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Entries open for first Defence & National Security Workforce Awards

A new awards program has been launched that recognises the people who work within Australia’s defence and national security sectors.

The initiative is supported by principal partner Atturra and will culminate in a black-tie/military mess dress gala ceremony on Wednesday, 12 June 2024, at the Four Seasons, Sydney.

The Defence & National Security Workforce Awards 2024 launches as the Australian defence and national security industries embark on a period of rapid transformation. To find out more and buy tickets, click here.

It’s being founded jointly by Space Connect and its sister brands Australian Aviation, Cyber Daily, and Defence Connect.


There are nine individual and 11 group award categories for entrants to choose from and submit into this year.

Submit an entry or nominate a worthy colleague or business by Friday, 22 March 2024, for your chance to be recognised for your achievements.

Individual categories cover the best aerospace technical specialists, cyber technicians or specialists, and maritime technical specialists (among others). All entrants must be under 35 years of age.

For the group categories, we are asking a range of businesses to enter, including those who provide the best employee incentive programs or initiatives; best environmental, social, and governance (ESG) programs; best new parent programs; best veteran support programs; and best wellness programs.


Why enter the awards

By submitting into the awards, entrants could elevate themselves and/or their business above their competitors and carve a niche in Australia’s defence and national security industry.

For organisations, securing an award could distinguish them from their peers when attracting and retaining the best talent while strengthening their position when securing projects or contracts and reaffirming their role in advancing defence and national security and personnel across Australia.

Meanwhile, recognition for individuals could underpin career advancement while reaffirming their role in an organisation.

How finalists are shortlisted

All submissions undergo a thorough audit process, checking demographic and other information against category-eligible criteria based on the information provided in the submission.

Those submissions deemed eligible against submission criteria are reviewed and assessed by a panel of Momentum Media events and editorial team members and executives, plus industry stakeholders, where required, to determine the finalists for each category.

The number of finalists varies for each award category.

How winners are decided

An esteemed panel of judges that includes former senior ADF leaders, academics, business executives, entrepreneurs, and innovators will determine the winners of the inaugural awards, providing you with peer-reviewed national recognition of your capabilities and passion for propelling your industry forward.

Finalists’ submissions are delivered to the judging panel, which will assess each submission against the criteria of each award category.

The judges score each part of the submission across the category’s criteria, giving an aggregated score. A number of judges will individually assess each submission for each category, offering a blended score and assessment.

The combined judging scores for each submission for each category are tabulated, with the highest-scoring submission deemed the winner.

Click here to view the methodology.

How to enter the awards

To enter the awards, decide which categories you are eligible to enter.

Then, register your account through our secure awards platform.

Next, fill in the details of your submission/s.

Finally, when you are happy with your submission, press save, and lodge it.

Submit an entry or nominate a worthy colleague or business by Friday, 22 March 2024, to throw your hat in the awards ring.

For tips on how to write an effective submission, click here.

To find out how to submit your award entry, click here.

Winners will be announced at the Defence & National Security Workforce Awards 2024 black-tie gala ceremony on Tuesday, 28 May 2024, at The Star, Sydney. Click here to buy tickets.

For more information about the awards program, click here.

Adam Thorn

Adam Thorn

Adam is a journalist who has worked for more than 40 prestigious media brands in the UK and Australia. Since 2005, his varied career has included stints as a reporter, copy editor, feature writer and editor for publications as diverse as Fleet Street newspaper The Sunday Times, fashion bible Jones, media and marketing website Mumbrella as well as lifestyle magazines such as GQ, Woman’s Weekly, Men’s Health and Loaded. He joined Momentum Media in early 2020 and currently writes for Australian Aviation and World of Aviation.

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