Enter the 2021 Awards

Entry information for the 2021 Awards will be posted on the ARA website in August 2020.

Entries will open on 1 October 2020 and close on 30 November 2020. The closing date for YE 31 December 2020 reports will be 31 January 2021 (conditions apply).

Enter your organisation’s annual report to:

  • Benchmark your report against world best practice - and your peers.
  • Gain access to constructive feedback and helpful advice on your report.
The Conditions of Entry for the 2020 ARA Awards are provided under ‘In this Section’ as a general guide to what is required.

The Conditions of Entry and the Entry Form for the 2021 ARA Awards will be posted on this website in August 2020.

For further information please email ara@arawards.com.au

Who can enter

The Australasian Reporting Awards are open to all private sector, public sector and not-for-profit organisations in Australia, New Zealand and countries in the Asia-Pacific region and elsewhere.

Organisations are invited to submit their most recent annual report for review and consideration for an ARA Award, and to have an opportunity to receive constructive advice on the quality of their report and about how it may be improved.

There are three types of Award: the General Award, the Sustainability Reporting Award and the Special Awards.

General Award

The General Award provides a measure of the standard of reporting that has been achieved and is not a competition. The entire annual report is benchmarked against the ARA Criteria which are based on world best practice. Reports that satisfy the criteria at different levels receive a Gold, Silver or Bronze Award. The very high standard of Gold Award reports makes them model reports for other organisations to follow.

Sustainability Reporting Award

The Sustainability Reporting Award provides a measure of the standard of reporting that has been achieved and is not a competition. A sustainability report is benchmarked against the ARA Criteria which are based on global reporting standards.

Reports that satisfy the criteria at different levels receive a Gold, Silver or Bronze Award for Sustainability Reporting. The high standard of Gold Award sustainability reports makes them model reports for other organisations to follow. The best Gold Award sustainability report will receive the Sustainability Report of the Year.

Report of the Year

The Report of the Year Award is presented to the most outstanding annual report entered in the Awards. Finalists for this Award are selected from among the Gold Award reports and submitted to further rigorous review by the Awards Committee.

Special Awards Categories

Organisations that enter the ARA General Award are eligible to enter one or more of the ARA Special Awards for particular aspects of annual reporting. There are Special Awards for reporting on Governance and Work Health & Safety; and Integrated Reporting, Online Reporting and Communication. There are additional Criteria for each Special Award. The adjudication panels for these Awards are comprised of people with expertise in that field.

Criteria

For more information about the Criteria for the General Award, the Sustainability Reporting Award and the Special Awards refer to the Criteria page.

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