29 March 2018 – For photos of the Australian Business Awards 2018, click here.
2 April 2018 – ABA winner of the Sustainability Award: Ns Blue Scope (AusCham Member) – a perfect track record in sustainability in VIR No 1381, April 2-4 2018
NOMINATIONS the Australian Business Awards 2018 have now closed (they closed on 15 December 2017).
- For the latest information on details and bookings for the actual Australian Business Awards Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony on 23 March 2018, click here.
- Register for the Australian Business Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner, email email@example.com
- For full details of finalists for each award, click here.
The Australian Business Awards 2018 are an opportunity to recognise Australian connected businesses and individuals operating in Vietnam at the highest level.
- To complete a nomination form, click here. NOW CLOSED.
- For sponsorship opportunities (Event sponsor $5,000. Individual Award Sponsor, $1,500), click onto ABA 2018_Supporter’s Packages. (Note: applications for sponsorship will be confirmed as they are received.)
The award winners, along with category finalists, will be promoted and acknowledged for the contributions and excellence that they contribute to the business community in Vietnam. The opportunity to be recognised by the Australian business community and to win an award is one that staff, customers, suppliers and owners can all experience and benefit from.
The Australian Business Awards 2018 will be presented at a Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on Friday, 23 March 2018.
- 25 August 2017 – Nominations open. Click here for nomination form.
- 15 December 2017 – Nominations close
- 23 March 2018 – Australian Business Awards Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony
Award Categories (Sponsorships: $1,500 per category)
The Award for Sustainability – Sponsored by CPA Australia
Recognising organisations engaged in programs or endeavours aimed at sustainability in their workplace or the environment, and for the benefit of future generations.
- Chains Caravelle Hotel (hospitality), represented by Mr Michael Robinson
- NS BlueScope Vietnam (manufacturing), represented by Mr Vo Minh Nhut
The Award for Innovation – Sponsored by the Australian Embassy
Recognising organisations that implement business initiatives, demonstrating innovative solutions for new or existing business needs that enable the organisation to gain a competitive edge in their field.
- CBA Solutions, a subsidiary of Commonwealth Bank (financial services), represented by Mr Malcolm Yow
- DEK Technologies (software and hardware development), represented by Mr Daniel Tedesco
- Heart of Darkness Brewery (Craft Brewery), represented by Mr John Pemberton
- Meat and Livestock Australia (Australian service body/association – agriculture), represented by Mr Michael Patching
- Midway Metals (manufacturing), represented by Mr Anthony Jolly
The Award for Alumni in Business – Sponsored by Allens
A graduate of an Australian University who has established or contributed to a successful business presence in Vietnam, showing qualities of entrepreneurism and professionalism in their chosen sector.
- Mr Nguyen Hoang Hai (RMIT Vietnam) (Founder, Canavi)
- Mr Ho Thai Binh (RMIT Vietnam, University of Queensland) (Deputy Director SiGen /Founder, Overseas Alumni in Vung Tau)
- Mr Nguyen Canh Vinh (La Trobe University) (CEO, SeABank)
- Dr. Le Thanh Vinh (Deakin University, Monash University) (Standing Vice Chairman, FLC Group JSC (hospitality, real estate))
- Ms Huong Dang, (Swinburne University, Box Hill Institute) (International Partnership and Engagement Manager, KOTO (social enterprise/community services))
Notes: RMIT Vietnam is a Titanium Sponsor of AusCham. La Trobe University is a Bronze Sponsor of AusCham. University of Queensland and KOTO are members of AusCham.
The Award for Community – Sponsored by Asia Counsel
Recognising organisations contributing to and giving back to the community in Vietnam, including initiatives to improve lives and futures.
- The Al Fresco’s Group (AFG) Vietnam (hospitality), represented by Ms Fiona Terry
- KOTO (social enterprise), represented by Ms Thao Nguyen
- KPMG Vietnam (professional services), represented by Mr Paul Huynh
- RMIT Vietnam (education), represented by President, Professor Gael McDonald
- VinaCapital Foundation (not-for-profit), represented by Mr Rad Kivette
The Award for Business Excellence – Sponsored by Commonwealth Bank Australia
Recognising organisations that are widely regarded as having excelled in their field and are recognised as true leaders at the forefront of their industry.
- CBRE Vietnam (real estate agency), represented by Ms Hang Dang
- District Eight Design Company (furniture design and manufacturing), represented by Mr Darren Chew (this finalist has withdrawn due to time restrictions)
- KPMG Vietnam (finance services), represented by Mr Warrick Cleine
- Mavin Group (agricultural producer), represented by Mr David Whitehead
- Midway Metals (manufacturing), represented by Mr Anthony Jolly
- AV Sponsor – TTI Migration & Investment Consulting
- Beer on the evening is sponsored by Heart of Darkness
Nominations for The Australian Business Awards 2018 are open to all companies, individuals and non-profit entities operating in Vietnam that can demonstrated a tangible connection to Australia.
Nominees need to commit to becoming an Auscham Member before they can be short-listed for judging, if they are not already an Auscham Member. If short-listed as a finalist, nominees also commit to attending the gala dinner for the awards ceremony and to take part in the preparation of promotional material for the gala dinner/awards ceremony.
Nominees must meet the specific criteria detailed for each award, along with being regarded as being of good standing in the Vietnam business community.
All nominations must be completed on the Official Nomination Form, either in printed form or via the AusCham Website. Nominations can be made by any AusCham Member, and AusCham Members are not restricted to the number of nominations each can make, provided each nominee meets the specific criteria for the respective award they are being nominated for.
Organisations and individuals can be nominated for more than one award category, provided they meet the criteria for each category.
Each nominee will be contacted by AusCham to confirm their agreement and consent to proceed with their participation in the awards process. Self-nomination is also permitted for any member organisation or individual.
AusCham Vietnam is the sole evaluator of the award criteria, and will determine if nominated parties meet the required criteria for the awards.
The nominees will be assessed by the Board of the Australian Chamber of Commerce, and short-listed finalists will be selected that the Board feel best meet the criteria set out for each of the award categories. The Board will select a short-list of up to 5 finalists for each award.
The short-listed finalists will be presented to a Judging Panel, comprising 5 invited individuals, each representing an important connection between then Australian and Vietnam business communities.
One individual will be invited from each of the following fields/sectors to be a judge:
- Australian Government Representative (Vietnam Embassy & Consulate)
- Representative from an Australian education institution
- President of AusCham
- Prominent Australian Business Leader, currently leading an Australian multi-national enterprise in Vietnam or with significant business history in Vietnam.
- Successful Vietnamese-Australian Business Leader
The judging panel will be provided with the short-listed finalists. The finalists will be asked to prepare an additional information pack for the specific award they are short-listed for, and will work with AusCham to prepare a short 1-2 minute video production (to be used to judging and to be presented at the Awards Ceremony). Judges will also conduct site visits as arranged during the judging process.
The judges’ decision will be confidential, and the AusCham Board will not be informed of the winners (save for the President) until the evening of the event.
- 25 Aug 2017 – Opening of Nominations for the Australian Business Awards 2018. Click here for Nomination Form.
- 15 Dec 2017 – Closing date for Nominations
- 31 Dec 2017 – Short-Listed finalists announced
- Jan-Feb 2018 – Judging Process undertaken.
- 23 Mar 2018 – Australian Business Awards 2018 Gala dinner and Awards Ceremony.
Specific Criteria for Each Award
- The Award for Sustainability
“Recognising organisations engaged in programs or endeavours aimed at sustainability in their workplace or the environment, and for the benefit of future generations.” Organisations will need to demonstrate that their efforts in sustainability show leadership and have a positive impact. That there are clear initiatives for the long-term benefit for the wider community, and that they have embraced innovation or creativity in their process of sustainability.
- The Award for Innovation
“Recognising organisations that implement business initiatives, demonstrating innovative solutions for new or existing business needs that enable the organisation to gain a competitive edge in their field.” The role of Innovation is essential for developing a competitive edge, with organisations demonstrating how their innovations in business have provided opportunities to enhance the organisations competitive advantage in Vietnam. The award is particularly interested in the background behind the innovation strategy, the implementation of this and the lessons learned.
- The Award for Alumni in Business
“A graduate of an Australian University who has established or contributed to a successful business presence in Vietnam, showing qualities of entrepreneurism and professionalism in their chosen sector.” The Alumni will need to demonstrate their pivotal role in an organisation in Vietnam, and how they have taken advantage of their Australian education, their entrepreneurial attitude and the opportunities in Vietnam to advance that organisation. The award will look at the benefit to the organisation that the Alumni has brought, the change that has been introduced to the organisation or the sector, and the future leadership and vision of the individual.
- The Award for Community
“Recognising organisations contributing to and giving back to the community in Vietnam, including initiatives to improve lives and futures.” The Award for Community is looking for organisations that can demonstrate and measure their contribution to the broader community in Vietnam. This can take the role of not-for-profit activities, or community activities of commercial enterprises, that give back to others in Vietnam. The key elements of this are improving lives, and the long-term sustainability into the future of the activities and contributions.
- The Award for Business Excellence
“Recognising organisations that are widely regarded as having excelled in their field and are recognised as true leaders at the forefront of their industry.” The Award for Excellence is the peak award at the Australian Business Awards 2018, and is awarded to Organisations that can demonstrate their contribution to excellence and leadership in their chosen industry sector. They will need to show how they have reached their community and industry recognition, and explain the strategies for which they intend to stay at the forefront of their industry through excellence.
Opportunities exist for organisations to sponsor individual awards, the gala dinner, or selected lead up events. Sponsors of a specific award will not be eligible for nomination for that award. Please contact AusCham if you would like to sponsor or be involved further in the Australian Business Awards 2018.
Sponsorship enquiries and other information
Tentative Set Menu
- Warm bread selection, butter
- Chilled green pea veloute, creme fraiche, bacon, herb oil
- Beef bourguignon, potato puree, glazed pearl onions
- Hazelnut and berry crumble tart, rum and raisin ice cream
- Coffee, tea
(Vegetarian set menu is available upon request)