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Northern Outback Business Awards

Saturday 3rd November 2018!

 Boasting an all NEW and EXCITING venue in 2018 to allow for increased demand, the 2018 Northern Outback Business Awards will be hosted from 6.30pm on Saturday November 3rd at the Buchanan Park Entertainment Centre.

A gala themed evening full of festivities and entertainment the Northern Outback Business Awards celebrate Northern Outback businesses; recognise outstanding contributions to the growth of our economy and provide a vibrant showcase of innovation and progression from the region's businesses. 

"Northern Outback" encompasses the local Government areas of Boulia, Burke, Carpentaria, Cloncurry,
Croydon, Doomadgee, Etheridge, Flinders, McKinlay, Mornington, Mount Isa and Richmond.

Recognising Northern Outback business industry leaders through the acknowledgement of innovative business processes, product development, sustainability and overall business success; the Awards also recognise the important social and environmental contributions made by organisations through excellence of service, commitment to their customers, philanthropic ideals, ethical behaviour and environmental sustainability.


Nominations are NOW OPEN (closing Friday September 28).

Open to ANY business or individual from the eligible locations the nomination process is simple via the online entry portals linked below, with self-nominations and small business nominations also encouraged.

If you know of a business or individual who have excelled in their field in the last 12 months, or exude professionalism and stand-out service be sure to place a nomination!

Business submissions (after nominating) will be due by FRIDAY OCTOBER 12.

Support with submissions will be also be available should nominees require assistance!

2018 Award Categories


Business Growth- with thanks to Mt Isa ISUZU Ute

  • 10 or less employees
  • More than 10 employees

Business Innovation- with thanks to Glencore Mount Isa Mines 

  • 10 or less employees
  • More than 10 employees

Sustainability in Business- with thanks to Calibre Training & Development

New Investment- with thanks to The Buffs Club

  • 10 or less employees
  • More than 10 employees

Corporate Citizenship- with thanks to Martyr Training Services

Workplace of Choice

  • 10 or less employees- with thanks to Imparja Television
  • More than 10 employees- with thanks to Buttercream Queen Cakes

Community Organisation- with thanks to Diamantina Power Station

Service Excellence

  • Professional Services Sector- with thanks to Steejo Press
  • Health & Beauty Sector- with thanks to HitFM
  • Hospitality & Tourism Sector- with thanks to Hertz Mount Isa
  • Trades & Services Sector- with thanks to Tafe Queensland- North Region
  • Retail Sector- with thanks to DiLi- Dream it, Live it
  • Employment, Education & Training Sector- with thanks to Autobarn Mount Isa
  • Social & Community Sector- with thanks to The BOSS Shop


Customer Service Hero – Services Sector Award- with thanks to Mount Isa Coaches

Customer Service Hero – Skilled Sector Award- with thanks to North West Star

Customer Service Hero – Community Sector Award- with thanks to Andii Mihay Events


By entering one of the eight main business categories, you may also be eligible for consideration for the below awards:

Young Business Person of the Year

Indigenous Business of the Year- with thanks to Stanwell Mica Creek Power Station

Hall of Fame

Business of the Year

Emerging Business- with thanks to Incitec Pivot

Digital Strategy- with thanks to Marker Aviation

And for the first time ever to be voted on by you the people Chamber Choice- with thanks to Commerce North West!

Voting for the Chamber Choice Award; acknowledging a stand-out business as voted by the people of the community, will be via a simple online process. Once submissions close Friday October 12 we will release the link for voting with all businesses who have been nominated and provided a submission to be eligible!


Tickets for the 2018 Northern Outback Business Awards will go on sale online MONDAY OCTOBER 1 and be available in-person from TUESDAY OCTOBER 2 from the Mount Isa Civic Centre.

Tickets will be $125 per person and include a 3 course meal, unique branded gift from the team at Discovery Parks and all entertainment, with full bar facilities available (eftpos applicable). 

Tables of 10 will be available or individual seats.

Tickets for this gala event will be limited to 400 and sell out very quickly so stay tuned to this page and our Commerce North West Facebook page for reminders on release dates. 

Bar tabs will be available but require pre-registering by Friday October 26. Download a copy of the bar tab form HERE

Catering in 2018 will be coordinated by the team at Discovery Parks... check out the delectable 3 course alternate drop menu HERE

 Please note this is an 18+ event


Images from the 2017 Northern Outback Business Awards are available via our Facebook page HERE thanks to Michael Hartley Photography. Feel free to like, tag and share away! High resolution copies available on request

ADG- 2017 Northern Outback Business Awards BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

 Special thanks goes out to those sponsors and partners of the 2018 Northern Outback Business Awards 

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