Submission Guidelines

Submission structure and format

Entrants must address all submission questions within the category. Category description and submission questions can be found on the categories page.

Individuals and businesses within the finance industry are invited to participate by lodging a submission that showcases their professional performance, leadership capabilities and personal achievements. Submissions are automatically entered into the ifa Excellence Award category, which is awarded to the highest-scoring winner across all categories.

Entry requirements

  • Entrants must address all submission questions, supply business metrics and attach supporting documents where required. Submissions MUST be lodged online via the awards portal.
  • There is a 400-word limit per question. If you exceed this, the system will not allow you to lodge your submission.
  • Entrants are encouraged to attach supporting material to strengthen their submission. This material may differ depending on the category and can include images, video, statistics, media coverage and other relevant information. If documents are not relevant to your submission, they will be disregarded.
  • The deadline for entries is 20 July 2018. There are no limitations on how you choose to cover submission criteria, so be creative! However, note that you must cover all key points and answer questions directly, or your submission may be judged negatively.

Supporting material

Please refer to any supporting material in your submission so that the judges can consider it. This material may differ depending on the category, and can include images, video, statistics, media coverage and other relevant information that will strengthen your submission.


Please note that all submissions are treated with the strictest confidentiality and only viewed by the judging panel. The submission deadline is 20 July 2018. All responses and supporting documents can be uploaded online.

Lodging multiple submissions

If you are lodging submissions for multiple award categories, congratulations! Please take a common-sense approach to creating submissions for multiple categories. While producing an awards submission can be a time-consuming process, there are ways in which you can reduce the work required. For example, you may be able to use the same core submission for a number of different categories, tailored to the specifics of each category.

NOTE: You will still need to lodge separate submission documents online for each award you are entering.

If you have any questions regarding multiple submissions, please contact Gabby Biondi on 02 9922 3300 or email¬†[email protected]