Is there a cost to nominate?
Nomination is free. If you are shortlisted and decide to proceed to Stage Two, you’ll be required to pay an entry fee. The entry fee includes consideration for your industry list, all special award categories, and your bespoke Best Places to Work benchmarking report. If you are successful in ranking, you’ll also receive a marketing kit to help leverage your achievement. Entry fees are based on your organisation size: 20-99 = $2700 + gst, 100-499 = $3800 + gst, 500+ = $4900 + gst.
I’m not sure whether we should nominate or not?
You won’t know unless you try! Nomination is FREE and if you are shortlisted, the beauty of this competition is that regardless of whether you rank or not on your industry list, you’ll receive a bespoke Best Places to Work report, which will benchmark where you sit on each of the key drivers relative to other entrants. This will give you a great indication of where you need to improve to rank higher next time around – and of course, to create a better place for your employees to work at.
Why don’t you accept companies with less than 20 employees?
It is not a simple task to assess organisations from all industries and all sizes using the same criteria. As much as we would like to open the competition up to all organisations, the assessment criteria does not put small businesses on a level playing field as it looks at things such as organisational structures and processes, as well as having a large enough sample size to analyse the staff survey component. We’re not saying small businesses aren’t great places to work, they just can’t enter this competition.
Do my employee numbers include casuals and contractors?
No. Please just include full-time and part-time staff in your employee number total. Please ensure that whatever number you provide us with is verifiable by your HR department. They will be contacted once your registration is finalised to confirm this number, please ensure they are aware of this.
When does the competition open?
Nominations open Monday 22nd August 2022
When is my last chance to nominate or enter the competition?
Nominations will close on Friday October 14, 2022 at 5PM
Can I nominate on behalf of someone else?
Yes! If you are representing an organisation that is doing amazing things, then we’d love you to let us know by nominating them! You will need to consent of the company you are nominating and we will require your key contact details from the organisation you are nominating.
I’ve lost or can’t remember my portal login
- I’ve lost or can’t remember my portal login
If you’ve lost or forgot your submission login details, it’s ok! See below
- Portal address is https://bestplacestowork.awardsplatform.com/
- Use the email you used to register for the competition
- You can reset your password on the login page by clicking the reset password button
You can also select the remember me box so they are safe for next time. If you’re still having trouble just contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll help you out.
I want to update our key contact details
You can do this via the submission portal.
First, the entrant who will be assigned the entry will need to have an Award Force account. They can register an account on the portal home page. Then:
- Go to Entries > Manage entries
- Click on the name of the entry you want re-assign
- Click Edit entry
- In the Entrant field start typing the name of the entrant and select their name from the drop-down menu
- Click Save + close
How many employees need to complete the survey?
Good question. The answer depends on how big your organisation is. Use your overall employee numbers to calculate your minimum response number using the table:
Some of the information I want to include in our submission is confidential – will any of this information be made public?
In terms of confidentiality, all of the judges are all required to sign NDA’s prior to being sent the submissions. However, if you do make the list (i.e. are in the Top 100 companies) then your information will be passed onto AFR. By completing your submission, as per the terms and conditions of the competition, you are giving consent to having the identity, trademarks and relevant details about your organisations innovations as included in your submission published if selected.
If you don’t make your industry list, no details are distributed further.
Withdrawal from the competition
I want to withdraw from the competition. Can I get a refund?
We never like to hear of companies wanting to withdraw! As it is a competition, the entry fee is non-transferrable and non-refundable as per the terms and conditions. However, if you definitely need to withdraw from the competition, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can take you off the regular communications.
If I can’t get one part of our submission done in time, can we still enter the competition?
If you can’t complete part of your submission in time, you’re still able to enter the competition, however you will have to forfeit your points for that part. For reference, each component of the submission is worth the following:
Employee Survey 50%
Written submission 50%
Can I have an extension on part of my submission?
The competition is on a pretty tight timeline and as such, we can’t provide any extensions for submissions. If you feel your organisation has an extenuating circumstance, feel free to contact us at email@example.com to discuss your options.
When will the industry lists be released?
In 2023, the industry lists will be published in the Australian Financial Review BOSS on April 28.
Will I find out prior to publishing if we’ve made it?
AFR may contact some organisations who have made the lists at random for marketing purposes, however, they will not be told where they rank.
The best way to find out early is to attend the Awards Night in Sydney on April 27
Will the details of my entry be shown to others?
In terms of confidentiality, all of the judges are all required to sign NDA’s prior to being sent the submissions. However, if you do make the an industry list then your information will be passed onto AFR. By making your submission, as per the terms and conditions of the competition, you are giving consent to having the identity, trademarks and relevant details about your organisation as included in your submission published if selected. No raw scores for any section are distributed.
If you don’t make the an industry list or win a special award, no details are distributed further