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ACLA 2023

The following information will guide you on how to nominate in the 2023 Australian Corporate Lawyers Awards, and the stages your nomination will proceed through.

Who can nominate?

Anyone can be nominated in a category of which they are eligible. You do not have to be an ACC member to be nominated. You can self-nominate or nominate another party. This means all persons with legal qualifications who are employed by corporate, government or semi-government bodies, including statutory corporations in Australia.

Award judges and their companies are not eligible. Members of the ACC Australia Board of Directors and Divisional Committee office holders are not eligible for individual awards, but they may be members of an award-winning team.

How to nominate

Please use the online nomination portal to make your nomination, once nominations open on 11 July. 

You will be asked to provide a brief bio and photo in your nomination. The photo is not an essential requirement. It will be used, if required, for marketing purposes should your nomination be shortlisted. 

Other than contact details for the nominator and nominee, you will be asked to submit a nomination statement. 

  • Your nomination should be no longer than 500 words.
  • It should address the criteria as set out in the description of the award category.

Who judges the nominations?

Each category has its own dedicated judging panel. Panels will be made of a minimum of three judges. Judging panels will be approved by the ACC Australia Awards Committee and Board of Directors. 

Judges will excuse themselves in the case of any nominations presenting a perceived conflict of interest, and a new judge will be appointed.


What happens to nominations?

Upon the close-off date for nominations on 24 August:

  • The online application form will close.
  • Nominations will be forwarded to all judges in each category.
  • Judges will use a standardised template to assess nominations, with each nomination receiving a score out of 100.
  • The top three scoring nominations will be deemed “finalists”. 
  • In the case of a 3rd/4th tie, the judging panel on that category will confer to select three clear finalists. In the case where three clear finalists cannot be agreed, the judging panel will have the discretion to name four finalists.
  • All finalists will be announced on 26 September 2023.
  • Only the Awards Administrator and Marketing team will be aware of the final winners in each category.


Nominations Open Tuesday 11 July 2023
Nominations Close Thursday 31 August 2023
Finalists Announced Tuesday 26 September 2023
Awards Ceremony Monday 30 October 2023

Announcement of Winners

Rights and Expectations of Winners

  • All winners, are expected to participate in a future judging panel in the category they were awarded.


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