Nominations for the 2023 Telstra Best of Business Awards are officially open

Michael Ackland, Consumer and Small Business Group Executive, Telstra

Telstra has announced that nominations for the 2023 Telstra Best of Business Awards are now open. The Awards program celebrates the innovation and creativity of Australian SMEs, and their role as a key driver of Australia’s economic success and social prosperity.

Stemming from the success of the inaugural 2022 Telstra Best of Business Awards which saw over 24,000 businesses nominated, the program demonstrates Telstra’s long -standing  commitment to recognising the meaningful contributions of firms and business leaders.

What are the Telstra Best of Business Awards?

The Telstra Best of Business Awards features seven award categories which are celebrated at a state and national level, in addition to an overall national winner the categories cover a range of important areas to Australia’s outlook, and include:

  • Accelerating Women
  • Building Communities
  • Championing Health
  • Embracing Innovation
  • Indigenous Excellence
  • Outstanding Growth
  • Promoting Sustainability

Telstra Consumer and SMB Group Executive, Michael Ackland, said The Telstra Best of Business Awards celebrate individuals and teams who are challenging the status quo for the betterment of the community. “SMBs are the engine room of our economy,” Ackland said.

“They are unrelenting in their efforts and  ambition to create positive outcomes for the communities they serve and in driving Australia forward It’s never been more vital to stop and recognise SMBs and the people behind them, for their unrivalled commitment to innovation and resilience. We’re thrilled to be able to do this through our Awards program.”

What are the thoughts of the previous winners?

One of the national winners of the 2022 Telstra Best of Business Awards, Pakko, is a true embodiment of the SMB community the Awards aim to promote and support. Since 2017, the dedicated team of designers and packaging specialists at Pakko have created out-of-the-box packaging and produced custom solutions for businesses of all shapes and sizes.

Nina Nguyen, Founder and CEO at Pakko said the awards entry process had been hugely beneficial for her and her business. “It really allows you to take a step back and put a microscope to what you’re doing, and ultimately helps  you better understand your business. It’s opened new doors for us and helped create a platform for us  to continue growing.”

Founder and CEO of the 2022 Telstra Best of Business Awards National Winner for Accelerating Women She’s A Crowd, Zoe Condliffe, said she had never expected to win.

She’s A Crowd is a business focused on making cities safer for women and gender diverse people, as well as bridging the gap between survivors and legislators. Showing strong social values and accelerating action against inequality, She’s A Crowd maps crowdsourced data about women’s unsafe experiences. “The process is intense, but worth it for what you learn about yourself and your business along the way. I’m so glad we entered,” Ms Condliffe said.

All businesses under 200 employees are invited to nominate and enter across the seven categories. More information on how you can nominate for the 2023 Telstra Best of Business Awards can be found by heading to the website: