2019 Supplier Diversity Awards

Award winners announced!

Supply Nation’s Supplier Diversity Awards recognise companies, government agencies and individuals who are helping create a prosperous, vibrant and sustainable Indigenous business sector.

All awards were judged by an independent judging panel and audited by BDO, a global accounting and audit practice.

Date Details
Thursday 27 September Awards open
Thursday 28 February Nominations close
Thursday 9 May Winners announced at the Gala Awards Dinner at the International Convention Centre (ICC)

Award Winners and Finalists

Certified Supplier of the Year 2019 – sponsored by Telstra

Winner – Indigenous Professional Services

This award recognises a Certified Supplier that has driven significant growth in their business and has demonstrated ongoing engagement with Supply Nation and / or our members.

This award is open to current Supply Nation Certified Suppliers that are listed on Indigenous Business Direct.

Other finalists for this category were:

Registered Supplier of the Year 2019 – sponsored by BP

Winner – Indigenous Management Group

This award recognises a Registered Supplier that has driven significant growth in their business and has demonstrated ongoing engagement with Supply Nation and / or our members.

This award is open to current Supply Nation Registered Suppliers that are listed on Indigenous Business Direct.

Other finalists for this category were:

Corporate Member of the Year 2019 – sponsored by Kulbardi

Winner – Australia Post

This award recognises a corporate member that has demonstrated exceptional commitment and leadership and driven significant growth in supplier diversity.

Other finalists for this category were:

Government Member of the Year 2019 – sponsored by Evolve FM

Winner – Department of Defence

This award recognises a government member that has demonstrated exceptional commitment, engagement and leadership in supplier diversity and driven significant growth in the Indigenous business sector.

Other finalists for this category were:

Indigenous Businesswoman of the Year 2019 – sponsored by Westpac

Winner – Sharna Collard, Kooya Australia Fleet Solutions

This award recognises a female Indigenous business owner who has driven significant and sustainable growth in her business and has demonstrated ongoing engagement with Supply Nation and / or our members and Indigenous businesses.

This award is open to Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander women who own a business that is listed on Indigenous Business Direct that has been in operation for at least three years as at 1 January 2019.

Other finalists for this category were:

Young Indigenous Entrepreneur of the Year 2019 – sponsored by EY

Winner – James Curran, MOEC 

This award recognises a young Indigenous entrepreneur who has successfully brought their business idea to fruition, can demonstrate the potential for significant growth in the years to come and has demonstrated ongoing engagement with Supply Nation and / or our members and Indigenous businesses.

This award was open to Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander person under 35 years old as at 1 January 2019 who is the owner and founder / co-founder of a business listed on Indigenous Business Direct that has been in operation for at least one year as at 1 January 2019.

Other finalists for this category were:

Procurement Professional of the Year 2019 – sponsored by Every Trade Recruitment and Construction 

Winner – Steve Hansen, Australia Post

This award recognises an individual who works within the procurement department of a Supply Nation member organisation and has driven significant growth in sustainable supplier diversity through their organisation’s supply chain.

Other finalists for this category were:

Supplier Diversity Advocate of the Year 2019 – sponsor Laing O’Rourke

Winner – Stephanie Roache, Australia Post

This award recognises an individual from a member organisation or Indigenous business who has driven supplier diversity growth and development within their organisation and / or the Indigenous business sector.

Other finalists for this category were:

Supplier Diversity Partnership of the Year 2019 – sponsored by ANZ

Winner – PSG Holdings and Lendlease

This award recognises two organisations (Supply Nation Indigenous businesses and / or members) that have worked in partnership to contribute to the growth of the sector and /or specific Indigenous businesses. Such partnerships can include mentoring, programs, joint ventures, consortia bids, and / or strategic alliances.

Other finalists for this category were:

Outstanding Impact Award 2019 – sponsored by Lendlease

Winner – Australia Post

This award recognises an organisation or individual that has made an outstanding impact on supplier diversity and / or the growth of the Indigenous business sector. The winner is selected from the finalists of all other award categories.

The achievements and efforts of the winning organisation or individual illustrate the potential to drive growth and achieve a truly prosperous, vibrant and sustainable Indigenous business sector.

The successful nominee has:

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