Introducing the 2024 Beyond Service Awards

The King's Trust Australia is honouring Australian Defence Force veteran and family entrepreneurs through the Beyond Service Awards, with warm thanks to our major sponsor, the Commonwealth Bank.

Nominations for 2024 Beyond Service Awards will close on 11:59 pm on Friday June 21, 2024.

2024 Award Categories

RISING STAR AWARD

This award recognises the outstanding entrepreneurial efforts of a veteran or Australian Defence Force partner aged 30 or under.

New Mission Award

This award recognises the best application of military skills, experience and/or networks developed in service to the Australian Defence Force and applied to civilian business(es).

COMMUNITY IMPACT award

This award recognises a veteran or Australian Defence Force partner making a positive impact in the community and/or contributing to a more sustainable society through business.

defence family business award

This award recognises the outstanding efforts of an Australian Defence Force partner or spouses in business.

commonwealth bank of australia business of the year award

Sponsored by Commonwealth Bank of Australia, this award is not open for public nomination. Only finalists of the above award categories are eligible for this award.

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Nominations for the 2024 Beyond Service Awards will close at 11:59 pm on Friday June 21, 2024.

Australian Defence Force veterans and partners are encouraged to self-nominate or nominate a colleague. Please align your nomination to one of the four available categories outlined above. You may self-nominate or nominate a colleague for multiple awards.

There is no cost associated with nominating for an Award.

Judges will assess each nomination and supporting evidence against the relevant criteria. Each category is assessed by an independent and impartial judging panel.

Finalists will be announced virtually in August 2024.

Award winners will be announced in person at the Beyond Service Awards in September 2024.

Eligibility Requirements

To be considered for an award, the individual or organization must satisfy all the eligibility requirements for each category, as outlined below. For comprehensive eligibility criteria and definitions, please refer to the Terms and Conditions.

  1. The Rising Star Award

Open to non-employing businesses (sole traders, companies, trusts, and partnerships without employees), micro-, small and medium businesses, and public sector organisations owned or operated by a person 30 years of age or under.

To be eligible for this award, the applicant must also meet all of the following criteria:

  • be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident of Australia  
  • be 18 years of age or over
  • be 30 years of age or under during the nomination period
  • own or operate an eligible business outlined above
  • have served at least one day of full time service in the Australian Defence Force, or must be a de facto partner, in a registered relationship with, or legally married spouse of a current or former serving Australian Defence Force member.

  1. The New Mission Award

Open to non-employing businesses (sole traders, companies, trusts, and partnerships without employees), micro-, small and medium businesses, and public sector organisations.

To be eligible for this award, the applicant must also meet all of the following criteria:

  • be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident of Australia  
  • be 18 years of age or over  
  • Own or operate (solely or jointly) an eligible business outlined above
  • have served at least one day of full time service in the Australian Defence Force.
  1. Community Impact Award

Open to non-employing businesses (sole traders, companies, trusts and partnerships without employees), micro-, small and medium businesses, and public sector organisations.

To be eligible for this award, the applicant must also meet all of the following criteria:

  • be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident of Australia  
  • be 18 years of age or over  
  • Own or operate (solely or jointly) an eligible business outlined above
  • have served at least one day of full time service in the Australian Defence Force, or must be a de facto partner, in a registered relationship with, or legally married spouse of a current or former serving Australian Defence Force member (who has served at least one day of full time service in the Australian Defence Force).

  1. Defence Family Business of the Year Award

Open to non-employing businesses (sole traders, companies, trusts and partnerships without employees), micro-, small and medium businesses, and public sector organisations.

To be eligible for this award, the applicant must also meet all of the following criteria:

  • be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident of Australia  
  • be 18 years of age or over  
  • Own or operate an eligible business outlined above (solely or jointly)
  • Must be a de facto partner, in a registered relationship with, or legally married spouse of a current or former serving Australian Defence Force member (who has served at least one day of full time service in the Australian Defence Force).
  1. Business of the Year Award

This category is not open to public nomination. The winner will be selected by the judging panel from the pool of winners from all Beyond Service Awards categories.

2024 Sponsors

Our 2024 Beyond Service Awards are proudly supported by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

Interested in supporting the Awards? View our Sponsor Prospectus or reach out to Prince's Trust Australia via email for further information.

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The King's Trust Australia Enterprise programme received grant funding from the Australian Government to support veteran owned businesses.

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