Award category - Indigenous Excellence
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.
Goals of change
For businesses who have set clear and actionable goals to be a role model for change.
For businesses finding new ways to operate and set an inspiring example for others.
For businesses embracing bold and innovative ideas to build on or maintain success.
For businesses experiencing significant year-on-year growth that are successful across the board.
For businesses on track to achieve ambitious goals set out in a business plan.
Eather Group is an Indigenous family business offering sustainable solutions to traditional issues in the civil, construction and waste-to-resource industries.
Its vision is to create a circular economy in the infrastructure sector, sourcing, transporting and re-purposing material for projects, to care for our country while developing workforce equity and diversity.
Kings Narrative is an Aboriginal-owned and operated social enterprise that delivers culturally appropriate counselling and coaching.
It runs a range of cultural immersion programs including bush medicine workshops, leadership programs, a mobile barber shop and men's wellbeing camps all aimed at healing and rebuilding.
Australian Training Works Group
Australian Training Works Group is founded by Gunggandji men, Tony and Ashley Martens.
The business is passionate about providing meaningful skills development and employment opportunities for First Nations Peoples, with a strong focus on providing tailored solutions for Indigenous training and employment outcomes.
Foundations Family Day Care
Foundations Family Day Care is a First Nations family-owned and operated service, that prides itself on supporting and encouraging children to be themselves, to belong to their family and community, and to chase after their dreams.
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
- Belong to or be certified as being an Indigenous-owned and operated business from any of the following organisations/groups: Supply Nation, FACCI Assured Affiliate, Indigenous Chamber of Commerce within your state (e.g. NSWICC), Australian Indigenous Chamber of Commerce, FACCI Assured Affiliate, or be registered as an Indigenous business through the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations, or Supply Aus
- 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 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.
We accept nominations all year round. If you know an exceptional business moving Australia forward, nominate them today.
This initial stage is a multiple choice assessment of your business and how successful it is. Your total score will determine whether you progress to stage 2. You will be advised of the outcome of your entry by email.
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.
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