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Pause Awards 2021 opens for entries

9 June, 2021
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Enter before 16 July to take advantage of discounted Early Entry fees (A$265), and you can save yourself 20% off Standard Entry.

When you pay the Pause Awards entry fee, you will automatically be considered for the award and be put forward to the judges. We aim to hold our first in-person Awards Night event because we couldn’t hold one due to the pandemic last year. However, if that’s not possible again, we will host this online.

Our entry prices remain one of the most affordable in the market.

Standard Entry fees are A$325, and they end on 24 September. You will save yourself an additional 20% if you submit before Late Entry kicks in with A$395 per entry.

It pays off to enter early, before 16 July, as you could be saving 40% in fees. This is especially helpful if you plan to submit multiple entries across categories.

This year the application process is simple. We are using Typeform, and it only takes seven minutes to complete the application and pay. You can try it now to see how it goes here.

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2021 Categories

There are 22 categories this year, which is double from last year. The categories are not industry-specific. We have four new categories in Sustainability, two new categories for Creative, two for Breakthroughs and two for emerging businesses and individuals. Please find out more about our categories here.

New Sustainability Categories

This year we have introduced four sustainability categories across the board. These categories are awarding circular economy, ethics in business, clean energy, climate change, healthy environment, and workplace culture projects that consciously reduce the impact on the planet and leave a positive social contribution. We hope you will appreciate and enter them.

Our Judges

Pause Awards judging panel comprises 40 industry leaders, entrepreneurs, execs, journalists, founders, academics, creatives and investors from all over the globe. Past judge David Swan, Tech Editor at The Australian, said, “Pause Awards are a great way to discover and recognise talent”. We are looking for a few more judges from social good, ethics and sustainability to join this year’s awards. Please submit your expression of interest here if you would like to join.

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Why Enter Pause Awards 2021?

The Pause Awards program was born to discover and celebrate the next generation of thinkers and doers.

Shortlisted entries will be published on our website and provided with promotional kits to share on their social media channels. In addition, winners will receive a beautiful handmade Award Trophy, which comes with a cost but is optional.

2018 Winner of Unexpected Twist Award Cyan Ta’eed, Exec Dir/ Co-Founder, Envato, said, “Well, it a) made me laugh when I read it and b) made me feel a lot prouder than any other award I’ve received. I’m honoured”.

Important Dates and Fees

When you pay the Pause Awards entry fee, you will automatically be considered for the award and be put forward to the judges. We aim to hold our first in-person Awards Night event because we couldn’t hold one due to the pandemic last year. However, if that’s not possible again, we will host this online.


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Category tracks



Creating a safe and open space in which everyone thrives and the collaboration flows through all levels and titles with the power of the one team. The entries should demonstrate how the transformation has been achieved across core business functions, that have delivered a positive impact and growth for business, staff, stakeholders and customers. Judges will only refer to written entries during the evaluation process. No additional research will be undertaken, and for this reason, we recommend you give detailed and sharp answers.

Celebrating commercial effectiveness through success in the marketplace by leaving a dent in the universe, no matter what the size of the company. The entries should demonstrate the highest levels of expertise, leadership and vision in the application of their business strategies. Judges will only refer to written entries during the evaluation process. No additional research will be undertaken, and for this reason, we recommend you give detailed and sharp answers.

Standing up for your purpose and going beyond together as a team aligned on the single mission to positively impact the environment, people and community. The entries should demonstrate ideas intended to change the world; work which sets out to positively impact ingrained gender inequality, social imbalance or injustice. Judges will only refer to written entries during the evaluation process. No additional research will be undertaken, and for this reason, we recommend you give detailed and sharp answers.

Only awarded to a single entry in each category track, Grand Prix is the highest accolade in Pause Awards. To win the Grand Prix, the entire Judging Board must unanimously agree that the entry deserves the accolade of being the best in class.

​​Focusing on the productivity and elegance of execution to deliver impactful ideas to a market (or many) with the power to cut through the noise. Entries should demonstrate how the innovation and optimisation of the customer journey led to scaled consumer engagement and commercial success. Judges will only refer to written entries during the evaluation process. No additional research will be undertaken, and for this reason, we recommend you give detailed and sharp answers.

Elevating every voice in the ecosystem is not just important for its collective success, industry development but also for the future growth. The entries should demonstrate ingenuity which leads to the creation of new products and services, through leadership, by elevating the internal culture and communities they serve. Judges will only refer to written entries during the evaluation process. No additional research will be undertaken, and for this reason, we recommend you give detailed and sharp answers.


Categories


  • Diverse Co. (NEW)

    For nurturing an inclusive environment. This award recognises a workplace that has successfully and intentionally encouraged innovation among diverse employees.


  • Large team culture (NEW)

    For fostering innovation. This award recognises a workplace with over 1000+ employees that has outpaced their cohort in fostering a culture of innovation.


  • Medium team culture (NEW)

    For fostering innovation. This award recognises a workplace with 21-999 employees that has outpaced their cohort in fostering a culture of innovation.


  • Small team culture (NEW)

    For fostering innovation. This award recognises a workplace with less than 20 employees that has outpaced their cohort in fostering a culture of innovation


  • Work sweet work

    For a great workplace culture. This award recognises a company that has managed to improve or attain outstanding levels of employee engagement, retention and satisfaction.


  • Company of the Year (NEW)

    For the best company. This award recognises a company leadership, success, ambition to excel against all odds with the solid future development plans.


  • Defiant ones

    For new tech breakthroughs. This award recognises a company that defines the future of the industry they play in.


  • Hall of fame

    For a lifetime achievement. This award recognises a game-changer who paved the way by breaking new grounds and inventing new categories.


  • Hammer

    For nailing it. This award recognises a company's success – on their own terms – in the market.


  • I wish I'd done that

    For sheer brilliance. This award recognises a company's simple and clever idea in a niche market.


  • Indi

    For new and First Peoples. This award recognises a successful company with its founders from indigenous or ethnic heritage that gained success in the market.


  • On the rise

    For early stage mavericks. This award recognises an early stage startup that has done well in its first three years.


  • Prodigy

    For being exceptional. This award recognises a young person with exceptional qualities or abilities.


  • Women in business (NEW)

    For breaking the mould. This award recognises a successful female leader and entrepreneur who is paving the way forward for the future generations.


  • B-Good

    For a good business. This award recognises a company that has done well to change our economic system to positively impact all stakeholders through their commercial practice.


  • Circular Pioneer

    For making a difference. This award category recognises a company that is pioneering their circular efforts.


  • Going green

    For delivering impact at scale. This award recognises a company that is actively leading and delivering impact and scale through sustainable efforts in clean energy, climate change, healthy environment, social and economic justice etc.


  • You've got ethics

    For the leadership in environmental social governance. This award category recognises a company that is promoting accountability, good governance, leadership in Corporate Social Responsibility and solving societal problems.


  • Design first (NEW)

    For design lead products. This award recognises a company that is using design to drive product innovation with the entire company onboard.


  • Inception

    For visionary thinkers. This award recognises a person that came up with the transformative idea that can change the world for better.


  • Out of the garage

    For scaling globally. This award recognises a company's global growth, expansion, and success.


  • Unexpected twist

    For a great pivot. This award recognises a company that has taken an unexpected pivot in their business or career.


  • Wildfire (NEW)

    For conquering a marketplace. This award recognises a company that has made a significant impact on the marketplace in the shortest amount of time.


  • Backbone (NEW)

    For backing the future idea. This award recognises a VC firm with a portfolio of companies that have made a significant contribution to the growth and success of the AU economy.


  • Brave Angel (NEW)

    For early stage support. This award recognises an angel investor that has garnered a portfolio of companies and has a good track record of helping founders succeed.


  • C-Suite (NEW)

    For the best leadership. This award recognises the highest-ranking executive that has impeccable leadership, management and interpersonal skills.


  • Do you know who I am

    For the silent achiever. This award recognises a person that has been responsible for the success of their company from the backstage.


  • Future builder (NEW)

    For grit to start a new venture. This award recognises a founder at any level and life stage who has decided to start jumping the hoops of their own business.


  • Hottest hub (NEW)

    For the best community. This award recognises a co-working space that provides boutique experience, world class facilities with community management.


  • Launch pad (NEW)

    For activating the support systems. This award recognises an accelerator that has a good reputation in providing the best startup program with industry connections.


  • Super connector

    For being the community champ. This award recognises a person for a significant contribution to the success of their clients or the community.

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