Celebrating Australia’s best businesses
Congratulations to all the Telstra Business Awards winners, who have been selected by our expert judging panel as the highest achieving businesses in their respective categories. We wish them all the best with their future success, and we can’t wait to see what they’ll achieve next.
“We aim to develop and support the community to achieve their potential, particularly concerning their own development towards family, career and social aspirations.” Justin Abrahams, Manager
Bridgewater Police & Citizens Youth Club is a not-for-profit community service organisation that provides a safe environment for youth and the community to enhance their future career and personal development. It offers social and recreational activities, ranging from mentoring and sports to driving lessons, giving an opportunity to socialise and build resilience.
“We are a small shed fueled by a big dream, which is to support the Warningakalina women, to share our culture with others, and to preserve our traditions and knowledge for future generations.” Serena Bara, Chairperson
An all-women, Indigenous-owned social enterprise based on Groote Eylandt, Bush Medijina is making a difference to the livelihoods of local indigenous women of the Archipelago. Within its walls, knowledge is passed down from older to younger generations to harvest bush produce and make bush remedies for sale around Australia.
“We are a little café with a big impact, well-known and respected by locals for our progressive and all-welcoming attitude.” Joanne Colijn-Dew, Owner
Inspired by their travels exploring the diverse hospitality of many cultures, owners Jo and Ronald Colijn-Dew created the all-inclusive and adaptable Café Mojo Mundaring. More than just a café serving quality food and coffee, it is a welcoming space supporting community collaboration and growth.
“Our vision is to see better health and social outcomes across Australia by providing high quality and local information about services and events in your local community.” Brentyn Parkin, Executive Director
Community Information Support Services is a not-for-profit online platform established to support the health and wellbeing of Australians through connecting individuals to health information and services. The organisation supports the coordination of health and wellness activities in local communities and provide ways the public and service providers can work together.
“We believe we can make a positive difference to our community through collaboration with brands, people and movements we believe in.” Jamie Wilson, Founder and Director
A full-service marketing and communications consultancy, Coordinate Group delivers strategy, creative and media to brands. With a mission to provide clients with confidence, capability and insights their clients include McDonald's, Australian National University and the Canberra Institute of Technology.
“A home is one of life’s largest investments. We endeavour to make the process simple and enjoyable, taking away any fears about the price or the process.” Justin Derksen, Director
Crusader Homes provides clients with beautifully designed and high-quality homes at a low cost for residents mainly located in the Derwent Valley. This family owned and operated business prides itself on its commitment to build houses on a given time frame and within budget.
“We work with organisations, clinicians and medical researchers to build products that impact healthcare technology and create change globally.” Mohinder Jaimangal, Executive Director
Led by Executive Directors Mohinder Jaimangal, Sanji Kanagalingam and George Charalambous, Curve Tomorrow is a digital health technology company with an ambitious goal to impact the lives of one billion people. At the intersection of healthcare, commercialisation and digital product development, they work with organisations, clinicians and medical researchers to create life-changing health technology.
“We are actively and passionately decreasing barriers to accessing dermatologic care by delivering outreach services and through modern solutions, such as remotely-controlled phototherapy treatments and video consultations.” Dr Dev Tilakaratne, Director
Darwin born-and-raised Dr Dev Tilakaratne, established his clinic, Darwin Dermatology, in 2016 at a time when such services were limited in the area. The service provides comprehensive care for patients who travel from as far as Northern Western Australia and Timor-Leste for consultations. On-site treatments include phototherapy, radiofrequency scar therapy and skin cancer surgery.
“We want to create equal opportunities for people to achieve success in their lives, recognising some are going to need more or less support based on their individual needs.” Peter Wilson, Managing Director Determined2 and Founder of the Immersion Therapy service
Determined2 provides innovative immersion therapy services for people living with disabilities and injuries. As a service conducted underwater, it provides a near-weightless, low-impact environment giving participants the chance to experience movements that may otherwise be impossible.
“Stories of homelessness are never the same, and so neither is the support we provide. We respond to the needs of people in crisis, whatever they may be.” Suzanne Hopman, Chief Executive Officer
Frustrated with the increasing rate of homelessness, Suzanne Hopman knew there must be a way to stop the problem from the outset. Her idea was Dignity, a charity focused on supporting people at risk of, or experiencing, homelessness by providing shelter, food, clothing, advocacy and education, to empower people to regain control of their lives.
“We are changing the face of golf by focussing on flexibility, diversity, choice and accessibility - transforming an 'old' game with a new approach.” Ali Terai, Chief Executive Officer and Founder
Rather than traditional golf memberships where members are restricted to a single club, Future Golf is a community that has partnered with various golf clubs to give members affordable access to courses and golf events all over Australia. Its aim is to encourage more people to take up golf by providing a pathway for complete beginners to become regular golfers.
“We are helping patients achieve and maintain optimum oral health while changing people's perception of dentistry, by providing a very comfortable and pleasant experience.” Felicity Sweet, Business Manager and Owner
Kingston Beach Dental is an independent, family-owned and operated practice that was founded in 2007 by Dr Martyn Sweet. The business provides a range of general, family and cosmetic dental services and is passionate about providing quality and caring dentistry and service with integrity.
“We aim to deliver innovative, protective, supportive apparel for periods, incontinence and perspiration, while having a positive social impact on both humanity and our environment.” Kristy Chong, Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Eliminating the need for costly and uncomfortable single-use hygiene products, Modibodi is a protective apparel brand for menstruation and incontinence leaks, sweat, odour and more. Modibodi’s patented fibre technology hopes to put an end to embarrassing mishaps and provide an eco-conscious alternative to disposable hygiene.
“Our wines have a distinctive style and taste. They are full of fruit and flavour and we are proud of the dedication, passion and energy that goes into creating every bottle.” Sarah Marquis, CEO and Chief Winemaker
In the heart of South Australia’s Mclaren Vale, Mollydooker Wines is making waves in the industry by bringing innovative techniques and an uncompromising commitment to providing exceptional quality wine at an affordable price. This family-owned winery, led by Sarah Marquis as Chief Winemaker, produces 70,000 to 100,000 cases annually and exports 80 percent of it.
“Our business directly impacts our client's lifestyle, by reducing the amount of work they need to do in their gardens. We give them more room to entertain and play.” Ash Carter, Director
New Level Landscapes prides itself on creating outdoor spaces tailored to clients’ requirements, using the highest quality products so the job only needs to be done once in a lifetime. The team focuses on both the current and planned use of the space to increase the value of the property and the client's time spent in the garden.
“Our multi-trade, multi-service approach is what the construction industry needed. Our exponential growth despite an industry downturn and struggling local construction market proves our strategy is the right one.” Gerry Koukouvas, Executive Director
Formed in September 2010, Northern Trade Solutions started with four tradies and a dream to reshape the local construction industry by providing an integrated, solutions-focused, multi-trade company to all-size projects in the Northern Territory. Their vision was to create a company where every project brings value to clients.
"We want to change the consumer health market for the better by delivering a natural, sensitive-skin-safe and environmentally friendly alternative to wound care." James Dutton, Chief Executive Officer
Nutricare creates organic, natural adhesive strips for wounds using the highest quality, sustainable ingredients available. Inspired by his son’s sensitivity to typical wound solutions, Founder James Dutton set out to create a natural product that is environmentally conscious and cost-effective.
“Our state-of-the-art elevator products offer superb performance, reliability, aesthetics and sophistication. At the heart of our identity and culture is an absolute commitment to exceed our customers’ needs and expectations.” Jonathan Dwayre, Managing Director
Orbitz Elevators are experts in the supply, installation, maintenance, repair and modernisation of elevators and escalators. Proudly 100 percent Australian owned and operated, Orbitz Elevators aims to provide the highest quality products and services across Australia and Papua New Guinea.
“Since our inception, our reach and impact have grown well beyond the ACT. We now deliver our evidence-based suicide prevention, physical and mental health workplace training and support programs nationally.” Darren Black, CEO
Established in 2001, OzHelp Foundation is a national not-for-profit provider of mental health and wellbeing programs targeting hard-to-reach people working in industries that have a heightened risk of suicide, including the building, construction and mining sectors. Their vision is to see every Australian workplace contribute to enhancing workforce wellbeing.
“Our vision is to change the healthcare experience for the better, to get people out of pain and back to what they love doing.” Peter Flynn, Co-Director
Physio Fit Adelaide strives to give customers the best experience by creating an environment that is changing health care experiences for the better. The business decided to move away from traditional healthcare practices and deliver unique hospitality and comfort facilities, such as complimentary herbal tea, premium coffee and massage chairs for its customers while they wait.
“We combine natural nootropics and ingredients in a tasty drink with low sugar and no artificial preservatives or sweeteners, providing a healthy option that helps people stay mentally alert and productive.” Steve Chapman, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder
Shine Drink offers a range of nootropic beverages, healthy, low-sugar drinks aimed at helping people think brighter, and feel more productive. Nootropics are ingredients to fuel the mind, in a similar way that probiotics (found in Kombucha) are good for the gut.
“Helping brands stand out today and stay relevant is a job always worth doing. We do this by staying human-centric in our thinking, even if our delivery is decidedly digital.” Dena Vassallo, Founder & Managing Director
Society was born out of a need to change the future of public relations and marketing agencies from being profit and awards focused to becoming more human-centric. Founder Dena Vassallo created the marketing and PR business in 2017 with the promise of delivering business impact for its clients.
“Our vision is to create a global responder network to address personal safety, putting help by a member's side anywhere in the world within 20 minutes through our dedicated app.” Craig Cowdrey, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer
Sonder is a personal safety monitoring and response company, founded and led by proven performers from across the military, government and top-tier technology companies. The business uses cutting-edge technology to mobilise spare capacity among ex and off-duty emergency services personnel to make safety and support services accessible to everyone.
“Southern Wild Distillery's aim is to bring together and showcase the natural beauty, ingredients and producers of Tasmania and its spirits.” George Burgess, Co-Founder
Based in Devonport, Southern Wild Distillery produces spirits, primarily gins, using locally grown and produced ingredients wherever possible. The business’ vision is to create alcoholic spirits with a ‘Tasmanian spirit’. Sold under the brand Dasher + Fisher, the products celebrate small local growers and the beautiful seasonal imperfections of real, local ingredients.
“Our mission is to inspire tomorrow’s innovators and to enable a mindset based on innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship - solving tomorrow’s problems today.” Michael Holmstrom, Program Director
STEM Punks provides world-leading STEM education programs for students and teachers in primary and secondary schools with learning outcomes linked to the curriculum. Its programs are developed to enable a mindset of innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship to inspire tomorrow's innovators.
“We are a successful small business that is teaching and inspiring the next generation of scientists for the future. We have so far impacted more than half a million Australian students.” Steven Liddell, Director
Born out of a need to change the traditional way of teaching science, Steve Liddell founded Street Science in 2012. The team creates a range of powerful demonstrations, workshops and stage shows with a focus on engaging and inspiring students to study the senior sciences.
“We provide a fully integrated approach to supply chain, property and project management. Harnessing our expertise, we help businesses thrive.” Travis Erridge, Director
TM Insight is a specialist consultancy firm bringing together industry experience in supply chain optimisation, property advisory and project management to help businesses adapt and thrive.
“Our business stems from the desire to disrupt an industry by making every step of the journey simpler while also making the most of technology advances.” Paley Ho, Founder
Unios designs and manufactures architectural lighting. Founder Paley Ho had a vision to build an internationally recognised lighting brand from Perth that could challenge an industry traditionally dominated by a handful of players based on the East coast and globally.
“We want to revolutionise the way industrial companies operate and protect their most valuable assets - their people.” Penni Tastula, Business Consultant
Darwin-based startup, Universal Site Monitoring produces Australian designed and manufactured safety monitoring devices through Internet of Things technology for industrial businesses. USM aims to disrupt the market by building the next generation of safety devices and transforming worker protection on a global scale.
“We’re committed to creating opportunities for Gija artists and the community. We take pride in maintaining, preserving and adhering to the cultural protocols of our elders.” Gabriel Nodea, Director
Located in rural Western Australia, 200km south of Kununurra, Warmun Art Centre celebrates and encourages the expression of Gija culture through the arts and supports the continued development of innovative, contemporary art by both established and emerging Warmun artists. One hundred per cent of its income returns to the community enterprise and artists.
“Our vision is to break the unreliable tradesperson stereotype by providing the most honest and ethical residential and strata plumbing services with the highest levels of customer service.” Tom Martin, Director
Owner Tom Martin sought to defy the lazy tradesperson stereotype and frequent second-rate work standard within the industry through his customer-first plumbing, drainage and gas-fitting company, Water Tight Canberra. Constant communication with clients as well as team training and collaboration form the backbone of this small yet successful business.
“No two organisations are the same. So, we created technology that is radically adaptable and can help the most wildly different of organisations, industries and workplaces, regardless of their requirements.” Dr Jeremy Nunn, Founder and Director
Work Metrics is a technology company that builds highly intelligent software tools and apps to help businesses engage and manage their employees, contractors and visitors. Working with 600 large organisations around the world, it is counting more than 1.1 million users to date, who use the platform for staff induction, supplier management, incident reports, and workers’ safety.