FAQs

General

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What is Connect?

Connect is Supply Nation’s annual flagship event for the Indigenous business sector. The event brings together Indigenous businesses, corporate organisations and government departments to foster strategic opportunities and celebrate the success of the sector.  

 

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How can I keep up to date with Connect 2023?

Visit the Connect website for more information. You can also sign up to the Connect 2023 newsletter using the form at the bottom of this webpage.  

Gala Awards Dinner

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Can I sponsor the Gala Awards Dinner?

All sponsors of Connect must be a Supply Nation member or a Registered / Certified Indigenous business. Please email connect@supplynation.org.au to express your interest in sponsoring Connect 2023. 

Supplier Diversity Awards

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How do I make an award nomination?

Nominations for the Supplier Diversity Awards 2023 will be opening soon. Subscribe to our newsletter or follow us online to stay up-to-date with important event announcements. 
 

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Who are the judges?

The judging panel comprises of wellrespected business leaders across diverse industries. All members of the judging panel are independent of Supply Nation, our membership and businesses listed on Indigenous Business Direct. 

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What is the judging process?

Nominations for each category are reviewed by an independent judging panel and scored against the published criteria. The top three entries in each category are declared ’finalists’ and the recipient of the highest score is declared the ‘winner.’ 

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How are conflicts of interest on the judging panel handled?

The panel is specifically selected to be independent from Supply Nation, our members or businesses listed on our directory. For each category, the judges review the list of nominees and declare any conflicts. They are then recused from judging that category. A minimum quorum of two judges must judge each category. 

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Can I get feedback on my nomination?

The judges’ decisions are final, and no correspondence or discussion will be entered into after the judging. Due to the number of entries and the confidential process we are unfortunately unable to give feedback on why an entry has not been included as a finalist or winner. 

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How are the results verified?

The entire judging process is audited by BDO, a global audit firm, to ensure a fair and balanced process is adhered to. 

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Can an entrant win more than one award?

Yes. It is possible that entrants can nominate themselves or their business in multiple award categories. Each category is judged separately. 

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Can entrants win the same award in consecutive years?

Yes. If the nominee still meets all eligibility criteria, they can win the same award over multiple years. However, criteria and weightings do change over time so there is no guarantee that the same organisation or individual will win in different years. 

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Is anything expected of award winners?

Winners are not required to participate in any activities. However after Connect, we may feature the winning organisations and individuals and may ask for quotes, pictures, or interviews to feature in our various communication channels. Additionally, we may request that winners participate in media interviews as required. However, there is no obligation for winners to participate.

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Are there prizes associated with the Supplier Diversity Awards?

Each year some award sponsors provide prize packages for either the winner or finalists of the category they sponsor. However, this is not a guarantee.

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How do I sponsor an award category? 

Please email connect@supplynation.org.au to express your interest in sponsoring Connect 2023. 

 

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Can sponsors of the awards enter?

Yes. Sponsors may enter a category that they do not sponsor. 

Sponsorship

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What sponsorship opportunities are available at Connect?

Please email connect@supplynation.org.au to express your interest in sponsoring Connect 2023. 

 

Need more help?

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I still have a question – who can I contact?

Please reach out to connect@supplynation.org.au for any other enquiries.