Internal Talent Awards 2024 Nominations Open!

It’s time to celebrate the brilliance within our industry! Nominations for the Internal Talent Awards (ITAs) 2024 are officially open, shining a spotlight on the remarkable achievements of Internal Talent Teams and Professionals across Australia and New Zealand. 

From seasoned veterans to up-and-coming stars, all are invited to submit their nominations by June 7th. The anticipation mounts as we prepare to unveil the finalists on July 14th, leading up to the grand event scheduled for September 5th at The Plaza Ballroom in Melbourne. 

Why should you nominate? Aside from the chance to bask in the glow of industry recognition, past winners have experienced significant career advancements.  

Early bird tickets have are already 60% sold out! Be sure to secure your spot early to ensure you won’t miss this incredible celebration of talent and achievement. 

Don’t let this opportunity pass you by – nominate now and join us in honouring the best and brightest in the world of internal talent! 🌟

ITAs2024, Everything You Need To Know

Everything You Need to Know About the #ITAs2024

We know you can’t remember all the details in the lead up to the Internal Talent industry’s night of nights… So we’ve done the work for you.

Here’s a list of all the important dates to put in you calendar: 


8th April – Nominations Open

30th April – Early Bird Ticket Sales Close

7th June – Nominations Close

11th July – Finalists Announced

23rd August – Ticket Sales Close

5th September – Party Time!
Remember, marking these dates in your calendar ensures you don’t miss out on any opportunities to celebrate the talent within the industry. From the excitement of nominations opening to the anticipation of the finalist announcements, make sure you’re ready to join in on the festivities come September 5th at The Plaza Ballroom, Melbourne. Get ready to celebrate in style!

Internal Talent Awards 2023- A night of nights!

Last night, the Internal Talent Awards (ITA’s) were held, to recognise the achievement and innovation of key players in the Internal Talent Acquisition industry. The winners and sponsors of each award are listed below.   


Enterprise Talent Team of the Year, sponsored by Smart Recruiters, won by Greencross Pet Wellness Company 

Enterprise Talent Leader of the Year, sponsored by TQ Solutions, won by Rob Dunderdale- KPMG.  

Enterprise Talent Professional of the Year, sponsored by Reejig, won by Hayley Van der Velde- Optus.    

Corporate Talent Team of the Year, sponsored by PeopleScout, won by Immutable.   

Corporate Talent Leader of the Year, sponsored by MakeSure, won by Sandra Lim- PaperCut Software.  

Corporate Talent Professional of the Year, sponsored by TCS, won by Kaylee Langbridge- Hello Fresh.   


Excellence in Candidate Experience, sponsored by WorkPro, won by Optus.  

Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion, sponsored by equidi, won by Coles Group.  

Excellence in Employer Branding, sponsored by Avature, won by Comm Bank.  

Excellence in Onboarding, sponsored by Oncore, won by RMIT University.  

Excellence in Innovation, sponsored by Createfulness, won by Greencross Pet Wellness Company.  


Social Consciousness Award, sponsored by TaHub, won by Melbourne Recruitment Meetup.  

Best Tech Stack, sponsored by JobAdder, won by Deloitte.  

Best Use of Video, sponsored by Criteria Corp, won by Australia Post.  

Best Careers Website, sponsored by Page Up, won by Coles Group.  

Best Vendor Solution, sponsored by TaPod, won by Oncore Services and Allianz Australia.  

TaPod co- host and event creator, Craig Watson said “The ITAs is a chance to raise a glass to internal talent, throw on your glad rags and bask in the greatness of our peers. Last night was amazing. We celebrated all that is fabulous in our industry and it was made even better with our continuation of the Sydney Pride theme. It was brilliant!”   


The ITA’s were held at Doltone House, Hyde Park Sydney, on the 7th of September 2023, with almost 350 in attendance.  

Internal Talent Awards 2023- Finalists!

Finalists for the 2023 Internal Talent Awards #Itas2023 were announced today via Social Media Channels. 


The team of judges, comprising of 21 industry experts, reviewed over 130 nominations across 16 categories. 


Lauren Sharp from the ITAs said ‘As always, we have been astounded by the calibre and volume of the submissions this year. We can’t wait to again celebrate the best of the Internal Talent Industry.’ 


Submissions were judged against 3 criteria with attachments to support their nomination. 


‘In a world of constant change, with emerging technologies and new challenges, our incredible industry always rises to the occasion. Every submission we received showcased resilience, leadership, and innovation. The judging panel faced a formidable task distinguishing between the submissions in each category, which is a testament to the exceptional teams and individuals nominated.’ Sharp says. 


The Finalists for the 2023 Internal Talent Awards are: 


Best Tech Stack – Sponsored by JobAdder 

  • Deloitte  
  • Greencross Pet Wellness  
  • hipages 
  • KPMG 


Best Careers Website – Sponsored by PageUp People 

  • Coles Group 
  • Growth Opps  
  • MYOB 
  • Stake 


Best Use of Video – Sponsored by Criteria Corp 

  • Allianz 
  • Australia Post 
  • Minter Ellison 
  • Papercut Software 
  • Westpac Group 


Best Vendor Solution – Sponsored by TaPod 

  • Hirevue- Minter Eillson  
  • Marsh McLennan- AMS 
  • Oncore Services- Allianz 
  • SmartRecruiters 
  • Optus 


Social Consciousness Award – Sponsored by TaHub 

  • Adobe 
  • Circle Back Initiative 
  • CV Services Group,  
  • Melbourne Recruitment MeetUp 
  • Rubberband- The Recruitment Network for All 


Excellence in Innovation – Sponsored by Createfulness 

  • Greencross Pet Wellness 
  • KPMG 
  • RAC WA 
  • Southern Metropolitan Cemetary Trust 


Excellence in Onboarding – Sponsored by Oncore Services 

  • Mantel Group 
  • MYOB 
  • PWC 
  • RMIT University  


Excellence in Employer Branding – Sponsored by Avature 

  • Comm Bank 
  • Deloitte 
  • Westpac Group 
  • Zip Co 


Excellence in Candidate Experience – Sponsored by WorkPro  

  • Clean Co 
  • Immutable 
  • KPMG 
  • Mantel Group 
  • Optus  


Excellence in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion – Sponsored by equidi  

  • Australia Post 
  • Coles Group 
  • DXC Technology
  • Westpac Goup 


Corporate Talent Professional of the Year – Sponsored by TCS 

  • Emma Matthews- Pact Group 
  • Felix Rothas- Zuru 
  • Jason Lau- Hi Pages 
  • Kaylee Langbridge- Hello Fresh 


Enterprise Talent Professional of the Year – Sponsored by Reejig  

  • Hayley Morabito- Optus 
  • Shannen Farrell- BHP 
  • Stefan Welack- Xplor 
  • Tara Groves- Adobe 


Corporate Talent Leader of the Year – Sponsored by MakeSure  

  • Sandra Lim – PaperCut Software 
  • Al Waldron- Hanson Australia  
  • Kate Hickman- Infoxchange 
  • Pavi Iyer- Mindset Health 
  • Steven Chan- NCS Group 


Enterprise Talent Leader of the Year – Sponsored by TQ Solutions 

  • Belinda Willis- Deloitte 
  • Ben Whitfield- Marsh McLennan 
  • Derek Del Simone- Greencross Pet Wellness 
  • Mike Virgo- Coles Group 
  • Rob Dunderdale- KPMG 


Corporate Talent Team of the Year – Sponsored by PeopleScout 

  • AIA NZ 
  • Immutable 
  • iSelect 
  • Laminex Australia 
  • Sportsbet 
  • Stake 


Enterprise Talent Team of the Year – Sponsored by SmartRecruiters 

  • Catholic Healthcare 
  • Coles Group 
  • Comm Bank 
  • Greencross Pet Wellness 
  • Marsh McLennan 
  • PWC 


The ITAs are being presented at a Black-Tie Gala Event at Doltone House in Hyde Park, Sydney on September 7th, 2023. Although tickets for the event have been completely sold out, a waitlist is now available for those who have missed out. To join the waitlist, please visit the following link: 

ITA’s 2023- Important dates and Information

Are you ready to get your tickets to the Internal Talent Awards 2023? Early bird tickets are now available and the sooner you get them, the more you’ll save!  

The Internal Talent Awards is an event hosted by Craig Watson and Lauren Sharp (the TaPod duo) to recognise the outstanding achievements of the internal talent industry. This year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever before, and it’s a great opportunity to show your appreciation for all your hard-working colleagues.  

This year, the #ITAs2023 will be held on the 7th of September at Doltone House, in Hyde Park, Sydney. Off the back of the success of the #ITAs2022, we are planning an even more spectacular event, in an aim to foster connection within our industry.  

Early bird tickets are open until the 1st of March and are selling fast. In purchasing your tickets before this date, you will receive a 30% discount.  

You can purchase your tickets online, through Humanatix. Humanitix is an innovative platform for ticket sales that empowers and connects communities to support good causes, and donates 100% of profits to children’s charities. 

Nominations for the 2023 Internal Talent Awards are opening on the 4th of April! A new selection criterion is to be announced, shortly.  

The ITAs are open to all Internal Talent Teams – unfortunately, they are not open to Agencies. 

Don’t forget, the Judges can only assess what is presented in the nomination – don’t leave anything out! 

The Internal Talent Awards is a fantastic way to reflect on individual and team achievements and connect with the talent industry.  

Don’t miss this opportunity to show your support for the achievements of our incredible industry and celebrate their success. Get your early bird tickets for the Internal Talent Awards 2023 now!

Our Platinum and Gold Sponsors for 2023!

We’re excited to announce that SmartRecruiters is again joining us as Platinum Sponsor for the Internal Talent Awards, 2023!

At the Internal Talent Awards, we’ll be recognising and celebrating the incredible achievements of our talent professionals, Australia wide. SmartRecruiters’ commitment to making the recruitment process better for employers, job seekers, and the industry makes them the perfect partner for this event.

We’re confident that SmartRecruiters’ continued support will help us to make this year’s Internal Talent Awards an even greater success than last year. We’re looking forward to collaborating with the SmartRecruiters team to create a memorable event that honours our internal talent.

SmartRecruiters has supported the ITAs since its inception! It gives us an opportunity to acknowledge and applaud the best the Talent Industry has to offer and to celebrate the industry we all love. Having now tipped over the 100 mark in local customers, we can’t wait for this year’s event in Sydney to once again recognise the best and catch up with friends, peers, partners, and new and future customers.”- The SmartRecruiters team.

SmartRecruiters is an innovative recruiting platform that makes it easier to find, hire, and manage great talent. It offers a powerful set of features that help you attract, engage, and manage candidates and employees, such as job postings, candidate engagement, and performance tracking. SmartRecruiters also helps employers build a strong employer brand by giving them access to a variety of tools to create a unique recruitment experience.

We’d like to thank SmartRecruiters for their generous support of the Internal Talent Awards. This partnership has proven to be just as enjoyable as it has successful.

Additionally, we are excited to welcome PeopleScout as the gold sponsor of the Internal Talent Awards, 2023. PeopleScout is a leading provider of innovative talent management solutions, and we are thrilled to have them on board.

PeopleScout is committed to helping organisations attract, retain, and develop their most important asset – their people. They offer a comprehensive suite of products and services to help organisations maximize their talent, including talent acquisition, performance management, and career development.

We look forward to working together to recognise and reward the outstanding talent of our industry.

We are confident that PeopleScout will be an invaluable partner in helping us create an event that celebrates and honours the hard work of internal talent teams.

Thank you to PeopleScout and SmartRecruiters, for their support and commitment to helping us recognise the best.