National winner

2016 Telstra Australian
Business of the Year

Spell and The Gypsy Collective

We’re demonstrating to the fashion industry how a female-centric small business can grow and flourish in regional Australia.

Spell and The Gypsy Collective

Spell and The Gypsy Collective is an Australian fashion and lifestyle brand with a continually expanding international presence. With a celebrity following that includes the likes of Alessandra Ambrosio and Katy Perry, the label is fast becoming recognised in global fashion circles for its grassroots approach to business and fashion. Spell and The Gypsy Collective have become known for their unique take on vintage-inspired style and incorporating original prints. Having come from a creative family, sisters Elizabeth Abegg and Isabella Pennefather created the brand as a creative outlet for their everyday lives.

The label currently ships to more than 130 countries, and in the six years since its inception, has expanded its categories to include accessories, homewares, children’s wear and bridal, all with the brand’s signature modern-bohemian aesthetic. The label continues to grow at an impressive rate, as more and more digital influencers take to social media to share their Spell wares with their communities. Spell and The Gypsy Collective itself has a social media following of more than 800,000, and cites this presence across multiple platforms as central to its international growth and success.

Spell and The Gypsy Collective employs 50 women across its Byron Bay based warehouse, office and flagship boutique.

We’re demonstrating to the fashion industry how a female-centric small business can grow and flourish in regional Australia.
Elizabeth Abegg, Owner and Founder

Spell and The Gypsy Collective
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National category winners

2016 Telstra Australian
New Business Award

Tow.com.au

Our customers are frequently broken down and stranded in remote areas with no distinguishable landmarks, which makes position identification very difficult. We strive to use technology and innovation to provide efficiencies and eliminate challenges and obstacles.

Tow.com.au

Tow.com.au is a high-tech towing company, and the only truly national towing service, operating in every state and territory in Australia. Through its first-of-a-kind automated towing dispatch platform, Tow.com.au provides rapid deployment of assets nationally, backed by its dedication to customer service. Tow.com.au provides Australian consumers, businesses and government a highly scalable, real-time towing management system, built to provide a rapidly available service, across the country, complete with asset tracking and vehicle management. Tow.com.au provides estimated time of arrival updates, scheduled bookings and SMS updates. Using an advanced geolocation system, Tow.com.au can quickly locate stranded motorists and cut hours of travel time for trucks and waiting time for customers. Prior to Tow.com.au, stranded motorists often relied on towing companies that only operated within a specific, small and localised geographic area.

Dominic Holland recognised that when customers need his service, they are in a frustrated, vulnerable, high-stress situation, and require peace of mind that they will be rescued quickly and safely. He says customers need support before, during and after these events, and his business gives priority to providing great customer service when arranging a tow. In just two years, Tow.com.au’s business has grown to be one the largest towing networks in Australia, with more than 550 trucks, 200 secure holding yards, and has successfully towed tens of thousands of customers across the country.

Our customers are frequently broken down and stranded in remote areas with no distinguishable landmarks, which makes position identification very difficult. We strive to use technology and innovation to provide efficiencies and eliminate challenges and obstacles.
Dominic Holland, CEO and Managing Director

Tow.com.au
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2016 Telstra Australian
Micro Business Award

iSimulate

We believe that we are at the forefront of the ideas boom, as advances in technology increasingly influence our culture. We realised five years ago that an iPad was more than just a touch screen computer, it was a device that could be used to lead the way in medical simulation.

iSimulate

A monitor/defibrillator is a device used by health professionals to restart the heart when a patient is ill or the body goes into cardiac arrest, and can often be the determiner between whether someone lives or dies. Whilst defibrillators are literally life savers, they are expensive and cost prohibitive for training purposes. iSimulate sought to alleviate this problem by developing emergency, obstetric and stethoscope iPad simulator systems. The innovative software and bespoke hardware of the emergency system, ALSi, can turn an iPad into a simulated patient monitor or defibrillator, which is completely safe to use on a human actor or mannequin for educational demonstration purposes. The iSimulate systems are more affordable, versatile and realistic than any other systems currently on the market.

The iSimulate systems have grown in popularity worldwide, as they give health educators the tools to conduct simulations anywhere within minutes. In 2015, ALSi became the main teaching device for the European Resuscitation Council Advanced Life Support Course. Similarly the systems have been adopted in Australia and New Zealand by The Advanced Paediatric Life Support Course.

We believe that we are at the forefront of the ideas boom, as advances in technology increasingly influence our culture. We realised five years ago that an iPad was more than just a touch screen computer, it was a device that could be used to lead the way in medical simulation.
Peter Mckie, Co-Founder & CEO

iSimulate
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2016 Telstra Australian
Small Business Award

Spell and The Gypsy Collective

We’re demonstrating to the fashion industry how a female-centric small business can grow and flourish in regional Australia.

Spell and The Gypsy Collective

Spell and The Gypsy Collective is an Australian fashion and lifestyle brand with a continually expanding international presence. With a celebrity following that includes the likes of Alessandra Ambrosio and Katy Perry, the label is fast becoming recognised in global fashion circles for its grassroots approach to business and fashion. Spell and The Gypsy Collective have become known for their unique take on vintage-inspired style and incorporating original prints. Having come from a creative family, sisters Elizabeth Abegg and Isabella Pennefather created the brand as a creative outlet for their everyday lives.

The label currently ships to more than 130 countries, and in the six years since its inception, has expanded its categories to include accessories, homewares, children’s wear and bridal, all with the brand’s signature modern-bohemian aesthetic. The label continues to grow at an impressive rate, as more and more digital influencers take to social media to share their Spell wares with their communities. Spell and The Gypsy Collective itself has a social media following of more than 800,000, and cites this presence across multiple platforms as central to its international growth and success.

Spell and The Gypsy Collective employs 50 women across its Byron Bay based warehouse, office and flagship boutique.

We’re demonstrating to the fashion industry how a female-centric small business can grow and flourish in regional Australia.
Elizabeth Abegg, Owner and Founder

Spell and The Gypsy Collective
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2016 Telstra Australian
Medium Business Award

Jewel Fine Foods

We are driven by the core belief that taste and quality should never be compromised for convenience meals.

Jewel Fine Foods

As Australian consumers are becoming increasingly busy with their work and lives, demand has grown for easy access to nutritional, healthy and good value-for-money meals that feed the family. Jewel Fine Foods products supply just that: fresh, authentic, premium quality products, available through major supermarkets. 

Since its inception in 1997, Jewel Fine Foods has established itself as the leading manufacturer in the rapidly growing chilled ready-to-eat meals, soups and breads sector. Jewel supplies an extensive and innovative range of both private label and branded ready Thai, Indian, Malaysian, Vietnamese, Chinese, Mexican and European meals with an outstanding reputation for superior quality and authentic taste.

All products are free from artificial flavours, colouring, additives, preservatives and MSG and they are prepared fresh daily and fit for foodies.

Jewel’s success is partly due to being flexible in meeting clients' constantly changing needs and being able to drive growth through innovation. Together, its experienced, passionate and focussed team has led the business to deliver over 15 million meals in FY16.

We are driven by the core belief that taste and quality should never be compromised for convenience meals.
Kishore Matta, Co-Owner & Managing Director

Jewel Fine Foods
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2016 Telstra Australian
Charity Award

Snowdome Foundation

Snowdome is fast-tracking clinical trials by providing multi-year infrastructure funding to get trials activated. No other organisation is solely focused on this research opportunity for Australian blood cancer patients.

Snowdome Foundation

Formed in 2010, the Snowdome Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation with a mission to help those fighting against blood cancers and bone marrow failure syndromes (BMFS) live longer, better lives. The name of the foundation was inspired by Co-founder, Grant Rutherford’s daughter Chloe, whose fascination with snowdomes saw her gifted over 60 throughout her fight against leukaemia. Tragically, she lost her fight at the age of nine.

In May 2015, Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision formed a collaborative partnership with the Snowdome Foundation to fund research into a cure for BMFS. 

Every year 12,000 Australians are diagnosed with blood cancers such as leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma and a further 140 are diagnosed with Bone Marrow Failure.

The Snowdome Foundation’s founders identified a gap in funding between basic research supported by government and large trials commissioned by pharmaceutical companies.  Snowdome’s focus is to support early phase clinical trials to accelerate next-generation treatments for Australian blood cancer patients.

Over the last five years, the collaboration has raised an amazing $11.5 million, resulting in new research, clinical trials and projects that have helped 229 Australian blood cancer patients gain access to treatments that were not otherwise possible.

 

Snowdome is fast-tracking clinical trials by providing multi-year infrastructure funding to get trials activated. No other organisation is solely focused on this research opportunity for Australian blood cancer patients.
Professor Miles Prince AM – Co-founder

Snowdome Foundation
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State winners

2016 Telstra
South Australian Business of the Year

Adelaide Green Clean

Sustainability is central to our business model. One of our core values is ‘environment first’ and we are passionate about providing our clients with a cost-effective cleaning and recycling solution incorporating unique processes that we have developed.

Adelaide Green Clean

Adelaide Green Clean is a customer focused provider of environmentally sustainable cleaning and waste management solutions set on revolutionising the traditional cleaning industry. Jordan Walsh recognised an opportunity to combine his passions for the environment, business and sustainable cleaning and created this unique ‘green’ cleaning and waste management company in 2014 with the primary focus on achieving positive environmental solutions for their clients' needs.

Adelaide Green Clean provides services for commercial properties, events and festivals and holds the majority market share in outdoor events in South Australia. Jordan is a passionate believer that the way we use our resources and reduce our waste now, will have an enormous impact on the future of our society. Currently employing more than 100 full-time and casual staff, Jordan is determined to improve perceptions of the cleaning profession. He says every staff member is professionally trained to deliver the highest standard of service and are provided with career advancement opportunities.

Sustainability is central to our business model. One of our core values is ‘environment first’ and we are passionate about providing our clients with a cost-effective cleaning and recycling solution incorporating unique processes that we have developed.
Jordan Walsh, Managing Director

Adelaide Green Clean
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2016 Telstra
Northern Territory Business of the Year

HPA "Helping People Achieve"

We are inspiring and empowering people with disabilities to lead fulfilling lives. Our employees and clients are developing confidence, independence and life skills enabling them to live an everyday life in a world where there are no barriers.

HPA "Helping People Achieve"

Formed by Darwin locals Harold and Peg Garner, HPA "Helping People Achieve" has offered supported employment and accommodation options to Territorians living with disabilities since 1963. Their passion and commitment to provide a better lifestyle for people with disabilities has led to the ongoing development of HPA Services for over 50 years.

Today, HPA employs 68 people with intellectual and physical disabilities across two worksites _ Kokoda Industries and Ausdesigns. In addition, it supports 35 people in their homes to live independently within the community. HPA helps its employees and clients develop work and life skills to empower them to participate in everyday community activities. Empowering the future generation, HPA engages with local schools to support work experience programs from Year 10 and a Work Ready Program for school leavers. CEO Tony Burns believes perceptions of people with a disability have changed dramatically over this time and HPA has adapted to the needs of its members and embraced the opportunities to assist and enhance their lives.

We are inspiring and empowering people with disabilities to lead fulfilling lives. Our employees and clients are developing confidence, independence and life skills enabling them to live an everyday life in a world where there are no barriers.
Tony Burns, CEO

HPA "Helping People Achieve"
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2016 Telstra
Queensland Business of the Year

QUIK CORP

As an Australian manufacturer, we are very aware that to remain viable, we must innovate and manufacture quality Australian-made products.

QUIK CORP

QUIK CORP is defying the odds of the Australian manufacturing industry by focussing its efforts on innovation and providing premium services to its diverse range of clients. The company supplies premium equipment and vehicles to the agricultural, emergency services and mining industries. Highly customisable, the products are always developed in consultation with clients and are considered the industry standard for many projects.

Founded in 1988, the business initially prototyped and commercialised a remote-controlled spraying system; it has now developed into a multi-million dollar business with five sites and 112 staff. Part of its expansion plans, QUIK CORP opened a 4,500 sqm factory in Melbourne in 2015 and in 2016 won its second major contract with the Victorian Government for an additional 80 fire appliances valued at over 15 million dollars.

The company’s distinct focus to work in markets such as agriculture and firefighting, has proven to be a resilient strategy as it has been able to diversify from hose reels to multi-million dollar vehicles in only six years.

As an Australian manufacturer, we are very aware that to remain viable, we must innovate and manufacture quality Australian-made products.
David Wardle, Managing Director

QUIK CORP
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2016 Telstra
Victorian Business of the Year

Vinomofo

Our mofo tribe of more than 400,000 customers is helping us with our business mission: Saving the wine world!

Vinomofo

Vinomofo is an online wine store which promises to change your wine purchasing experience. Started in 2007 by two brothers-in-law, André Eikmeier and Justin Dry, the business wanted to disrupt the wine industry which, according to them, had grown conservative and intimidating for consumers. The brothers realised that there was a real opportunity in speaking to an entire new generation of wine lovers, and decided to make good wine more accessible to everyone with Vinomofo.

The customers, or more precisely the ‘tribe of vino-loving mofos’, get access to great wine deals, curated to their tastes and delivered to their door. The focused range, along with the buying power of its tribe of customers, means that Vinomofo can share great wines at the best price, making it fun in the process. 

Vinomofo has already won a host of awards and has just raised $25 million which will enable the business to expand internationally to the US, UK, Asia and New Zealand.

Our mofo tribe of more than 400,000 customers is helping us with our business mission: Saving the wine world!
André Eikmeier, Co-founder and Joint-CEO

Vinomofo
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2016 Telstra
Tasmanian Business of the Year

Bridestowe Estate

Bridestowe Estate presents a comprehensive agri-tourism experience in that it encourages visitors to experience the “end-to-end” components of large scale agriculture, harvestings, fine oil distillation and value-added manufacturing and then purchase these items on site.

Bridestowe Estate

Bridestowe Estate is located in North-East Tasmania and provides a unique tourism experience attracting more than 65,000 visitors annually. It is an agri-tourism business and world-class producer of lavender oil and associated products, which are available in all major Australian capital cities, airports and are exported throughout Asia. Bridestowe Estate is also one of the most widely recognised Australian brands in China.

With the acquisition of the iconic but neglected 90 year old property in 2007, the company’s directors identified growth in tourist numbers to the site as an imperative to turning around the struggling business. Using evidence gathered through Austrade and Tourism Australia, Bridestowe Estate began the systematic cultivation of relationships with key influencers across Asia. Success followed, and over the past nine years Bridestowe Estate has become a bellwether business, indicating the potential impact tourism from Asia to Tasmania.

Today visitors to the estate can enjoy 107 hectares of manicured fields, gardens and forests, experience the harvesting and distillation of Bridestowe Lavender Oil, see manufacturing of the company’s world famous mascot ‘Bobbie the Lavender Bear’, indulge in lavender enhanced cuisine and enjoy informative guided tours.

Bridestowe Estate presents a comprehensive agri-tourism experience in that it encourages visitors to experience the “end-to-end” components of large scale agriculture, harvestings, fine oil distillation and value-added manufacturing and then purchase these items on site.
Robert Ravens, Managing Director

Bridestowe Estate
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2016 Telstra
Australian Capital Territory Business of the Year

Capital Airport Group

As the aviation gateway to Australia’s capital city, Canberra Airport makes a major contribution to the local and national economy.

Capital Airport Group

When commercial pilot and former property developer, Terry Snow, acquired Canberra Airport in 1998, it was little more than a clunky terminal with a rundown runway. Snow set out to rebuild and create an airport worthy of the Australian capital city. With a vision of building the world’s best small airport, Capital Airport Group has invested $2 billion in the modernisation of Canberra Airport. Making the most of his property expertise, Snow developed 200,000m2 of office, retail and accommodation space adjacent to the airport, and used the revenue generated from the project to fund the redevelopments. 

In April 2014, after 16 years of work, then Prime Minister Tony Abbott unveiled the transformation saying it spoke of the pride and confidence of the city and of Australia. Now, the airport enables frequent and direct flights to almost all of Australia’s capital cities, with the first two international flights, to Singapore and Wellington, opening later this year. In addition, more than 12,000 people currently work at the airport precinct across 280 businesses. 

Each year, almost 3 million passengers travel to and from Canberra Airport to fly, greet, work, and do business. This number is expected to more than double within the next decade, but the Capital Airport Group is ready to tackle the challenge. 

As the aviation gateway to Australia’s capital city, Canberra Airport makes a major contribution to the local and national economy.
Stephen Byron, Managing Director

Capital Airport Group
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2016 Telstra
New South Wales Business of the Year

Spell and The Gypsy Collective

We’re demonstrating to the fashion industry how a female-centric small business can grow and flourish in regional Australia.

Spell and The Gypsy Collective

Spell and The Gypsy Collective is an Australian fashion and lifestyle brand with a continually expanding international presence. With a celebrity following that includes the likes of Alessandra Ambrosio and Katy Perry, the label is fast becoming recognised in global fashion circles for its grassroots approach to business and fashion. Spell and The Gypsy Collective have become known for their unique take on vintage-inspired style and incorporating original prints. Having come from a creative family, sisters Elizabeth Abegg and Isabella Pennefather created the brand as a creative outlet for their everyday lives.

The label currently ships to more than 130 countries, and in the six years since its inception, has expanded its categories to include accessories, homewares, children’s wear and bridal, all with the brand’s signature modern-bohemian aesthetic. The label continues to grow at an impressive rate, as more and more digital influencers take to social media to share their Spell wares with their communities. Spell and The Gypsy Collective itself has a social media following of more than 800,000, and cites this presence across multiple platforms as central to its international growth and success.

Spell and The Gypsy Collective employs 50 women across its Byron Bay based warehouse, office and flagship boutique.

We’re demonstrating to the fashion industry how a female-centric small business can grow and flourish in regional Australia.
Elizabeth Abegg, Owner and Founder

Spell and The Gypsy Collective
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State category winners

2016 Telstra
South Australian New Business Award

Adelaide Green Clean

Sustainability is central to our business model. One of our core values is ‘environment first’ and we are passionate about providing our clients with a cost-effective cleaning and recycling solution incorporating unique processes that we have developed.

Adelaide Green Clean

Adelaide Green Clean is a customer focused provider of environmentally sustainable cleaning and waste management solutions set on revolutionising the traditional cleaning industry. Jordan Walsh recognised an opportunity to combine his passions for the environment, business and sustainable cleaning and created this unique ‘green’ cleaning and waste management company in 2014 with the primary focus on achieving positive environmental solutions for their clients' needs.

Adelaide Green Clean provides services for commercial properties, events and festivals and holds the majority market share in outdoor events in South Australia. Jordan is a passionate believer that the way we use our resources and reduce our waste now, will have an enormous impact on the future of our society. Currently employing more than 100 full-time and casual staff, Jordan is determined to improve perceptions of the cleaning profession. He says every staff member is professionally trained to deliver the highest standard of service and are provided with career advancement opportunities.

Sustainability is central to our business model. One of our core values is ‘environment first’ and we are passionate about providing our clients with a cost-effective cleaning and recycling solution incorporating unique processes that we have developed.
Jordan Walsh, Managing Director

Adelaide Green Clean
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2016 Telstra
Northern Territory New Business Award

Territory Logistic Solutions Pty Ltd

By assessing the needs of our customers, we are able to address their individual requirements and offer multiple options based on cost, time frames and regulations.

Territory Logistic Solutions Pty Ltd

Territory Logistic Solutions Pty Ltd provides specialised transport and logistic solutions for customers who demand a professional, cost-effective and dynamic solution for both general and project cargo. Providing end-to-end project management, the business incorporates personalised services with experienced operational compliance to health, safety and the environment. After working within the transport and logistics sector for more than 15 years, it became apparent to business owners, Ross Hughes and Taryn Batenburg, that there was a need in the market for a diversified offering that targets the needs of the businesses whom may need more than just a transport service.

Territory Logistic Solutions, not only specialises in road transportation but also offers a one-stop-shop solution for other services such as project management, labour hire and equipment hire. Territory Logistic Solutions provides flexible and cost-effective solutions for all businesses with personalised service, working with its customers to deliver reliable and cost-effective end-to-end solutions.

By assessing the needs of our customers, we are able to address their individual requirements and offer multiple options based on cost, time frames and regulations.
Taryn Batenburg, Director

Territory Logistic Solutions Pty Ltd
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2016 Telstra
Queensland New Business Award

Tow.com.au

Our customers are frequently broken down and stranded in remote areas with no distinguishable landmarks, which makes position identification very difficult. We strive to use technology and innovation to provide efficiencies and eliminate challenges and obstacles.

Tow.com.au

Tow.com.au is a high-tech towing company, and the only truly national towing service, operating in every state and territory in Australia. Through its first-of-a-kind automated towing dispatch platform, Tow.com.au provides rapid deployment of assets nationally, backed by its dedication to customer service. Tow.com.au provides Australian consumers, businesses and government a highly scalable, real-time towing management system, built to provide a rapidly available service, across the country, complete with asset tracking and vehicle management. Tow.com.au provides estimated time of arrival updates, scheduled bookings and SMS updates. Using an advanced geolocation system, Tow.com.au can quickly locate stranded motorists and cut hours of travel time for trucks and waiting time for customers. Prior to Tow.com.au, stranded motorists often relied on towing companies that only operated within a specific, small and localised geographic area.

Dominic Holland recognised that when customers need his service, they are in a frustrated, vulnerable, high-stress situation, and require peace of mind that they will be rescued quickly and safely. He says customers need support before, during and after these events, and his business gives priority to providing great customer service when arranging a tow. In just two years, Tow.com.au’s business has grown to be one the largest towing networks in Australia, with more than 550 trucks, 200 secure holding yards, and has successfully towed tens of thousands of customers across the country.

Our customers are frequently broken down and stranded in remote areas with no distinguishable landmarks, which makes position identification very difficult. We strive to use technology and innovation to provide efficiencies and eliminate challenges and obstacles.
Dominic Holland, CEO and Managing Director

Tow.com.au
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2016 Telstra
Victorian New Business Award

Artlivemedia

Many marketing managers are held accountable for unrealistic targets, or having to prove the benefits of their digital marketing spend, without a clear view of what channels to prioritise. We help forecast marketing results using ‘Predictor’, which combines data and customer insight.

Artlivemedia

Artlivemedia is a digital growth agency focused on driving demand and conversion for brands through specialist services in search marketing, digital advertising, conversion optimisation and digital analytics, web application and website development, and call centre operations and technology. Its clients include government, corporates, funded startups and not-for-profits. Michelle Bourke started the business after becoming frustrated with a lack of passion agencies seemed to have for business. She wanted to create an organisation that maintained high levels of transparency, a strong sense of accountability and urgency, and was built from a foundation that encouraged the highest levels of performance for each and every customer. Artlivemedia can forecast marketing results using its proprietary digital tool and algorithm, ‘Predictor’, which combines data and customer insights enabling informed marketing investment decisions.

Many marketing managers are held accountable for unrealistic targets, or having to prove the benefits of their digital marketing spend, without a clear view of what channels to prioritise. We help forecast marketing results using ‘Predictor’, which combines data and customer insight.
Michelle Bourke, Founder and CEO

Artlivemedia
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2016 Telstra
Tasmanian New Business Award

Cataract on Paterson

We offer a unique Launceston dining experience that focuses on supporting seasonal products and local Tasmanian producers. I am also committed to employing and supporting local apprentices and trainees. Our staff are our secret recipe.

Cataract on Paterson

Providing contemporary cuisine, polished service and quirky charm makes Cataract on Paterson a Launceston dining experience like no other. With a love of the farming lifestyle, Karen Burbury oversees the restaurant with dedication to sustainable development, focusing on the use of seasonal products and supporting Tasmanian producers. She says giving back to the community is an essential part of the business’ ethos, and that it’s her staff that are crucial in helping Cataract on Paterson deliver a value-for-money dining experience that appeals to a wide demographic. She believes her passionate and dedicated team – one she’s committed to nurturing and developing - drives the business’ success. Cataract on Paterson has grown to almost 50 staff since 2013 and profit has increased significantly each year. Karen believes in ongoing research and development to continue to meet the changing needs of her guests and has so far adapted opening hours and changed their approach to reservation management as a result.

We offer a unique Launceston dining experience that focuses on supporting seasonal products and local Tasmanian producers. I am also committed to employing and supporting local apprentices and trainees. Our staff are our secret recipe.
Karen Burbury, Managing Director

Cataract on Paterson
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2016 Telstra
Australian Capital Territory New Business Award

Relken Engineering Pty Ltd

People often struggle to predict or manage uncertain events, resulting in decisions that do not accurately consider the potential impacts on their business objectives.

Relken Engineering Pty Ltd

Relken Engineering Pty Ltd helps its clients measure, understand and then improve the performance of their physical assets in order to increase productivity and reduce total cost of ownership. Director, Benjamin Mailler says the motivation for starting Relken was to establish a sustainable business founded on a team of cohesive and motivated professionals that enjoys the freedom to adopt innovative approaches to solving client’s problems.

Ben and co-director Andrew O’Connor believe that informed decision making which acknowledges uncertainty, is critical to achieving positive business outcomes. They also believe that organisations with critical or expensive assets need to fully understand the performance of their assets and the risk of undesired events to deliver effective asset management. 

The Relken team blends post graduate reliability engineers, asset management specialists and program managers to tailor the approach to the specific problem being addressed. This allows Relken and their clients to fully understand the issues involved and develop practical solutions that optimise the outcome for the client.

People often struggle to predict or manage uncertain events, resulting in decisions that do not accurately consider the potential impacts on their business objectives.
Benjamin Mailler, Director

Relken Engineering Pty Ltd
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2016 Telstra
New South Wales New Business Award

Sendle

We are committed to creating a remarkable user experience, and have placed customer-centricity and word-of-mouth at the heart of our growth strategy. Our vision is to enable anyone in the world to send a parcel to anyone in the world, with a minimum order quantity of one.

Sendle

Sendle is an online service that unlocks the power of big business delivery networks for two million small businesses in Australia. Sendle picks up and delivers parcels with low, national flat-rates across Australia, making parcel delivery simple, reliable and affordable for small business. Co-founders, James Moody, Sean Geoghagan and Craig Davis and their team recognised the pain points that many businesses experience with existing delivery services including the inconvenience of dropping parcels off to post offices, navigating complex web interfaces, unpredictable pricing, inadequate tracking, minimum order requirements, and the lack of customer support. Sendle is Australia’s first carbon neutral delivery service and Australia’s first technology B Corp. Its rapid success has been fuelled by customer referrals and positive word of mouth and has seen the company grow by 75,000 per cent from August 2015 to February 2016.

We are committed to creating a remarkable user experience, and have placed customer-centricity and word-of-mouth at the heart of our growth strategy. Our vision is to enable anyone in the world to send a parcel to anyone in the world, with a minimum order quantity of one.
Craig Davis, Co-Founder and CMO

Sendle
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2016 Telstra
South Australian Micro Business Award

Nature's Quest

We are passionate about creating a natural and affordable skincare product our customers can use without fear of exposure to harsh chemicals.

Nature's Quest

Mum of seven, Edwina Pearce, needed an affordable, natural skincare for her child with eczema. Realising retail products tend not be priced for a family budget, Edwina set about developing a solution. Nature's Quest manufactures and supplies environmentally-friendly skin and hair care products which are free from harsh chemicals, parabens, artificial colours and fragrances. Nature’s Quest has overcome their share of setbacks - jostling for competitive shelf space at chemists, health food stores, and supermarkets. Edwina’s enduring vision and passion for the business has helped expand its distribution across five states in many pharmacies and health food stores. Recently, the company has broadened its horizons by introducing a supermarket range to capture larger market share.

We are passionate about creating a natural and affordable skincare product our customers can use without fear of exposure to harsh chemicals.
Edwina Pearce, Owner

Nature's Quest
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2016 Telstra
Northern Territory Micro Business Award

Champagne Dance Fitness Studio

We provide women with a fun fitness alternative in a positive, supportive and motivating environment. It is an opportunity for women of all ages to boost their confidence and become empowered in their bodies.

Champagne Dance Fitness Studio

After being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, Kerryn Luby, turned her attention to exercise in an attempt to regain her mental wellbeing. It was throughout this journey that she discovered pole dancing, a fresh, fun and sociable alternative to regular exercise. Deciding she wanted to share this new love with all women she launched Champagne Dance Fitness Studio; an alternative fitness option for women.

The studio offers women a range of classes including pole dancing, dance aerobics, flexible fitness and ladies boot camp, which are designed for women of any age and any fitness level. Champagne Dance Fitness Studio is also the only studio in Darwin that offers Barre Fitness (ballet inspired fitness).

The classes and courses have physical and emotional benefits as they are designed to boost confidence levels and encourage women to feel empowered about their bodies. For Kerryn, much of this journey has been about trying to reclaim pole dancing as a sign of strength and empowerment, and debunk common misconceptions about the sport.

Champagne Dance Fitness Studio thrives off strong word-of-mouth referrals, which has contributed to more than 4,000 women walking through its doors. The studio maintains its focus on providing a positive, supportive and motivating environment for all. Kerryn and her team support the different needs of each woman and offer a flexible timetable to cater to clients’ different needs.

We provide women with a fun fitness alternative in a positive, supportive and motivating environment. It is an opportunity for women of all ages to boost their confidence and become empowered in their bodies.
Kerryn Luby, Owner

Champagne Dance Fitness Studio
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2016 Telstra
Queensland Micro Business Award

Lingua Franca

By using our learning systems, students can have a clear and logical path to learning French. We implement frequent milestones to maintain enthusiasm and ensure success.

Lingua Franca

Katrina Waugh has had a love of languages ever since she was a child, but it was after returning from living in Paris that she started tutoring French after-hours and rediscovered her passion. Soon, Katrina had started her own French language school to share her knowledge in a way that was fun, engaging, enriching and beautiful. Lingua Franca offers private, group or specialist lessons and caters mainly to adult learners. Katrina and her team are aware that most students are taking these classes in their leisure time so seek to make the lessons enjoyable and stress-free.

Katrina started in 2008 out of her home and has since moved to a business premises and continued on a path of expansion. In 2014, the team decided to add specialist exam training and Skype lessons for more flexible learning. They have also since developed their own proprietary learning system and purpose-written textbooks, launched a website, and in 2015 incorporated overseas learning trips to their program. Katrina says that their high retention rate of nearly 80 per cent is a reflection of their enjoyable learning environment and effective learning systems.

By using our learning systems, students can have a clear and logical path to learning French. We implement frequent milestones to maintain enthusiasm and ensure success.
Katrina Waugh, Owner

Lingua Franca
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2016 Telstra
Victorian Micro Business Award

Little Innoscents

My aspiration is for every consumer to be able to have the choice to experience pure and natural products which are better for themselves, their children and the environment.

Little Innoscents

Antonette Golikidis identified a gap in the market for natural and organic baby skincare products effective in treating skin ailments while being eco-friendly and affordable. After having her first child she searched for baby products that were completely chemical free but was disappointed to find a limited range that were also difficult to locate, overly expensive and often presented misleading information. 

Drawing from her experience and qualifications in health sciences and natural therapies as well as previous executive sales experience, Antonette embarked on her journey to develop Little Innoscents, Australian-made organic solutions for both mother and baby. The multi-purpose range therapeutically treats eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, dryness and sensitivity. Little Innoscents is the first complete baby care range to be certified organic by the independent body, Australian Certified Organic. 

After only nine years the brand is now stocked in more than 800 stores nationally, exported across Asia, and rapidly expanding by the day. With one in three children suffering from some form of skin allergy, Little Innoscents products provide much-needed relief to many families.

My aspiration is for every consumer to be able to have the choice to experience pure and natural products which are better for themselves, their children and the environment.
Antonette Golikidis, Founder

Little Innoscents
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2016 Telstra
Tasmanian Micro Business Award

Mode Electrical

We do not compromise on quality and we do not take short cuts. We travel the journey with our clients through the entire process, from initial consultation to installation and final handover.

Mode Electrical

Mode Electrical designs, supplies and installs solar power systems for home, business and commercial applications. Business owner, Martin Dingemanse, and his team custom build systems that are designed to power homes in remote locations. They also design and build high-powered, sophisticated solar power systems that are shipped worldwide and set up in extreme locations, mainly in the developing world. 

With more than 10 years of experience, Martin believes Mode Electrical will continue to grow its client base and remain leaders in the industry. His vision for the future is to embark on more aid projects in third world countries by providing sustainable solar power stations where power is not readily available. Mode Electrical has already completed two projects in South Sudan and is currently discussing implementing a commercial system for a technical college in Uganda.

We do not compromise on quality and we do not take short cuts. We travel the journey with our clients through the entire process, from initial consultation to installation and final handover.
Martin Dingemanse, Owner

Mode Electrical
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2016 Telstra
Australian Capital Territory Micro Business Award

iSimulate

We believe that we are at the forefront of the ideas boom, as advances in technology increasingly influence our culture. We realised five years ago that an iPad was more than just a touch screen computer, it was a device that could be used to lead the way in medical simulation.

iSimulate

A monitor/defibrillator is a device used by health professionals to restart the heart when a patient is ill or the body goes into cardiac arrest, and can often be the determiner between whether someone lives or dies. Whilst defibrillators are literally life savers, they are expensive and cost prohibitive for training purposes. iSimulate sought to alleviate this problem by developing emergency, obstetric and stethoscope iPad simulator systems. The innovative software and bespoke hardware of the emergency system, ALSi, can turn an iPad into a simulated patient monitor or defibrillator, which is completely safe to use on a human actor or mannequin for educational demonstration purposes. The iSimulate systems are more affordable, versatile and realistic than any other systems currently on the market.

The iSimulate systems have grown in popularity worldwide, as they give health educators the tools to conduct simulations anywhere within minutes. In 2015, ALSi became the main teaching device for the European Resuscitation Council Advanced Life Support Course. Similarly the systems have been adopted in Australia and New Zealand by The Advanced Paediatric Life Support Course.

We believe that we are at the forefront of the ideas boom, as advances in technology increasingly influence our culture. We realised five years ago that an iPad was more than just a touch screen computer, it was a device that could be used to lead the way in medical simulation.
Peter Mckie, Co-Founder & CEO

iSimulate
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2016 Telstra
New South Wales Micro Business Award

Rufus & Coco Pty Ltd

We offer a unique solution to retailers in the pet category. We have created a carefully collated cross-category range of well-branded products that offer improved solutions to pets’ everyday health and care needs.

Rufus & Coco Pty Ltd

One might say that Anneke van den Broek is the ultimate pet owner. After owning more than 40 pets in her life, she was well aware of the challenges associated with finding natural, fashionable and well-made goods for her pets. With a marketing and business background, Anneke set out on a mission to create an Australian pet brand that offers inspired, trusted and original products that make a genuine difference in pets’ lives. The Rufus & Coco range currently includes vitamins, grooming, cleaning products, litter and accessories that are available to pets ranging from horses to hamsters.   

In 2008 Rufus & Coco products launched with a range of five vitamins. Eight years on the brand has more than 70 products available nationally in Woolworths, Coles and IGA as well as pet stores and online retailers. The brand is also expanding globally, with products available across Asia, North America and New Zealand. This significant growth is the result of the business’ commitment to understanding and solving consumer needs. Innovation is core, with the range receiving six product awards for innovation and excellence.

We offer a unique solution to retailers in the pet category. We have created a carefully collated cross-category range of well-branded products that offer improved solutions to pets’ everyday health and care needs.
Anneke van den Broek, CEO

Rufus & Coco Pty Ltd
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2016 Telstra
South Australian Small Business Award

Positive Lending Solutions

We’re challenging the finance industry with a scalable business model driven by emerging technology.

Positive Lending Solutions

Founded in mid-2009 in the thick of the Global Financial Crisis, leading online finance broker, Positive Lending Solutions, provides car and asset finance, insurance and home loans to time-poor customers across Australia, and aims to empower Australians with knowledge in order to make wise financial decisions. Through the use of specifically developed software that streamlines inquiries and applications, this Adelaide-based small business is effectively removing the barriers its time poor clients face in obtaining finance, making the process quick and hassle free.

Positive Lending Solutions has built a 100% customer-focussed business, with systems in place to ensure the team is constantly listening and evolving according to the requirements of its customer base.

Managing Director, Tom Caesar, says that in establishing this business, he and his father Mark set out to create a venture the family could really be proud of, and by constantly looking for ways to improve the business, they’ve witnessed exponential growth almost doubling in size each year for the past three years.

We’re challenging the finance industry with a scalable business model driven by emerging technology.
Tom Caesar, Managing Director

Positive Lending Solutions
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2016 Telstra
Northern Territory Small Business Award

Top End Medical Centre

We aim to give our patients the highest possible quality of care, by ensuring excellence in all aspects of our practise.

Top End Medical Centre

Top End Medical Centre has been providing residents of Darwin and its surrounds with access to quality medical care. The clinic offers a holistic approach to medicine, and is able to provide access to dermatology, travel medicine, ophthalmology, paediatrics, psychology and women’s health experts to those patients that require extra care. The company’s directors had extensive experience living and working as General Practitioners in the Territory. Responding to a direct shortage of GPs in the greater Darwin region, they realised a centre that provided affordable, reliable and professional health care all in one place was exactly what the community needed.

From its humble beginnings as a small general practice with six doctors, it has grown to two sites with 29 GPs and has just recently opened a third. The clinic has a database of over 90,000 and is growing at a rate of 49 new patients every day.

We aim to give our patients the highest possible quality of care, by ensuring excellence in all aspects of our practise.
Jacqueline Brandner, Practice Manager

Top End Medical Centre
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2016 Telstra
Queensland Small Business Award

In Safe Hands Educators In Safety

In establishing cost-effective, industry specific training, using multiple delivery types, we challenge the traditional in-house training methods of the sector to meet professional development.

In Safe Hands Educators In Safety

In Safe Hands Educators in Safety is a professional development training organisation in the early years sector specialising in providing industry training in child protection and safety. In Safe Hands has formed partnerships with other specialised trainers, forming a business model which provides licensees with a cost effective solution for quality training. The company seeks to provide parents, community members, volunteers and professionals responsible for children with the hands-on skills they need to promote child protection and safety.

More than 45,000 educators completed training with In Safe Hands in 2015 and the company has doubled in growth across the board in the past 12 months.

In establishing cost-effective, industry specific training, using multiple delivery types, we challenge the traditional in-house training methods of the sector to meet professional development.
Michael Pecic, CEO

In Safe Hands Educators In Safety
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2016 Telstra
Victorian Small Business Award

b.box for kids

Our mission from the outset was to be commercially successful and build a global brand, recognised for its cool ideas and practical product execution.

b.box for kids

After becoming parents, close friends Dannielle Michaels and Monique Filer wanted to create a business that utilised their creative, financial and commercial acumen, while also enabling them to balance the demands of young families. Dannielle and Monique saw a gap in the market for an all-in-one portable baby change solution and so, b.box was born.

b.box for kids designs, manufactures and distributes products for the 0-3 years market, focussing primarily on feeding and nappy changing both at home and on the go. The company’s product range is Australian designed, fun and functional and delivers innovation, quality and value to its customers. The range is available in 750 stores nationally and in 22 countries.

When b.box for kids entered the market in 2009, it had one product. The company now boasts a range of more than 15 products and 80SKUs, with more scheduled for release later this year. Over the past two years, the company has doubled its warehouse capacity, enabling them to scale up production and meet growing wholesale and export demand more cost-effectively.

Our mission from the outset was to be commercially successful and build a global brand, recognised for its cool ideas and practical product execution.
Dannielle Michaels, Co-founder and Director

b.box for kids
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2016 Telstra
Tasmanian Small Business Award

Bridestowe Estate

Bridestowe Estate presents a comprehensive agri-tourism experience in that it encourages visitors to experience the “end-to-end” components of large scale agriculture, harvestings, fine oil distillation and value-added manufacturing and then purchase these items on site.

Bridestowe Estate

Bridestowe Estate is located in North-East Tasmania and provides a unique tourism experience attracting more than 65,000 visitors annually. It is an agri-tourism business and world-class producer of lavender oil and associated products, which are available in all major Australian capital cities, airports and are exported throughout Asia. Bridestowe Estate is also one of the most widely recognised Australian brands in China.

With the acquisition of the iconic but neglected 90 year old property in 2007, the company’s directors identified growth in tourist numbers to the site as an imperative to turning around the struggling business. Using evidence gathered through Austrade and Tourism Australia, Bridestowe Estate began the systematic cultivation of relationships with key influencers across Asia. Success followed, and over the past nine years Bridestowe Estate has become a bellwether business, indicating the potential impact tourism from Asia to Tasmania.

Today visitors to the estate can enjoy 107 hectares of manicured fields, gardens and forests, experience the harvesting and distillation of Bridestowe Lavender Oil, see manufacturing of the company’s world famous mascot ‘Bobbie the Lavender Bear’, indulge in lavender enhanced cuisine and enjoy informative guided tours.

Bridestowe Estate presents a comprehensive agri-tourism experience in that it encourages visitors to experience the “end-to-end” components of large scale agriculture, harvestings, fine oil distillation and value-added manufacturing and then purchase these items on site.
Robert Ravens, Managing Director

Bridestowe Estate
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2016 Telstra
Australian Capital Territory Small Business Award

The Rehabilitation Specialists

Our achievements and growth can be attributed to the quality of our work, our committed team and our relationships with our clients. We’ve built what we aimed to build by staying true to our values and remaining adaptable to market needs.

The Rehabilitation Specialists

The Rehabilitation Specialists launched in June 2012 when co-founder Fiona Fonti identified a business opportunity to create her own venture in rehabilitation services. The core of the business is about helping people return to health and return to work. A range of services are delivered including case management, return-to-work and assessment services. Targeted interventions including return to work and executive coaching, cognitive training, resumé services and early intervention services are aimed at preventing and managing workplace claims and injuries, and at providing practical solutions to barriers that arise. The Rehabilitation Specialists also offer conflict resolution and mediation services, workplace training and education and specialist consulting services. Services are provided under Comcare and State Workcover legislation to life insurers and directly to government and private employers. 

Over the past four years, The Rehabilitation Specialists have grown from three staff to 23, have successfully tendered for a number of large corporate and government contracts and expanded their geographic footprint to include NSW, ACT, Victoria and the Northern Territory.

Our achievements and growth can be attributed to the quality of our work, our committed team and our relationships with our clients. We’ve built what we aimed to build by staying true to our values and remaining adaptable to market needs.
Fiona Fonti, Managing Director

The Rehabilitation Specialists
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2016 Telstra
New South Wales Small Business Award

Spell and The Gypsy Collective

We’re demonstrating to the fashion industry how a female-centric small business can grow and flourish in regional Australia.

Spell and The Gypsy Collective

Spell and The Gypsy Collective is an Australian fashion and lifestyle brand with a continually expanding international presence. With a celebrity following that includes the likes of Alessandra Ambrosio and Katy Perry, the label is fast becoming recognised in global fashion circles for its grassroots approach to business and fashion. Spell and The Gypsy Collective have become known for their unique take on vintage-inspired style and incorporating original prints. Having come from a creative family, sisters Elizabeth Abegg and Isabella Pennefather created the brand as a creative outlet for their everyday lives.

The label currently ships to more than 130 countries, and in the six years since its inception, has expanded its categories to include accessories, homewares, children’s wear and bridal, all with the brand’s signature modern-bohemian aesthetic. The label continues to grow at an impressive rate, as more and more digital influencers take to social media to share their Spell wares with their communities. Spell and The Gypsy Collective itself has a social media following of more than 800,000, and cites this presence across multiple platforms as central to its international growth and success.

Spell and The Gypsy Collective employs 50 women across its Byron Bay based warehouse, office and flagship boutique.

We’re demonstrating to the fashion industry how a female-centric small business can grow and flourish in regional Australia.
Elizabeth Abegg, Owner and Founder

Spell and The Gypsy Collective
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2016 Telstra
South Australian Medium Business Award

Barossa Fine Foods

We are early adopters of trends and changes. We invest great energy in research & development to adapt our offering to our customer lifestyle.

Barossa Fine Foods

Barossa Fine Foods is a successful meat and smallgoods business, begun 25 years ago on a kitchen counter. Franz Knoll, a third generation smallgoods butcher, and his wife, Barbara, took over the business when it was just a market stall in the Adelaide Central Market. Now employing 200 staff across 14 locations and delivering to clients all around Australia, those humble beginnings seem a lifetime ago.

As a diverse business, Barossa Fine Foods is constantly looking to innovate and develop its offerings, and always involving its customers in the process. The company actively supports the business community through its involvement in industry organisations and through collaborative research alongside other businesses, on topics such as water waste treatments or energy efficiency.

The company’s efforts to never compromise on quality have been recognised many times. It is today the most awarded smallgoods producer in Australia, approaching 1,000 product awards.

We are early adopters of trends and changes. We invest great energy in research & development to adapt our offering to our customer lifestyle.
Franz Knoll, Managing Director

Barossa Fine Foods
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2016 Telstra
Queensland Medium Business Award

QUIK CORP

As an Australian manufacturer, we are very aware that to remain viable, we must innovate and manufacture quality Australian-made products.

QUIK CORP

QUIK CORP is defying the odds of the Australian manufacturing industry by focussing its efforts on innovation and providing premium services to its diverse range of clients. The company supplies premium equipment and vehicles to the agricultural, emergency services and mining industries. Highly customisable, the products are always developed in consultation with clients and are considered the industry standard for many projects.

Founded in 1988, the business initially prototyped and commercialised a remote-controlled spraying system; it has now developed into a multi-million dollar business with five sites and 112 staff. Part of its expansion plans, QUIK CORP opened a 4,500 sqm factory in Melbourne in 2015 and in 2016 won its second major contract with the Victorian Government for an additional 80 fire appliances valued at over 15 million dollars.

The company’s distinct focus to work in markets such as agriculture and firefighting, has proven to be a resilient strategy as it has been able to diversify from hose reels to multi-million dollar vehicles in only six years.

As an Australian manufacturer, we are very aware that to remain viable, we must innovate and manufacture quality Australian-made products.
David Wardle, Managing Director

QUIK CORP
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2016 Telstra
Victorian Medium Business Award

Vinomofo

Our mofo tribe of more than 400,000 customers is helping us with our business mission: Saving the wine world!

Vinomofo

Vinomofo is an online wine store which promises to change your wine purchasing experience. Started in 2007 by two brothers-in-law, André Eikmeier and Justin Dry, the business wanted to disrupt the wine industry which, according to them, had grown conservative and intimidating for consumers. The brothers realised that there was a real opportunity in speaking to an entire new generation of wine lovers, and decided to make good wine more accessible to everyone with Vinomofo.

The customers, or more precisely the ‘tribe of vino-loving mofos’, get access to great wine deals, curated to their tastes and delivered to their door. The focused range, along with the buying power of its tribe of customers, means that Vinomofo can share great wines at the best price, making it fun in the process. 

Vinomofo has already won a host of awards and has just raised $25 million which will enable the business to expand internationally to the US, UK, Asia and New Zealand.

Our mofo tribe of more than 400,000 customers is helping us with our business mission: Saving the wine world!
André Eikmeier, Co-founder and Joint-CEO

Vinomofo
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2016 Telstra
Australian Capital Territory Medium Business Award

Capital Airport Group

As the aviation gateway to Australia’s capital city, Canberra Airport makes a major contribution to the local and national economy.

Capital Airport Group

When commercial pilot and former property developer, Terry Snow, acquired Canberra Airport in 1998, it was little more than a clunky terminal with a rundown runway. Snow set out to rebuild and create an airport worthy of the Australian capital city. With a vision of building the world’s best small airport, Capital Airport Group has invested $2 billion in the modernisation of Canberra Airport. Making the most of his property expertise, Snow developed 200,000m2 of office, retail and accommodation space adjacent to the airport, and used the revenue generated from the project to fund the redevelopments. 

In April 2014, after 16 years of work, then Prime Minister Tony Abbott unveiled the transformation saying it spoke of the pride and confidence of the city and of Australia. Now, the airport enables frequent and direct flights to almost all of Australia’s capital cities, with the first two international flights, to Singapore and Wellington, opening later this year. In addition, more than 12,000 people currently work at the airport precinct across 280 businesses. 

Each year, almost 3 million passengers travel to and from Canberra Airport to fly, greet, work, and do business. This number is expected to more than double within the next decade, but the Capital Airport Group is ready to tackle the challenge. 

As the aviation gateway to Australia’s capital city, Canberra Airport makes a major contribution to the local and national economy.
Stephen Byron, Managing Director

Capital Airport Group
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2016 Telstra
New South Wales Medium Business Award

Jewel Fine Foods

We are driven by the core belief that taste and quality should never be compromised for convenience meals.

Jewel Fine Foods

As Australian consumers are becoming increasingly busy with their work and lives, demand has grown for easy access to nutritional, healthy and good value-for-money meals that feed the family. Jewel Fine Foods products supply just that: fresh, authentic, premium quality products, available through major supermarkets. 

Since its inception in 1997, Jewel Fine Foods has established itself as the leading manufacturer in the rapidly growing chilled ready-to-eat meals, soups and breads sector. Jewel supplies an extensive and innovative range of both private label and branded ready Thai, Indian, Malaysian, Vietnamese, Chinese, Mexican and European meals with an outstanding reputation for superior quality and authentic taste.

All products are free from artificial flavours, colouring, additives, preservatives and MSG and they are prepared fresh daily and fit for foodies.

Jewel’s success is partly due to being flexible in meeting clients' constantly changing needs and being able to drive growth through innovation. Together, its experienced, passionate and focussed team has led the business to deliver over 15 million meals in FY16.

We are driven by the core belief that taste and quality should never be compromised for convenience meals.
Kishore Matta, Co-Owner & Managing Director

Jewel Fine Foods
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2016 Telstra
South Australian Charity Award

Barkuma

Barkuma focuses on ability rather than disability. We empower people so they can achieve rewarding jobs, learn new skills and explore their talents.

Barkuma

Nearly fifty years ago, ten parents of children with an intellectual disability in Adelaide’s Northern suburbs, successfully lobbied for the establishment of Barkuma, a school, kindergarten and workshop, which provides vital services to promote inclusion in the community. Barkuma is the Aboriginal word meaning ‘to aid’, and that is just what this not-for-profit organisation does. Today Barkuma supports more than 700 people and employs a total of 150 staff.

Barkuma provides a range of services, guided by a philosophy of individualised service delivery and community inclusion. These services include supported and open employment, community living support, school to work transition programs, and counselling and vocational training.

Barkuma has been recognised as a sector leader, consulted by peak bodies, National Disability Services, sector ministers and universities. The not-for-profit organisation seeks to grow its capacity to provide person-centred services that enable more people to reach their potential. Barkuma strives to be a leader in the provision of disability services and to inform and positively influence the community.

Barkuma focuses on ability rather than disability. We empower people so they can achieve rewarding jobs, learn new skills and explore their talents.
Geoff Blackwood, CEO

Barkuma
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2016 Telstra
Northern Territory Charity Award

HPA "Helping People Achieve"

We are inspiring and empowering people with disabilities to lead fulfilling lives. Our employees and clients are developing confidence, independence and life skills enabling them to live an everyday life in a world where there are no barriers.

HPA "Helping People Achieve"

Formed by Darwin locals Harold and Peg Garner, HPA "Helping People Achieve" has offered supported employment and accommodation options to Territorians living with disabilities since 1963. Their passion and commitment to provide a better lifestyle for people with disabilities has led to the ongoing development of HPA Services for over 50 years.

Today, HPA employs 68 people with intellectual and physical disabilities across two worksites _ Kokoda Industries and Ausdesigns. In addition, it supports 35 people in their homes to live independently within the community. HPA helps its employees and clients develop work and life skills to empower them to participate in everyday community activities. Empowering the future generation, HPA engages with local schools to support work experience programs from Year 10 and a Work Ready Program for school leavers. CEO Tony Burns believes perceptions of people with a disability have changed dramatically over this time and HPA has adapted to the needs of its members and embraced the opportunities to assist and enhance their lives.

We are inspiring and empowering people with disabilities to lead fulfilling lives. Our employees and clients are developing confidence, independence and life skills enabling them to live an everyday life in a world where there are no barriers.
Tony Burns, CEO

HPA "Helping People Achieve"
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2016 Telstra
Queensland Charity Award

World Wellness Group

Our vision of building health equity was founded in response to addressing a key gap in access to health care for marginalised population groups, such as disadvantaged migrants, refugees and asylum seekers.

World Wellness Group

World Wellness Group is a social enterprise multicultural health and wellbeing organisation which runs a clinic for socially disadvantaged people including refugees, asylum seekers, and marginalised migrants. The clinic was formed by a group of health workers, all of whom had many years of experience in the public health system, who had grown increasingly frustrated by lack of referral options for accessible, affordable and appropriate primary health care services for disadvantaged groups. The World Wellness Community Clinic provides essential health services such as GP, psychiatry, mental health, allied health, nursing and traditional medicine such as a community acupuncture clinic. The clinic specifically responds to the needs of a growing diverse population with complex health needs including chronic diseases and mental illnesses and is expanding into providing holistic wellness services.

The business started out of a room that was provided to the team rent-free but after a successful crowdfunding campaign in 2013, established their own clinic in April 2014. The business remains set on increasing growth and remaining a viable social enterprise business.

Our vision of building health equity was founded in response to addressing a key gap in access to health care for marginalised population groups, such as disadvantaged migrants, refugees and asylum seekers.
Rita Prasad-Ildes, Founding Director

World Wellness Group
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2016 Telstra
Victorian Charity Award

Snowdome Foundation

Snowdome is fast-tracking clinical trials by providing multi-year infrastructure funding to get trials activated. No other organisation is solely focused on this research opportunity for Australian blood cancer patients.

Snowdome Foundation

Formed in 2010, the Snowdome Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation with a mission to help those fighting against blood cancers and bone marrow failure syndromes (BMFS) live longer, better lives. The name of the foundation was inspired by Co-founder, Grant Rutherford’s daughter Chloe, whose fascination with snowdomes saw her gifted over 60 throughout her fight against leukaemia. Tragically, she lost her fight at the age of nine.

In May 2015, Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision formed a collaborative partnership with the Snowdome Foundation to fund research into a cure for BMFS. 

Every year 12,000 Australians are diagnosed with blood cancers such as leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma and a further 140 are diagnosed with Bone Marrow Failure.

The Snowdome Foundation’s founders identified a gap in funding between basic research supported by government and large trials commissioned by pharmaceutical companies.  Snowdome’s focus is to support early phase clinical trials to accelerate next-generation treatments for Australian blood cancer patients.

Over the last five years, the collaboration has raised an amazing $11.5 million, resulting in new research, clinical trials and projects that have helped 229 Australian blood cancer patients gain access to treatments that were not otherwise possible.

 

Snowdome is fast-tracking clinical trials by providing multi-year infrastructure funding to get trials activated. No other organisation is solely focused on this research opportunity for Australian blood cancer patients.
Professor Miles Prince AM – Co-founder

Snowdome Foundation
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2016 Telstra
Tasmanian Charity Award

Hobart City Mission

We are leading the way in changing how the not-for-profit sector addresses unmet needs of the community, by actively identifying service gaps and developing solutions.

Hobart City Mission

Hobart City Mission is a not-for-profit, charitable organisation that provides help and support to people in need in Southern Tasmania. The Mission offers emergency assistance and a range of other support services and programs, to enable people to participate in community life to the best of their ability. Services include family, housing and disability support and counselling. 

Clients in need may be offered help with provision of food, furniture and clothing. Many people assisted by the Mission are experiencing a crisis, from a lack of housing, facing health issues or simply needing support with basic necessities. The Mission seeks to address these issues by offering life skills education for people in the community who are socially disadvantaged. 

Hobart City Mission works to build the community's awareness of the needs of its most vulnerable people and encourage resilience, which helps strengthen the local community. 

Over the past six years, the Hobart City Mission has grown from operating six programs in 2010, to 16 programs in 2016, with an additional three initiatives currently in development. With a robust strategic plan, the Mission’s focus is to continue meeting the changing cultural and demographic needs of the community.  

We are leading the way in changing how the not-for-profit sector addresses unmet needs of the community, by actively identifying service gaps and developing solutions.
John Stubley, CEO

Hobart City Mission
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2016 Telstra
Australian Capital Territory Charity Award

Ronald McDonald House Canberra

Over our 30+ years we have learned that it is the small things we are able to do to support a family that will more often mean the most to them.

Ronald McDonald House Canberra

Ronald McDonald House Canberra supports families from ACT and Southern NSW in their time of need by keeping families close through its four core programs: Ronald McDonald House, Family Room, Family Retreat and Learning Program.

Ronald McDonald House Canberra is part of a global charity founded 40 years ago in Philadelphia by four people who saw a need for accommodation for families going through childhood illness. In 1981, the first Ronald McDonald House opened in Australia. Nationally, the charity runs 15 houses, 14 Family Rooms and five Family Retreats. 

Ronald McDonald House Canberra opened in October 2012 in the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children. The Canberra house features 11 guestrooms for the families of sick kids. The convenient location of the House inside the hospital ensures antenatal patients are cared for and nursing mothers are close by their baby’s side 24 hours a day.

In May of this year they welcomed their 1000th family into the fold.

Over our 30+ years we have learned that it is the small things we are able to do to support a family that will more often mean the most to them.
Michelle McCormack, Executive Officer

Ronald McDonald House Canberra
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2016 Telstra
New South Wales Charity Award

Butterfly Foundation

Butterfly Foundation was founded to raise awareness, reduce stigma, change the culture of treatment and support, and raise funds from government and philanthropy to invest in support services for people suffering from eating disorders.

Butterfly Foundation

Eating disorders are estimated to have affected approximately one million Australians in 2015 but less than 25 per cent of these people are accessing treatment. National charity, Butterfly Foundation, seeks to raise awareness of the neuro-psychiatric disorders known as eating disorders at all levels of government and community, with a particular focus on the experiences of individuals and their carers. Butterfly Foundation delivers education programs for young people, a national tele-web counselling service, clinical treatment and community support services, and conducts research and development and national awareness campaigns. Eating disorders can last for more than 10 years, the recovery rate is less than 50 per cent and they have the highest fatality rate of any psychiatric disorder. With early intervention, recovery rates can be increased to 80 per cent and recovery achieved in 12 months.

Butterfly Foundation was founded to raise awareness, reduce stigma, change the culture of treatment and support, and raise funds from government and philanthropy to invest in support services for people suffering from eating disorders.
Christine Morgan, CEO and Director

Butterfly Foundation
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Winners are announced progressively around the country. Winners for this State/Territory will be published shortly. Please check again soon.

Winners are announced progressively around the country. Winners for this State/Territory will be published shortly. Please check again soon.

Winners are announced progressively around the country. Winners for this State/Territory will be published shortly. Please check again soon.

Winners are announced progressively around the country. Winners for this State/Territory will be published shortly. Please check again soon.