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Category description

This award recognises the business that has most effectively shaped its success and delivered outstanding growth and development through a focus on people empowerment, culture, innovation and being an employer of choice.

It is open to all businesses that have been trading for at least two full financial years and is based on the period of the 2017 financial year.

To be eligible for this award, the business needs to have 200 or fewer employees as of 30 June 2017 and must be registered in Australia (or respective state/territory) as a sole trader, a partnership, or an incorporated or listed business.

Assessment criteria

Please answer the following questions (400 words max per question):

  • Detail your approach to people management and culture and how it has shaped your business, including its successes
  • Outline the staff management/development strategies you have implemented in your business to ensure you attract/retain the best talent
  • What actions, initiatives and programs have you implemented that has improved your business and the overall workplace environment?
  • Highlight any innovation in improving your workplace which has made your company a more satisfying place to work/an employer of choice
  • What are your plans for the next two years to create or reinforce your position as a workplace of choice and how will you implement this plan?

Supporting documents

You are encouraged to provide and refer to any attached supporting material for the judges’ consideration. This material may differ depending on the category and can include financial or business metrics, images, statistics, media coverage and other relevant information. If documents are not directly referenced and relevant to your submission, they will be disregarded. You may submit a maximum of FOUR supporting documents to strengthen your entry, unless directly requested.

We also encourage entrants to submit an optional short video up to 30 seconds long answering the question, “What does business success mean to you?”

To start your application, click here.

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