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 2021 Regional Australia Bank Dubbo Chamber of Commerce Rhino Awards presents 20+ Categories, including The Gold Rhino - awarded to Dubbo's most Outstanding Business.

In the starred (*) categories, eligible winners will receive automatic entry into the 2021 Western NSW Business Chamber Awards.


Category Sponsor

Excellence in Small Business (5 - 20 employees) *

Recognises a business that has effectively driven growth and is able to demonstrate the specific strategies implemented to achieve business success and/or resilience.

* To be eligible for Western NSW Business Chamber Awards, the business needs to have been in operation for one year or more

Summit Cranes

Excellence in Business (21 or more employees) *

Recognises a business that has effectively driven growth and is able to demonstrate the specific strategies implemented to achieve business success and/or resilience.

* To be eligible for Western NSW Business Chamber Awards, the business needs to have been in operation for one year or more

No.1 Church Street

Excellence in Social Enterprise * (Outstanding Community Organisation)

Recognises an organisation that works to improve the social, cultural or environmental wellbeing of the community.

Regional Australia Bank

Outstanding Start Up - Baby Rhino

Recognises a start-up business that has effectively driven growth and is able to demonstrate the potential to achieve future success.

WIN Television

Excellence in Innovation *

Recognises a business that has made significant contributions to their industry or implemented innovative solutions for new and existing business needs through the introduction or improvement of an idea, method, technology, process or application.

* To be eligible for Western NSW Business Chamber Awards, the business needs to have been in operation for one year or more

Dubbo RSL

Environmental Sustainability - Green Rhino *

Recognises a business that has demonstrated its commitment to sustainable business practices and is working to reduce the impact of its operations on the environment.

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.

* To be eligible for Western NSW Business Chamber Awards, the business needs to have been in operation for one year or more

Taronga Western Plains Zoo

Outstanding Employer of Choice

Recognises a business that has implemented strategies and initiatives to create stimulating and supportive workplace environments to maximise the full potential of their workforce.

RDA Orana

Excellence in Customer Service

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

SJ Shooter Real Estate

Excellence in Work Health Safety *

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

* To be eligible for Western NSW Business Chamber Awards, the business needs to have been in operation for one year or more

NSW Government Safe Work

Excellence in Micro Business (less than 5 employees)

Recognises a business that has effectively driven growth and is able to demonstrate the specific strategies implemented to achieve business success and/or resilience.

The Exchange

Outstanding Employee

Recognises an inspirational employee who has demonstrated a passion for their role and a commitment to their workplace and community.

Fully Promoted

Outstanding Young Business Leader (35 years or under)

Recognises an inspirational business leader aged 35 or under who demonstrates outstanding entrepreneurial spirit, strategic business direction and innovative ideas.

Airlink Airlines

Outstanding Business Leader (36+ yrs)

Recognises an inspirational business leader aged 36 or over who demonstrates outstanding entrepreneurial spirit, strategic business direction and innovative ideas, whilst providing leadership to the new generation.

Findex

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.

Verto

People’s Choice Award - Dubbo’s Favourite Business

Awarded to Dubbo’s most popular business, as voted by the public.

2DU/Zoo FM

People’s Choice Award - Service with a Smile

Awarded to Dubbo’s most popular employee, as voted by the public.

Daily Liberal

People’s Choice Award - Dubbo’s Favourite Tradie

Awarded to Dubbo’s most popular trade-based business (i.e. electrician, plumber, builder, painter) as voted by the public.

Mailbox Shopper

People’s Choice Award - Hospitality

Awarded to a restaurant, cafe, function centre, pub, licensed club or caterer that demonstrates excellence in hospitality.

Down The Lane

Key Rhino Award Dates 2021:

23rd June Official Rhino Awards Launch and Nominations Open
1st July Award Entries Open
6th August Peoples Choice Nominations Close
6th August Award Entries close
7th August People's Choice voting begins
31st August People's Choice voting closes
31st August Award Judging closes
17th September Cocktail Party (Finalists Announced)
22nd October Gala Awards Night (Winners Announced)

Please note; some dates maybe subject to change.

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