Information on how to enter forms part of the terms and conditions of entry. Entry into the 2020 Northern Territory Digital Excellence Awards is deemed acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.

The promoters are:

Australian Computer Society (ACS)
Australian Information Security Association (AISA)
IT Service Management Forum (itSMF)
Information Communication Technology Industry Association of the Northern Territory (ICTNT)

Important dates

Award nominations opens: 25th September 2020
Award nominations close: 23rd October 2020


Award nominees are contacted for promotion and marketing.

2020 Northern Territory Digital Excellence Awards winners announced: 13th November 2020.

  • The promotion commences at 4:00pm (ACST) on 25th September 2020 and closes at 11.00pm (ACST) on 23rd October 2020.
  • To nominate for the awards, an entry must be submitted using the links below.
  • Queries to

Eligibility Criteria

Entry is open to all Northern Territory residents or Northern Territory based organisations who meets the entry criteria as outlined in this document. 

Each individual, project, business or organisation can only enter into one of the categories below. For example, even if an individual meets the criteria for ACS ICT Professional of the Year and AISA Cyber Security Professional of the year they must choose which category they will apply for.

All nominations must be for works completed in the last year, since the close of nominations from the 2019 NT Digital Awards, being October 2019 to October 2020. 

Exclusions apply: 

  1. The chief judge who is partaking in awards judging activities cannot be nominated in any category.
  2. The judge cannot be nominated in a category they are involved in judging. 

To be eligible to apply in the award categories, applicants must meet the criteria as specified below:

ACS ICT Professional of the Year

The ICT Professional of the Year demonstrates excellence in their field of ICT. They are active in their continuing professional development and display the highest standards of professional ethics. They use their technical knowledge to be a positive role model and influence the workplace o the highest standards both professionally and ethically.

An ICT Professional is defined as:

  1. a person who is or would meet the criteria to become an ACS Certified Professional, and ii. has actively pursued at least 30 hours of CPD per year over the last 2 years, and
  2. is currently employed in an ICT role, or managing an ICT team or project.

by accepting these terms and conditions, the nominee agrees to allow ACS to promote their nomination in any way deemed appropriate and that the submitted nomination can be utilised by ACS as an entrant in the next national ACS awards.

AISA Cyber Security Professional of the Year

As Australia’s peak body for Cyber Security, AISA has created this award to recognise and promote excellence, innovation, and professionalism in cyber security.  Nominators must be AISA members, however nominees are not required to be AISA members.

The Cyber Security Professional of the Year is a highly experienced individual who demonstrates outstanding leadership, integrity, mentoring and coaching in the industry to both business peers and new entrants to the industry. 

itSMF Service Management Champion of the Year

The Service Management Champion of the Year will be awarded to the service management practitioner who over the past year has displayed outstanding personal and professional skills in advancing the industry recognition of service management by their leadership, practical experiences and public advocacy. Their contribution will have been acknowledged widely as an outstanding example of the application of best practice in service management, professionalism and innovative thinking in overcoming challenges and delivering significant benefits and value to their organisation, clients and the service management community.


  1. Nominees must be permanent residents of the Northern Territory;
  2. The qualifying activities must have been carried out in the Northern Territory; 
ICTNT ICT Business of the Year

This award is to formally recognise and reward Information Communication Technology (ICT) businesses that have continually demonstrated excellence in the delivery of relevant ICT services in the Territory. Excellence can be demonstrated through a commitment to innovation, business improvement and quality of service. 

Open to locally registered NT Businesses, headquartered in the NT

Best Digital Covid Response in Partnership with Kinetic IT

The Best Digital Covid Response Award will be awarded to the team or organisation that has utilised Information Communications Technology (ICT) to deliver business and/or community benefits as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic. It is recognised that changes to businesses during this period had to occur in tight timeframes and often adhere to strict guidelines to meet National and Local Covid-19 restrictions. 

Please Note: Each project can only enter one of the NT Digital Excellence Awards category, so please choose the appropriate category for your project.

ICT Rising Star of the Year in partnership with the NT Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade

The ICT Rising Star of the Year Award is awarded to an individual who is establishing their career in Information Communication Technology (ICT). Despite their age and experience, they have demonstrated excellence in ICT and a commitment to professional development. They are a role model, an example to their peers and conduct themselves with the highest standards of ethics and professionalism. The candidate is under 30 years of age. 

An ICT Rising Star is defined as;

  1. A person who is currently employed in an ICT role, or managing an ICT team or project
  2. Was born after 1 November 1990
STEM Student of the Year in partnership with NEC

The STEM student of the Year award is awarded to a person who has had high achievements in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics subjects and is an ambassador for STEM. Despite their age and experience, they have demonstrated excellence and a drive towards learning and development. They are a role model and an example to their peers and conduct themselves with the highest standards of ethics. The candidate is under 18 years of age.

A STEM Student is defined as:

  1. a person who is pursuing ongoing learning and/or development in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) subjects.
  2. the achievements outlined have been in the last 12 months;
  3. has actively completed a semester or longer in STEM classes at a Northern Territory recognised high school at the level of Year 10, 11 or Year 12. 
  4. is currently engaged in further study and was born after 1 November 2002.
ICT Project of the Year in Partnership with HP

The ICT Project of the Year will be awarded to the team that can demonstrate the successful completion of a challenging project that has used ICT to markedly improve the value, efficiency and effectiveness of the organisations’ services and which have resulted in significant business benefits. 

The digital content of the project must be greater than 50% of the outcome of the project overall whilst delivering significant business benefits.

The ICT Project of the Year can be small or large and will be judged on the criteria.

The award category has an additional award of a new laptop (HP ProBook 435 X360 G7).

Please Note: Each project can only enter one of the NT Digital Excellence Awards category, so please choose the appropriate category for your project.

Community Benefit Award in partnership with DXC Technology

The Community Benefit Award recognises outstanding contributions by an individual, business, or project towards building stronger and healthier Territory communities. This could be through enabling greater citizen participation particularly by disadvantaged or underrepresented people; through innovative use of technology to overcome barriers; an initiative that helps close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous citizens or any other nomination that has achieved major community benefit.

Please Note: Each Project can only enter one of the NT Digital Excellence Awards category, so please choose the appropriate category for your project.

This award category may have an additional financial award to be used for education and training purposes.

The following categories are awarded on merit and will follow a separate selection process.

CDU Code Fair – Overall Award for Most Outstanding Entrant

The Charles Darwin University Code Fair has for many years been one of the premier events on the NT ICT Calendar. This year the event will also be held on the 13th November, during the day at the Doubletree Hilton. The event recognises the outstanding work for both Higher Education and VET students, as well as providing an opportunity for students and industry to network. The event also contributes and promotes awareness of education and training in Information Technology to local Middle and High School students.

As part of the Digital Excellence Awards, we will recognise the Most Outstanding Entrant across all Code Fair award categories. This will also provide an opportunity for CDU Students to gain further exposure and recognition on stage, alongside all areas of our ICT Industry and Community.

The Judging process for this award will occur on the 13th of November and has its own separate judging process as outlined in section 4.

The Minister's NT Digital Excellence Gold Award

The Gold Award is chosen by the Minister, from any of the winners from the other eight categories of the NT Digital Excellence Awards 2020.


  • You will be required to submit visuals that will be used to create a short video presentation about your entry for screening at the Awards event, in the event your nomination is selected for an award.
  • At least three high quality photos or images OR 30 sec video footage / animation, or a combination thereof, will be required for your entry.
  • When selecting photos, images or video, choose visuals that would best illustrate your entry allowing viewers to form a sense of your nomination or project.

For example, this could be visuals that:

  • show key aspects of your nomination or project
  • reflect critical success factors
  • illustrate the complexities or scale of the project
  • show team members working on the project
  • reflect stakeholder involvement in the process
  • demonstrate innovative approaches to problems
  • show key milestones reached in the process
  • demonstrate the positive impact (benefit or advantage) achieved
  • show happy consumers, customers or end users.
  • some photos or footage featuring people involved in your nomination are recommended.
Requirements for photos
  • Photos need to be high resolution and as a general guide, this means the resolution should be at least 800 pixels (or px) in width or height, whichever is the smaller dimension.
  • Although professional photographs are recommended, photos taken with smartphones are generally okay providing they are of good quality and high resolution. Acceptable file formats are PNG or JPEG.
Requirements for graphics and images
  • You may also consider submitting images of designs or crucial 'tools' to support your nomination. For example, design drawings, artist’s impressions, mobile apps or animated graphics used in promotional materials.
  • Presentation slides, charts or graphs, or graphics with lots of text are generally not suitable. The minimum resolution for images is 600dpi.
  • Acceptable file formats are EPS (Adobe Photoshop), AI (Adobe Illustrator), JPEG, PNG or PDF.
Requirements for video or animation
  • Video footage should be of high quality, which generally means footage recorded with a professional camera. Videos taken on smartphones may be acceptable providing it is of good quality and high resolution.
  • Any audio captured on the video footage or animations will be replaced with a voice over. Acceptable file formats are MPEG-4, MOV and MP4.
  • The organising committee will not be responsible or liable for incorrect information included in a nomination or any lost, late or misdirected nominations.
  • The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered.
  • The nominees will be contacted by phone and/or email no later than 1st of November 2019.
  • The organising committee is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunctions or problems with internet or network congestion including any injury or damage to or loss of any entry or any damage to a participant’s or any other person’s computer related to participation in this competition.
  • If for any reason the promotion is not capable of running as planned (including but not limited to) infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorised intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes beyond the control of the Promoter which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this promotion, the Promoter reserves the right (subject to any written directions given under applicable law) to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the promotion.
  • The organising committee reserves the right to disqualify a nomination in the event of the nominee being unable to satisfy these terms and conditions or not claiming the award.
  • If you need assistance You are encouraged to contact NT Digital Excellence Awards Committee to involve them in the process. They can assist with checking the quality of visuals, the sourcing of relevant photos or other visuals, or even arranging a photo shoot if needed. Contact email is

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