-owned, with the owner(s)/founder(s) responsible for making the key management decisions
  • Be a small-to-medium business that’s a sole trader, partnership, incorporated, NFP, social enterprise or franchise whose franchisor is 60 percent Australian owned and not a listed company
  • Earn more than $50,000 in annual revenue
  • Have under 200 full-time equivalent staff at the time you submit your Stage 1 entry
  • Operate in an ethical manner with suppliers, distributors and contractors
  • Supply financials when requested. All financials will remain confidential and will not be shared or used outside the purposes of judging the business’ performance, success and viability.

  • Be a listed company, franchisor, a club, co-operative, or a Telstra licensee
  • Be affiliated with Telstra through investments, donation or reselling
  • Be more than 50 percent owned by another business
  • Be a government agency
  • Have filed for bankruptcy in the prior 5 years or been subject to court proceedings in the prior 12 months – including in the business owner or founder’s personal capacity – at the time you submit your Stage 1 entry
  • Be a recipient of significant ongoing government funding (excluding temporary government relief or support packages, such as Jobkeeper or disaster recovery)
  • Have been a contracted commercial supplier of Telstra in the last 3 years
  • Enter the same category where the business has previously won at State or National level at the Telstra Best of the Business Awards in the past 3 years
  • Have a staff member that has applied and/or Have a staff member that has been a State or National judge in the Telstra Best of Business Awards for any category in the past 3 years
  • Enter the awards if a staff member or owner has applied to be a judge in the same awards program year.

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. 

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Contact us

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