No. If you've been nominated, but feel the Awards aren't for you right now, that's OK. If you know who nominated you, feel free to reach out and thank them for their support.
Frequently asked questions
You can nominate any business you believe is making a difference and deserves recognition, even your own. If you’ve been nominated, be sure to check the eligibility criteria for each award category before entering.
Congratulations! Keep an eye on your inbox for an email that contains all the details on how to join the Awards program and just follow the instructions. For any urgent questions not covered here, call 1800 AWARDS, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm (AEST).
Once a business is nominated, we contact them by email with an invitation to enter the Awards program. There's no further action required from the person who made the nomination.
No. The number of nominations a business receives has no bearing on their success.
No. Nominating and entering Telstra Best of Business Awards is free.
Anyone from within your business can help you. Use your business subject matter experts to your advantage. If you outsource aspects of your business such as accountancy or marketing, you can use their contributions too.
Each of our award categories have been designed to ensure inclusivity with options for every type of small and medium-sized business. Consider categories that align with your business values and purpose.
Read our alumni stories to help give you an idea of the type of businesses that have won previously.
If you're still unsure, consider discussing the options with your staff. Otherwise, contact our Awards team.
Yes. Every question must be answered to validate your entry (or entries). Answer questions carefully and be sure to highlight every business achievement. Our judges will refer to your answers throughout the judging process.
If you find the financial questions tricky, the registered accountant for your business can help. Entries are only valid if all questions are accurately answered. Please remember, if you're a successful entrant, we will ask your accountant to verify all submitted finances.
Of course! Telstra Best of Business Awards welcomes NGOs, and charities with open arms.
Absolutely. Telstra Best of Business Awards has been designed to cater to most small and medium businesses, and sole traders are an essential part of this group.
Yes. If you own more than 60 percent of the business, have been operating for at least 12 months and your franchisor is an Australian-owned company not listed on the ASX, you're eligible.
You will be invited to enter the Awards when you are nominated and Stage 1 entries open. You can nominate yourself or be nominated by someone else. Once you receive a nomination, keep an eye out for an email that tells you how to set up your Awards Hub profile and begin your entry.
Yes. A Profit and Loss Statement is required for Stage 3 of your entry.
All personal and sensitive information contained in your entry submissions are treated in accordance with our Privacy Statement. This information and your responses to the entry forms will be used for judging interviews and may be shared with our related entities, business partners or other third parties we engage for the purposes of the Awards.
Pitch pack FAQs
Our judges are a diverse panel of business luminaries and academics with deep industry experience. They’re passionate advocates for small and medium businesses who volunteer their time to participate in the judging process.