Each year a distinguished panel of judges convene to review stories from hundreds of nominations. An overview of the nomination and award process is set out below.
The call for nomination is the first stage of the process. Nominations are open to businesses that wish to nominate themselves, however businesses may also be nominated by others. In order to be eligible for nomination, entrants must meet all of the specific criteria guidelines outlined below from the date of nomination to the date of the Gala Presentation Dinner, and must agree to adhere to the terms and conditions set out in the nomination form.
The screening is designed to ensure that entrants meet all of the following specific criteria guidelines:
1- a statutory declaration completed by the entrant declaring that:
2- a document executed by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander organisation confirming that the entrant is recognised by his or her community as a person of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.
In addition, entrants 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 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.
From year to year, the Ethnic Business Awards have comprised of two core categories, with a third category recently introduced in 2010. The three current award categories are: