Judging process

Your chance to shine


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 initial assessment

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

Step 2: The shortlist

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: The interview

If you are shortlisted for one of the Australian Award categories two Judges will interview you for about 40 minutes so you can tell more of your story. Interviews are held throughout September. If you are shortlisted in more than one category you 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 selection

If you are selected as a finalist for the Australian Awards, you will be notified of your success and invited to attend the Awards Dinner in your State/Territory. (If you are selected as a finalist for the Telstra Business Woman in Asia Award category you will be notified and invited to attend the National judging day and Gala Dinner in Sydney in November).

Step 5: Australian finalists announced*


If you are selected as a finalist your success will be celebrated at a Dinner in your State/Territory and you will be presented on stage with a commemorative certificate. The Category and Overall State/Territory winners will then be announced. These events are a fantastic opportunity to share the excitement with your family, friends and colleagues.

Step 6:  National finalists interviews

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