iTnews Benchmark Awards
The search for Australia’s technology leaders

Entries for the 2018 awards are now closed. Finalists were announced in early December and winners were revealed at a gala dinner in Melbourne on February 20.

Get your project in the running for the 2019 iTnews Benchmark Awards by pre-registering today.

Who can nominate?

Technology leaders and members of their IT staff or project teams within large end user organisations are welcome to nominate projects for consideration.

What category should I enter?

  • CONSUMER: Includes IT projects in FMCG, retail, tourism and hospitality.
  • EDUCATION: Includes IT projects in secondary and tertiary education (public and private) plus research facilities.
  • FINANCE AND LEGAL: Includes IT projects in banking, financial services, property and insurance.
  • HEALTHCARE: Includes IT projects in healthcare (public and private).
  • INDUSTRIAL: Includes IT projects in mining and resources, utilities, manufacturing, construction and transport.
  • FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: Includes IT projects in the national public service.
  • STATE & LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Includes IT projects in state and local government.
  • TELCO/MEDIA: Includes IT projects in media, telecommunications, and internet.
  • RISING STAR: Junior IT pros who have demonstrated technology success and excellence.

One ultimate AUSTRALIAN TECHNOLOGY LEADER OF THE YEAR will be chosen from among the category winners.

Who judges the Benchmark Awards?

Finalists in each category will be chosen by judging panels comprising iTnews’ award-winning editorial team and expert advisors. We also seek external advice from technical specialists and global CIOs as part of the process.

The finalists will be selected on the following criteria:

  • The strength of the business case for the project.
  • The project’s delivery – evidence of agility, creative applications of IT and competencies developed, whilst keeping within targeted scope, deadline and cost.
  • Whether new ground was forged – in terms of innovation and new technologies or approaches, and how this risk was managed.
  • Return on investment – anticipated or measured.

The ultimate Australian Technology Leader of the Year will be judged by iTnews’ CIO LinkedIn community after finalists have been announced.

CIOs and senior IT managers can apply here to join this group.

When is the closing date?

Submissions for the 2018-19 Benchmark Awards will open in September 2018.

Announcement of finalists

2018 finalists were unveiled on iTnews on December 4 2017.

Awards gala dinner

Winners in each category were announced at the ADAPT CIO Edge Experience summit held at Melbourne's Grand Hyatt on February 20 2018. The winners were crowned surrounded by over 100 peer CIOs. 


For questions or clarification, please contact the editorial team.

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