The Annual Report Awards were one of IPAA ACT's flagship events, epitomising IPAA’s mission to encourage excellence and good governance in public sector administration. Participation in the Awards was open to all Commonwealth entities (irrespective of their geographic location) and all ACT government agencies. Corporate members of IPAA ACT were able to nominate for the Awards free-of-charge, while fees for non-corporate members operated on a sliding scale based on the number of staff within an organisation.
Annual report nominations were assessed by volunteer assessors coming from Commonwealth and ACT Government agencies. Assessor reports were provided to panels of independent judges who were responsible for determining the Award winners. Assessments were provided back to participating agencies as feedback, following the presentation of Award winners.