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Nominations for the 2018 Telstra Business Awards are now closed however nominations for the 2019 program have now opened. Nominating a business is easy, and anyone can submit one, whether it’s your own business or someone else’s. Once nominated, a business needs to submit a completed online entry form to officially be in the running for a 2019 Telstra Business Award. This is where the competition really heats up.

Not sure where to start? We’ve included a step-by-step breakdown of the whole process and key dates below, plus tips on how you can create a winning entry.

Key dates

  • 1/3
    Wednesday 28 March

    2018 Nominations Closed

    Nominations for the 2018 program have now closed. The 2019 Telstra Business Awards nominations are now open.

  • 2/3
    Monday 09 April

    2018 Phase 1 Entry: Business Overview Closed

    Entrants completed a 90-minute multiple choice entry form to see how their business ranked against Australia’s best. The top performing businesses have been invited to enter Phase 2 of the program.

  • 3/3
    Tuesday 08 May

    Phase 2 Entry: Business Deep Dive closed

    Entries for the Business Deep Dive phase have now closed.

Key Events

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July
Wednesday 4 July

South Australian ‘That’ Business Masterclass

At ‘That’ Business Masterclass, 2018 finalists will have exclusive access to industry leaders and the opportunity to partake in hands on skill development exercises.

Thursday 5 July

South Australia State Awards Dinner

Join us at the South Australian 2018 Telstra Business Awards dinner, to celebrate some of Australia’s most innovative and entrepreneurial businesses.

Wednesday 11 July

Australian Capital Territory ‘That’ Business Masterclass

At ‘That’ Business Masterclass, 2018 finalists will have exclusive access to industry leaders and the opportunity to partake in hands on skill development exercises.

Thursday 12 July

Australian Capital Territory State Awards Dinner

Join us at the Australian Capital Territory 2018 Telstra Business Awards dinner, to celebrate some of Australia’s most innovative and entrepreneurial businesses.

Wednesday 18 July

Queensland ‘That’ Business Masterclass

At ‘That’ Business Masterclass, 2018 finalists will have exclusive access to industry leaders and the opportunity to partake in hands on skill development exercises.

Thursday 19 July

Queensland State Awards Dinner

Join us at the Queensland 2018 Telstra Business Awards dinner, to celebrate some of Australia’s most innovative and entrepreneurial businesses.

Wednesday 25 July

Tasmania ‘That’ Business Masterclass

At ‘That’ Business Masterclass, 2018 finalists will have exclusive access to industry leaders and the opportunity to partake in hands on skill development exercises.

Thursday 26 July

Tasmanian State Awards Dinner

Join us at the Tasmanian 2018 Telstra Business Awards dinner, to celebrate some of Australia’s most innovative and entrepreneurial businesses.

Monday 30 July

Victoria ‘That’ Business Masterclass

At ‘That’ Business Masterclass, 2018 finalists will have exclusive access to industry leaders and the opportunity to partake in hands on skill development exercises.

Tuesday 31 July

Victorian State Awards Dinner

Join us at the Victorian 2018 Telstra Business Awards dinner, to celebrate some of Australia’s most innovative and entrepreneurial businesses.

August
Wednesday 8 August

Northern Territory ‘That’ Business Masterclass

At ‘That’ Business Masterclass, 2018 finalists will have exclusive access to industry leaders and the opportunity to partake in hands on skill development exercises.

Thursday 9 August

Northern Territory State Awards Dinner

Join us at the Northern Territory 2018 Telstra Business Awards dinner, to celebrate some of Australia’s most innovative and entrepreneurial businesses.

Wednesday 15 August

Western Australia ‘That’ Business Masterclass

At ‘That’ Business Masterclass, 2018 finalists will have exclusive access to industry leaders and the opportunity to partake in hands on skill development exercises.

Thursday 16 August

Western Australian State Awards Dinner

Join us at the Western Australian 2018 Telstra Business Awards dinner, to celebrate some of Australia’s most innovative and entrepreneurial businesses.

Wednesday 22 August

New South Wales ‘That’ Business Masterclass

At ‘That’ Business Masterclass, 2018 finalists will have exclusive access to industry leaders and the opportunity to partake in hands on skill development exercises.

Thursday 23 August

New South Wales State Awards Dinner

Join us at the New South Wales 2018 Telstra Business Awards dinner, to celebrate some of Australia’s most innovative and entrepreneurial businesses.

September
Thursday 20 September

National Awards Dinner

Join us at the 2018 Telstra Business Awards National dinner in Melbourne, to celebrate Australia’s leading innovative and entrepreneurial businesses.

25 years of celebrating 'that' business

Congratulations to all of the businesses that have been part of the awards. Here's to being 'that' business.

Sample questions

FAQS

Before you start the entry process, it can be helpful to understand what sort of questions will be asked. You can take a look below at some sample questions to familiarise yourself with these. 

Strategy & Vision

  • To what degree does your business have plans for the future?
  • What do you consider your greatest business achievement to date and why?

Customers & Marketing

  • Does your business have a marketing plan?
  • Please describe how you use the information you know about your customers to shape your business.

Operations

  • Have you ever reviewed your risk management plan?
  • How do you align your resources to your overall business strategy?

People & Culture

  • Which of the following best describes your leadership style?
  • What is your most important value as leader(s) and how do you demonstrate that value?

Social Responsibility

  • To what extent is social impact and contribution embedded in the values of your business?
  • Describe the positive outcomes of your business' social impact activity.

Financial Acumen

  • What software or system do you have in place to manage your finances?
  • What are your goals for future expansion and growth?

Alumni tip

As business owners we are always striving towards the next goal, the award application process gave us the time to reflect on our and our team's achievements. I'd strongly recommend you give yourself plenty of planning time to really look at your business holistically when entering.

Hana-Lia Krawchuk, Love to Dream, 2017 Telstra Australian Small Business Award

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