Entries for the 2019 awards have closed! Finalists will be announced in January 2019 and winners will be revealed at a gala dinner in Sydney on March 7th, 2019.

What are the awards?

The iTnews Benchmark Awards see large end-user organisations nominate their IT staff or project teams nominate their work, to showcase the ways they've innovated and added value.

The awards encompass the following categories:

  • 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: 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 GOVERNMENT: Includes IT projects in state and local government.
  • LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Councils and community organisations! This is your time to shine!
  • EMERGING TECHNOLOGY: If you've put emerging technology to work and had success, this is your category! Start with AI and IoT, then wonder if even more recent innovations will be needed to take home this prize.
  • RISING STAR: Emerging 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.

Awards gala dinner

Winners will be announced at KPMG's Sydney office on March 7th, 2019, at a gala dinner to be attended by over 150 IT leaders.


For questions or clarification, please contact the editorial team.

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