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If you can't find what you're looking for, give the Awards team a call on 1800 817 536 Monday - Friday 9am-5pm.


  • When will the 2020 Telstra Business Women’s Awards winners be announced?

    Winners will be announced on Thursday 30th April, 2020. Winners will be notified via a phone call and email, and will be celebrated in a national campaign across press and social media – so if you’re a winner, get ready for your moment in the spotlight!

  • Will there be a 2020 Telstra Business Women's Awards national event?

    Together, we're facing an exceptional challenge in the form of the COVID-19 pandemic. With this in mind, and after careful consideration, the National Awards will not be proceeding as planned.

  • What is the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the 2020 Telstra Business Women’s Awards events?

    As governments and agencies around the world move to contain COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we’re also taking the right precautions to look after your wellbeing, and our people’s. This sadly includes all the Telstra Business Women’s Awards events.

    The Telstra Business Women’s Awards is about showcasing and celebrating the women who are transforming business, and we remain committed to do that.

  • I have purchased tickets to the 2020 Telstra Business Women’s Awards events, will I receive a refund?

    Due to the cancellation of our state events, the cost of all purchased tickets will be refunded.

    Refunds will be provided up to 10 business days post the state event date, to the same bank account used to purchase the ticket.

  • Where can I find out more about Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

    For more information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) please click here.

    For information on Australia’s response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), please click here.

    To view the latest information from the World Health Organisation, please click here.

    If you have further questions about coronavirus and its impact on Telstra Business Women’s Awards that have not been answered above, you can contact our team on 1800 817 536 Monday - Friday 9am-5pm.

  • Does it cost anything to nominate someone or enter the Awards?

    No. Nominating and entering the Telstra Business Women's Awards are both free.

  • Can I nominate myself?

    Absolutely! If you meet the criteria, then you’re more than welcome to nominate yourself. If you’re unsure, check out the eligibility criteria here.

  • Can I nominate someone anonymously?

    Yes. When making a nomination, you'll be given the choice to remain anonymous.

Being nominated

  • What happens after a nomination is made?

    Once someone has been nominated for an Award, we contact her, and invite her to join the Awards program. The person who made the nomination doesn't have to do anything else.

  • If someone is nominated by more than one person, does that increase their chances of winning?

    No. Regardless of the number of nominations they receive, a nominee can only submit one entry.

  • Does a nominee have to take part in the Awards?

    No. If you've been nominated, but you decide the Awards aren't for you, we suggest contacting the person who nominated you – if you know who that is – and thank them for the recognition.

Completing your entry

  • I've been nominated for the Awards. How do I start my entry?

    Congratulations! You'll receive an online entry form to get started.

  • How long does it take to complete an entry?

    Our testing and research suggests that you should allow 90 minutes for the Phase 1 and approximately 10-15 hours for Phase 2 entry process.

    You can answer the questions in any order you like, and save the entry at any point, making it easy to return to your entry form when needed within the open entry periods detailed below:

    Phase 1 Entries: Tuesday September 3 to 5pm AEDT Wednesday November 6 2019

    Phase 2 Entries: Tuesday November 12 to 12pm AEDT Monday December 9 2019

    Before making a start of the entry, it’s a good idea to gather together all of the relevant information.

  • Apart from filling in the online entry, how much time is taken up by being an entrant in the awards?

    In order to continue with the awards journey, shortlisted entrants will need to set aside some more time which we've outlined below. Firstly there'll be an interview with one of our Judges which usually takes around 40 minutes. If you’re named as a finalist from here, there will be the State Awards evening which you’ll need to attend. Then later in the process, the state and category winners who are the National Finalists will be flown to Sydney for inspirational workshops and to be in the running to be named a national winner at the 2020 Telstra Business Women's Awards National dinner. If you want to find more about this process and key award dates, you can here.

  • When do entries open?

    Once nominated, a nominee can start preparing their Phase 1 2020 Awards entry from Tuesday September 3 2019. Entries for the Phase 2 2020 Awards open on Tuesday November 12 2019.

  • When do entries close?

    Entries for the Phase 1 2020 Awards are due by 5pm AEDT Wednesday November 6 2019. Entries for the Phase 2 2020 Awards are due by 12pm AEDT Monday December 9 2019.

  • Can an entrant win more than one Award?

    Yes, they can! It’s possible that any given individual could win in both the category she entered, as well as the overall State award.

    You can also be the recipient of multiple awards by winning at both the State and National level.

  • My entry contains sensitive information. Are entries confidential?

    Yes. Entry submissions are treated with the strictest confidence and all electronic records are securely stored by the Awards team.

  • Do I have to answer all the questions?

    Yes. An entry cannot be submitted unless all the questions are answered. The Awards team is always happy to help with any problems you may encounter during your entry.

  • What if I am unable to answer the financial questions?

    If you encounter any problems with the financial questions, we would suggest that you ask a registered accountant for help. In order for the entry for be valid, all the questions must be fully and accurately answered. Successful entrants will be asked to supply verification from their accountant that all figures submitted are accurate, so please bear this in mind. You can find out more details on this here - or feel free to call our Awards team on 1800 817 536 Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.

  • Do I need to provide references?

    Yes. To help the Judges understand as much as possible about what makes you successful, you'll be asked to submit three written references, by someone representing each of these groups:

    1. A direct manager, CEO, chairperson or board member. For the Small Business category, a business mentor is acceptable
    2. A professional colleague or supplier
    3. An employee, client or someone who reports directly to the entrant

  • I've submitted my entry. What happens next?

    We'll start the judging, and contact you via email with your result. If you're shortlisted as an Awards finalist, you'll be invited to attend a judging interview in your capital city. Unsuccessful entrants are encouraged to nominate and enter for the next Awards season.

  • Can I seek feedback on my Awards entry?

    No. Unfortunately, our Judges' busy schedule means they cannot give individual feedback.

Eligibility and categories

  • What are the eligibility criteria for the Awards?

    The eligibility criteria can be found here.

  • I work for a non-profit organisation. Am I eligible to enter?

    Of course – you are eligible to enter the For Purpose & Social Enterprise category.

  • Are franchise owners eligible for the Awards?

    Yes. You are eligible to enter the Small Business category if you own more than 25% of the business and have been operating for at least two years.


  • Who judges the entries?

    Our judging panel is put together from a pool of national business experts and successful business owners, including members of our esteemed Awards Alumni.

    They live and breathe business every day and take great pride in being part of the Telstra Business Women's Awards program. They treat all entry information professionally and sign confidentiality agreements before judging commences.

  • What do the Judges look for in an entry?

    Our Judges are looking for concise answers that are relevant, accurate and honest. Their main objective is to recognise Australia's best women in business by understanding the philosophies, practices and ambitions that drive your career. They also want a sense of how you became successful, and your plans and vision for the future.

    You can read all about the judging criteria here.


  • How do I join the Alumni network?

    If you're announced as a State finalist, you'll also be invited to join our prestigious Alumni community.