2021 Innovation Excellence Awards

About the Innovation Excellence Awards

Every year, institutions submit their product or service innovations from within the past year for consideration.
The judging panel then assess innovation submissions based on a sophisticated ratings methodology unique to Canstar.
The Innovation Excellence Award winners represent a select group of recent innovations within the telecommunications and energy industries that have been reviewed, assessed and deemed to be award winners.

2021 Award key dates

Unfortunately, entries for this year’s Innovation Excellence awards for Energy and Telecommunications have now closed. Please check back to see the 2021 winners when they’re announced in April.

Entries for the Innovation Excellence awards for Appliances will be opening soon.

How to impress the judges?

Our judges are looking for innovations that demonstrate the following: 

  • The impact the innovation will have on improving or affecting a consumer’s day-to-day life
  • How the innovation stands out from products already available in the Australian market 
  • What gives the innovation ‘WOW’ factor?
  • Is the innovation accessible, easy to understand and/or affordable?

What types of products are evaluated for the Innovation Excellence Awards?


  • Phone plans
  • NBN Products
  • Energy products
  • Renewable Energy

Recent Innovation Excellence Award winners