Northern Business Achievement Awards

The Northern Business Achievement Awards are a partnership of industry, education, local and state government and decision makers across Melbourne’s north.

These breakfasts are essential events for those seeking to do business in the region.

They recognise the achievements of SMEs and encourage business excellence, growth and competitiveness.

Breakfasts are held quarterly, with two of the northern municipalities (Banyule, Darebin, Hume, Merri-bek​, Nillumbik or Whittlesea) nominating two of their businesses each breakfast.

The attendance at breakfasts averages 200 prominent businesspeople.

2023 Breakfast dates

Thursday March 2

Thursday June 1

Thursday September 7

Thursday December 7

Thursday 2 March, 2023

Guest speaker: Hon. John Brumby AO

Chancellor of La Trobe University and former Premier of Victoria.

Event time: 7.00am – 9.00am
Registration from 6.45am

Location: The Centre Ivanhoe
275 Upper Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe

Ticket price: $60 pp

RSVP: Wednesday 22 February, 7 pm

Hon. John Brumby AO

Hon. John Brumby AO

Chancellor of La Trobe University and former Premier of Victoria.

The Hon. John Brumby AO is Chancellor of La Trobe University and a Professor (Honorary) at the University of Melbourne. He is well known for his roles as the former Premier of Victoria (2007 to 2010) and Treasurer (2000 to 2007), as well as his time in Federal Parliament (1983 to 1990) during the Hawke Government.

Since retiring from politics in 2010, John Brumby has taken on a number of roles in the not-for-profit and business sectors, including as Chair of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Trust, Citywide Service Solutions and the Fred Hollows Foundation. He is also the inaugural Chair of the Victorian Government’s $2 billion Breakthrough Victoria Fund.

Mr Brumby was awarded an Order of Australia in 2017 for distinguished service to the Parliament of Victoria, to economic management and medical biotechnology innovation, to improved rural and regional infrastructure, and to the community.

He is the author of a number of articles and books, including the 2015 book The Long Haul: Lessons from Public Life (Melbourne University Publishing).

NBAA 2023 Award Winners

Winners will be announced after the event.

Young Business Achievers 2023

Winners will be announced after the event.

Partners and sponsorship

The NBAA recognise the achievements of businesses in Melbourne’s north.

Attendance at these breakfasts provides organisations with exposure to over 200 people consisting of a cross-section of business leaders from across the region.

Corporate sponsors receive extensive promotional presence and discounts to attend the breakfast series.

For sponsorship information, contact Chris James on:
03 9479 3336 or

Previous NBAA winners

Follow the link to the legacy NBAA website and read about previous nominees and winners.

2023 naming rights partners and sponsors

Victorian Government Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

The Victorian Government sponsors the Business of the Year Award

Inner North Community Foundation Logo

The Inner North Community Foundation is an independent community foundation based in Melbourne’s inner north and is one of more than 35 community foundations across Australia. The Foundation manages philanthropic dollars to provide funds for projects that create prosperous, connected and cohesive communities in Melbourne’s inner north, particularly encouraging pathways to employment.

The Inner North Community Foundation sponsors the Philanthropy and Community Service Award

LBS logo

The La Trobe Business School conducts industry relevant research, teaching and learning that makes a difference to the local and global communities it serves. It is a community of students, academics and professionals committed to enhancing business learning through education and research that is innovative, responsible and engaged.

The La Trobe Business School sponsors the Young Business Achiever Awards

Macpherson Kelley works with clients in the mid-market to achieve excellent commercial outcomes. Its client base includes manufacturers, subsidiaries of international companies and the service industry.

Macpherson Kelley sponsors the Human Resources Award

MatchWorks is Victoria’s largest employment services provider with over 14 years’ experience. MatchWorks has offices throughout regional Victoria and the north and west of Melbourne. For organisations that need staff, MatchWorks provides a quality service to help fill employment vacancies free of charge.

MatchWorks sponsors the Customer Service Award

Melbourne Polytechnic courses are developed in conjunction with industry to give students real-life skills for real-world workplaces delivered by friendly, knowledgeable teachers. The Institute offers over 250 nationally accredited courses with an extensive range of short courses, allowing participants to explore the possibility of further training.

Melbourne Polytechnic sponsors the Workplace Diversity Award

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business nbn sponsors the Technology Innovation Award

Options Consulting Group is a client driven human resources solutions provider. Adopting a consultative approach, they believe that sustainable competitive business advantage is delivered through people. Options Consulting Group has worked with Australian based organisations across several industry sectors, providing service and support locally, nationally, regionally and globally.

Options Consulting Group sponsors the Outstanding Initiative in Manufacturing Award

OET is an internationally recognised English language test for people in the healthcare sector. OET provides employers and regulators with the confidence that their workforce is equipped with the necessary language and communication skills that ensure safe care and quality patient outcomes. OET can be used as a part of the recruitment process, as professional development or as a part of compliance requirements.

OET sponsors the Innovation and Enterprise Award

The Peter Rowland Group is a multi-faceted food and experience business. Brought to life by an experienced culinary workforce who share a passion for elevating the catering experience, the Peter Rowland Group offerings are vast, including an array of private event management, major event catering, venue management, hotels, restaurants, bars, cafés, large-scale retail environments and e-commerce delivery. One company, many solutions.

Pitcher Partners have the resources and depth of expertise of a major firm, with a boutique firm feel. They give their clients the highest level of personal service and attention. With a focus on the middle-market, they are an association of independent full-service accounting, audit and advisory firms with a long standing reputation for providing superior expertise to their clients.

Pitcher Partners sponsors the Export Award