Entries for the 2019 awards are now open! Finalists will be announced in early December 2018 and winners will be revealed at a gala dinner in Sydney on March 7th, 2019.

To enter your project in the 2019 iTnews Benchmark Awards, complete the entry form hereEntries close on November 23rd, 2018.

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: 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!
  • TELCO: Includes IT projects in telecommunications and internet sectors.
  • MEDIA: Includes IT projects in broadcast, web and print media.
  • 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: 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 close November 23rd.

Announcement of finalists

Finalists will be unveiled on iTnews in early December 2018.

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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