Nomination and Award Process

Each year, a distinguished judges panel convenes to review stories from hundreds of nominees. An overview of the nomination and award process is detailed below.

The first stage involves calling for nomination. This is open to businesses that wish to nominate themselves, but may also be nominated by others. Eligibility for nomination requires meeting all of the specific criteria guidelines outlined below, from the date of nomination to the day of the Gala Presentation Dinner, and adhering to the terms and conditions set out in the nomination form.

The purpose of the screening stage is to ensure that applicants meet all of the following specific criteria guidelines:

 

Small Business and Medium to Large Business Categories:

 

  • Applicants must be born overseas in a country other than Australia.
  • Applicants must be Australian citizens or hold permanent residency.
  • Applicants must hold and provide evidence of a registered Australian Business Number (ABN).
  • Applicants must be operational as a business for a minimum of three years.
  • Applicants must own the whole or part of the nominated business.
  • Applicants must be transparent with financial due diligence reporting.
  • Applicants must be of good name and character, and must not have engaged, directly or indirectly, in any conduct, which, in the opinion of the Ethnic Business Awards, might discredit the Awards.

 

Indigenous in Business Category:

 

  • Applicants must be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.
  • Applicants are required to provide evidence of their Aboriginality or Torres Strait Islander descent. Usually, this evidence will consist of the following:

1- a statutory declaration completed by the entrant declaring the following:

 

  • The applicant is of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent;
  • The applicant identifies as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person; and
  • The applicant is recognised by his or her community as a person of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.

 

2- A document executed by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander organization, confirming that the applicant is recognised by his or her community as a person of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.

 

  • Applicants may be required to provide additional evidence if the above is not considered sufficient.
  • Applicants must be Australian citizens or hold permanent residency.
  • Applicants must hold and provide evidence of a registered Australian Business Number (ABN).
  • Applicants must own the whole or part of the nominated business (where it is part, a minimum of 50% must be owned by a shareholder of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent).
  • Applicants must be transparent with financial due diligence reporting.
  • Applicants must be of good name and character, and must not have engaged, directly or indirectly, in any conduct, which, in the opinion of the Ethnic Business Awards, might discredit the Awards.

 

During this stage, applicants will be placed into one of the three award categories. All applicants are required to submit detailed financial reports as support data with the appropriate references. At all times, this information will be treated confidentially and used for judging purposes only. For further information, please refer to our Privacy Policy.

 

In addition, applicants must also comply with all State and Federal Government legislation and regulations, and all relevant industry codes of practice. If shortlisted, entrants must agree to have their business and personal story made the subject of a short documentary style presentation, which is to be screened during the Gala Presentation Dinner and subsequent broadcast to national and international television audiences.

All finalists will be invited to attend a Gala Presentation Dinner where a winner of each award category will be announced. Winners will receive a crystal trophy, 10,000$ cash towards their business or charity of choice, and an assortment of gifts from our corporate sponsors.

Award Categories

Up until 2010, the Ethnic Business Awards had featured two core categories, with the third introduced during that year. Currently, the three EBA award categories are as follows:

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