Australian Institute of Management Excellence Awards

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 Owner Manager, Young Manager, Not for Profit Manager and Manager of the Year. 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: Need help or advice on preparing your submission? The dedicated AIM Awards Manager is there to assist you. Contact the Awards Manager on 1300 661 061.

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 and then National Finals. Nominees in all other states will progress to State and then National 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.


Stage 3 - State Finals

Winners for each category - Owner Manager, Young Manager, Not for Profit Manager and Manager of the Year 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.

National Judging and Gala event - 16 October 2015

State winners from each category will be invited to Melbourne for the final round of judging. All state finalists and judges will be invited to the AIM Excellence Awards National Gala event to be held the same evening.

AIM will arrange travel and accommodation for you to attend the National Final judging and Gala in Melbourne.

Finalists will enjoy entertainment, fine food, the company of Australia'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 event.

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Stage 1 - Nominations & Applications

Stage 2 - Judging

Stage 3 - State and Territory Finals