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Winners

Celebrating Australia’s best businesses

Congratulations to all the Telstra Business Awards winners, who have been selected by our expert judging panel as the highest achieving businesses in their respective categories. We wish them all the best with their future success, and we can’t wait to see what they’ll achieve next.

National winner

GenWise Health

2017 Telstra Australian Business of the Year

"By building an online clinic platform, that saves time and allows for better remuneration, we're able to attract more GPs into the sector." Dr Sebastian Rees, Co-Founder

Dr Troye Wallett and Dr Sebastian Rees experienced challenges related to the inefficient recording of medical notes, poor communication, lack of peer support and low remuneration. As a solution, the two doctors established GenWise Health in 2014, an aged-care specific online clinic platform that is streamlined and cost-effective.
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National category winners

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2017 Telstra Australian Medium Business Award
VIC

ELK

"In an environment where so much fashion is seen as disposable and at the whim of fleeting trends, ELK offers a head-to-toe wardrobe solution that can be worn across seasons." Marnie Goding, Co-Founder & Creative Director

Husband-wife team Adam Koniaras and Marnie Goding always knew they wanted to work together. Combining their technical and marketing skills with a shared love for design, they launched ELK in 2004. The independent fashion label creates a diverse collection encompassing apparel and accessories.

2017 Telstra Australian Micro Business Award
SA

GenWise Health

"By building an online clinic platform, that saves time and allows for better remuneration, we're able to attract more GPs into the sector." Dr Sebastian Rees, Co-Founder

Dr Troye Wallett and Dr Sebastian Rees experienced challenges related to the inefficient recording of medical notes, poor communication, lack of peer support and low remuneration. As a solution, the two doctors established GenWise Health in 2014, an aged-care specific online clinic platform that is streamlined and cost-effective.

2017 Telstra Australian Small Business Award
NSW

Love To Dream

"Love To Dream has designed a three-stage sleep system and accompanying garments that help babies sleep better from birth to four years of age." Hana-Lia Krawchuk, Director

Believing there was a safer and more effective way to swaddle babies, Hana-Lia developed a line of garments that would allow babies to sleep safely, soundly and more comfortably. The result has been a true sleep revolution, with Love To Dream's shaped swaddles, sleep suits and sleep bags now among the most successful items in Australia's infant products industry.

2017 Telstra Australian Charity Award
NSW

MS Research Australia

"Until we find a cure - and we've made incredible progress towards that - we will devote our attention to ensuring we are completely and utterly aligned with the needs of people with MS." Dr Matthew Miles, CEO

In Australia, one to two people are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) every day. This is just one reason why MS Research Australia is on a mission to accelerate research towards the prevention of MS, establish better treatments and ultimately find a cure.

2017 Telstra Australian New Business Award
NSW

Over The Moo

"My proudest achievement was seeing Over The Moo roll out to more than 500 Woolworths stores in March 2017. It represented the 'coming of age' for Over The Moo." Alexander Houseman, Founder and Head Honcho

As a lactose intolerant ice cream lover, Alexander Houseman struggled to find ice cream that ticked the boxes of catering for his requirements while also being reasonably priced, creamy and just a little bit indulgent.

State winners

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2017 Telstra Medium Business Award
State Winner ACT

ABS Façade

"Within our business we strive to solve our clients issues by introducing a product that is made from durable, reliable, quality material." Jack Vanderglas, Logistics Coordinator

For ABS Façade, it's what's on the outside that counts. Handling the design, engineering, fabrication, assembly and erection of custom facade systems, ABS Façade provides complete design-build solutions for the construction marketplace.

2017 Telstra Small Business Award
QLD

Agri Labour Australia

"Our niche recruitment and HR consultancy solves workforce problems across all agricultural employers in regional Australia." Casey Brown, Managing Director

Born and raised in the country to parents who worked on the land, Queensland brothers, Luke and Casey Brown, were acutely aware of this struggle. In 2010, they started Agri Labour Australia, a recruitment agency specifically tailored to Australia's agriculture industry.

2017 Telstra New Business Award
TAS

Ankalia Textiles

"As parents ourselves, we understand the bond that baby-wearing products can foster between a parent and child, so we wanted to create a range that would support this experience." Kellie Rakich, Director

Two mothers set up Ankalia Textiles, a company dedicated to producing Australian-made baby carriers and accessories. The business is now focused on becoming the leading Australian supplier of baby wearing products in the global market.

2017 Telstra Charity Award
State Winner TAS

BIG hART

"Big hART works across vast geographies nationally, including remote and isolated communities." Scott Rankin, CEO

BIG hART was established 25 years ago, in what was at the time the poorest electorate in the poorest state of the country. Set up as an innovative experiment to find new ways of dealing with disadvantage, the collective unearths cases of hidden injustice, working closely with those experiencing the issue to overcome it.

2017 Telstra Small Business Award
ACT

Capital Chemist Wanniassa

"We know our community loves our team, values our contribution to their healthcare, and trusts us to be their partner in health. That is the ultimate motivator for what we do." Elise Apolloni, Managing Partner

Capital Chemist Wanniassa has served the Canberra community since 1978 with extended-hours healthcare. A $300,000 renovation in 2015 transformed the chemist into a future-ready health hub with two medical-grade consultation rooms and cutting-edge pharmacy services.

2017 Telstra New Business Award
ACT

Dex

"We have successfully produced a liquid meal that can safely be consumed before surgery. We provide patients with the opportunity to be comfortable before surgery." Dr David Reiner, Director

Anaesthetist, Dr David Reiner, recognised that patients in hospital waiting to undergo surgery were 'hangry', which means being both hungry and angry at the same time. In collaboration with his wife Anna they set out to find a solution. The solution found was Dex. A calorie-dense complex carbohydrate drink that empties rapidly from the stomach.

2017 Telstra Medium Business Award
VIC

ELK

"In an environment where so much fashion is seen as disposable and at the whim of fleeting trends, ELK offers a head-to-toe wardrobe solution that can be worn across seasons." Marnie Goding, Co-Founder & Creative Director

Husband-wife team Adam Koniaras and Marnie Goding always knew they wanted to work together. Combining their technical and marketing skills with a shared love for design, they launched ELK in 2004. The independent fashion label creates a diverse collection encompassing apparel and accessories.

2017 Telstra New Business Award
State Winner QLD

Family Doctors Plus

"Our focus is on preventing disease, as well as treating it. We aim to empower people to optimise their health and take charge of their well-being." Dr Maria Boulton, Director

Disillusioned with the proliferation of the five-minute medicine approach, Dr Fiona Raciti and Dr Maria Boulton started Family Doctors Plus with the goal to empower people to optimise their health and take charge of their well-being.

2017 Telstra Micro Business Award
NSW

gemaker

"Our services bridge the valley of death between invention and business growth, by analysing the market, advising on IP and commercialisation strategy, identifying funding opportunities, promoting research-industry engagement, and providing marketing communications for our clients." Natalie Chapman, Managing Director

gemaker helps researchers, inventors, start-ups and expanding businesses bring innovative products and services to global markets by connecting them to strategic partners, funding and customers.

2017 Telstra Micro Business Award
State Winner SA

GenWise Health

"By building an online clinic platform, that saves time and allows for better remuneration, we're able to attract more GPs into the sector." Dr Sebastian Rees, Co-Founder

Dr Troye Wallett and Dr Sebastian Rees experienced challenges related to the inefficient recording of medical notes, poor communication, lack of peer support and low remuneration. As a solution, the two doctors established GenWise Health in 2014, an aged-care specific online clinic platform that is streamlined and cost-effective.

2017 Telstra Medium Business Award
State Winner NT

HiQA Geotechnical

"We don't accept being the same as every other construction materials testing company. Our aim is to always exceed industry expectations and go above and beyond to keep our clients' projects running on time and to budget." Luke Myall, Owner/Director

HiQA delivers testing and sampling for the construction, defence and mining industries anywhere in the Northern Territory and Western Australia. Luke says HiQA is a young company with energetic leaders and team members who are not afraid to push the boundaries.

2017 Telstra New Business Award
State Winner VIC

Hivint

"Hivint enables cybersecurity collaboration to share resources and solutions, rather than just locking them away." Nick Ellsmore, Chief Apiarist

Hivint founders Craig Searle and Nick Ellsmore believe "community-driven security" is the future of cybersecurity management. Focused on fundamentally changing the way cybersecurity professional services are provided and consumed in the Australian market, the duo developed SecurityColony.com, an Australian-first collaboration platform.

2017 Telstra Micro Business Award
TAS

House of Dance Tasmania

"My philosophy is to encourage dancers of all skills, levels and body types and abilities, to dance. Dance is a wonderful way to express oneself, and helps develop cultural understanding and community awareness." Michelle Williams, Creative Director/Owner

In 2000, the enthusiastic Michelle Williams opened the doors to House of Dance Tasmania. What started as a one-woman show in a local hall in Hobart quickly expanded to meet demand and changing market needs.

2017 Telstra Small Business Award
SA

Kid Sense Child Development

"We ensure the daily lives of parents, siblings and the wider family, carers, teachers, school mates and friends are all impacted positively by the improvements made in the behaviours and abilities of a single child." Joanna Buttfield, Founder and Executive Director _ Clinical Operations

Kid Sense Child Development was born in 1998 and has since become one of South Australia's primary private providers of centre-based paediatric occupational therapy and speech pathology services.

2017 Telstra Medium Business Award
SA

L.V. DOHNT & CO. Pty Ltd

"Our core business as a chipping contractor is providing the Southern Hemisphere with sustainable and certified wood fibre to meet the needs of an expanding population." Phillip Dohnt, Managing Director

Now a fourth generation family business, L.V. DOHNT & CO. Pty Ltd is a revered name in the forestry industry, with a reputation for providing the Southern Hemisphere with sustainable and certified wood fibre to meet the needs of an expanding population.

2017 Telstra Small Business Award
NSW

Love To Dream

"Love To Dream has designed a three-stage sleep system and accompanying garments that help babies sleep better from birth to four years of age." Hana-Lia Krawchuk, Director

Believing there was a safer and more effective way to swaddle babies, Hana-Lia developed a line of garments that would allow babies to sleep safely, soundly and more comfortably. The result has been a true sleep revolution, with Love To Dream's shaped swaddles, sleep suits and sleep bags now among the most successful items in Australia's infant products industry.

2017 Telstra Micro Business Award
QLD

Mountain Bikes Direct

"Mountain Bikes Direct is our response to the shift in consumer buying habits - low overheads, great partnerships with our suppliers, streamlined systems and a focus on addressing customers' needs by being online only." Jen Geale, Co-Founder

Michael Geale and Tim McCullough decided to transition their retail business to a pure-play e-commerce operation, called Mountain Bikes Direct. Making it possible for riders to buy from an Australian retailer at a globally competitive price, Mountain Bikes Direct is dedicated to countering the issues customers often face when purchasing from an overseas retailer.

2017 Telstra Charity Award
State Winner NSW

MS Research Australia

"Until we find a cure - and we've made incredible progress towards that - we will devote our attention to ensuring we are completely and utterly aligned with the needs of people with MS." Dr Matthew Miles, CEO

In Australia, one to two people are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) every day. This is just one reason why MS Research Australia is on a mission to accelerate research towards the prevention of MS, establish better treatments and ultimately find a cure.

2017 Telstra New Business Award
SA

Myriota

"Australia is poised to take part in the Internet of Things revolution, where machine-to-machine communications will drastically change the way we work, live, learn and play." Tom Rayner, Business Development Executive

brainchild of Dr Alex Grant and Dr David Haley, and the culmination of three years' research with the University of South Australia, Myriota has developed a new class of satellite connectivity to provide access to small amounts of data, from any location on the planet, at a very low cost.

2017 Telstra Medium Business Award
QLD

NIOA

"NIOA is able to adapt more quickly, assemble more attractive and innovative solutions, offer more intrinsic value and provide higher levels of support than our competitors in the field of arms and ammunition." Robert Nioa, Managing Director

Frustrated by the service he received as a competitive clay target shooter and hunter, Bill Nioa began exploring the possibility of establishing his own ammunition distribution business, founded on providing exceptional levels of customer support.

2017 Telstra Small Business Award
NT

Northern Territory Veterinary Services

"We had a real desire to bring high quality veterinary services to regional and remote NT, improve animal welfare and use our skills to build and grow a small business." Dr Sam McMahon, Owner

Northern Territory Veterinary Services provides animal care across the Northern Territory, with two full-service practices located in Katherine and Alice Springs.

2017 Telstra Micro Business Award
NT

Nth Degree Engineering Services

"We go to the Nth Degree for our clients, in our service delivery, and to support our staff." Andrew Neville, Founding Director

Nth Degree Engineering Services is a multi-disciplinary consultancy offering services in engineering, project management, integrated management systems, business support, auditing, environmental planning and building design. Established in 2011, the Darwin-based consultancy continues a family history of engineering spanning more than a century.

2017 Telstra New Business Award
NSW

Over The Moo

"My proudest achievement was seeing Over The Moo roll out to more than 500 Woolworths stores in March 2017. It represented the 'coming of age' for Over The Moo." Alexander Houseman, Founder and Head Honcho

As a lactose intolerant ice cream lover, Alexander Houseman struggled to find ice cream that ticked the boxes of catering for his requirements while also being reasonably priced, creamy and just a little bit indulgent.

2017 Telstra Medium Business Award
NSW

Prospa

"Prospa solves two critical pain points for small business owners: the glacial pace at which bigger banks evaluate loan applications and their inflexibility - especially the need to provide a family home as security." Beau Bertoli, Joint CEO and Co-founder

Fuelled by an ambition to change the way people experience finance, Greg and Beau set up Prospa to provide fast, easy access to unsecured loans of between $5,000 and $250,000.

2017 Telstra Charity Award
NT

Riding for the Disabled in the Top End

"We are always demonstrating that looking at things differently can change a life; we encourage new ways of thinking and doing in every field." Lesley Monro, Centre Manager

Riding for the Disabled in the Top End has been riding high ever since its very first programme launched in 1990 from the backyard of a home in Humpty Doo. Running a programme of sporting, therapeutic, educational and recreational equestrian activities designed to develop the abilities and enrich the lives of people with disabilities.

2017 Telstra Small Business Award
TAS

Salamanca Dental

Salamanca Dental is proud to be known as the 'smile providers' to the people of Southern Tasmania and beyond. Salamanca Dental provides one-appointment smile makeovers through a range of cosmetic options, which founder Dr Marta Bauk says are virtually pain-free and affordable on most budgets. Since starting in 2014, the practice has focused on creating a culture of continuous improvement that embraces the latest techniques, technology and training, as well as building relationships and confidence within the community.

2017 Telstra Micro Business Award
VIC

Showkidz Management

"We are a talent agency with a clear message for the industry: diversity is key. Working with national and international casting agents, we aim to ensure the right child is skilled and orientated to work as a professional within the industry." Terri Svoronos, Owner and Director

With the goal to break down barriers of the entertainment casting culture, Terri successfully started and ran numerous entertainment companies culminating in Showkidz, a talent agency that supplies diverse children's talent to industry.

2017 Telstra Charity Award
VIC

sleepbus

"Our goal is to prevent people falling deeper into a cycle of homelessness by providing a safe place to sleep until they can get back on their feet." Simon Rowe, Founder and CEO

Using his 20-plus years of business experience, Simon set about developing a simple solution with a mission: to bring safe overnight accommodation to people sleeping rough in Australia. Founded in 2016, sleepbus is the world's first charity converting old buses into temporary overnight accommodation for homeless people.

2017 Telstra Small Business Award
VIC

TM Insight

"TM Insight is the only business in Australia that provides a fully integrated approach to supply chain, property and project management." Travis Erridge, Director

TM Insight is a specialist consultancy firm bringing together industry experience in supply chain optimisation, property advisory, and project management to help businesses adapt and thrive in a changing industry.

2017 Telstra New Business Award
NT

Tutor Me (NT)

"Each individual student who makes progress, whether it be showing the correct pencil grip or mastering vertical equations, is a great milestone for us and for them." Kylie Clarke, Director

Tutor Me (NT) is an educational learning centre dedicated to developing confidence and fostering the learning potential of children from Preschool to Year 8. After their own experiences and challenges sourcing tutoring for their own children, Founders, Kylie Clarke and Meagan Whitbourne, saw a gap in the market for professional, sincere and authentically driven tutoring support services.

2017 Telstra Charity Award
QLD

Youngcare

"Our vision is a future where all young people, regardless of their care needs, have the freedom to choose where they live, who they live with and how they live their lives." Anthony Ryan, CEO

Youngcare is fighting for freedom of choice for young people with high care needs and their loved ones. Through developing premium, age-appropriate housing solutions, access to grants and running a national support line, since launching in 2005, Youngcare has enabled 689 young people with high care needs to exit or avoid admission into inappropriate housing.

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