FY23 Xero Awards: Categories and eligibility

Not sure which award is the best fit for you? Check out our award explainers and eligibility criteria below to make sure you apply for the right category.

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We’re here to help you apply for the award that’s right for your business.

Be sure to check the eligibility criteria for each award before applying.

Accounting and bookkeeping award

Accounting Partner of the Year

We’re looking for the Xero accounting partner who has best used Xero to add value to their service/s and clients from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022. We want to know how you went above and beyond to help your clients adapt, survive and thrive.

Eligibility criteria:

  • To be eligible, you must be a Xero partner

Bookkeeping Partner of the Year

Similar to the Accounting Partner of the Year, we want to understand how you’re using Xero to add value to your clients from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022. How did you help them adapt, survive and thrive?

Eligibility criteria:

  • To be eligible, you must be a Xero partner

Enterprise Partner of the Year

We’re looking for the Xero enterprise partner who has used Xero to offer the best value to their service/s and clients from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022. In the form of campaigns, services, products or other initiatives, how have you applied innovation to drive customer and industry excellence?

Eligibility criteria:

  • To be eligible, you must be a Xero partner

Innovative Partner of the Year

We’re looking for a Xero partner who has demonstrated innovation in their business during the period of 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022. Show us your cutting edge innovations and how your organisation has led change in its industry and community.

Eligibility criteria:

  • To be eligible, you must be a Xero partner

Community Partner of the Year

We're looking for the Xero partner who demonstrated commitment to their community during 1 July 2021 to 20 June 2022. Community can be defined as geographical (e.g. local community), non-profit, cause-related, charitable, sporting, pro-bono etc. We want to see how you’ve made a difference in people’s lives outside of your day-to-day business activities.

Eligibility criteria:

  • To be eligible, you must be a Xero partner

Cloud Champion of the Year

We’re celebrating partners within the cloud during the period from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022. Demonstrating your progressive use of the Xero software suite, this award is based on your journey and experience in the cloud, including how it has impacted your business’ performance and appetite for innovation.

Eligibility criteria:

  • To be eligible, you must be a Xero Bronze partner or above

App Partner Awards

If you’re a long-standing certified Xero app or new to the ecosystem, this is the category for you.

Practice App of the Year

We’re looking for the app that has improved the lives and livelihood of our Xero accounting and bookkeeping partners in Australia. Your app should be involved in the practice space, or your customer base should mostly consist of accountants and bookkeepers.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Commercial availability: The app must be commercially available (not in beta version) since 1 July 2022 or prior
  • Must be signed to Xero App Store T&Cs

Small Business App of the Year

We’re looking for the small business app that makes small business, beautiful business. This category celebrates apps that are designed for and used by SMBs in Australia (outside of the accounting and bookkeeping industry).

Eligibility criteria:

  • Commercial availability: The app must be available (not in beta version) since 1 July 2022 or prior
  • Must be signed to Xero App Store T&Cs

Emerging App of the Year

We’re looking for new and exciting members of the Xero ecosystem that are bringing technological advancements to the wonderful world of business. Whether for practices or small business, we want to hear how you’re using the latest innovations to catapult Xero users into the future of business.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Must be a fully certified Xero App Partner, listed on the Xero App Marketplace since 1 July 2022 (with discretion)
  • Must be signed to Xero App Store T&Cs

Financial Services App of the Year

We’re looking for a financial services app that demonstrates how connecting to Xero and key financial services improves the lives of Xero users. In particular, this app will focus on solving one of the financial services challenges of the current environment.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Commercial availability: The app must be commercially available (not in the beta version) since 1 July 2022 or prior

Small business and sole trader awards

If you’re a small business or sole trader operating outside of the accounting and bookkeeping industries, this category is for you. Please note, if you’re in the advisory industry, please see the accountant and bookkeeper category above.

Small Business of the Year

We’re looking for a small business (in operation for more than two years) that uses Xero to add value and boost its productivity. We want to hear your story, including how your small business came to be, and how you’re using the Xero platform to support your purpose and vision.

Eligibility criteria:

To enter this award, your business must:

  • Have a registered ABN
  • Not be a listed company or franchisee/franchisor
  • Not be a listed accountant or bookkeeper practice or firm
  • Earn less than AU$10 million in annual revenue
  • Employ less than 20 full-time employees

Emerging Small Business of the Year

We’re looking for a small business (in operation for fewer than two years) that uses Xero to add value and boost its productivity. This is an opportunity to showcase your purpose and passion, and demonstrate how you’ve enabled business growth.

Eligibility criteria:

To enter this award, your business must:

  • Have a registered ABN
  • Not be a listed company or franchisee/ franchisor
  • Not be a listed accountant or bookkeeper practice or firm
  • Earn less than AU$10 million in annual revenue
  • Employ less than 20 full-time employees

Sole Trader of the Year

We’re looking for a sole trader (in operation for fewer than two years) who uses Xero to add value and boost productivity within their business. We want to hear about your purpose and passion, and how Xero has helped support this.

Eligibility criteria:

To enter this award, your business must:

  • Have a registered ABN
  • Be registered as a sole trader
  • Not be a listed company or franchisee/ franchisor
  • Not be a listed accountant or bookkeeper practice or firm
  • Earn less than AU$10 million in annual revenue