Be sure to stand out from the crowd! Here are some tips to writing a winning application!

  • Prepare succinct and relevant answers to the questions. Read each question carefully.
  • There are set word limits that must be adhered to. The use of bullet points is acceptable. Remember, a judge is reading a great number of applications and you want to stand out!
  • Submissions are best written in the third person with an engaging and compelling narrative. – If your answers were to be published in a book or a case study, how would they read?
  • Allocate sufficient time to plan and write your Submission. When you are working on your submission you are working on your business – it’s the perfect opportunity to review and update your Business Plan.

Selecting the Right Category

You may only apply to enter one Category. You should select the category where you are the most competitive, where you think you have the most chance of winning, and where you think you have had the most success in your business over the past 12 months.

The following business types are provided as a guide to assist you in selecting the most appropriate category to enter.


Regionally Grown produce (supply, sales, value adding)
Beverage Producers
Confectionery / Bakery Producers
Dairy Producers
Livestock Producers
Seafood / Aquaculture Producers
Wholesale food suppliers
Craft brewers
Food Manufacturing
Farmers Markets

Building and Construction

Building Services
Suppliers and Contractors
Town Planning and Surveying

Clean Technology

Architecture and green building designers
Producers / Distributors of Green building materials
Providers of renewable energy (solar) and energy efficiency (LED lighting)
Engineering and scientific consulting services
Green accounting and marketing services
Cleantech water management
Ecologically sustainable waste management

Creative Industries

Craft and Visual Arts
Design (fashion, graphic, urban, architectural, industrial and interior design)
Film and Television
Performing Arts
Writing and Publishing
Software, Smartphone applications and Video games

Education and Training


Health and Wellness

Aged care
Beauty salons and Day Spas
Day Care Centres / Child Care
Fitness Centres
Health Retreats
Life Coaches
Medical, day hospital, surgery, dental, physiotherapy, natural therapies


Catering services
Food outlets
Bars, cafes and restaurants


Textile, clothing, footwear and leather manufacturing
Wood and paper product manufacturing
printing, publishing and recorded media
Petroleum, coal, chemical and associated product manufacturing
non-metallic mineral products
metal product manufacturing
machinery and equipment manufacturing
other manufacturing

Professional Services

Accounting services
Advertising, Marketing and Communications
Audio visual, Media, Digital / Social Media, News media
Business Broking & Real Estate Agents
Business Coaches
Financial Planning and related services
HR and labour hire
Industry Development Advice
Information & Communication Technology services (ICT)
Legal services Mortgage/Insurance Brokers
Commercial research and development


Retailing (Business to Consumer)
Retailing (Business to Business)
Network marketing / Multi-level marketing
Online and home based trading businesses
Trade Services

Social Enterprise

Registered Not for Profit Organisations (NFPs) / Charities
Not for Profit Startups


Hotels, Motels & Resorts
Bed & Breakfast Accommodation
Self-contained Short Stay Apartments
Caravan and Camping


Theme Parks
Rides and similar tourism activities
Natural attractions
Commercialised natural attractions
Fairs, Carnivals and themed markets

Festivals and Events

Music and other cultural events
Sporting events
Local and regional events
Trade and other Expos

Tours and Transfers 

Airport transfers
Scenic tours
Coach, Car,
Adventure tours and experiences