Top100 Future Leaders Awards

Celebrating 10 years of recognising Top Australian University Students & Universities


What are the Top100 Future Leaders Awards?

The Top100 Future Leaders Awards are your opportunity to make friends with students from universities across the country, gain exposure to Australia's top grad employers and have your name printed in The Australian Financial Review! These Awards provide you with a unique experience to develop your application skills, communication skills, and your personal branding, and as a Finalist you'll be able to accelerate your career.

"By being recognised as a Top100 Leader, it just opens up so many doors to you, and every employer wants to come and have a conversation with you and see what you’ve done, where you’re going." - Anthony Takyi, Head of Careers Engagement at Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand


Why should you apply? (read more here!)


“I think just putting yourself out there and putting yourself through the experience of interviewing and talking to people, talk to companies that you want to one day work for. I think it is really valuable for building confidence and also reveals opportunities you might not have thought of.” - Isabella Andrews (Coles IT Top100 Future Leader Award Finalist, 2023)

Practice Applying for Jobs

"I really didn't think I was going to win but I just thought it would be a really rewarding process to go through. Like what a corporate interview is like, get that exposure to companies, and put myself out there and represent my community as well" - Saraa Al-Saddik (Transition Hub First in Family Top100 Future Leader Award Winner, 2023)

Make New Friends

"I feel like I've made some lifelong friends and I've said to several of you - we've seen each other for 12hrs and I feel like I've known you for weeks!" - Emerson Nugent (Goodman Fielder FMCG Top100 Future Leader Award Winner, 2023)

Be Inspired

"I'm going to leave this feeling very inspired by all the people I've met and really inspired by seeing so much diversity on the stage tonight - this is really cool!" - Stephanie Dunn (Quantium Data Science Top100 Future Leader Award Winner, 2023)

How it Works



Start your application to the Top100 Future Leaders competition here.



Psychometric Test

You’ll then complete a selection of psychometric tests commonly used by many of Australia’s top graduate employers. Read: 4 Psychometric Testing Must-Knows for Graduates



Video Interview

Next you'll do a video interview, which has recently become an important step in a typical high-volume recruiting process. Read: What Do Employers Look for During the Top100 Future Leaders Awards?



Assessment Centre

"The Assessment centre is fun because you get to meet the other finalists, and the game was super chaotic!". The assessment centre is held in-person in Sydney usually the day before the Awards Night, and is run by Chandler Macleod. You’ll be assessed directly by employers from your award's sponsoring company! Read: Top Tips to Succeed in Graduate Assessment Centres



Awards Night

"The Oscars of Grad Recruitment" - held in February, the graduate employers that participate in your applicant assessments will announce the winning students at a spectacular Awards Evening! Check out photos from the night and hear what our 2023 winners took away from their experience - asides from the awards themselves ;)




All finalists, winners and universities are published in the AFR alongside our results for the Top100 graduate employers.


Our 2024 Top100 Future Leader Awards


Ashurst Law Top100 Future Leader Award

A truly global firm with a reputation for high performance, a wealth of industry experience and a refreshingly open and diverse culture: this is who we are. For you, this means being part of a collab… read more

Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand Accounting Top100 Future Leader Award

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) represents more than 136,000 financial professionals, supporting them to build value and make a difference to the businesses, organisations an… read more
Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance Social Impact Top100 Future Leader Award

Clifford Chance is one of the world's pre-eminent law firms with significant depth and range of resources across five continents. As a single, fully integrated, global partnership, we pride ours… read more

Coles Technology Top100 Future Leader Award

Over the last century, Coles Group has evolved into an iconic portfolio of leading retail brands. Our 115,000 team members are customer-obsessed. It’s one of the reasons we were recently recognised a… read more

CommBank Brighter Communities Top100 Future Leader Award

Whether you’re passionate about customer service, driven by data, or called by creativity, a career with CommBank is for you.Our people bring their diverse backgrounds and unique perspectives to buil… read more

EY Innovation Top100 Future Leader Award

As a global leader in assurance, tax, strategy and transactions and consulting, our ambition is to solve the world’s toughest problems. That starts with a culture that believes in giving you the trai… read more

Jacobs Sustainability Top100 Future Leader Award

At Jacobs, every day is an opportunity to make the world better, more connected, more sustainable. We’re powered by more than 60,000 people across the globe who deliver innovative scientific, technic… read more

Quantium Data Science
Top100 Future Leader Award

Quantium is a global leader in the application of data analytics and engineering, helping individuals, organisations and society solve important problems using data. We have a track record of innovat… read more
Rio Tinto

Rio Tinto IT Top100 Future
Leader Award

Rio Tinto is a mining and metals company operating in 35 countries around the world. Our purpose is finding better ways to provide the materials the world needs. Rio Tinto’s Information Systems &… read more

Suncorp Resilient Communities Top100 Future Leader Award

Suncorp is home to Australia and New Zealand’s most trusted names in financial services.  We are a sustainable and responsible financial services Group that helps our customers, people, shareholders … read more

Unilever FMCG Top100 Future Leader Award

Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Beauty & Personal Care, Home Care, and Foods & Refreshment products, with sales in over 190 countries and products used by 3.4 billion peop… read more

Westpac Banking, Insurance & Financial Services Top100 Future Leader Award

Westpac is Australia’s first bank and oldest company, one of four major banking organisations in Australia and one of the largest banks in New Zealand.When you join Westpac Group, you’ll be empowered… read more
Transition Hub

Transition Hub First in Family Top100 Future Leader Award

Transition Hub brings together teams of expert coaches to work with diverse cohorts of graduates, professionals, leaders, athletes, defence personnel and entrepreneurs.Through a dynamic shared develo… read more

Student Eligibility

To apply, you must:

  • Currently reside in Australia.
  • Be enrolled as a student at an Australian university and be continuing your study into 2024 (undergraduate or postgraduate).
  • Be available to attend a full day’s assessment centre and the awards evening that follows, if required, in February 2024.
  • Be registered on GradConnection. It's free and easy to sign up!

Reside outside of the greater Sydney area?

Should you reside outside of the greater Sydney area, GradConnection will organise your return flights and accommodation so you may attend. This is subject to terms.

For further information, please contact: [email protected]