Judging process

How the Awards are judged

The Judges are highly qualified for their role. They follow a carefully designed process shaped over more than two decades to ensure all entries receive careful and equal consideration.

Here'’s a brief overview of the judging process:

Step 1: The online entry form is assessed
The first round of judging is based on the information provided in the online entry form and each question is scored to reach the overall score. This is the first place where an entrant can impress the Judges, so it’s important to proudly highlight achievements and give plenty of detail within the word count.

Step 2: A shortlist of entrants is created
Once the online entries have been assessed, the Judges create a shortlist of the most outstanding candidates in each State/Territory in Australia for all the Award categories. There will also be a shortlist of candidates for the Telstra Business Woman in Asia Award category and entrants will be interviewed via videoconference.

Step 3: Panel interviews are conducted
Shortlisted entrants for all the Australian Award categories are interviewed for about 40 minutes by two Judges so they can tell more of their story. Interviews are held throughout September and those shortlisted in more than one category will have separate interviews for each category on the same day. The interviews are based on the behavioural method of questioning. 

Step 4: The finalists are selected
Following the interviews, the finalists for the Australian Awards are selected, notified of their success and invited to attend the Awards Dinner in their State/Territory. (The finalists for the Telstra Business Woman in Asia Award category will be notified and invited to attend the National judging day and Gala Dinner in Sydney in November).

Step 5: The Australian finalists are celebrated and winners announced*
Finalists are celebrated at a Dinner in their State/Territory and presented on stage with a commemorative certificate. The Category and Overall State/Territory winners are announced. These events are a fantastic opportunity to share the excitement with family, friends and colleagues.

Step 6: Interviews with Judges to select the National winners
State/Territory winners in each category then become the shortlist for that category at the National level. All State/Territory Overall winners are eligible for the Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year Award. For this part of the judging process, all finalists at the National level, as well as the finalists for the Asian Award, are brought to Sydney for an interview with the National Judging Panel.

Step 7: Australian National and Asia winners announced
National Category winners, the 2017 Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year and the 2017 Telstra Business Woman in Asia Award will be announced at the Awards Gala Dinner.

* Not relevant to Business Woman in Asia Award category