Telstra Best of Business Awards

Telstra has been supporting Australian small and medium-sized businesses for over 25 years with the Telstra Business Awards and Telstra Business Women’s Awards. In 2020 these were cancelled while businesses focused on the myriad of challenges of COVID-19. Meanwhile, Telstra explored how to better reflect and celebrate today’s dynamic and diverse small and medium-sized business arena. The result was the Telstra Best of Business Awards. The Telstra Best of Business Awards were created to give small and medium-sized businesses a platform to celebrate achievements and stories with their peers, and opportunities to learn from Australia’s best business minds.
The awards recognise state finalists and winners, with the state winners becoming finalists in the national competition.
The new awards program has a different focus, categories and submission process. Here’s what you need to know.

What’s involved?

There are three phases in the application process. For phase one, applicants will need to complete a multiple choice questionnaire which takes about 90 minutes to complete. For those that successfully progress to phase two, they will need to submit seven three-minute videos and two long-form written responses. For those who progress to phase 3, they will need to submit a written application of approximately 6,000 words which pitches their business to the judges. Applicants must also include supporting documents such as financial or business metrics, statistics, media coverage or other relevant information. Submissions are made online.



  • Progressing Australia. Each year, the committee will base the category on the most important issues affecting Australia and set the theme for the Award accordingly.
  • Accelerating Women. For businesses actively challenging exclusion and inequality to create meaningful and lasting equity for women.
  • Championing Health. For businesses focused on innovative solutions, improving health outcomes for every Australian.
  • Building Communities. For businesses working to make a positive impact on culture and society so people from all walks of life can thrive as part of a supportive community.
  • Indigenous Excellence. For indigenous-led, owned and operated businesses succeeding through entrepreneurialism, innovation and inspiring the next generation of all Australians.
  • Embracing Innovation. For businesses innovating with technology to develop solutions for challenges faced by modern Australia.
  • Promoting Sustainability. For businesses reducing their environmental impact by driving sustainable change within their industry for a cleaner and healthier planet.
  • Outstanding Growth. For businesses achieving significant growth and contributing to building a more resilient Australian economy.



Phase one entries usually open in May/June and close in June/July. Phase two entries usually open in July/August and close in August/September. Phase three entries usually open in August/September and close in October.

Amplify your chance of success!

Need help with your award submission? Why not work with Australia’s leading awards writers, Green Door Co. Eight out of ten will be shortlisted and over half of those will 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.