Award process


The Awards recognise significant achievements in the areas of agriculture, business, community, hospitality, manufacturing, tourism, sustainability, and celebrate those who contribute to the social, economic and sustainable benefit of the region, enhancing Casey Cardinia’s reputation as one of the most workable places.
The awards are free to enter and provide entrants with the opportunity to:
  • be recognised for outstanding effort and contribution to our region
  • receive publicity and media exposure to promote your business and achievements
  • establish relationships with other local businesses along with senior business leaders through the judging process
  • network at a range of events throughout the program
  • receive valuable feedback and advice from industry experts from a wide range of industry sectors
  • review project objectives and ambitions whilst reflecting on your organisations achievements
  • provide recognition and reward for employees.
Winning an award is a great motivator and can boost team morale
  • gain a competitive edge through use of the official Casey Cardinia Business Awards finalist or winner logo in marketing collateral
  • remain involved with the program in future years’ and establish networks with other participants.
The Awards program will culminate with the presentation of awards at the prestigious Gala Awards Dinner on Friday 27 October, where finalists will be acknowledged and winners celebrated.

 

Printable application guidelines 

Find out all the information you need to know about applying for this year's awards by viewing the Casey_Cardinia_Business_Awards_Guidelines_Booklet.pdf

 

Award categories 

The Casey Cardinia Business Awards comprise of 12 Category Awards, 1 People's Choice Award, plus the main Award of Casey Cardinia Business of the Year.  Businesses are eligible to enter in two categories only.  There are many ways to identify which award category or categories to enter. If you require assistance in choosing the categories best suited to your specific business or organisation, please contact us.
Categories to choose from:
  • Agriculture and Food
  • Business and Professional Serviceds
  • Health, Education and Wellbeing
  • Home-based Business
  • Hospitality
  • Manufacturing
  • New Business
  • Retail
  • Social Enterprise
  • Tourism
  • Trades and Construction
  • Environmenal Sustainability   
  • Casey Cardinia Business of the Year - all category winners will be automatically be eligible to be named the winner of this prestigious award.
  • People's Choice Award - nomination based award
Businesses are eligible to enter in two categories only. If you require assistance in choosing the category best suited to your specific business or organisation, please contact us

 

Why enter the awards? 

The Casey Cardinia Business Awards aims to recognise those businesses whose initiatives are an encouragement and an example for others to follow. We believe it is important to acknowledge and celebrate the hard work undertaken by our local business community across the Casey Cardinia Region.
Providing recognition for these outstanding achievements helps inspire and challenge others in creating a better future for Region.
Business owners that have participated in the Casey Cardinia Business Awards say the application process is of enormous value.
That’s because the entry submission requires you to step back and strategically review your business and its future. The self-analysis can identify deficiencies in your current practices that can be improved or provide comfort that you are on the right track. Entering can help you check your vital signs and identify opportunities for growth and expansion.
Past entrants suggest it will take a few hours to complete, however we encourage you to involve your team early and keep them involved throughout the process. It’ll make the process more manageable and ultimately allow them to engage better with your business vision and strategic direction.
You can answer questions in any order and all answers need to be completed to ensure you entry is considered valid. 
 

Prizes

Not only are the Casey Cardinia Business Awards a wonderful opportunity to promote your business, but cash prizes totalling $15,000 are also up for grabs. 
All applicants receive 
  • participation certificate
  • assistance in preparing your application should this be required through free mentoring panel
  • feedback from judges regarding your application
  • an invitation to attend September Casey Cardinia Business Breakfast for announcement of finalists
  • commemorative certificate
Finalists receive 
  • commemorative certificate
  • marketing pack to assist with promotion of your success as a finalist
  • feature article on all finalists in local newspaper through Star News Group
Category winners will receive 
  • commemorative certificate
  • $1,000 cash
  • trophy
  • marketing pack to assist with promotion of your success as a winner
  • $200 gift voucher courtesy of Star News Group Group for employment advertising
  • acknowledgement via radio campaign post awards courtesy of 89.9 LightFM
  • feature in a post-Awards commemorative edition with the Awards media partner
  • invitation to attend winners and sponsors luncheon.
Casey Cardinia Business of the Year will receive: 
  • commemorative certificate
  • $2,000 cash
  • trophy
  • marketing pack to assist with promotion of your success as a winner
  • $200 gift voucher courtesy of Star News Group Group for employment advertising
  • $5,000 radio marketing package courtesy of 89.9 LightFM
  • feature in a post-Awards commemorative edition with the Awards media partner`
  • invitation to attend winners and sponsors luncheon.

 

Information sessions 

If you prefer one-on-one attention, Awards staff are also available to meet with you at your premises to take you through the program and application process. 
These sessions are designed to give applicants general information on the program and basic guidance in completing your Awards submission. Entrants will receive handy hints and advice on what the judges are looking for and the elements required to produce a good submission. The Casey Cardinia Business Awards program will be outlined, the category criteria will be discussed in detail and entrants will have the opportunity to ask questions.
Entrants will also be guided through the online submission process, including how to attach and upload required documentation. Information sessions are free to attend however registration is essential. 
Contact us via email to register your interest today!