Internal Talent Awards 2021

The Internal Talent Awards, affectionately known as the ITA’s, return for 2021 and will be held on Thursday 2nd September 2021 in Melbourne, Australia.  The ITA’s will recognise and celebrate excellence in the Internal Talent Acquisition Industry across individuals, teams, organisations and vendors.

The original ITA’s concept came from TaPod Co-Hosts Lauren Sharp & Craig Watson who inspire and entertain listeners during their weekly podcast which shines a light (and a laugh) on the Australian Talent Acquisition community.

“Following the huge success of our virtual ITAs in 2020 we are incredibly excited to stage the Awards as a grand in-person event where we can celebrate all things Talent. Our venue, the Plaza Ballroom in Melbourne is the perfect location to celebrate all that is great in our industry, and importantly meet and enjoy each other’s company. We can’t wait!” Craig Watson & Lauren Sharp

Joining TaPod this year as Event Partners is TQSolutions. TQSolutions is the region’s leading consultancy in Talent and Mobility, advising clients on Talent Strategy, Talent Service and Operating Model design.

“Following our Major Sponsorship of the inaugural ITA’s in 2020, TQSolutions is delighted to join TAPOD as an official event partner in 2021.  TQSolutions is dedicated to the on-going development and enhancement of the broader Talent and Mobility industry and we are thrilled to be able to participate and contribute to this industry-focused celebration of success and excellence. We are particularly excited about the ‘in-person’ format of the event this year and know it will be a night to remember.  As well as partnering with TAPOD on the event itself, TQSolutions will be judging and announcing the Enterprise Talent Leader of the Year and we look forward to reviewing nominations later in the year. “Gareth Flynn MD

Should you wish to connect with TQSolutions in relation to the ITA’s please contact Gareth Flynn, on ” 

We are proud to announce SmartRecruiters as our Platinum Major Sponsors for the 2021 ITAs. The SmartRecruiters Talent Acquisition Suite provides full source-to-hire capabilities for the modern workforce. With over 2.5k Talent Acquisition Leaders in the Hiring Success network and 600+ recruiting partner solutions in the marketplace SmartRecruiters is a valued and knowledgeable partner and with their support the ITAs continues to grow from strength to strength.

“SmartRecruiters is excited to partner with Internal Talent Awards for their upcoming awards gala. We believe in highlighting TA teams that are elevating the industry and driving Hiring Success in their own organizations. SmartRecruiters works with many well-known brands in the Australia market and we are committed to transforming TA with innovative TA teams. We look forward to congratulating the winners and partnering in upcoming ITA community activities in 2021.” Jerome Ternynck – Founder & CEO SmartRecruiters

The ITA’s will announce the following awards at a Gala Ceremony on Thursday 2nd September in a glittering in-person dinner:

Main Awards

  • Talent Team of the Year (Enterprise) – Talent Team of more than 5
  • Talent Team of the Year (Corporate) – Talent Team of 1 – 5
  • Talent Leader of the Year (Enterprise) – Talent Team of more than 5
  • Talent Leader of the Year (Corporate) – Talent Team of 1 – 5
  • Talent Professional of the Year (Enterprise) – Talent Team of more than 5
  • Talent Professional of the Year (Corporate) – Talent Team of 1 – 5

Category Awards

  • Excellence in Candidate Experience
  • Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion
  • Excellence in Employer Branding
  • Excellence in Onboarding
  • Excellence in Innovation
  • Best Tech Stack
  • Best Use of Video
  • Best Careers Website
  • Best Vendor Solution
  • Community Award

Confirmed award sponsors include: Smart Recruiters, Oncore Solutions, CVCheck, Bold HR with others to follow.

Updates, including nomination dates, judges and ticketing will be shared on the website in coming weeks