Terms & Conditions

    1. The following terms & conditions govern the participation of entrants and judging of the 2017 AFR Most Innovative Companies List Competition (the “Competition”).
    2. The Competition is open to all Australian and New Zealand companies, trusts or partnerships with at least 30 permanent full-time and/or part-time employees as at May 12, 2017 and must have been operating for at least 2 years (“Eligible Organisations”).
    3. Eligible Organisations may self nominate or be nominated by third parties. Calls for nominations close May 12, 2017, though may be extended by the Promoters in their absolute discretion. All nominated Eligible Organisations will be invited to enter the Competition.


    1. Entrants are required to:
      1. Accurately & honestly respond to a series of questions regarding two innovations they have implemented or launched on or after May 2016; and
      2. Procure a representative sample of employees to accurately & honestly complete an online MIC innovation audit survey by June 23, 2017; and
      3. Pay a non-refundable and non-transferable entry fee of $2,000+GST (for 30-99 employees and not-for-profits), $2300+GST (for 100-499 employees), or $2900+GST (for 500+ employees) in consideration of the MIC Innovation Survey Report by June 23, 2017.
    2. Entries close date and those in clause 4 may be extended by the Promoters in their absolute discretion.
    3. Each entrant will receive an Inventium MIC Innovation Survey Report from Inventium Pty Ltd based on their survey responses, provided that at least 10 employees complete the survey.
    4. During the judging in July and August 2017, a panel of judges and Inventium specialists will assess each entry to determine the most innovative companies list (the “List”) based on the components listed in clause 8. The innovativeness of entrant’s can be measured across any and/or all aspects of the entrant’s operations.
    5. Judgement will take account of the following components and weighted as follows:Table
    6. All judging deliberations are secret and confidential and are not publicly available. The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into. All entries are the property of the Promoters.
    7. The size of the List will be dependent upon the number of entries and determined in the sole discretion of the Promoters.
    8. Entry into the Competition does not guarantee inclusion within the List. Entrants position on the list will only be revealed if they make the top 50.
    9. By entering, entrants consent to having their identity, trademarks and relevant details about their organisation and innovations listed on the List and published if they are selected. If third parties are referred to in the submission, entrants need to have gained permission from these third parties prior to referring to them in their entry.
    10. The List will be published on September 20 on AFR.com.au.
    11. Entrants that are listed on the List may only use AFR names, logos or trademarks if licensed to do so by AFR. Such licensing will be at AFR’s discretion and subject to AFR licensing terms and conditions.
    12. If for any reason the Competition is not capable of running as planned the Promoter reserves the right in its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the competition.


  1. The Promoter may disqualify any entrant who breaches these terms & conditions, or submits misleading or deceptive responses during the course of the Competition.
  2. The entrant indemnifies and keeps the Promoters indemnified against any and all loss, demand, liability, claim, cost and expense incurred by the Promoters in respect of any claim by a third party which is related to, arises out of, or is in any way associated with the submission of an entry into the Competition by the entrant, or as a result of any breach of these terms and conditions by the entrant.
  3. The Promoter assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorised access to, or alteration of entries. The Promoter is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any equipment, software, failure of any email or entry to be received by the Promoter on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to participants or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participation or downloading any materials in this competition.
  4. The Promoter will take all necessary steps to ensure that entries are properly recorded and stored, but will accept no liability if an entry is not recorded or is lost.
  5. The Promoter will not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever (including but not limited to indirect or consequential loss) or personal injury suffered or sustained arising from or in connection with the Competition or publication of the List, except for liability which cannot be excluded by law and any claim whatsoever or howsoever arising, including under common law, equity or statute, by the entrant must be made within 6 months of the publication of the List.
  6. The Promoters of the Competition are Inventium Pty Ltd (ABN 69 451 190 612) and Fairfax Media Publications Pty Limited (ABN 33 003 357 720).