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

This year, we are proud to unveil two newly recognised award categories in honour of two individuals who made tremendous contributions to their communities and to the growth of the sector:

    • Sam Tjengala Reuben Award recognising Young Entrepreneur of the Year
    • Dr Dean Jarrett Award recognising Outstanding Impact

After a challenging two years for businesses across the country, now more than ever is the time to celebrate your achievements! We encourage you to nominate yourself or your organisation for the incredible work that you are doing within the Indigenous business sector.

All awards are judged by an independent judging panel and audited by an independent audit firm.

Award nominations open Wednesday 10 November 2021 a tick
Award nominations close Friday 25 February 2022
Award winners announced Wednesday 25 May 2022

Corporate Member of the Year

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

The winner will have: 

  • Developed a strong procurement program with Supply Nation Indigenous businesses 
  • Demonstrated supplier diversity growth over the 2020-2021 calendar years 
  • Demonstrated growth in procurement spend with Supply Nation Indigenous businesses over the 2020-2021 calendar years (will be verified against SpendTracker) 
  • Engaged in supplier diversity leadership and advocacy 
  • Shown leadership in supplier development and capacity building 
  • Demonstrated commitment to building a prosperous, vibrant and sustainable Indigenous business sector.

To view full criteria and questions, click here.

Government Member of the Year

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.

The winner will have: 

  • Developed, influenced and / or implemented a policy, project or initiative that has had a demonstrated impact on the sector in 2020 and 2021 
  • Demonstrated commitment to building a prosperous, vibrant and sustainable Indigenous business sector 
  • Demonstrated growth in procurement spend (direct or indirect) with Supply Nation Indigenous businesses over the past two years. Federal Government members will be verified against Slice of Pie. Non-Federal Government members will be verified against SpendTracker data.

To view full criteria and questions, click here.

Certified Supplier of the Year

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.

The winner will have: 

  • A well-articulated and active strategy to sustainably embed their organisation in the supply chains of Supply Nation member organisations and / or Supply Nation Indigenous businesses 
  • Demonstrated increased business engagements with Supply Nation members and / or Supply Nation Indigenous businesses 
  • Demonstrated activity in building and promoting long term relationships with fellow Supply Nation Indigenous businesses, members and / or advocates of supplier diversity 
  • Demonstrated organisational growth e.g. increased revenue / employment 
  • Demonstrated commitment to building a prosperous, vibrant and sustainable Indigenous business sector.

To view full criteria and questions, click here. 

Registered Supplier of the Year

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

The winner will have: 

  • A well-articulated and active strategy to sustainably embed their organisation in the supply chains of Supply Nation member organisations and / or Supply Nation Indigenous businesses 
  • Demonstrated increased business engagements with Supply Nation members and / or Supply Nation Indigenous businesses 
  • Demonstrated activity in building and promoting long-term relationships with fellow Supply Nation Indigenous businesses, Supply Nation members and / or advocates of supplier diversity 
  • Demonstrated organisational growth e.g. increased revenue / employment  
  • Demonstrated commitment to building a prosperous, vibrant and sustainable Indigenous business sector.

To view full criteria and questions, click here. 

Procurement Professional of the Year

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.

The winner will have demonstrated success in: 

  • Supplier diversity leadership and advocacy within their organisation and the wider sector 
  • Demonstrated growth in procurement spend with Supply Nation Indigenous businesses in 2020 and 2021 (will be verified against SpendTracker data) 
  • Demonstrated supplier diversity growth over the 2020-2021 calendar years 
  • Demonstrated success in implementing sustainable approaches that drive supplier diversity in the organisation’s supply chain 
  • Demonstrated commitment to building a prosperous, vibrant and sustainable Indigenous business sector.

To view full criteria and questions, click here

Supplier Diversity Advocate of the Year

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.

The winner will have: 

  • Led their organisation and / or the wider sector as a champion of supplier diversity, working to develop and strengthen networks to support supplier diversity both internally and externally 
  • Demonstrated outcomes in supplier diversity over the last two calendar years 
  • Influenced, developed and / or implemented procurement guidelines and / or strategies to ensure that supplier diversity programs are sustainably embedded within their own or other organisations 
  • Demonstrated commitment to building a prosperous, vibrant and sustainable Indigenous business sector.

To view full criteria and questions, click here

Supplier Diversity Partnership of the Year

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, consortia bids, and / or strategic alliances.

The winning partnership will have: 

  • Developed a successful venture with demonstrated growth either for the partnership and / or both parties and / or the Indigenous business sector 
  • Demonstrated shared goals, risk and vision between the parties 
  • Provided an example to others in developing strong partnerships 
  • Demonstrated commitment to building a prosperous, vibrant and sustainable Indigenous business sector.

To view full criteria and questions, click here.  

Indigenous Businesswoman of the Year

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.

The winner will: 

  • Be an Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander woman 
  • Be the owner of a business listed on Indigenous Business Direct that has been in operation for at least three years as of 1 January 2022 (i.e. from 1 January 2019) 
  • Demonstrate business acumen 
  • Demonstrate increased business engagements with Supply Nation members and / or Supply Nation Indigenous businesses 
  • Demonstrate business growth and resilience  
  • Demonstrate commitment to building a prosperous, vibrant and sustainable Indigenous business sector.

To view full criteria and questions, click here. 

Sam Tjengala Reuben Award recognising Young Entrepreneur of the Year

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.

The winner will: 

  • Be an Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander person under 35 years old as at 1 December 2021 
  • Be an 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 2022 (i.e. from 1 January 2021 or earlier) 
  • Demonstrate business acumen 
  • Demonstrate business growth and resilience  
  • Have identified and met a need / gap in the market 
  • Demonstrate commitment to building a prosperous, vibrant and sustainable Indigenous business sector.

To view full criteria and questions, click here

Emerging Indigenous Exporter of the Year

This award recognises an Indigenous business that has successfully entered the export market within the last three years; can demonstrate potential for future export growth and that has demonstrated ongoing engagement with Supply Nation and / or our members and Indigenous businesses.

The winner will: 

  • Be a Registered or Certified Supplier listed on Indigenous Business Direct 
  • Have demonstrated sustainable export trade 
  • Demonstrate business acumen 
  • Demonstrate commitment to ongoing international business 
  • Demonstrate commitment to building a prosperous, vibrant and sustainable Indigenous business sector.

To view full criteria and questions, click here.  

Dr Dean Jarrett Award recognising Outstanding Impact

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 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 will have:

  • Made an outstanding contribution to growing supplier diversity
  • Achieved excellence in one or more of the previous award categories by placing as a finalist
  • Demonstrated a broader impact on the growth of the Indigenous business sector.