Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why should you nominate for the IABCA Awards?
Nominating for IABCA helps gain recognition at a local, state and national level. It raises community profile while showcasing businesses to a global audience including India. Nominating today will build a reputation for excellence inside and outside your industry and celebrate the success of your migrant and business journey. (There is no fees associated with nominating) Businesses are invited to submit an entry based on the selection criteria detailed on the online entry form. National finalists use the IABCA platform to further profile their brand and business through our extensive marketing and social media channels. The awards provide media exposure for organisations and build community profiles. It also provides an opportunity to benchmark your business against other businesses within the industry while giving you an opportunity to share your success story nationally. A great example of this is our IABCA Business Woman of the Year in 2016 story was picked up by Times of India and shared 1.2 million times across the globe.
2. What is the cost associated with nominations and costs associated with attending the IABCA Stars cocktail event honouring our finalists?
Nominations are absolutely free and this is across as many categories as you wish to nominate. However, each online nomination will need to be entered as a new category, this is at no cost. The exclusive invite only cocktail event, IABCA Stars in honour of our finalists is at no cost. The IABCA Stars event is by invite only and the awards gala provides a huge networking opportunity to profile your brand nationally. The IABCA black tie gala dinner is a ticketed event.
3. Am I/ is my organisation eligible?
To be eligible you must be an individual living in Australia or in India. Individuals that promote and work across the Australia India space are encouraged to nominate. To be eligible for a business category, organisations must have a valid ABN (Australian Business Number) for taxation purposes. Businesses and not for profit based in Australia or Australian companies based in India that trade / provide services in India are eligible to nominate. Indian companies that invest in the Australian market are eligible to enter.
4. My Business is not a company, can I still nominate?
Any form of business can nominate for IABCA (Sole-trader, Not-for-profit organisation), you do not need to have an ACN (Australian Company Number), however you will need to hold a valid ABN.
5. How do I nominate/ enter the awards and our organisation entered IABCA in the previous years, am I allowed to nominate again?
Nomination will be open from 14 February 2019 and the entire nomination process is online. We are environmentally conscious and do not accept any paper nominations. To complete entries you must accept our terms and conditions. We advise you to start on the nomination and save your work go back to the criteria when you are ready. It may take you a few hours to go through each criteria point and collate the right information requested. Our online system will provide you with a unique username and password that will let you save your work as you progress through your application. Nominations must be received by the closing date to be considered as an award entrant. Individuals, Organisations and Not-for-profit that have entered in previous years are allowed to nominate again. We recognise that a lot can change in a 12-month period and you may have further success stories to highlight that deserve recognition on a national platform.
6. Can I email my entry?
Entries will not be accepted by email due to privacy regulation and acceptance of our terms and conditions, nominations will have to be processed through our online awards portal.
7. Can I self-nominate or can I nominate someone else?
Yes, we encourage you to self-nominate as we recognise there is no one better person to highlight your success story better than yourself. However, you are allowed to nominate someone else, both of these instances are common practices.
8. What are the next steps after I have nominated and how are the businesses/ Individuals judged?
After you have submitted your nomination, we review if the criteria has been met and will contact you if your nomination is incomplete. Following which our national panel will analyse your application during a six-week period. This is a lengthy process and has a combination of face to face meetings and tele-conferences. Each nomination will have an overlap of three judges assessing each application to ensure the outcome is independent of one opinion. National finalists are advised of their success by email. National finalists will then compete within their category across Australia and winners will be announced at the gala dinner evening in Brisbane on Friday 12 October 2018. Judging is based on the Awards Criteria answers and supporting documentation included in the entry.
9. What is the closing date for entries?
The online entries will need to be completed by midnight of Friday, 26 May 2018. The IABCA initiative is national and the gala event will once again be hosted in QLD, thanks to the Queensland Government. There are various business events attached to the IABCA platform that our finalists/nominees can attend and benefit from.
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