2011 communications industry awards open for entries

Nominations due 29 April for 10 ACOMMS Awards, including two new categories

Nominations have opened for the Australian communications industry’s premier awards, the ACOMMS, with 10 categories reflecting the development, innovation and service focus that underpin the sector.

For the first time, the ACOMMS will recognise a company that has gone above and beyond to help a community in a time of need with the new Community Contribution Award.  A second new ACOMMS category, the Young Achiever Award, will be presented to an outstanding individual under 35 from any part of the business who has a made a difference to the company they work for through innovation, creativity, outstanding effort or leadership.

The ACOMM Awards are jointly presented by Communications Alliance and Communications Day and recognise excellence among communications industry participants including individuals, service providers, content providers, carriers, technology partners, consultants and third party suppliers.  AAPT is the 2011 title sponsor of the ACOMMS, with Optus, KPMG and Truman Hoyle also sponsoring the event.

The ACOMMS will this year be awarded to companies which have excelled in innovation (large and SME categories); professional services; customer service; partnerships for growth; innovation in content delivery and services; environmental responsibility and community contribution.  The awards will also recognise a Communications Ambassador, an outstanding individual who has promoted the industry’s interests during the preceding year, and the inaugural Young Achiever.

“As the telecommunications industry continues to flourish, we are expanding the awards to recognise future industry leaders as well as the often unsung philanthropic work undertaken by many in our industry,” said John Stanton, CEO Communications Alliance.

“We encourage organisations both small and large to submit their work in relevant categories. Once again we expect the awards to produce strong competition and look forward to honouring the organisations that have showcased the highest standards and industry best practice over the past year.”

Decisive Publishing CEO Grahame Lynch said: “My observation across the various international markets we serve is that Australia remains a centre of innovation and best practice in competitive telecommunications.  This often gets forgotten in the cut and thrust of telecommunications industry debates.  The ACOMMS continue to be an excellent platform for recognising excellence and achievement in the industry.

“We are particularly excited by the new Young Achievers Award which will help identify the next wave of talent in the sector,” he commented.

Nominations for the awards close on 29 April 2011.  Full details of the awards and criteria are available at http://www.slatteryit.com.au/ACOMMS2011/nominations.html

The ACOMMS will be announced and presented at the 5th Annual ACOMMS Dinner to be held on 7 July 2011 at the Sheraton on the Park, Sydney.  Senator Stephen Conroy, Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy and Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate has been invited to deliver the keynote address at the dinner.  Comedian Julia Zemiro will be the Master of Ceremonies (pending confirmation of filming schedule). 

Registrations for this year’s event can be made at http://www.slatteryit.com.au/ACOMMS2011/register.html