The Awards Process
Managers of excellence are extremely busy people. The Australian Institute of Management Excellence Awards process is rigorous, as fits such a prestigious award, but it's not intended to be time-intensive. The time invested is more than repaid by immense array of benefits experienced by the end of the Awards journey.
If you are nominating your outstanding manager, rest assured that you are not loading him or her up with "extra work" to fit into an already crowded schedule.
If you are a Nominee or Applicant, set aside a moment to scan the process, consider the benefits - to you personally, to your business and to your community - and you will see that this could be the most productive time you will spend this year.
Stage 1 - Nominations & Applications
To begin the awards process simply nominate another or apply yourself via the online Nomination and Application forms. The main categories of the awards are Professional, Owner, Young and Not for Profit Manager of the Year, with some special additions across different regions. For more information about which category is best for you or your nominee please visit the awards categories page.
After a nomination is received the nominee will be contacted by the Awards Manager and forwarded access to the online application site.
Self applicants will also be contacted by the Awards Manager to provide assistance and welcome them to the awards process.
The application is the formal written submission which is completed online, that includes the nominee's resume and responses to the set of category criteria.
Tip: Support is available for every step of the process. Managers who do not have a current résumé can access an online resume builder.
Tip: Need help or advice on preparing your submission? The dedicated AIM Awards Manager is there to assist you. Contact the Awards Manager on 1300 882 895.
Stage 2 - Judging
A short list of applicants who will progress to interviews is created based on the application materials. If you are a Queensland nominee you will progress to the Regional Finals with winners going on to compete at the State Finals.
Short listed applicants will be contacted with details of judging day and times. AIM will contact nominated referees and submit the reference check, along with application materials, to the panel of judges.
Regional Judging - Queensland Only
The Regional Finalists will be invited to attend a personal interview with a Judging Panel in their particular region.
In addition to getting to know applicants, the Judging Panel will ask a pre-determined set of questions relevant to each category. All regional finalists around Queensland will be asked the same set of questions. The judging protocols and assessment method used by the regional Judging Panel are pre-determined and standardised.
Refer to the Calendar of Events for the date of judging in your region.
Stage 3 - Regional Awards Finals - Queensland Only
The Regional Managers of the Year, will be announced at these prestigious events across the state.
The format and time of regional awards finals will vary between regions. Refer to the Calendar of Events for details of Regional Gala Finals.
Stage 4 - State and Territory Finals
Northern Territory Final and Gala Dinner - October
In the Territory, judging day and the Gala Dinner Final are held at separate times. Refer to the Calendar of Events for details of the Northern Territory judging date.
Winners for each category - Professional Manager - Private Sector, Professional Manager - Public Sector, Owner Manager, Young Manager and Not for Profit Manager, will be announced at the Gala dinner.
Guests will enjoy an entertaining and enlightening address from a prominent keynote speaker as they celebrate in style at this prestigious event on the Northern Territory business calendar.
Queensland State Judging and Final - November
Regional winners in each category will be invited to Brisbane judging with the Australian Institute of Management Excellence Awards gala event that evening.
AIM will arrange and pay for travel and accommodation for you and a guest, to attend the Queensland Management Excellence State Final in Brisbane.
Finalists will enjoy entertainment, fine food, the company of Queensland's who's who of business and fellow finalists.
The Managers of the Year across all categories will be announced during the course of the Gala Dinner. In addition, the recipient of the Medal for Management Innovation will be presented with their award.