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Australia’s business communicators scored big at this year’s International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Gold Quill Awards.


Australia’s reputation for world-class business communication has received another boost with a best-ever showing at the IABC 2015 Gold Quill Awards. The IABC Gold Quill program is one of the largest and most prestigious business communication awards in the world, with awards received by 15 countries.

This year, Australia received a record haul of 18 Gold Quill awards across our four IABC chapters in Victoria (9 awards), New South Wales (5), Canberra (3) and Queensland (1). This result shows exceptional growth over the 12 awards received in 2014. It also makes Australia the third most awarded country in the world, with more Gold Quills than the whole of Western Europe combined.

This year, many of Australia’s most prominent organisations were proud to earn the nod from the global panel of Gold Quill judges. These included AMP, ANZ Banking Group, the Australian National University, the Australian Taxation Office, CPA Australia, CSG International, Evolve Information Services, headspace, ING Direct, NRMA, Pesel & Carr, the Regional Rail Link Authority, Suncorp Life, Telstra and the Victorian Department of Health.

As ANZ Group General Manager Corporate Communications, Paul Edwards, said:

“It’s a great tribute to the quality of Australia’s communication professionals that we are so well represented this year in one of the few award programs that recognises global excellence in strategic communications.

"ANZ’s award highlights the importance of digital publishing and social-media stakeholder engagement to communicators of the future. It also recognises BlueNotes' growing reputation as a source of credible content on business, economics, leadership, sustainability, technology, innovation and on ANZ itself.”

Ms Jane O'Dwyer, Director, ANU Strategic Communications and Public Affairs, added that:

“We are so proud of the evolution of ANU Reporter over the past 18 months and have been delighted with the response of our readers and contributors. The two IABC Gold Quill awards are icing on the cake and wonderful recognition for the team who have approached the revitalisation of the magazine with great energy, creativity and passion.”

This year’s awards also showed the tremendous diversity of Australia’s communication profession, with awards received for:

  • Digital and multi-audience media
  • Media relations
  • Brand communication
  • Events
  • Internal and change communication
  • Government communication
  • Community relations, CSR and not-for-profit campaigns
  • Advocacy communication.

The full list of IABC 2015 Gold Quill Awards recipients can be found here.

The IABC 2015 Gold Quill Awards will be presented at IABC’s World Conference, to be held in San Francisco, 14-17 June. More information on World Conference is available at: