Brisbane City Council

The Australian Business Award for Community Contribution recognises organisations for initiatives that positively impact on the community and generate outcomes that have a long term benefit.

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Brisbane City Council (herein Council) is Australia’s largest local government in both population and budget. It is dedicated to ensuring Brisbane is a great place to live and has a fundamental role to play in making the city the best it can be. Guiding this is the Brisbane Vision, the Council’s long-term community plan for the city. It details the aspirations for the city’s future and outlines ideas for achieving this vision.

Council’s Inclusive Brisbane Board (IBB) is an advisory board made up of volunteer members, who address community issues associated with development and planning. IBB identifies emerging social inclusion issues — particularly those affecting the not-for-profit sector in Brisbane — and shares information, generates ideas and identifies research needs and partnership opportunities to address these issues. The board also regularly considers research and findings of projects undertaken within Council, universities and other groups on the factors affecting Brisbane’s communities, such as demographics, trends in housing, service delivery, the ageing population, social issues and societal trends. IBB supports a diverse range of community groups representing those that are disadvantaged or vulnerable.

In 2013, Council established the Inclusive Brisbane Professional Advice Alliance (the Alliance) to provide pro bono advice to community and not-for-profit organisations about organisational sustainability, planning, development and infrastructure issues. The establishment and ongoing operation of the Alliance fulfils a need for community and not-for-profit groups who provide a wealth of services and facilities to Brisbane’s community. IBB sought to establish the Alliance with the objective of increasing capabilities and resiliency, and leveraging the positive benefits to the community provided by this sector.

This ongoing support to the community has resulted in Brisbane City Council being recognised for a Community Contribution Award in the Australian Business Awards 2016.

The Australian Business Awards are the regional chapter of an integrated, hierarchical leadership program conducted on a national and international level. Eligible organisations from each region are invited to participate in the international chapter of the program at The World Business Awards. Conducted annually and currently in the second year of its international launch, The World Business Awards seeks to engage with the world’s business, innovation and technology leaders through a global recognition and knowledge building initiative that is underpinned by the program’s established framework. The program engages with organisations worldwide to benchmark the full spectrum of their products, services and initiatives and to review their business performance. The cycle culminates in the recognition and celebration of organisations that implement world-class business initiatives and industry leading products and services on a prominent and far-reaching scale. All entries must be entered in the regional chapter where the organisation is based.

Organisational participation includes private companies, publicly listed companies, multinational subsidiaries, not-for-profit organisations, non-government organisations, educational institutions, franchise systems, partnerships, government departments, government agencies, local government and statutory bodies operating in Australia.

Initiatives can include but are not limited to projects, programs, processes, systems, technologies, developments, ventures and undertakings.

Entries are assessed utilising a robust and dynamic framework to ensure that the assessment process is pertinent and objective. The World Business Awards Framework (WBA Framework) is utilised as a structured model of assessment that enables the participating organisations to be benchmarked against world class performance standards. The Framework consists of specialised assessment modules pertaining to the evaluation criteria for each of the award categories. The criteria and sub-criteria provide a robust set of requirements that are used as the methodology for benchmarking and learning among the participating organisations.

Organisations that participate are provided with the unique opportunity to benchmark themselves against the top performers globally. The recipients are acknowledged for their achievements and recognised as the elite of their industry earning a place amongst a distinguished group by having their products, projects, initiatives, contributions and achievements recognised on a prominent and far-reaching scale. The program provides the ultimate platform for building knowledge, increasing brand awareness, equity, loyalty and retention through increased exposure, recognition and prestige. This establishes a valuable resource that can be used extensively to create opportunities for publicity, positive organisational profiling and heightened brand awareness within the respective industries both nationally and internationally.

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