How our awards work - Championing Health

Championing Health category

Our greatest asset is the health of our citizens. This category is for small and medium-sized businesses who are helping solve and improve health outcomes for Australians.

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.

Increasing accessibility

Your business breaks down barriers for people who need access to health services by increasing accessibility and affordability for them.

Health innovation

Your business creates new products or services, or provides training to improve the health of patients, customers or members.

Funding health

Your business supports the health industry by providing funding for the development of health services and initiatives.

Frontline care

Your business helps enhance the lives and workplaces of our essential frontline healthcare workers so they can operate in a safe, minimal-risk environment.

Health and wellbeing

Your business works to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of outpatients by assisting in the management of their illnesses.

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% 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

Click below for details on category information, selection criteria and eligibility.

Stage 3 entries

26 June - 17 July 2024

If your Stage 2 entry is successful, you will be able to complete Stage 3. Click below for details on category information, selection criteria and eligibility. 

Q&A interviews

28 August - 2 September 2024

If your Pitch pack entry is successful, you will process to Q&A. Click below for details on category information, selection criteria and eligibility. 

State finalist announcement

9 September 2024

Entrants who are successful in Stage 3 will move on to compete at a State level. Click below for details on category information, selection criteria and eligibility. 

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