The Awards are open to all businesses that meet the following criteria:
- The business/organisation must operate on a local, regional, state, national or international level, with a significant base in the Geelong, Bellarine, Queenscliff, Surfcoast or Golden Plains regions.
- The business must have been registered and operating in the region before April 1, 2014.
- The business will be judged on its operations during the period April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015, while any achievements dated from April 1, 2012 onwards will be recognised at the discretion of the judging panel. Additional advances or recognition received during the April 2015 to June 2015 period will be taken into account at the discretion of the judging panel.
- Award sponsors and/or their various divisions or departments may enter categories that they are not sponsoring.