Successful businesses and employees are integral to our society and our economy. Businesses that have highly skilled, confident, and loyal employees (regardless of their role) are more likely to achieve long term success. Successful business leads to ongoing employment and positive gains for the island community as a whole. The Kangaroo Island Our Town YBATT Awards celebrate and support the journeys and careers of employees and employers of Kangaroo Island.

The overall aims and objectives of holding these awards are to acknowledge and showcase:

  • those Kangaroo Island businesses that:
    • value training and upskilling of their employees and are committed to their own professional development, 
    • demonstrate innovation and leadership, and
    • contribute to the social and economic outcomes for Kangaroo Island
  • those employees, through hard work and dedication, help shine the light on Kangaroo Island businesses.
Applications OpenMonday, 10 June 2024
Applications CloseMonday, 15 July 2024 (12 Noon)
Judging PeriodMonday 15 July 2024 – 
Monday, 22 July 2024
Award CeremonySunday, 28 July 20245:30 pm till late
Venue: American River Town Hall

2023 Award Categories & Partners

We are pleased to announce the following 2023 award categories, with thanks to our Award Partners for their generous donations:

Prize: $1000 cash
Partner: Adelaide Training & Employment Centre Inc.

Prize: $1000 cash
Partner: Yumbah Aquaculture

Prize: $1000 cash
Partners: Workforce Australia, Local Jobs – Adelaide South / Ozone Aurora Hotel

Prize: $500 Travel Voucher / $500 cash
Partners: Sealink Kangaroo Island / KIBBA

Prize: $1000 voucher
Partner: Wrapping Hood

Prize: $1000 cash
Partners: Agriculture KI / Department of Primary Industries and Regions, South Australia

Prize: $1000 cash
Partner: KI Tourism Alliance

Prize: $1000 of vouchers to be issued to families to spend in your establishment.
Partner: Junction Kangaroo Island Community Centre

Prize: $1000 cash
Partner: AusIndustry – Department of Industry, Science & Resources

Prize: $1000 cash
Partner: Bendigo Bank Community Bank Fleurieu

Please note that prizes may be changed or modified at the discretion of the proponent of the awards, without notice

Application submission

Applications will close STRICTLY at 12 noon, Monday, 15th July 2024.  No extensions will be considered or granted.

OR Drop them off in person – marked CONFIDENTIAL – at the Kangaroo Island Business Hub, Commercial Street, Kingscote (next door to Drakes).

The Awards Ceremony

The awards will be presented to the winners at a special event scheduled for Sunday 28th July 2024.

The Awards committee is organising an extravaganza to adequately celebrate the achievements of all Kangaroo Island businesses and workforce – whether they are a valued partner of the awards, a nominee, a winner, or simply attending to support Kangaroo Island industries.

More details to come!

More information

Judging

A judging panel of carefully selected professionals with combined experience in training, employment, industry sector, and leadership will be allocated the very important task of deciding our winners. Where categories are more industry specific a relevant expert will be invited to take part in judging.

Where any conflicts-of-interest are declared, the judge will remove themselves from that evaluation.

The judges’ decisions will be final. There are no avenues for reconsideration of the judge’s determination of awards. The identity of all judges remains anonymous.

Eligibility

To be eligible for a nomination for an Employee Award, applicants/nominees must be:

  1. An employee of a business operating on Kangaroo Island.
  2. A resident of Kangaroo Island. If the employee now resides off-island, they originally needed to reside on Kangaroo Island in the 12-month period relating to these awards (ie, 2023).
  3. For the purpose of the Employee of the Year – Youth Award, “Youth” is defined as a person between the ages of 15 and 24 years.
  4. For the purpose of the Apprentice/Trainee awards, they must be formally registered and recognised as an apprentice / trainee by an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider.
  5. Employees may be part-time, full-time or casual, including holiday employment.
  6. Employer Award Partners and their employees are eligible to apply, due to the independence of the judging panel.
Who can nominate?

The Award Nomination Kit is worded in a way that someone is being nominated, however, businesses and individuals are allowed – and strongly encouraged – to self-nominate. Alternatively, a community member may wish to approach a business or individual and work together on an outstanding nomination.

Guidance on completing the nomination form is available if required. Do not hesitate to contact either 
Maria Waters or Meagan Harrison (contact details are in this Nomination Kit) to make a time.

The Awards Event

The awards will be presented to the winners at a special event scheduled for Sunday 28th July 2024.

The Awards committee is organising an extravaganza to adequately celebrate the achievements of all Kangaroo Island businesses and workforce – whether they are a valued partner of the awards, a nominee, a winner, or simply attending to support Kangaroo Island industries. More details to come!

Proponent

The proponent of the 2023 Kangaroo Island Our Town YBATT Awards is Kangaroo Island Business & Brand Alliance, who is the local peak business association, providing services and support to members across all industries.

For further information please contact:

Maria Waters
Chair – KIBBA

Phone: 0401 917 647

Meagan Harrison
Exec Officer – KIBBA

Phone: 0424 124 039