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  • Businesses are required to have a unique ABN and registered business/physical address within the Cairns Regional Council boundaries.
  • Businesses must have a minimum trading history of 12 months within the region as at 1 July 2023.
  • A business can only enter one category. 
  • The applicant must disclose to the awards committee any litigation or insolvency proceedings that may foreseeably affect the reputation of the applicant or through association, the Cairns Chamber of Commerce.
  • The Cairns Chamber of Commerce reserves the right to declare any submission ineligible if, in the reasonable opinion of the judges, the entrant is unable to represent or promote the awards in a satisfactory manner. The applicant must not, to their knowledge, be involved in any unlawful or illegal conduct.  
  • Applicants must provide honest and accurate answers to all questions. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.
  • Past winners are not allowed to enter the same category in which they won the previous year. They can however enter another category or re-enter the same category if more than 12 months has past since they won.
  • You do not have to be a Cairns Chamber of Commerce member to enter the Business Excellence Awards. 
  • A business can only enter one (1) award category.