Entry Process/Entry Fees/FAQs


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Browse category descriptions and check eligibility.



Request the Entry Kit for the Award Category you have selected.



Create an account online on Banksia’s entry portal, AwardForce,  and log in to start filling in your information.



Write your submission against criteria and tips provided in the Entry Kit. Upload completed documents  and additional materials on to AwardForce.



Once your submission is uploaded, proceed to the payment section, complete payment then click SUBMIT. A confirmation that your submission has been received will be sent to your registered email address. 



Please note: Submissions are not regarded as submitted until payment has been received in full

Entrant Early Bird Fee Discount Full Fee
Fees not inclusive of GST Early Bird Close 8th May 2017 All Submissions Close 1st August 2017
  • Community Groups ***
FREE (Code required) $20 (Code required)
  • Individuals
  • Primary Schools
  • Secondary Schools
$185 plus GST $250 plus GST
  • Non-profit organisations
  • Small Business (1-10 full-time employees)
$250 plus GST $350 plus GST
  • Local Government
  • Tertiary Institutions
  • Medium Business (10-100 full time employees)
$540 plus GST $720 plus GST
  • Large Business (over 100 full time employees)
  • Government bodies
$890 plus GST $1,200 plus GST

*** Communities please gain prior clarification, from the Banksia office, on your eligibility to pay this rate when (non community) partners have taken a major role in your submission or payment is being made by your (non community) partner.

A Submission fee is applicable for each category award entered.
Submission fees must be received with your submission

Payment Options

  • All details of payment options are outlined on our Banksia Category Award Submission Form.
  • Acceptable payments methods are: online Credit Card payment. American Express will not be accepted.
  • Tax receipts are issued automatically on receipt of online payment.
  • Submissions are not valid until full payment is received.
  • If you require advance invoice in order to generate payment, contact Banksia on (03) 9684 4667 prior to submitting your submission to arrange.
  • Allow enough time for your payments to be processed in time to submit your submission.

Our ABN is 84 534 439 034



What entry fee applies to my entry?
Entry fees are dependent on the entrant who is making the submission. An entry fee schedule is included the Award Entry Kit and can also be viewed here:

If you are still unsure after viewing the schedule please call the office on 03 9684 4667 to discuss.

Can I email my entry?
No – all entries are uploaded via the e-awards website.

Do I receive confirmation of receipt of my entry?
Once registered, a confirmation will be emailed to you and will advise you of your registration.
Once submitted, a confirmation will be emailed to you and will advise of your submission.
Once payment has been processed, a confirmation will be emailed to you and will include a tax invoice.

I have been a previous winner can I re-enter?
Yes, however your entry must provide substantially more information than your previous winning entry.  If you are a finalist, judges may refer to your previous recent entry to see that there has been considerable progress.

Can I re-enter the same entry the following year if I have been unsuccessful the previous year?Yes of course, but ensure that the Awards criteria has not changed. You would also be advised to review your previous submission and any feedback provided- look at what more you can provide and how you can improve.

At what stage of the project should I put an entry in – for instance – the planning stage; execution stage; results stage?
If any of these stages present you with a measurable outcome, then you could enter at both the execution and results stages.

Should we employ/outsource someone to compose our entry for us?
You are the best judge of the resources you have at your disposal to put together an entry into the Banksia Awards.  If you elect to outsource this task then we recommend that you make sure that you are working closely with this person/organisation to make certain that all the relevant areas are covered and the entry truly conveys the innovation and excellence that you wish the Banksia judges to acknowledge.  It is important to ensure that your commitment and passion is evident in the entry.

Can I enter the same project for the Banksia Category Awards into other awards?If your project is eligible under other award criteria then yes.  Your submission may however need to be rewritten depending on what differences exist between different awards and what focus is required of your submission for any given award.

Can previous entries be viewed?
All entries are treated as commercial in confidence and therefore are unavailable for viewing.  Summaries of the winners and finalists from previous years can be found on the Winners Page and in our eBook.

Not all initiatives can afford to invest a significant amount in research to obtain results. What is Banksia looking for when referring to results?

The key is that the initiative has set some measurable objectives and reports on the results against these measurements.  If the entrant can identify an outcome that is innovative or ground-breaking, or has provided information that would influence future direction, this is a result that would be seen as influential and worthy.

Do I have to stick to the word limits for each award?
Yes.  The details are contained in each Category Entry Kit. If you are having difficulty, we suggest you initially generate as comprehensive an entry as possible and then fine tune to the required number of words.  Editing content to be more “to the point” will be beneficial in focusing the Judges attention to the most important aspects of your project.  You can provide additional information of a technical, diagrammatic or in report form, in your attachments.

How many of the criteria points do I have to address?

All criteria must be addressed. The judges use these criteria to judge the entries in each category.

Which of the Category Awards should I enter?
It is recommended that you focus on the specific strengths of your project – your objectives and outcomes.  Choose the category which best represents your projects success and impact.  If you find that it fits more than one category definition then cosider entering one or more Awards but remember to tailor each submission to address the relevant criteria as outlined in the specific entry kits (available via the electronic entry system).
You can take the online quiz if you are still unsure.



When is the Awards Presentation?

The Awards Presentation will take place on November 1st.

Are winners notified prior to the awards presentation?
No.  All winners will be announced at the Banksia Awards presentation.

When can I book for the Awards presentation?
Ticket sales for the presentation will open in August 2017

If I am a finalist, will I be given complimentary tickets to attend the Awards Presentation?
No, finalists will not receive complimentary tickets and will need to purchase tickets through the online ticketing system.

How many people can represent our entry on stage at the presentation if we are the winner?
Banksia’s preference is that only one representative accepts the Award on stage. If you are part of a partnership you may be given special consideration for both parties to to accept the Award.

Can’t find the answer you’re looking for? Give us a call 03 9684 4677.