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Whether you are a sole trader or large business, have one employee or 100, your business is eligible to enter up to two categories in the 2017 Federation Business School Commerce Ballarat Business Excellence Awards.

These awards cater to businesses located within Ballarat and the surrounding district, with the exception of the Paddock to Plate Business Award, which is open to all businesses in the Grampians RDA area.

How to Enter

You can download a MS Word fillable application form by clicking on the links below. Simply download/save the document to your computer, answer the questions, print your completed application, sign and deliver! Please note: emailed applications will not be accepted

  1. Complete the entry form at the back of this booklet. Detach, copy and attach to the front of both copies of your application (see No.4)
  2. Address each of the questions in the general questionnaire.
  3. Address each of the category-specific questions – for example, the Trade Business Award.
  4. Complete your application on A4-sized paper, printed on one side only. Final applications should not exceed 11 pages.
    - Entry form (one page)
    - Business summary (one page)
    - General and category-specific questions (five pages)
    - Supplementary material (four pages)
  5. Staple the entry form to the top left-hand corner. (Do not bind your application or place it in a presentation folder.)
  6. Provide supplementary material. For instance, publicity in the media, customer testimonials, acknowledgement from community groups. Limit this to four pages (in addition to the five pages of your application).
  7. Provide two copies of your application with a separate entry form attached to each.
  8. Ensure the font in your application is either Times New Roman or Arial; minimum font size 10.
  9. Post or deliver your entry to:

Commerce Ballarat
“Business Awards Application”

27 Doveton St Nth
Ballarat VIC 3350

N.B: Retain a copy of your entry for future reference as all entries will be destroyed after judging.

Special “Early Bird” Competition!

Submit your application by 5pm Wednesday 7 June 2017 for your chance to win a $1500 advertising package donated by The Courier.


Need help with your application? Attend a free workshop! The workshops will include assistance in addressing the criteria and information on what the judges will be looking for.

Dates & Times

Tue 9 May 2017

Application workshop (10am–11am)

Quest Ballarat, 7 Dawson Street Nth

Wed 10 May 2017

Application workshop (5.30pm-6.30pm)

Stockland Wendouree, Cnr Norman & Gillies Sts

Wed 17 May 2017

Application workshop (5.45pm–6.45pm)

Quest Ballarat, 7 Dawson Street Nth

Tue 23 May 2017

Application workshop (2pm–3pm)

Quest Ballarat, 7 Dawson Street Nth

Mentoring Sessions

One-on-one mentoring sessions will be held to provide an opportunity for you to receive feedback on your completed application prior to its submission. (Limited numbers available)

Registrations for your chosen workshop are essential. To book a place in a workshop and/or mentoring session, email or phone 5333 3233.

It is interesting to note that 95% of the 2016 finalists had either attended an application workshop, participated in a one-on-one mentoring session or had entered previously.


Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions page. For further information or assistance with your application, phone Commerce Ballarat on 5333 3233.

Online Application Forms

To download a fillable Microsoft Word application form document click on the text or image tile relating to the category you wish to apply, this will open a new tab, follow the instrustions to save this file to your computer to allow for editing (if this does not occur please check your pop-up blocker settings). Ensure you read all information provided on the first two pages.

Download Sample Application HERE  (note: 2017 application may vary)

Please note: Emailed applications will not be accepted. 

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