What are the awards about?

The Biggies will recognise the positive contribution that big businesses make to communities across the country. This is the first time the Business Council of Australia has run the Biggies.

The Biggies will celebrate the best of the people - and the businesses they are a part of - who have gone above and beyond.

When are winners announced and awarded?

We will announce the winners of the Biggies at the rescheduled Business Council annual dinner in April 2021.

What are the categories?

  • The Big Heart Award – to recognise an individual or a team that has gone to extraordinary lengths to help those in need, often while facing their own challenges.
  • The Big Impact Award – to recognise one company’s outstanding efforts over the last 12 months.

Who decides the winners?

The Biggies has appointed a panel of eminent Australians to judge the awards:

  • David Gonski AC (Chair)
  • The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO
  • General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK CVO MC (Retd)
  • Christopher Dore, Editor-in-Chief, The Australian (media partner)
  • Shane Fitzsimmons, Commissioner for Resilience NSW
  • Lorena Granados from Roman Leathergoods, Mogo (community representative) 
  • Suzie Riddell, CEO of Social Ventures Australia

What will the panel consider?

In making their decision the judging panel will assess entries against the following criteria:

Big Heart Award

In this category the judging panel will be looking for entries that demonstrate how they:

  • have gone above and beyond to serve their community
  • have given back to the community (supported by their employer)
  • have delivered an incredible response to a major event or need, and
  • are of outstanding character and acted with integrity.

Big Impact Award

In this category the judging panel will be looking for entries that demonstrate:

  • you have had a significant impact in the community
  • your primary purpose was to benefit others
  • how you have gone above and beyond in responding to a major event or need, and
  • the commitment to your company’s values and reputation.

How will the entries be used?

Our media partner for the awards, The Australian, will promote the Biggies in its news pages, online, in and on Sky News, and across the News Corp network. 

Additionally, the paper will produce a special edition of the The Deal magazine to showcase all shortlisted entrants.

Entry details

Who can enter?

There’s one simple rule if you want to enter the Biggies, your company needs to be a member of the Business Council of Australia.

Why you should enter?

It’s time for some good stories.

The Biggies gives us a platform to bring to life the best of the people that make up business. It’s our opportunity to demonstrate pride in our organisations. If we don’t celebrate the positive impact of business in the community no one else will do it for us.

Your entries will tell the stories, the Biggies will help us give them nation-wide recognition.

Can I nominate my company for the Big Impact Award?

Yes, as long as the company is a member of the BCA. We want to hear from our members about what they are most proud of, and how they have helped communities most in need over the last year.

Can I nominate other companies for the Big Impact Award?

You can certainly encourage other BCA members to enter, CEOs must enter and endorse their projects.

Is there a certain time period the judges will be looking at?

Biggies entries should relate to recent projects, with positive benefits achieved within the previous year.

What if my project commenced before 2019?

The judging panel will use its discretion to assess projects, entries need to demonstrate there has been a positive community benefit in the last year, even if the project started earlier.

My project is ongoing, can I still apply?

Yes, your entry will need to demonstrate a positive impact, and this can be ongoing.

Entry process

How to enter

Instructions on how to enter, the award categories and the process for judging is set out at (LINK to pitch pack and entry forms)

You must complete the form and have your entry endorsed by a CEO, including a supportive statement from them.

Are there deadlines?

Entries need to be submitted by 4 December 2020.

Cost of entry

Entry is free.

People's choice

How will the people’s choice work?

In addition to entries being assessed by our judging panel, a people’s choice voting system will allow the community to vote for their favourite finalists in each category.

The people’s choice public campaign will run in March 2021, and every vote will count so encourage your people, suppliers and customers to get behind your entry.

When is the people’s choice open for voting?

Voting for the people’s choice will run throughout March 2021. We will run a communication campaign to promote awareness of the Biggies and the finalists, and encourage them to vote. 

Who can vote?

Anyone can vote for their favourite finalist in each category during the Biggies people’s choice campaign. 

How to vote

A Biggies website will be launched with voting functionality early in 2021.

Terms and conditions

What to expect

If your company is shortlisted for the awards, your CEO and others important to your company will need to be available to attend the award ceremony in Sydney in April 2021.

There’ll be some media requirements like interviews, and your entry will be provided to our media partner, The Australian. Your entry should be written with a view to being made public.

Our media partner, The Australian, is promoting the Biggies in its news pages, online, in the Deal magazine and on Sky News. This will ensure we can publicise the positive contribution that business, and their people, make in the community.

Your entry submission will be shared with the editorial team at The Australian. They will also need to talk to you and/or your team, take photos and possibly visit premises to ensure they capture the story for publication. We’ll need your help to ensure The Australian gets what they need to tell your story effectively and promote the positives of the broader business community.

We’ll also need your help to publicise the awards to ensure people hear about the efforts of your company. We’ll need you to share, like and promote social media content on your channels so we can reach a broad an audience as possible.


You agree that we may use your entry, logo, business identity, details about your business or personal identity in any way in any material which promotes the Awards. You agree to allow us and The Australian to contact you to provide comments about the Awards and to take photos or video footage of you, your business and your representative(s), and use any of the material collected as part of your participation. If we do use any of the materials listed above, you grant us a royalty free, perpetual and irrevocable licence to use the materials for promotional purposes.


We reserve the right, at any time, and in our sole discretion to disqualify any entrant who we have reason to believe has breached any of these conditions or engaged in any unlawful or other improper conduct or any conduct calculated to jeopardise the fair and proper conduct of the Awards.

Entries are accepted at the time of receipt by us. We will not be held liable for any entries not received for any reason during the promotion period.

Decisions from the judging panel are final.

The small print

To the extent permitted by law, we will not be liable for any loss or damage or personal injury suffered or sustained in connection with the Awards. You will indemnify us and our officers, employees or agents against any loss or liability from any claim or action that arises as a result of a breach of these terms by you, or your use of the materials or information supplied by you under these Terms. You irrevocably and unconditionally consent to all acts being done that would otherwise breach your Moral Rights.



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