Excellence in Agribusiness Awards

Food & Fibre Gippsland proudly presents

Excellence in Agribusiness Awards
An Awards program to recognise, celebrate and reward collaboration and innovation.

The Food & Fibre Gippsland Excellence in Agribusiness Awards are a Gippsland region based Awards program to recognise, celebrate and reward collaboration and innovation. The competition adopts a two-tiered approach with the premier award, Gippsland Agribusiness of the Year, followed by a range of nine awards across the entire food & fibre supply chain.

Entries for the 2020 Awards will open in early 2020.

The broad Awards program crosses all food & fibre sectors to recognise farm businesses (pre-& post farmgate) that have demonstrated innovation/excellence and business practices that maximise productivity and profitability – shaping the future of Gippsland agribusiness.

The Awards are critiqued by an independent high-calibre judging panel comprising of business leaders who have a broad understanding of food & fibre and business management.


Entrants answer a series of questions on their farm/business performance and future plans to a group of highly regarded agribusiness leaders. The judging panel play the role of an independent board and assess the performance against a balanced scorecard. The scorecard will be used to create a shortlist of finalists for further onsite interviews and questions. The judging panel aim to identify the entrants and subsequent winners that display a) strongest track record and b) who can present clear strategy for the future of their agribusiness.


Prizes for 2020 are currently being negotiated and created - watch this space !

How To Enter

Details on how to enter will be available later in 2019

For further information, please contact Kate Gunn kateg@wellington.vic.gov.au


Dates for the 2020 Awards will be released later this year.
The Gala Dinner will be held on August 14, 2020.

Award Categories

Food & Fibre Gippsland

Agribusiness of the Year
This Award is the centrepiece and highest accolade of the Awards program. The prize is a scholarship to attend KPMG’S Agri-Food Tech Traction Tour – a 7 day international tour that will offer an opportunity to access unique insight to emerging agribusiness technology from leading agri-food locations around the world. (valued at $15,000).

Prize Partner: KPMG

Commonwealth Bank

Gippsland Young Agribusiness Leader of the Year
This Award recognises an agribusiness leader in the region who is 35 years or younger. The prize is the opportunity to complete a Training Rural Australians In Leadership (TRAIL) course run by the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (valued at $10,000).

Prize Partner: Australian Rural Leadership Foundation

Agriculture Victoria

Excellence in Service to the Food & Fibre Industry
This Award recognises an individual service provider within the Gippsland region that has provided outstanding performance or volunteer work. (i.e. vet, mechanic, agronomist, specialist, consultant).

Baw Baw Shire Council

Excellence in Workforce Capability
This Award recognises companies that are striving to be an employer of choice through proactive retention, improving talent and delivering capability.


Excellence in Exporting
This Award recognises the success of agribusinesses that have tapped into international market share by significant increase in product export or penetrated new export markets.

Federation University

Excellence in Research & Development
This Award recognises an individual or team that have conducted progressive research and development which benefits the Gippsland region.

Latrobe City Council

Excellence in Food Manufacturing
This Award recognises food and drink companies that have delivered the best manufacturing returns for the business, their customers & potentially the wider industry.

National Australia Bank

Excellence in Innovation
This Award recognises entrepreneurs and excellent use of technology, collaborative partnerships, new business models or farming systems to improve efficiency and best practice.

Southern Rural Water

Excellence in Sustainability
This Award recognises sustainable farming practices, organic methods and water usage techniques that are profitable, environmentally sound and good for the local region.

Wellington Shire Council

Excellence in Adaption to Change
This Award recognises farming operations that have adapted to change or environmental challenges such as drought, fire, pests and climate change.


Without the generous support of our proud partners and sponsors, Food & Fibre Gippsland would not be able to run such a successful Awards program.

We would like to thank and acknowledge:

Prize Sponsors

Award Sponsors



The Australian Rural Leadership Foundation delivers a range of development programs for current and future leaders in rural, regional and remote communities. Their programs give participants valuable opportunities to nurture, challenge and build upon their leadership skills with people from diverse regions and industries. They use experiential learning and comprehensive self-reflection to give participants an enhanced desire and the necessary skills to influence change in their communities.

ARLF programs include:

  • Australian Rural Leadership Program
  • TRAIL: Emerging Leaders Program
  • Agribusiness
  • Milparanga
  • Tailored, client-specific programs

Please visit their website for more information: https://rural-leaders.org.au


KPMG Agri-Food Tech Traction Tours are an opportunity for executives to access unique insight to emerging agri-food technology from leading agri-food locations around the world.

The tours are designed to open up exclusive insights and connect businesses and research entities with the intention to enable innovation deal flows and help leaders develop global mindsets. Before each tour we engage with interested participants to focus the program to meet their needs.

This in-market program is designed based on three key goals:

  • To demonstrate to tour participants organisations how governments, research institutions, public and private companies and startups in successful and high growth markets have developed their ecosystems and embraced disruptive technologies in agri-food production;
  • To create a network of willing and aligned leaders amongst the delegation to come back from the tour and drive different thinking and initiatives to accelerate collaboration and technology adoption across their local agri-food sector; and
  • Establish trade and knowledge relationships between organisations and countries

For more information please visit https://home.kpmg/au/en/home.html