Australian Growth Company Awards


For the sixth consecutive year, the Australian Growth Company Awards will celebrate companies demonstrating high rates of sustainable growth, innovation, integrity, and contributions to the community.


Applications will be sought for the following categories:


  • GROWTH COMPANY of the Year Award ($15m – $500m)
  • CONSUMER GOODS GROWTH COMPANY of the Year Award ($15m – $500m)
  • FINANCIAL SERVICES GROWTH COMPANY of the Year Award ($15m – $500m)
  • BUSINESS SERVICES GROWTH COMPANY of the Year Award ($15m – $500m)
  • TECHNOLOGY GROWTH COMPANY of the Year Award ($5m – $500m)
  • HEALTH & LIFE SCIENCES GROWTH COMPANY of the Year Award ($15m – $500m)
  • WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP Award ($15m – $500m)
  • EXIT OF THE YEAR Award ($15m – $500m)
  • TURNAROUND DEAL OF THE YEAR Award ($15m – $500m)
  • COMPANY TO WATCH (over $5m)


Nominations Open 


Nominations are now open. Applications will be accepted until 10 August. Nomination forms and further details on the criteria can be found here


Nominations will be assessed by a panel of expert judges. Eligible applicants will have an annual turnover between $15m and $500m, except in the Technology and Company to Watch categories where nominees will have a turnover between $5m and $500m.


If you would like to receive further updates, we encouraged you to join the Australian Growth Company Awards LinkedIn Group.


Save the Date


An official gala function announcing winners will be held on 25 October at The Ivy Ballroom. The Awards Gala will be invitation only. If you would like to attend, please contact us to register your interest.




Growth Company of the Year and Industry Growth Company of the Year Categories:

  • Be an Australian company
  • Have been in business for more than two years, and
  • Demonstrate a turnover or market share in the range of $15 million to $500 million (please note the Technology category has a minimum of $5 million).

Women in Leadership

  • Be an Australian citizen or resident
  • Have been working in your field for more than two years, and
  • Be involved (CEO/C-suite/Exec director or equivalent position) in a company with a turnover or market share in the range of $15 million to $500 million.

Exit of the Year

  • Have closed in FY18
  • Involve one or more Australian companies, and
  • Be valued in the mid-market range of $15 million to $500 million.

Turnaround Deal of the Year

  • A group who has implemented a financial, management, strategic or operational program to drive the recovery of a distressed business
  • Involve one or more Australian companies, and
  • Demonstrate a turnover or market share in the mid-market range of $15 million to $500 million.

Company to Watch

  • Be an Australian company
  • Have been in business for more than two years, and
  • Demonstrate a turnover or market share of over $5 million.


About the Awards


2020 Exchange proudly partners with Hamilton Locke, Macquarie Capital, Deloitte, Intralinks, GlobalX, and NAB Health to celebrate excellence in the mid market at the Australian Growth Company Awards.



2017 Australian Growth Company Awards


Congratulations to the following 2020 members who were winners in the 2017 Australian Growth Company Awards.


Health & Life Sciences Growth Company of the Year Award – Derick Borean, Altius Group Holdings

Women in Leadership Award – Caroline Cuddihy, Sunnyfield


A full list of 2017 winners can be found here.



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