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Leading company innovators encouraged to enter awards

We are seeking the best and brightest teams to enter the Company Research Team of the Year award at the AusSpace24 Awards.

Now in its fifth year, the AusSpace24 Awards (formerly known as the Australian Space Awards) is a prestigious program that will conclude with a gala black-tie ceremony on Tuesday, 28 May 2024 at The Star Sydney. Click here to book tickets.

There are 25 group and individual award categories on offer this year, including Company Research Team of the Year.

Submit an entry or nominate a company by Monday, 4 March 2024 for a chance to gain national recognition for your achievements.


This group award recognises a company research team that has introduced new innovations into the market while effectively capitalising on market opportunities.

They must have driven demonstrable growth in their company while supporting the strengthening of Australia’s space economy through its participation in the space industry.

All types of innovation will be considered, including those related to service excellence, product, systems and platform development, business development, technology, workplace management and enterprise or any other style of innovation.

All space businesses are encouraged to enter the award, irrespective of size, revenue, or geographic location/s.


To be eligible for this award, the nominee must be an Australian business, organisation or institution (or a division of a global business that is registered to trade in Australia) that has a focus on supporting the Australian space supply chain. It is open to all businesses trading from 1 January 2021.

The period of assessment is the calendar year 1 January 2023 to 31 December 2023. All information will be treated as confidential and only shared with the specific judges who assess this category.

How to address the assessment criteria

In your submissions, provide responses of a maximum of 400 words per question to three questions.

The first question asks entrants to detail an outstanding innovation or innovations and explain why it is a new development or alternative in their market. Alongside this, they must highlight the rationale or development behind the innovation and how it has overcome a challenge or supported a potential opportunity.

Following this, you must outline how this has benefited the space industry and/or contributed to the growth and financial performance of your business or organisation as a whole, with reference, where relevant, to specific data or case studies.

Finally, detail how you promote a culture of innovation within your organisation, who is responsible for this, and what impact this has had on your workplace.

Furthermore, explain how this has contributed to the wider space profession or industry outside of the specific work outlined above.

In unison with this, entrants must include the following details in their submission:

  • What is your ABN?
  • When did your business start trading? Please provide the month and year.
  • How many full-time and part-time employees do you have in your business?

Move your submission up a notch

In addition to answering the questions, entrants are encouraged to provide and refer to any attached supporting material for the judges’ consideration.

This could include financial or business metrics, images, statistics, transcripts, media coverage, accolades, testimonials or recommendations/references and other relevant information.

You may submit a maximum of four supporting documents unless directly requested. If the documents are not directly referenced and relevant to your submission, they will be disregarded.

Besides these supporting documents, we also encourage you to submit an optional video of up to 30 seconds long, answering the question: “What does business success mean to you?”

Winning this award will offer peer-reviewed recognition for a company and their contribution to propelling Australia's space industry forward.

Finalists will be determined by a well-respected judging panel that includes senior space industry and government leaders, academics, business executives, entrepreneurs and innovators. Click here to view the methodology.

How to enter the awards

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

Then, register your account through our secure awards platform and log in. Fill in the details of your submission/s.

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

Submit an entry or nominate a company by Monday, 4 March 2024, for a chance to win this award.

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 Australian Space 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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