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 much does it cost to enter the Benchmark Awards?

There is no cost to enter the 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 is 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. End-user organisations are encouraged to nominate their own projects. 

Technology companies/contractors can also nominate client projects, but they must have approval from their client to do so. This is a client-focused awards program, focusing on the client’s challenges and how a project helped them. So the client must be prepared to accept an award and speak about their project publically (they will be invited to speak on video about their project if the project is a finalist). The client will also be invited to attend the iTnews Benchmark Awards dinner if their project is a finalist.

Your project is eligible if any part of it occurred between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. Judging will focus on achievements during that period. 

To be eligible your project must have been conducted by an Australian organisation or solely within the Australian subsidiary of a multinational organisation.

Pilot projects are welcome, if testing with actual end-users or customers has been completed.

You may submit multiple entries.

The judging process

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

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

You may submit multiple entries.

Submissions will be judged according to:
  • 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 entry form

Please note that you cannot save your work in this online entry form. We recommend preparing your entry in a separate document, then pasting the information into the relevant fields in this online form. You can download the entry form but use it for reference only and do not send it to us. To enter, you must return here and fill in the online form.

Questions?

You can ask questions about the awards by emailing us here.

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