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Our community of ST certified social enterprises1 and Business and Government members1 are invited to submit their applications and nominations for the 2019 edition of the Social Traders Awards. The awards seek to reward social enterprises, businesses and government agencies who have demonstrated commitment, innovation and advocacy to social procurement.

Who are these Awards open to?

ST Certified Social Enterprises1  and ST Business and Government members1 are eligible to submit an application and/or a nomination for these awards.

How will these Awards be judged?

  • Social Traders will assess each entry against the criteria for the award entered
  • A shortlist will be announced for each award
  • ST Certified Social Enterprises2 and Business and Government members2 will be given an opportunity to vote for a winner in each category
  • The winner will be determined by a combination of public voting and Social Traders panel of judges3

All judges decisions are final.

Can I apply for multiple awards?

Yes, provided you meet the criteria for each of the awards you choose to nominate.  Please submit one nomination per award4.​

Can I nominate someone else for an award?

You may nominate someone other than yourself for the Social Enterprise Champion and Social Procurement Champion awards only.  Please ensure that you address each criteria required for the nomination. 

Why do Business and Government members have a week longer to apply for awards compared to Certified Social Enterprises?

The information that Business and Government members need to include in their application is detailed and covers information up to and including 30 June 2019.  We have extended their application date to allow more time for this information to be gathered and included for consideration.

Who will have access to my application data and how will it be stored?

All application data will be stored securely by Social Traders. We will not publish any information that you provide with us publicly without your written consent. Social Traders may choose to aggregate certain unidentifiable information for the purposes of reporting and promotion. You can see more information in the Terms & Conditions of Entry: Social Traders Awards 2019 and in Social Traders’ Privacy Policy. If you have any further questions regarding confidentiality and protection of your information, please contact us.

What categories can I apply for?

Certified Social Enterprises1, Business and Government1 members are able to apply/nominate for four awards each as outlined below:

  • Certified Social Enterprise award categories:
    • Social Enterprise of the Year – Large Enterprise
    • Social Enterprise of the Year – Small Enterprise
    • Social Enterprise Champion of the Year
    • Social Procurement Partnership of the Year (one award, awarded jointly to parties of the Partnership)
  • Business and Government Member award categories:
    • Social Procurement Big Spender
    • Social Procurement Business/Government Agency of the Year
    • Social Procurement Champion of the Year
    • Social Procurement Partnership of the Year​ (one award, awarded jointly to parties of the Partnership)

Further details of the awards and criteria can be viewed via the buttons below. 

What do I need to do to apply?

Entry to this year’s awards can be submitted via the entry form link below.​

Please ensure that you address each criteria outlined for the award you are applying for.  There is a word limit of 100 per criteria per award category.  Where word limit for each criteria is exceeded, only the first 100 words will be considered.


  1. To be eligible to apply/nominate for the awards, you must either be a: ​
    • Current Business or Government member​, with fully paid membership fees at the time of application and at the time of the Social Traders Awards presentation; OR
    • Current Certified Social Enterprise, with fully paid certification fees at the time of application and at the time of the Social Traders Awards presentation
  2. Voting will be completed via the Social Traders portal. To be eligible to vote:
    • Social enterprises must hold a current ST certification and have completed all required payments associated with their certification at the time of voting
    • Business & Government members must hold a current membership and have completed all required payments associated with their membership at the time of voting.​
  3. The composition of the judging panel is at Social Traders discretion​
  4. Only 1 application/nomination for each award per enterprise/organisation will be reviewed. We suggest you coordinate with your colleagues to submit your application/nomination as in the event of multiple entries, only the first application that we receive will be considered


28 June
Awards applications/nominations open
26 July
Awards applications/nominations close for certified social enterprises, business and government members
26 July - 2 August
2 August - 10 August
Community voting
10 August - 17 August
Final judging
21 August
Winners announced
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