Interested in participating in The CEO Magazine’s Executive of the Year Awards but need a little more information? We answer all your frequently asked questions right here.


Why should I enter?

As well as recognition, exposure, an opportunity to network with the leading players in Australian business and a celebration thrown in your honour, winners across the business awards categories receive an elegant trophy and media coverage from The CEO Magazine and other outlets.

The winner of the CEO of the Year Award will be the cover star of The CEO Magazine ANZ’s January/February issue and will be invited to join the judging panel at the following year’s awards.

For 2020, The CEO Magazine has revisited the list of categories as well as the application process, making getting involved easier than ever before. Apply now.

About the application process

When do applications officially open?

Applications are now open! Apply now.

Does it cost anything to apply for an award?

No – it’s free to enter!

Can I enter more than one category?

Yes – as long as you are applicable via our conditions, you are able to enter multiple categories.

When should I complete the application by?

The application closing date is 17 July 2020. We recommend that when you start your application, you have everything you need to finish it in one sitting.

Do I have to answer all the questions on the application?

Yes. The judges score your application based on each individual question, so it is important that you consider each question carefully and provide a detailed response.

How long does it take to complete the application?

The whole online application process takes approximately 30-60 minutes. It is important that you hit the submit button upon completing the application.

I was a finalist in a previous year, can I enter again?

Yes, applicants from previous years, including finalists and winners, may re-enter.

The application process asks for a photo of me. What sort of photo do I need to upload?

We’ll need a professional headshot to use in the event of the individual applicant becoming a finalist. Files should be at least 1MB.

Can I win more than one award?

Yes! If you apply for more than one category, it is possible to win multiple categories, and this has happened in previous years.

How will I be contacted if I’m a finalist?

If you are a finalist, you will be notified via the email address and phone number provided on your application form.

When are the finalists announced?

Finalists will be announced on 10 September 2020. The list of finalists will also be published in the October edition of the magazine, and on

When are the winners announced?

Winners are announced at the Executive of the Year Awards presentation ceremony on 12 November 2020. Due to current circumstances with the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be a digital event.

The awards ceremony

Where are the awards being hosted this year?

The Executive of the Year Awards presentation ceremony will streamed online on 12 November 2020.

Can I attend the awards night if I’m not a finalist?

While it is no longer a physical event for 2020, everyone is welcome to watch the presentation ceremony when it streams on 12 November 2020.

Where can I buy tickets?

Tickets will not be required to attend the virtual presentation ceremony.


Apply now for the 2020 Executive of the Year Awards.