Submission structure and format

Entrants must address all submission questions within the category. Category description and submission questions can be found by clicking on the 'categories' tab on www.accountantsdaily.com.au/australian-accounting-awards

Individuals and businesses within the accounting industry are invited to participate by lodging a submission that showcases their professional performance, leadership capabilities and personal achievements. Submissions in individual categories are automatically entered into the running for the Accountants Daily Excellence Award, which is awarded to the highest-scoring winner across all individual categories.

To lodge your submission please set up your account and follow the steps detailed.

Entry requirements

  • Entrants must address all submission questions, supply business metrics and attach supporting documents where required. Submissions MUST be lodged online via the awards portal.
  • There is a 300-word limit per question. If you exceed this, the system will not allow you to lodge your submission.
  • Entrants are encouraged to attach supporting material for the judges to strengthen their submission. This material may differ depending on the category and can include images, video, statistics, media coverage and other relevant information. If documents are not relevant to your submission, they will be disregarded. 
  • The deadline for entries is 16 March 2018.

There are no limitations on how you choose to cover submission criteria, so be creative! However, note that you must cover all key points and answer questions directly, or your submission may be judged negatively.

Supporting material

Please refer to any supporting material in your submission so that the judges can consider it. This material may differ depending on the category, and can include video, images, statistics, media coverage and other relevant information. Please do not provide supporting documents unless they are directly referenced and relevant to your submission. Any irrelevant materials will be disregarded.

Confidentiality

Please note that all submissions are treated with the strictest confidentiality and only viewed by the Australian Accounting Awards judging panel.

Submission Delivery

An online submission platform will open in early February. The submission deadline is 16 March 2018. All responses and supporting documents can be uploaded online.

Lodging multiple submissions

If you are lodging submissions for multiple award categories, congratulations! Please take a common-sense approach to creating submissions for multiple categories. While producing an awards submission can be a time-consuming process, there are ways in which you can reduce the work required. For example, you may be able to use the same core submission for a number of different categories, tailored to the specifics of each category.

NOTE: You will still need to lodge separate submission documents online for each category you are entering.

If you have any questions regarding multiple submissions, please contact Sarah Baartz on 02 9922 3300 or email Sarah.Baartz@momentummedia.com.au

Important dates to remember:

  • Week beginning 13 February – Submissions open.
  • 16 March – Submissions close. Tickets on sale.
  • Week beginning 16 April – Finalists announced. Judging commences.
  • 1 June – Australian Accounting Awards 2018

Categories

Individual Categories:

Being keen to learn, develop and improve at the outset of a career in the accounting industry is fundamental to long-term success and career potential.

This award recognises the university student who demonstrated the most outstanding commitment to success in a future career in the accounting industry in the 2017 calendar year.

It considers the activities, strategies and actions of the student in terms of positioning themselves for future success.

ELIGIBILITY

This award is open to all accounting students who were enrolled in undergraduate or postgraduate degrees for a minimum of six months in the 2017 calendar year, on either a full or part-time basis.

The audit function has been arguably one of the most disrupted in the accounting space, however auditors remain vital to compliance and assurance.

This award recognises an outstanding auditor in the accounting industry, who has effectively driven revenue growth and shaped their firm’s success in the 2017 calendar year.

Based on business growth metrics as well as support and servicing, the award considers the activities, strategies and actions of the auditor in terms of driving increased revenue and efficiencies.

ELIGIBILITY

This award is open to auditors of all varieties operating in Australia. The award is based on the period from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017. Auditors must supply proof they held relevant registrations for the 6 months or more of the calendar year.

A successful bookkeeping executive in the contemporary accounting environment is one who responds to market challenges with innovation, and continues to prove the benefits of bookkeepers from a bottom line and growth perspective.

This award recognises an outstanding Australian bookkeeper who effectively drove revenue growth and shaped their firm’s success in the 2017 calendar year.

It considers the activities, strategies and actions of the bookkeeper in terms of benefiting their firm and promoting the value of the bookkeeping profession in general.

ELIGIBILITY

This award is open to all bookkeepers in Australia who held a management or executive position within the period of 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017.

Strong leadership in a competitive national market can be the difference between a firm or division that is staying afloat and one that is thriving.

This award recognises an outstanding managing partner, director, principal, senior partner or chief executive in the accounting industry, whose leadership effectively shaped their firm’s success in the 2017 calendar year.

Based on business growth metrics as well as support and servicing, this award considers the activities, strategies and actions of the leader in terms of driving increased revenue and efficiencies.

ELIGIBILITY

This award is open to all managing partners, senior partners, principals, directors and chief executives of firms providing accounting services in Australia that generated less than $1 billion in revenue in the 2017 calendar year. It is based on the period from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017.

Effective leadership in what is a competitive Australian market, with international competitors and forces often at play, is key to ensuring the success of a firm or business division.

This award recognises an outstanding managing partner, principal, director, senior partner or chief executive in the accounting industry, whose leadership most effectively shaped their firm’s success in the 2017 calendar year.

Based on business growth metrics as well as support and servicing, this award considers the activities, strategies and actions of the leader in terms of driving increased revenue and efficiencies.

ELIGIBILITY

This award is open to all managing partners, senior partners, principals, directors and chief executives of firms providing accounting services in Australia that generated more than $1 billion in revenue in the 2017 calendar year. It is based on the period from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017.

Securing new partners who are committed to the growth and development of the firm is an objective of all firms in the Australian accounting industry, and is no easy feat in a competitive market.

This award recognises an outstanding new partner in the accounting industry, who most effectively drove revenue growth and shaped their firm’s success in the 2017 calendar year.

Based on business growth metrics as well as support and servicing, the award considers the activities, strategies and actions of the partner in terms of driving increased revenue and efficiencies within their firm or business units.

ELIGIBILITY

This award is open to all professionals who are partners in firms providing accounting services in Australia, appointed partner on or after 1 July 2016. The award is based on the period from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017.

Note: If your public title is not partner, please provide evidence as to why in effect you are a partner.

Office administrators are often the backbone of a practice, playing a significant part in keeping businesses running smoothly and effectively.

This award recognises the best office administrator in a firm in the accounting industry in Australia who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to their firm and its ongoing success. It considers the activities and actions of the administrator in terms of providing administrative support to their firm and helping to drive success.

ELIGIBILITY

This award is open to all administrators and support staff employed by a firm in the accounting industry in Australia in the 2017 calendar year. It is based on the period from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017.

Partners are the traditional backbone of firms in the Australian accounting industry, driving growth and progress in their firm and/or division.

This award recognises an outstanding partner in the accounting industry, who most effectively drove revenue growth and shaped their firm’s success in the 2017 calendar year.

Based on business growth metrics as well as support and servicing, the award considers the activities, strategies and actions of the partner in terms of driving increased revenue and efficiencies within their firm or business units.

ELIGIBILITY

This award is open to all partners of firms that provided accounting services in Australia with under $1 billion in revenue for the 2017 calendar year. The award is based on the period from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017.

Note: If your public title is not partner, please provide evidence as to why in effect you are a partner.

Partners who drive growth and progress in large firms often successfully negotiate the pressures of national and international clients, and ensure the long-term success of their firm or division.

This award recognises an outstanding partner in the accounting industry, who most effectively drove revenue growth and shaped their firm’s success in the 2017 calendar year.

Based on business growth metrics as well as support and servicing, the award considers the activities, strategies and actions of the partner in terms of driving increased revenue and efficiencies within their business units.

ELIGIBILITY

This award is open to all partners of firms that provided accounting services in Australia with over $1 billion in revenue for the 2017 calendar year. The award is based on the period from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017.

Note: If your public title is not partner, please provide evidence as to why in effect you are a partner.

Partners of boutique firms in the accounting industry are in a unique position to significantly impact bottom line growth and a firm’s market position.

This award recognises an outstanding partner in the accounting industry, who most effectively drove revenue growth and shaped their firm’s success in the 2017 calendar year.

Based on business growth metrics as well as support and servicing, the award considers the activities, strategies and actions of the partner in terms of driving increased revenue and efficiencies within their business/business units.

ELIGIBILITY

This award is open to all partners of firms that provided accounting services with under $10 million in revenue for the 2017 calendar year. The award is based on the period from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017.

Note: If your public title is not partner, please provide evidence as to why in effect you are a partner.

Accountants are often the first port of call for property investors, and are crucial in ensuring portfolios are structured effectively and efficiently.

This award recognises an accountant who provides exemplary services to property investors, and is highly skilled at keeping clients' portfolios compliant and tax effective.

Based on support services and strategy implementation, this award considers how the accountant structures their approach to drive revenue while ensuring exemplary services to clients.

ELIGIBILITY

This award is open to all accountants who provided services to property investors in the 2017 calendar year. This award is based on the period 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017.

An increasingly competitive accounting industry calls for professionals who are determined to make their services and work stand out and make a notable difference.

This award recognises an outstanding accounting professional in Australia who has demonstrated an exemplary commitment to success in their career in the accounting industry. It considers the activities, strategies and actions of the rising star in terms of positioning themselves for future success.

ELIGIBILITY

This award is open to accounting professionals of all ages practising in Australia during the 2017 calendar year. Entrants must be in their first three years of full-time employment within the accounting profession after having completed applicable tertiary studies.

Australians entering the workforce today will have known nothing other than compulsory superannuation savings. A rigid, robust framework for compliance and integrity in the sector is crucial to the stability and growth of the superannuation system, as is a service offering that is scalable and efficient.

This award recognises an outstanding superannuation auditor in the accounting industry, who has effectively serviced clients and driven revenue growth and shaped their firm's success in the 2017 calendar year.

Based on business growth metrics as well as support and servicing, the award considers the activities, strategies and actions of the auditor in terms of driving increased revenue and compliance efficiencies.

ELIGIBILITY

This award is open to auditors who provide audits of superannuation funds, including SMSFs. The award is based on the period from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017. Auditors must supply proof they have held relevant registrations for 6 months or more of the full calendar year.

Please attach proof of registration (mandatory).

Now, more than ever, amid a flurry of legislative reform and regulatory change, having a firm grasp of superannuation tax law is imperative for an accountant who specialises in the superannuation sector.

This award recognises an accountant who specialises in superannuation advice and is highly adept at guiding their clients through the rigour of reform and crucial compliance functions.

It considers the professional development, expertise and strategies of the accountant in servicing and keeping their superannuation clients.

This award is open to:

  • All accountants who were operating and licensed to provide superannuation advice in the 2017 calendar year. This award considers activities from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017.

Thought leaders in the accounting industry ultimately champion its growth, development and success by voicing new and challenging ideas.

This award recognises an individual within the accounting industry who has shown a committed passion and aptitude for improving the industry.

This professional is able to clearly articulate the desired direction of the industry and to draw upon best practice from other relevant industries and markets to champion the growth and development of the sector.

The recipient of this award will personify business leadership, and be entrepreneurial and committed to the industry. They will also support the growth of new industry entrants as well as the delivery of training, education and mentoring.

ELIGIBILITY

This award is open to an accounting professional primarily operating within the accounting industry during the 2017 calendar year. It is based on activities during the period from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017.

A dedicated and talented new generation is key to ensuring the ongoing success of the Australian accounting industry.

This award recognises the most outstanding young accountant in the industry, who demonstrated an exemplary commitment to success in their accounting career in the 2017 calendar year.

It considers the activities, strategies and actions of the young accountant in terms of positioning themselves for future success.

ELIGIBILITY

This award is open to all practising accountants in Australia who were 30 or under at 31 December 2017.

Group Categories:

Businesses in the accounting industry that challenge inequitable norms and push for progress are effectively building the reputation of our industry as one that is inclusive, fair and diverse.

This award recognises the business in the accounting industry in Australia that best utilised its resources and position to champion a cause or causes in 2017. Examples of causes include gender equality, Indigenous representation and charitable initiatives.

Based on assessment of advocacy-related initiatives, this award considers how the business looks to make a positive difference in the accounting space or, more broadly, communities in Australia that are challenged by inequitable or unjust circumstances.

ELIGIBILITY

This award is open to all accounting-focused businesses in Australia. It is based on the period from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017.

As digital disruption and automation continues to play out in the accounting industry, successful bookkeeping firms are those that can rise above and continue to capitalise on the business opportunities associated with their vital services.

This award recognises the bookkeeping firm that most effectively drove business growth during the 2017 calendar year, utilising a range of business development principles and tactics.

Based on business growth metrics as well as support and servicing, the award considers the activities, strategies and actions of the firm in terms of driving increased revenue and efficiencies.

ELIGIBILITY

This award is open to all firms in Australia with a specialist bookkeeping offering. It is based on the period from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017.

Boutique firms play an important role in servicing their local communities, and are increasingly, using their small-firm appeal to secure and diversify their client base.

This award recognises a boutique firm in the accounting industry that most effectively drove business growth during the 2017 calendar year, utilising a range of business development principles and tactics.

Based on business growth metrics as well as support and servicing, the award considers the activities, strategies and actions of the firm in terms of driving increased revenue and efficiencies.

ELIGIBILITY

This award is open to all businesses which have a focus on accounting-based services in Australia with total annual revenue no greater than $10 million for the 2017 calendar year.

The award is based on the period from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017.

Business advisory is a growing service offering in the accounting community, as accounting professionals increasingly prove themselves to be the preferred choice of adviser for Australian small businesses in particular.

This award recognises the firm in the accounting industry that most effectively drove growth in its business advisory unit during the 2017 calendar year, utilising a range of business development principles and tactics.

Based on business growth metrics as well as support and servicing, the award considers the activities, strategies and actions of the firm in terms of driving increased revenue and efficiencies.

ELIGIBILITY

This award is open to all firms in the Australian accounting industry with a business advisory focus or division.

The award is based on the period from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017.

Maintaining a presence beyond business transactions can both boost a community and have notable bottom line benefits.

This award recognises the business in the accounting industry in Australia that demonstrated the most beneficial social and community service program during the 2017 calendar year.

Based on business metrics and social considerations, this category assesses the outcomes of the community service program, taking into account the benefits to the cause or purpose supported, as well as the tangible business benefits.

ELIGIBILITY

This award is open to all businesses providing accounting-focused services in Australia. It is based on the period from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017.

Firms in the Australian accounting industry are increasingly recognising the benefits of diversified service offerings in terms of securing long-term clients and future-proofing their business.

This award recognises the firm in the accounting industry in Australia that most effectively diversified its service offering to increase total revenue in the 2017 calendar year. Specifically, the award recognises firms offering services complementary to accounting, such as risk advice, mortgage and finance broking, financial planning, SMSF advice and legal services.

Based on business growth metrics as well as support and servicing, the award considers the activities, strategies and actions of the firm in terms of driving increased revenue through diversification within the business.

ELIGIBILITY

This award is open to all firms in the accounting industry in Australia. It is based on the period from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017.

Achieving notable growth in a crowded marketplace, particularly given tough market conditions, has been a unique success story in the Australian accounting industry in recent years.

This award recognises the firm in the accounting industry in Australia that demonstrated the most effective business growth during the 2017 calendar year, considering both organic and/or acquisitional growth strategies.

Based on business growth metrics as well as support and servicing, the award considers the activities, strategies and actions of the firm in terms of driving increased revenue and efficiencies.

ELIGIBILITY

This award is open to all firms providing accounting services in Australia registered to operate after 1 January 2015.

The award is based on the period from 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2017.

Executing and sustaining a growth strategy in a marketplace of tough nationwide competitors is one of the great challenges, and successes, of many firms in the Australian accounting industry.

This award recognises the firm in the accounting industry with less than $1 billion in total revenue that most effectively drove business growth during the 2017 calendar year, utilising a range of business development principles and tactics.

Based on business growth metrics as well as support and servicing, the award considers the activities, strategies and actions of the firm in terms of driving increased revenue and efficiencies.

ELIGIBILITY

This award is open to all businesses which have a focus on accounting-based services in Australia with total revenue of under $1 billion for the 2017 calendar year.

The award is based on the period from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017.

Growth and progress on a national scale, when up against the likes of international powerhouses, has been maintained by large-scale Australian firms in the accounting industry for decades.

This award recognises a firm in the accounting industry with more than $1 billion in total revenue that most effectively drove business growth during the 2017 calendar year, utilising a range of business development principles and tactics.

Based on business growth metrics as well as support and servicing, the award considers the activities, strategies and actions of the firm in terms of driving increased revenue and efficiencies.

ELIGIBILITY

This award is open to all businesses which have a focus on accounting-based services in Australia with total revenue of over $1 billion for the 2017 calendar year.

The award is based on the period from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017.

Developing staff at the outset of their career is key to ensuring their own success, and also significantly boosts their chances of being a productive and valued employee.

This award recognises the firm in the accounting industry in Australia that demonstrated the most effective graduate development program during the 2017 calendar year.

Based on graduate development initiatives, this award considers how the firm develops and retains quality staff through a structured development program.

ELIGIBILITY

This award is open to all firms in the accounting industry in Australia. It is based on the period from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017.

Innovative businesses, at a time of intense disruption and evolution, are capitalising on the ever-growing opportunities in the accounting industry, and securing their success as long-term players.

This award recognises the most innovative business in the accounting industry in Australia, acknowledging the business that best developed and capitalised on innovation during the 2017 calendar year.

All relevant types of innovation will be considered - whether related to service, business development processes, technology, staff/client management or any other area.

ELIGIBILITY

This award is open to all businesses which have a focus on accounting-based services in Australia. It is based on the period from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017.

Although not the traditional domain of accounting businesses, firms are increasingly recognising the bottom line benefits of having an effective and strategic marketing program.

This award recognises the business in the accounting industry in Australia that best utilised marketing to win new clients and drive business growth during the 2017 calendar year.

Based on marketing activities and strategies, the award considers how the business has used marketing to sign new clients and drive increased revenue.

ELIGIBILITY

This award is open to all businesses which have a focus on accounting-based services in Australia. It is based on the period from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017.

The Australian accounting industry is ripe for start-ups and entrepreneurs right now, particularly given the new technological tools unique to this generation of accounting professionals.

This award recognises the start-up firm in the accounting industry that demonstrated the most effective business growth during the 2017 calendar year.

Based on business growth metrics as well as support and servicing, the award considers the activities, strategies and actions of the firm in terms of driving increased revenue and efficiencies.

ELIGIBILITY

This award is open to all firms providing accounting services in Australia, that began operations on or after 1 January 2015.

The award is based on the period from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017.

Effective and sustainable professional development is key to attracting and retaining quality staff to a successful firm.

This award recognises the firm in the accounting industry in Australia that demonstrated the most effective professional development program during the 2017 calendar year.

Based on professional development initiatives, this award considers how the firm develops and retains quality staff through structured development programs.

ELIGIBILITY

This award is open to all firms providing accounting services in Australia. It is based on the period from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017.

The growth of the SMSF sector and the increasingly complex rules and regulations which govern the sector has fuelled the rise of a profession dedicated to the provision of SMSF advice, and as a result, businesses with specialist SMSF focuses have become common nationwide.

This award recognises the firm with a distinct SMSF focus, with staff and services dedicated to the provision of SMSF advice.

Specifically, alongside business metrics, it looks at how the firm has actively sought growth for its SMSF offerings and how it is ensuring that its clientele is receiving comprehensive, accurate and timely SMSF advice.

This award is a group award and is open to:

  • All firms in the accounting or SMSF industry which offered SMSF services throughout the 2017 calendar year. This award is based on activities between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2017.