Telstra Business Awards

For over 25 years, the Telstra Business Awards has helped put Australia’s best small and medium businesses in the spotlight.

From the personalised Business Benchmark Report and networking opportunities, to the national recognition finalists and winners receive, the Telstra Business Awards not only support innovation and inspiration in the business community, they provide the chance for businesses to unlock their potential.

As part of nominating, every entrant will receive a Personalised In-depth Business Report with professional insights, advice and guidance to help guide future growth for their small or medium business, not-for-profit organisation or social enterprise.

Each state event awards a State Category Winner across four categories (based on business size with an additional category for social impact organisations), as well as an overall State Winner. The individual State Category Winners will reconvene at the National Final where the National Category Winners will be announced.

What’s involved?

There are two phases in the application process. For phase one, applicants will need to complete a multiple choice questionnaire which will from the basis of their Business Benchmark Report. For those that successfully progress to phase two, they will need to submit a written submission of up to 10,000 words. Applicants must also include supporting documents such as financial or business metrics, statistics, media coverage or other relevant information. Submissions are made online.



  • Emerging and Energised (for startups operating for less than three years)
  • Small and succeeding (for businesses with an annual turnover less than $3 million and under 200 employees)
  • Medium and making waves (for businesses with an annual turnover over $3 million and under 200 employees)
  • Social change maker (not-for-profit, social enterprise and profit-for-purpose organisations)



Phase one entries usually open in January and close in March. Phase two entries usually open in March and close in April or May.

Amplify your chance of success!

Need help with your award submission? Why not work with Australia’s leading awards writers, Green Door Co. We’ve drafted over 130 award applications in the past three years. Eight out of ten will be shortlisted and seven out of ten of those will then go on to win.

Need help entering awards? Contact us. Want to find out which other awards you can enter this or next year? Check out our list of business awards.