Melbourne-based independent PR agency,, is set to continue its recent run of award success at the 2015 Gold Standard Awards in Hong Kong next month.

Icon’s disruptive campaign for NSW Farmers, Standing up for a better deal – How NSW Farmers rewrote the book on political campaigning in country NSW, has been shortlisted in the Government Relations category. 

Icon is one of only a handful of Australian agencies represented in the prestigious awards, which will be announced on 4 December.  

The Gold Standard nomination caps a big 2015 award season for the young agency, which has included a Golden Target Award, two Victorian PRIA Awards for Excellence and Government Relations Campaign of the Year award.  

Founder and Managing Director, Joanne Painter, said Icon’s integrated model that combines creative, digital and PR capabilities in one full-service agency was proving particularly powerful.  

“With the growing focus on digital and social platforms in PR, the opportunities for integrated agencies like are very exciting. As digital natives, we’re passionate about creating campaigns that leverage new and emerging channels, while applying the tactics and strategies that have long defined our practice.”  

“The #StandUp4Farmers campaign was classic Icon, using innovative web engagement, social media, public events, branded content and concerted media relations to drive behavior change and influence government,” Ms Painter said.  

Ms Painter said the agency was growing strongly thanks to recent account wins and would shortly be announcing a new Icon offering targeted at China.  

“To remain relevant agencies must continue to innovate and take risks. Our upcoming venture is part of this approach, with a focus on the rapid growth in Chinese investment and business in Australia,” Ms Painter said.