Rhino Award Categories

The Dubbo Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc presents the Rhino Awards each year to honour the city's most outstanding businesses.

The Rhino, which is used as the logo, reflects both the fact that Dubbo is home to the Taronga Western Plains Zoo, and symbolises the strength of our local business community. The presentation night is one of the city's most prestigious annual events, a time when the city's business community honours its most outstanding performers in a number of categories.

Regional Australia Bank

This year the 2019 Regional Australia Bank Dubbo Chamber of Commerce Rhino Awards presents 20+ Categories, including the The Gold Rhino - awarded to Dubbo's most Outstanding Business.

In the starred (*) categories, eligible winners will receive automatic entry into the 2019 NSW Business Chamber Central West Regional Awards.

Category Sponsor

Excellence in Business *

Recognises a business (*businesses employing 20 or more employees) that has attained significant growth and is able to demonstrate the specific strategies and processes implemented to achieve sustainable growth over the previous 24 months

Milestone Hotel

Excellence in Social Enterprise

Open to businesses that have been established to further a social purpose in a financially sustainable way. These businesses are revenue generating and can be “not for profit” and “for profit.

Regional Australia Bank

Startup Superstar - Baby Rhino

This category recognises a business that has been operating for less than 2 years that delivers a product/service/idea/invention with credible potential. This award recognises early-stage startups that have a solid chance of market success, and strongly displays the entrepreneurial spirit.

WIN Television

Excellence in Innovation *

Recognises businesses that have made significant contributions to their industry through the introduction or improvement of an idea, method, technology, process or application

Dubbo RSL

Excellence in Sustainability - Green Rhino *

Recognises businesses that are working to reduce the impact of their operations on the environment and/or provide products and services that have positive environmental outcomes. 

Please note: where sustainability is your core business, you must enter this category based on sustainable initiatives and projects within your business, not related to your core offering.

Taronga Western Plains Zoo

Outstanding Employer of Choice *

Recognises organisations that put in place strategies and initiatives to create stimulating and supportive workplace environments for their employees. These strategies or initiatives must have a positive impact on both employees and the organisation as a whole.

RDA Orana

Excellence in Customer Service

Awarded to a business that recognises and demonstrates that their customers are at the heart of their business.

 The Customer Service Award goes to a business that recognises and demonstrates that their customers are the heart of their business.

Qantas

Work Health Safety *

Awarded to a business that demonstrates outstanding Excellence in Work Health Safety.

NSW Government Safe Work

Outstanding Young Employee* (18 to 35 yrs)

Recognises an inspirational young professional aged between 18-35 years who has built a successful career with an organisation.

Fully Promoted

Outstanding Young Entrepreneur * (18 to 35 yrs)

Recognises an inspirational young person aged between 18-35 years who, through their own commitment and passion, has built and operates a successful business. This award recognises young business leaders who demonstrate outstanding entrepreneurial spirit, strategic direction and innovative ideas whilst providing inspiration to a new generation of upcoming young business people.

Dubbo Chamber of Commerce

Outstanding Business Leader* (36+ yrs)

Recognises the positive contribution made to business by business people and professionals. The award recognises those who demonstrate outstanding entrepreneurial spirit, strategic business direction and innovative ideas, whilst providing inspiration to a new generation of upcoming business leaders.

Breakthru

Apprentice and Trainee of the Year

Awarded to an apprentice and trainee that has gone above and beyond the call of duty and made a valuable contribution to the success of the business they work for.

Western College

Excellence in Micro Business (less than 5 employees)

Recognises a business with less than 5 employees that has achieved significant growth (market share, sales volume, turnover, profitability) and is able to demonstrate the specific strategies and plans implemented to achieve sustainable growth in the previous 24 months. 

Excellence in Small Business

Recognises a company (*employing less than 20 employees) that has attained a significant growth and is able to demonstrate the specific strategies and processes implemented to achieve sustainable growth in the previous 24 months.

Dubbo Turf Club

Key Rhino Award Dates 2019:

  • 27th May................Nominations Open
  • 14th June................Dubbo Chamber of Commerce Ray Day - Official Rhino Awards Launch and ENTRIES OPEN
  • 26th June................Information Night
  • 26th July.................Award Nominations close
  • 29th July.................People's Choice voting begins
  • 26th July.............    Award Entries close
  • 25th August............Award Judging closes
  • 25th August............People's Choice voting closes
  • 13th September.......Finalists Cocktail Night
  • 18th October...........Gala Awards Night

Please note; some dates maybe subject to change.

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