Terms & Conditions

We’re delighted you want to participate in the Bendigo Business Excellence Awards.

This page details our ‘terms and conditions’, and if you want to participate in the awards program, you’ll need to adhere to a few things that we’ve outlined for you below.

As with any fair competition, if you don’t comply with these terms, we have the right to disqualify you or declare your entry ineligible so it’s important to take note of these terms.

Conditions of Entry

Our privacy statement will apply for your involvement in the Awards. As part of your participation we collect all kinds of information relating to you and your business, including your responses to the entry forms which are then used to generate a Judges report, as well as at site visits and in interviews. We may share this information with our related entities, business partners, Sponsors or other third party service providers engaged to help us with the Awards, and may continue to do so, even after you have participated in the Awards. By participating you consent those with access to your information to use it to administer the Awards, send you marketing, invite you to be part of our initiatives including case studies, polls/surveys and to improve any products and services of ours, our related entities and our Sponsors.

If you would like to access or correct the personal information that we hold about you, or wish to withdraw your consent to receive Awards material call the Be.Bendigo team on (03) 5442 7816. One last thing – any reference to ‘you’ or ‘your’ includes you in your personal capacity, as a representative of the business, as well as the business being entered into the Awards.

Ground Rules

In order to enter the Awards, the business needs to:

  • Reside in Australia;
  • Have an Australian Business Number;
  • Been in operation for at least 12 months as of 30th of April 2022;
  • Be more than 60% Australian owned, with the owners or founders responsible for making the key management decisions;
  • Earn more than $50,000 in annual revenue;
  • If you’re entering the Not-For-Profit – Community Impact: be a not-for-profit, social enterprise or profit for purpose organisation that contributes a minimum of 10% of their profits back to the cause; and
  • If you’re entering the Emerging and Energised Award have been operating in Australia between 12 months and 3 years as of 30th of April 2022.

As these awards are focused on recognising business excellence you won’t be able to enter if you’re part of a listed company, club, co-operating, government agency, more than 50% owned by another business, a commercial supplier of the Awards, have employees who judged the Awards program in 2019 or 2021, have been purchased and operating as an existing business prior to purchase, have filed for bankruptcy in the past 5 years or been subject to court proceedings in the prior 12 months from the close of entry date including in owner or founders personal capacity.

That’s a mouthful we know! But make sure you read those conditions carefully as we take the integrity of our Awards program seriously. We’re proud of the Awards program and all our Winners. So if we think you’re doing anything to bring the program into disrepute we may have to disqualify you.

Get started

Instructions on how to enter, the Awards categories and the process for judging is set out at www.bbea.com.au. These sections also form part of the terms.
Entries must be submitted 5pm AEST by 5th of June 2022. You must complete the form and anything you include in your entry form must be true and correct.

What we expect from you

You’ll need to make sure that anyone important to your organisation like business owners, founders or officers are available to attend Award events and associated activities. There’ll be the excitement of the workshops and gala dinner, as well as the more serious requirements like judging days and site inspections. Your premises must be available when necessary.

We also want you to help us or our Sponsors publicise the Awards. When attending any events related to the Awards, if requested, you or your representative must verbally endorse us or the relevant sponsor for the event. If you’re a finalist or a winner we’ll need the business owners, officers or founders to be available for promotional appearances for us or our Sponsors. We’ll give you at least seven calendar days’ notice of the time, date and location each time you’re required.

You agree that we may use your logo, business identity, details about your business or personal identity in any way in any material which promotes the Awards or the products or services of us or our Sponsors. You agree to allow us and the Sponsors to contact you to provide comments about the Awards and to take photos or video footage of you, your business and your representative(s), and use any of the material collected as part of your participation. If we do use any of the materials listed above, you grant us a royalty free, perpetual and irrevocable licence to use the materials for promotional purposes.

Intellectual property

All intellectual property rights related to the Awards, including the information and data we collect, belong to us or our Sponsors. Don’t worry – you’ll still own any intellectual property rights you already owned prior to entering the Awards. You also assign, including by way of a present assignment, and assignment of all rights that may arise in the future, all intellectual property rights related to any and all materials that arise in relation to your participation in the Awards.

Who can enter and how do you enter

To determine eligibility please head to https://bbea.com.au/award-categories

Prizes and judging

You are only eligible to win one prize. We reserve the right to withdraw a prize if there are no eligible entrants to receive that prize.

By accepting a prize, you agree to participate in and co-operate as required with all reasonable marketing activities relating to the prize including but not limited to being interviewed and photographed. We reserve the right to use your comments, image and name for advertising and publicity purposes in any media in perpetuity without compensation.

A prize, or any unused portion of a prize, cannot be transferred, exchanged or redeemed for cash. All other expenses associated with the prizes are the responsibility of the winners.


We reserve the right, at any time, and in our sole discretion to (a) request entrants to provide proof of identity and/or proof of valid entry (b) disqualify any entrant who we have reason to believe has breached any of these conditions or engaged in any unlawful or other improper conduct or any conduct calculated to jeopardise the fair and proper conduct of the promotion.

Entries are accepted at the time of receipt by us. We will not be held liable for any entries not received for any reason during the promotion period.

We are not liable for any prize that may be lost, stolen, forged, damaged or tampered with in any way after it leaves our possession.

We are not responsible for any variation in the value of a prize.

If we are unable to provide a winner with a prize (or part of a prize), we will supply an alternative prize (or that part of the prize) of greater or equal monetary value and/or specification.

If for any reason, we are not able to conduct the promotion as planned, including due to tampering, unauthorised intervention, fraud, any technical difficulties or any other causes beyond our control, which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this promotion, we reserve the right in our sole discretion to take any action that may be available.

We exclude all warranties in relation to the quality, suitability or merchantability of a prize, except those that cannot be excluded by law. To the fullest extent permitted by law, any liability of the Promoter or its employees or agents for breach of any rights a consumer may have which are unable to be excluded under Australian Law, is limited to the payment of the costs of having the prize supplied again.

To the extent permitted by law, we are not liable for any loss (including indirect and consequential loss) or damage or personal injury suffered or sustained in connection with the promotion including the supply of goods or services by any person to the prize winners, and where applicable to any persons accompanying the prize winners. We accept no responsibility for any tax liabilities that may arise from winning the prize.

The small print

To the extent permitted by law, we will not be liable for any loss or damage or personal injury suffered or sustained in connection with the Awards. You will indemnify us and our officers, employees or agents against any loss or liability from any claim or action that arises as a result of a breach of these terms by you, or your use of the materials or information supplied by you under these Terms. You irrevocably and unconditionally consents to all acts being done that would otherwise breach your Moral Rights.

If we are unable to provide a winner with a prize (or part of a prize), we will supply an alternative prize (or part of a prize) of similar monetary value. Prizes are not transferable or exchangeable and are not redeemable for cash. If a prize has not been claimed it will be distributed at our absolute discretion.