Eligibility

Does your business qualify?


A nominated business can only become a valid entrant if it meets the following criteria:

The nominated business MUST:

  • Reside in Australia
  • Have a registered Australian Business Number
  • Have been operating in Australia for at least 12 months as of close of entries
  • Be more than 60% Australian-owned, with the owner(s) / founder(s) responsible for making the key management decisions; and

  • If entering the Charity Award: be registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) and have endorsed Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status, with an annual income between $250,000 and $10,000,000; and

  • If entering for the New Business Award have been operating in Australia between 12-36 months as of close of entries 

The nominated business MUST NOT:

  • Have more than 200 full-time equivalent staff as of entries

  • Be a listed company, a franchisee, franchisor, a club, co-operative, or a Telstra licensee

  • Be affiliated with Telstra through investments or donations
  • Be more than 50% owned by another business

  • Be a government agency

  • Have employees who have judged the Awards program in the previous years' programs

  • Be a commercial supplier to the Awards

  • Have won an award in the same category in the previous year. The nominated business can however enter a different category this year.

  • Have filed for bankruptcy in the prior 5 years or been subject to court proceedings in the prior 12 months from the close of entry date, including in the business owner or founder’s personal capacity; and

  • Have been purchased, and operating as an existing business prior to purchase.

Entries for the 2017 Telstra Business Awards are now closed. Nominated businesses will be part of the 2018 program.