Nominations for 2021 are now closed. Check back later for more information about the 2022 Awards.

The Small Employer of the Year Award recognises a small enterprise which has achieved excellence in the provision of 'nationally recognised training' to its employees.

Nationally recognised training’ refers to training that is based on a national training package or accredited course which results in a person receiving a formal qualification or Statement of Attainment issued by a Registered Training Organisation. This includes Australian Apprenticeships.

Eligibility criteria for the Australian Training Awards

To nominate, an organisation must:

  • meet the Conditions of Entry requirements; and
  • employ 19 or fewer full-time equivalent employees.

The Australian Training Awards will accept joint applications from:

  • a Group Training Organisation who partners with a Host Employer

  • a Host Employer who partners with a Group Training Organisation.

Nominations will not be accepted from:

  • branch offices of larger enterprises (NB: franchisees may nominate if their training activities are organised independently of the franchise group); and/or
  • organisations whose core business is the delivery of vocational education and training (these organisations may consider nominating for either the Large or Small Training Provider of the Year Award).

The Small Employer of the Year Award is direct entry for NSW and WA only. All other states and territories are to apply through their respective training awards, noting the opening and closing dates will differ for each state and territory.


This awards category requires the applicant to address the following award criteria.

Criterion 1: Extent and quality of training for employees*

Describe the training that your small business is involved in. Include the following:

  • the qualifications or courses that your employees are undertaking
  • number of employees actively engaged in training
  • the training organisations that are delivering the training
  • briefly tell the story of an innovative training approach you are using (e.g. mentoring, e-learning, collaborative learning).

(limt: 800 words)

* Your training organisation could assist you with this criterion.

Criterion 2: Employee Outcomes 

How has training benefited your employees? Include the following:

  • how training has improved the well-being of your employees
  • how training has improved the productivity of your employees 
  • briefly tell the story of an employee who has benefited the most from training.

(limt: 800 words)

Criterion 3: Business Outcomes

How has training benefited your business? Include the following:

  • how training has improved your relationships with clients
  • how training has improved the productivity and profitability of your business
  • briefly tell the story of how your business has grown as a result of training.

(limt: 800 words)

For further information visit your relevant state or territory training awards website.