Frequently asked questions
Telstra Business Women's Awards FAQs are divided into seven categories:
- Making a nomination
- Being nominated
- Completing the entry form
- Eligibility and categories
- After completing the entry
If you have any other questions, please contact the Awards team via the online enquiry form or by calling 1800 817 536 (within Australia only).
Making a nomination
Does it cost anything to make a nomination?
No. Making a nomination is free, as is entering the Awards.
What happens when a nomination is made?
Once a nomination is made, we contact the nominee, and invite her to join the Awards program. The person who made the nomination plays no further part in the process.
Can a person nominate herself?
Yes. We welcome self-nominations.
Can a nomination be made anonymously?
Yes. When making a nomination you will be given the opportunity to tick a check box that keeps your identity anonymous.
Does it cost anything to enter the Awards?
No. Entering the Awards is free.
If someone is nominated by more than one person, does that increase their chance of winning?
No. Regardless of the number of nominations, a nominee can only submit one entry.
Does a nominee have to take part in the Awards?
No. There is no obligation to take part in the Awards. Though we do suggest that a nominee contact the person who nominated them (if known) and tell them they've decided not to submit an entry.
Can a nominee win more than one Award?
Yes. An Australia-based entrant can win the Award for their category and be the Overall winner in their State/Territory. If they are 29 years old or younger, they can also win the Young Business Women's Award. All Australia-based winners at a State/Territory level then go on to the National Awards where they can win the National Award in their Category and, if they are the Overall winner in their State/Territory, the Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year.
Entrants in the Telstra Business Woman in Asia category are only eligible to win that Award.
Completing the entry form
How can a nominee get an entry form?
The entry form can only be completed online between Wednesday 26 April and Thursday 15 June 2017. An overview of the entry form is provided in the Awards Information Pack.
Can nominees get help in completing the entry form?
Yes, friends and colleagues can assist entrants with their entry forms. Nominees can also contact the Awards team with any questions they have about the entry or the entire Awards process by using the online enquiry form or by calling 1800 817 536 (within Australia), +61 383 634 466 (outside Australia), from 9am to 7pm AEST, Monday to Friday.
Entries could contain sensitive information. Are entries confidential?
Yes. Entry submissions are treated with the strictest confidence. At the end of the judging process, electronic records are securely stored by the Awards team for five years for auditing and research purposes only. They are then destroyed.
How long does it take to complete an entry?
This varies from person to person but it is likely to take between 4 and 8 hours. Past entrants tell us how much they valued the experience because it allowed them a rare opportunity to reflect on their journey, achievements and goals.
Before writing answers, it's a good idea to review the Awards Information Pack that lists all the questions and can help streamline the process.
Do all the questions have to be answered?
Yes. An entry cannot be submitted unless all the questions are answered. The Awards team is always happy to help entrants with any problems they encounter with answering questions.
Does financial information in the entry have to be verified?
Only entrants who are shortlisted for the Awards (the second stage of judging) may be asked to have their financial information verified by their accountant.
Do entrants have to list references?
Yes. To help the Judges build a holistic picture, entrants must provide a written reference from each of these groups:
- A direct manager, CEO, Chairman or Board Member. For the Entrepreneur category, a business mentor is acceptable
- A professional colleague or supplier
- An employee, client or someone who reports directly to the entrant
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?
Yes. You are eligible to enter the For Purpose and Social Enterprise Award.
Are franchise owners eligible for the Awards?
Yes. You are eligible to enter the Entrepreneur Award if you own more than 25 per cent of the business and have been operating for one year or more.
How long does an entrant have to have worked in their current position to be eligible for the Awards?
There are no defined employment durations. However, for the Entrepreneur category, it's a minimum one year.
Does someone entering the Young Business Women's Award have to enter in one of the qualifying categories first?
There is no direct entry into the Young Business Women's Award. Entrants in the other categories who are aged 29 years or under as at close of entries on 15 June 2017 are automatically eligible.
Who are the Award judges?
Judges are chosen from a pool of national business experts and successful business people. All the Judges sign confidentiality agreements and treat entry information with strictest confidence.
What are the Judges looking for?
The Judges look for concise, informative answers that directly address the questions. The questions are based on what's called the 'behavioural' model. That means the best answers will come through entrants speaking directly about themselves (I, not we), in terms of decision making, achievements, philosophies and goals. Entrants should include as much detail as possible within the word count and shape answers around 'Context', 'Action', 'Result and 'Evidence'.
It is important for entrants to give a strong sense of their journey – how they achieved success and their plans for the future. There is more about the judging criteria here and the judging process here.
After completing the entry
How can a nominee get an entry form?
The entry form can only be completed online between Wednesday 26 April and Thursday 15 June 2017.
What do entrants have to do after submitting their entry?
Once an entry is submitted, the entrant doesn't have to do anything further, unless they are subsequently shortlisted for an Award.
Can an entrant receive feedback on their Award entry?
No. Judges cannot give individual feedback.
How does an entrant find out about the result of their entry?
All entrants are notified of their result by email. If they're shortlisted for the Awards, they are invited to attend a Judging interview in their capital city. Unsuccessful entrants are encouraged to nominate and enter for the next Awards season.
If an entrant is selected as a finalist, will she compete at the State/Territory or National level?
The first round is at the State/Territory level. Category and overall winners then go on to the National competition.
After the Awards, is there a way that entrants can keep in touch with the other finalists and winners?
Yes. Finalists and winners are invited to join the Telstra Business Women's Awards Alumni community, which is connected via LinkedIn and meet throughout the year at various networking events.
When do tickets go on sale for the Awards presentation dinners?
Tickets for the 2016 events will not be available until nearer the time. For questions regarding event tickets, please call the Awards team between 9am and 7pm AEST Monday to Friday on 1800 817 536 (within Australia), +61 383 634 466 (outside Australia), or use the online enquiry form on the Contact page.
Who have been the past Award winners?
What Awards-related social networks can I join?
What's the best way of getting the latest Awards news?
News relating to the Telstra Business Women's Awards can be found here.