How to enter: Businesses who enter the awards are provided with the opportunity to: * Gain recognition at a local, regional and state level * Build a reputation for excellence within their industry, customer and client base and wider community * Set the yearly benchmark for their business and their industry within their local community * Improve employee engagement in the business through involving employees in the entry event and recognition process * Boost staff morale and teamwork through recognising and recounting the success of their business To enter the awards you must complete an online application from one of drop down menus / categories before 30 September 2022 We recommend saving your answers to the category questions in a Word Document prior to completing the online application so you have a copy. Dates to Remember Entries Open: 11 July 2022 Entries Close: 30 September 2022 Gala Event: 5 November 2022 1. All entrants or nominations must operate in the Far West of NSW, as defined by the RDA Far West regional footprint 2. The Judging Panel reserves the right to place your entry into a category it feels most appropriate. 3. The Judging Panel reserves the right to create or delete categories based on the number of entries received 4. The applicant acknowledges that if they win an award, that the award is personal to the winner and is not assignable to another person or business 5. Awards presented will be to the organisation or the person named on the application form 6. No alterations to applications will be permitted after the date of submission although submissions may be withdrawn prior to announcement of winners 7. A finalist MUST have a representative present at the gala event on 5 November 2022 8. The winner of the Outback Spirit Award will be required to deliver a brief acceptance speech 9. Nomination into the Awards is free 10. Your privacy is protected, and all entries are regarded as CONFIDENTIAL, and all individuals involved in the judging process are required to complete a ‘Confidentiality Agreement’ 11. Entries must be submitted in the official entry format, online or People’s Choice as an online or paper copy. All questions must be addressed in full to be eligible 12. All entrants or nominations must be registered with the ATO as a business and hold a current ABN number, except People’s Choice 13. Where there is a tie, the winner will be determined by the business with the most points awarded in the General Question area 14. Sponsors may enter the awards, but may not enter the category that they are sponsoring 15. New Business category – defined as operating less than 2 years 16. Best Small Business category – defined as 20 or less Employees 17. Best in Business category – defined as more than 20 Employees 18. People’s Choice – entrants must act honestly, fairly and in good faith in participating in the awards. Entries must be submitted in the official entry format online or People’s Choice paper copy, – no photocopies accepted 19. No responsibility is accepted for late, lost, incomplete, incorrectly submitted, or misdirected entries or due to technical malfunctions that result in an individual being unable to submit an entry online 20. The judge’s decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into 21. Please ensure your nomination is received by midnight ACST 30 September 2022. Late entries will not be accepted. Plan to get your nomination in early.