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What are the iTnews Benchmark Awards?

The iTnews Benchmark Awards recognise Australia's leading IT projects.

For nine years, these awards have given organisations, their IT leaders and teams an opportunity to gain recognition for their ambition, innovation and the value they have delivered to government, industry and the public.

Award winners join an alumni that includes leaders and teams responsible for some of Australia's most remarkable IT projects. 

Past winners include Service NSW, The Reserve Bank of Australia, Suncorp, Feros Care, Boost Juice, Melbourne Water, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Nine and La Trobe University. Last year's awards were presented online, but in 2022 the awards will be once again presented at a gala dinner at KPMG's Barangaroo offices in Sydney.

How do I enter the awards?

To enter the iTnews Benchmark Awards, fill in this online entry form. We aim to balance brevity with the right kinds of questions to determine the strength of your project execution, technology leadership and value delivered. You can refer to this downloadable version to plan your entry, but use it only for reference and do not send it to us.

How much does it cost to enter the iTnews Benchmark Awards?

There is no cost to enter the iTnews Benchmark Awards

Why enter?

  • Join an alumni of IT leaders and teams responsible for some of Australia's most remarkable IT projects. This group will be invited to exclusive iTnews events. 
     
  • Finalists’ projects will be featured by iTnews, which is read by tens of thousands of people every day. Coverage will include videos about the finalists' projects.
     
  • Be recognised in front of your IT industry peers at our gala awards dinner on 31 March, 2022 at the KPMG offices in Barangaroo in Sydney. All finalists are invited.
     
  • Winners and finalists receive a promotional brand pack to use on social media, web sites, in email signatures and in other communications.

When is the deadline for entries?

The deadline for entries has been extended to 11pm December 15, 2021...so get in quick!

What can you nominate for an award?

The awards focus on IT projects by large, end-user organisations, which are invited to nominate projects. Technology companies/contractors can also nominate client projects.

The iTnews Benchmark Awards categories

You can submit entries in 12 categories:

1. Best Federal Government Project - Projects conducted by federal government departments or agencies that resulted in either internal efficiencies or improved citizen services.

2. Best State Government Project - Projects conducted by state government departments or agencies that resulted in either internal efficiencies or improved citizen services.

3. Best Local Government Project - Projects conducted by local governments that resulted in either internal efficiencies or improved citizen services.

4. Best Industrial Project – Projects in the mining, resources, utility and manufacturing sectors which demonstrably improved productivity or product delivery.

5. Best Agricultural Project – Agricultural projects which demonstrably improved productivity or product delivery.

6. Best Logistics Project – Logistics projects which demonstrably improved business outcomes such as lower costs or faster or more reliable delivery, or overcame significant challenges, such as supply chain disruption.

7. Best Education Project – Projects conducted by or for educational institutions at all levels – from childcare to university to adult education – that delivered either internal efficiency or better experiences and outcomes for students.

8. Best Health Project - Projects conducted by any organisation that delivered health services which demonstrably improved staff productivity and/or service delivery to patients.

9. Best Finance Industry Project - Projects conducted by participants in the financial services industries that either improved internal operations or resulted in improved products and/or service delivery to corporate or retail customers.

10. Best Consumer Project - This category is for projects that served consumers in activities in which the end-user is a member of the public going about their daily lives. We suggest this category for companies focused on retail, media & entertainment, telecommunications services, tourism, transport services (but not logistics) and automotive. Projects should demonstrate improvements to internal operations and/or result in improved products and/or service delivery to corporate or retail customers.

11. Innovation Group Award – This category recognises the contribution of innovations labs or business units, and centres of excellence to delivering new revenue growth or costs savings, or improving measurable customer benefits.

12. Talent Management Award – Recognises innovative programs to attract and retain technology staff.

You may submit multiple entries.

One project entered in these categories will be selected as The Australian Technology Project of the Year.

The judging process

The awards will be judged by a select panel comprised of the iTnews editorial team and guest judges. Sponsors have no involvement in the judging process.

Finalists are 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.

Announcement of finalists and winners 

Finalists in each category will be announced in late February and early March 2022.

Winners will be announced at a gala awards dinner on 31st March, 2022 at the KPMG offices in Barangaroo in Sydney.  

Questions?

For questions or clarification, please contact us by clicking here.

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