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Frequently Asked Questions

What do the judges look for?

The judges are looking for content. Address the criteria, and provide concrete evidence of success.

Address all criteria - a number of excellent submissions in the past have not made the minimum benchmark due to the failure to address one or two of the criteria headings. Also, do not exceed the maximum number of words allowable. Judges will not assess information which exceeds the maximum limits. 
Most of what is asked for is fine, but I feel uncomfortable including my company's financial performance. How can I be sure it is kept confidential?

The Judges are required to sign a Confidentiality Agreement and Declaration of Interest that ensures that they do not divulge any information from the Awards, and that they have no interest in the outcome of any particular Award Category.

Finally, absolute dollar amounts are not required either in the first or second section. Use graphs, charts, tables and other illustrative methods to demonstrate and substantiate your claims. 

Who should complete the submission?

In most cases the successful submissions are a team effort. Certainly, it is not recommended that a junior member of staff take complete responsibility for the submission as the task requires management knowledge and a sophisticated understanding of business principles.

However, remember no matter who completes the submission, someone else should proof read it. Basic errors in typing, spelling and grammar can lead to a reduction in the credibility of the submission.

The information sought is quite extensive. How can we put together the award submission in a reasonable timeframe?

As many award entrants will attest, the submissions are always the hardest the first time around.

The easiest thing is to work through the components and examples in turn and draft up a skeleton submission. Have other people on the team participate in remembering appropriate and relevant activities that would fall under the criteria headings.

Do entrants receive any feedback from the judges on their submissions?
A summary of comments made by the judges can be provided to each entrant on request. Scores are not provided to the entrants. The judging process is fully independent and every effort is made to ensure fairness. Judges' feedback will not be available until the end of May 2013.
I do not feel comfortable attaching my company's Business Plan to the submission
The criteria document does not request a copy of a Business Plan. The Judges are required to sign a Confidentiality Agreement and Declaration of Interest that ensures that they do not divulge any information from the Awards, and that they have no interest in the outcome of any particular Award Category.
I would like to write more than the allocated maximum word number for a particular question.
Judges are instructed to stop reading the response to a question when a page limit has been reached, due to time constraints and unfair advantage. It is imperative that the question is answered within the limit to ensure that the optimum number of marks can be obtained. Also, supporting documentation contained in the appendix may or may not be read, so this should not be used as an avenue to extend the response page limit.

 

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