How to Nominate

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:

Small Business and Medium to Large Business Categories:
  • Entrants must have been born overseas, in a country other than Australia.
  • Entrants must be Australian citizens or hold permanent residency.
  • Entrants must hold and provide evidence of a registered Australian Business Number (ABN).
  • Entrants must be operational as a business for a minimum of 3 years.
  • Entrants must own the whole or part of the business nominated.
  • Entrants must be transparent with financial due diligence reporting.
  • Entrants 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:
  • Entrants must be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.
  • Entrants 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 that:

  • The entrant is of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent;
  • The entrant identifies as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person; and
  • The entrant 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 organisation confirming that the entrant is recognised by his or her community as a person of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.

  • Entrants may be required to provide additional evidence if the above evidence is not considered sufficient.
  • Entrants must be Australian citizens or hold permanent residency.
  • Entrants must hold and provide evidence of a registered Australian Business Number (ABN).
  • Entrants must own the whole or part of the business nominated (where it is part, a minimum of 50% must be owned by a shareholder who is of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent).
  • Entrants must be transparent with financial due diligence reporting.
  • Entrants 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, entrants will be placed into one of the three (3) award categories. All entrants are required to submit detailed financial reports as support data with appropriate references. At all times this information will be treated confidentially and will be used for judging purposes only. For further information please refer to our Privacy Policy.

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.

Award Categories

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:

Small Business
(under 5$M per annum turnover)
Medium to Large Business
(over 5$M per annum turnover)
Indigenous in Business
(over 5$M per annum turnover)
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