Frequently asked questions
Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the Telstra Business Awards. If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Awards team on 1800 AWARDS.
Does it cost anything to nominate a business or become an entrant?
No. Nominating and entering the Awards are both free.
Can I nominate my own business?
Yes. If your business meets the criteria, you are more than welcome to self-nominate. You’ll find the eligibility criteria here.
What prizes are on offer for Award winners?
Winners share in cash grants and business services worth over $800,000. The prizes are divided among the State/Territory and National winners. There are also other significant benefits that go beyond the prizes. Entrants become part of a community of successful business people and the raised profile of their business can help achieve even greater success.
A final major benefit of entering the Awards is a free Business Health Check, which all entrants receive. It outlines areas of business health and identifies opportunities for improvement.
When must an entry be completed by?
Nominations can be made at any time during the year. To qualify for the current round of the Awards, nominees must submit their entries between Monday 30 January 2017 and midnight on the closing date, Thursday 16 March 2017.
How long does it take to complete the entry form?
This varies by business, however the experience of past entrants suggest allowing 20 to 30 hours in total. You can answer the questions in any order you like, and can return to your entry as many times as you wish within the open entry period of 30th January to 16th March. Before making a start on the entry, it’s a good idea to gather together all the relevant information.
Before writing answers, it's a good idea to review the Awards Information Pack that lists all the questions and can help streamline the process. The Awards Information Pack can be downloaded here.
Apart from filling in the online entry, how much time is taken up by being an entrant in the Awards?
Shortlisted entrants need to make more time available to continue with the Awards. They will receive a visit from Judges at their workplace, which usually takes about 40 minutes. Later in the process, state/territory winners will be flown to Melbourne for various National workshops and celebrations. There’s more information about what’s involved here (Judging process) and here (Key Award dates).
Can an entrant win more than one Award?
Yes. It’s possible to win a category Award and the overall State and Territory Award. You can also be the recipient of multiple Awards by winning at both a State/Territory and National level.
Do all the questions have to be answered?
Yes. The Judges score each answer and the entries are often referred to during the Awards process. So all answers should be considered carefully and packed with information that highlights the great achievements of the business
What if an entrant is unable to answer the financial questions?
If a business has problems with the financial questions, we recommend they ask their accountant for help. For an entry to be valid, all the questions must be fully and accurately answered. Also, if an entrant proceeds to the second round, all supplied figures will require verification from their accountant. There are more details about this here (Entry details)
What do the Judges look for in an entry?
The Judges look for concise answers that are relevant, accurate and honest. They want an understanding of the business principles, philosophies and practices. They also want a sense of how the business became successful and the plans and vision for the future. There is more information about the Judging criteria here.
Who judges the entries?
Judges are chosen from a pool of National business experts and successful business people. They all sign confidentiality agreements and treat entry information with strictest confidence.
What is the Business Health check?
The Business Health Check is a report that every entrant receives at no charge. It’s compiled using the information submitted in the entry form and gives an overview of that specific business, identifying issues and making recommendations for improvements. Many entrants see it as a major benefit of entering the Awards. There’s more information about the Business Health Check here.