Lord Mayor's Multicultural Awards for Business

The Lord Mayor's Multicultural Awards for Business celebrate the contribution multicultural businesses make to the Brisbane economy and community through their creativity, innovation and resilience.

Nominations are now open and will be accepted until 5pm, Thursday 13 April 2017. Award winners will be recognised at the 2017 Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Business Dinner on Saturday 27 May at City Hall.

Call for nominations

Brisbane City Council is calling for business people from a multicultural background who have made a significant contribution to Brisbane. If you, or someone you know are from a multicultural or culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) background with at least one natural parent born in a country other than Australia, consider nominating or applying.

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Award categories

Online nominations are now being accepted in three award categories:

Multicultural Business Person of the Year

This award recognises a multicultural Brisbane business person who successfully exports their products and services from Brisbane, throughout Australia, and/or across Asia Pacific or internationally. The award celebrates the recipient's contribution to the Brisbane economy and recognises them as a local champion of enterprise with a global outlook for their business.

Nick Xynias Young Multicultural Business Person of the Year

This award recognises the success, creativity and energy of a multicultural young business person under the age of 35, celebrating both their contribution to their community and that of Brisbane's continued economic prosperity.

Multicultural Entrepreneur of the Year

This award recognises a multicultural Brisbane business person that demonstrates through their business success, entrepreneurial flair, embedding a culture of innovation as a central pillar to their growth strategy. The recipient will personify the best in entrepreneurialism, possessing qualities from clear leadership and sound management to determination and ambition.

How to nominate

Find information about the nomination criteria and links to the online nomination form for:

Benefits of entering

As the winner of a Lord Mayor's Multicultural Award for Business, you and your business will receive a number of benefits including:

  • opportunities to profile your business and network with the attendees at the Lord Mayor's Multicultural Awards for Business;
  • invitations to select business events hosted by the Lord Mayor throughout the year of your award; and
  • feature in promotional communication announcing the successful winners.

Eligibility requirements

To be considered for an award in any category, nominees must:

  • be from a multicultural or culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) background with at least one natural parent born in a country other than Australia
  • have Australian citizenship or hold permanent residency
  • operate a business within the Brisbane City Council local government area
  • personally reside in the Brisbane City Council local government area
  • ensure the business has a registered Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be of senior management and/or a Company Director in the company and be primarily responsible for the company's recent performance
  • show the business is profitable or provide a Balance Sheet and Profit and Loss Statement for the past two financial years, certified by a Certified Practicing Accountant or Chartered Accountant if shortlisted
  • comply with all federal, state and local government legislation and regulations and all relevant industry codes of practice
  • not have any outstanding fines, Prescribed Infringement Notices (PINs) or other penalties arising from a breach of any local, State or Commonwealth laws or pending investigations.

In addition to the above general eligibility conditions, the Nick Xynias Young Multicultural Business Person of the Year Award nominees must be aged 35 years or younger as at Friday 30 June 2017.

Failure to meet these eligibility requirements will immediately disqualify your application from being accepted.

Terms and conditions

Nominees will be required to provide following if shortlisted:

  1. Balance Sheet and Profit and Loss Statement for the past two financial years certified by a Certified Practicing Accountant or Chartered Accountant.
  2. A high resolution profile photos (head and shoulders shot) of the nominee (JPEG format at least 2 megabytes in size).
  3. The business’ logo (in high resolution format).

Nominees must abide by the following terms and conditions:

  1. Past nominees and finalists may re-enter the Awards but previous winners are ineligible to apply.  
  2. The information provided by nominees will only be used by members of the selection panel for award selection and for multicultural business promotion purposes (subject to the agreement of the nominee).
  3. If a nominee is nominated for one category but is more suited to another category, the judges will use their discretion to place that nominee in the appropriate category.
  4. All nominees must inform the International Relations and Multicultural Affairs Unit in writing (email) if eligibility status (ability to meet the eligibility criteria) changes during the selection panel process.
  5. Information provided in your application, including but not limited to photographs or digital recordings of the nominee at the Awards and interviews in relation to and arising from the Awards, may be used for media, marketing and promotional material (excluding financial data, which will remain confidential).  Such information may be shared within Brisbane City Council and Brisbane Marketing Pty Ltd ABN 86 094 633 262 and the nominee consents and agrees to Brisbane Marketing using the information obtained in relation and in connection with this Application and the Awards for its own marketing and promotional purposes (excluding financial data, which will remain confidential).
  6. Information arising from and in connection with the online nomination form may involve the transfer and storage of personal information to a country outside of Australia and you consent to this transfer, storage and use of personal information outside of Australia.
  7. The decision of the selection panel is final and cannot be challenged.

Past winners

You can view the previous Lord Mayor's Multicultural Awards for Business winners.

More information

If you'd like more information on the awards, contact the International Relations and Multicultural Affairs Unit on 07 3403 8888 or via email.

24 February 2017