NEW SOUTH WALES

NSW/ACT Regional Achievement & Community Awards

Awards Australia Connecting Communities Award
Awards Australia believes that strong connections with others helps to build vibrant communities where people live, work, meet, learn and interact.
The Awards Australia Connecting Communities Award recognises grass-roots, ‘real life’ initiatives (led by local community groups or not-for-profits) that demonstrate genuine involvement, long-term value and add to the life of their community.  These initiatives may meet a specific need or simply be a ‘fun’ way to celebrate being part of a community. These initiatives foster a strong sense of community spirit, which plays a vital role in enhancing the way people connect in their community.
  • Provide a brief background and history of the community initiative
  • Outline the short and long term goals of the community initiative
  • Demonstrate community involvement a) In your planning; b) In the way your project is delivered; c) In the way your project is received (participation)
  • Demonstrate the value of your initiative to your local community. You can use media clippings, testimonials, photos as well as commentary to respond to this question
  • Provide details of any challenges and/or obstacles that you have had to overcome and how this has been achieved
  • In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination; highlighting your achievements and impacts made. This summary will be used for all media purposes and onstage presentations at the gala dinner.
Department of Planning, Industry and Environment Crown Land Manager Excellence Award
We are fortunate in New South Wales to have more than 34,000 Crown reserves covering an area of around 1.3 million hectares. Crown reserves are diverse and make a positive contribution to the social, economic, environmental and cultural features of the state. They are our showgrounds, racecourses, surf lifesaving clubs, parks, sporting venues, foreshores, caravan parks, recreational trails and halls.

The management of Crown reserves is based on a partnership between government and the community. A Crown land manager is the name given to an entity that is appointed to be responsible for the care, control and management of Crown reserves on behalf of the people of NSW. The type of entities that can be appointed as a Crown land manager include a local council, a Local Aboriginal Land Council, an incorporated association, a corporation or a statutory land manager.

This Award will recognise a Crown Land Manager that exemplifies outstanding community service ethos, dedication and commitment to their communities.
  • Detail the management of the Crown reserve
  • Identify the reserve manager's involvement in the reserve
  • Outline the reserve manager's contributions during that period and how it has benefited the community
  • Outline challenges the reserve manager has faced and how they were overcome or are being addressed
  • Describe the sources of funding for the reserve
  • Outline what the reserve manager does to promote the reserve
  • In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination; highlighting your achievements and impacts made. This summary will be used for all media purposes and onstage presentations at the gala dinner.
Department of Planning, Industry and Environment Individual Excellence in Crown Land Management Award
We are fortunate in New South Wales to have more than 34,000 Crown reserves covering an area of around 1.3 million hectares. Crown reserves are diverse and make a positive contribution to the social, economic, environmental and cultural features of the state. They are our showgrounds, racecourses, surf lifesaving clubs, parks, sporting venues, foreshores, caravan parks, recreational trails and halls.

The management of Crown reserves is based on a partnership between government and the community. Individual community minded volunteers participate in the management of Crown land and devote many hours of unpaid service to their communities managing and caring for Crown reserves.

This Award will recognise an individual volunteer involved in the management of Crown land that exemplifies outstanding community service ethos, dedication and commitment to their communities.
  • Detail the management of the Crown reserve
  • Identify the individual's involvement in the reserve
  • Outline the individual's contributions during that period and how it has benefited the community
  • Outline challenges the individual has faced and how they were overcome or are being addressed
  • Outline how the individual contributes to the values of the Crown Reserve Code of Conduct
  • Outline what the individual does to promote the reserve
  • In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination; highlighting your achievements and impacts made. This summary will be used for all media purposes and onstage presentations at the gala dinner.
Prime Super Agricultural Innovation Award
Australian agricultural production and supply chain management has a long history of innovation to maximise efficiency, develop new products, and open new market opportunities, despite the challenges of climate, soil types and location. Nominees for the Prime Super Agricultural Innovation Award will showcase this spirit of innovation through their application of technology or process improvement to demonstrably enhance production and increase efficiency, maximising returns along the value chain, particularly where that value flows back to the primary producer.
  • Describe the achievements/contribution to your community (farming, agricultural or wider community). Outline your impact and who benefits.
  • Outline key innovations, creativity and resourcefulness in your activities.
  • Describe any barriers or difficulties and how they have been overcome.
  • Provide examples of innovations – detail any planning, management or training that was undertaken to achieve these.
  • In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination; highlighting your achievements and impacts made. This summary will be used for all media purposes and onstage presentations at the gala dinner.
Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award
With an ageing population, aged care facilities and the services they provide are an important part of the lives of an ever increasing number of people. The Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award recognises and acknowledges businesses, organisations and not for profits who have a strong focus on staff engagement, safety and well being, training and providing staff with higher education learning opportunities and development. The Award will also recognise the provision of quality services for clients, patients and residents. 
The Award acknowledges aged care facilities, organisations, not for profits and businesses making a positive difference in the industry in NSW and the ACT.
  • Provide background on the aged care facility, organisation, not for profit or business and its purpose. Include details how the business/organisation is structured and number of employees. 
  • Describe what makes you an excellent employer: e.g. flexible working conditions, staff training, etc.
  • Outline how you have contributed to the overall wellbeing of your employees/staff—financial, mental and physical.
  • Is the business/organisation involved in the wider community?
  • Outline barriers or difficulties and how they have been overcome within the aged care sector
  • In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination; highlighting your achievements and impacts made. This summary will be used for all media purposes and onstage presentations at the gala dinner.
Ricoh Australia Customer Service Award
Businesses and organisations spend a great deal of time and money trying to win and retain customers. The highly demanding discipline of customer service is arguably the critical success factor for many organisations and businesses. 
The Ricoh Australia Customer Service Award will recognise individuals that provide customer service excellence, best practice and innovative thinking in customer service. It may also be someone who is implementing customer service strategies which are integral to business success. The nominees will have a positive impact on their organisation and demonstrate dedication to product knowledge and commitment to the customer. 
  • Brief background of the business/organisation and individual’s position
  • Examples of customer service excellence:
    Any metrics that could be used to demonstrate customer service excellence, for example increase in customer satisfaction, increase in customer retention, decrease in customer complaints etc.
  • Training and development undertaken
  • Outline how the individual has made an impact on the business and wider community
  • Barriers or difficulties and how they have been overcome
  • Testimonials that back up examples of customer service excellence will be viewed favourably
  • In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination; highlighting your achievements and impacts made. This summary will be used for all media purposes and onstage presentations at the gala dinner.
TransGrid Leadership Award
Tenacity, dedication, selflessness and leadership are the key qualities of those amazing individuals who are the “driving force” in their community. These individuals are at the forefront of community contribution in their field of endeavour. 
They may have overcome significant difficulty, adversity or hardship to achieve excellent outcomes and raise pride in the community. They may have pioneered significant changes in their community, business or organisation that have altered the way people think and perform for the better. The TransGrid Leadership Award will acknowledge role models who through their leadership pave the way for others to follow.
  • Tell us how the nominee has displayed leadership qualities
  • What specific outcomes and successes has the nominee achieved
  • Describe any barriers or difficulties the nominee has encountered
  • Who and how has the community benefited from their leadership 
  • How has the community benefited from their leadership 
  • What is the lasting legacy of the nominees leadership efforts
  • In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination; highlighting your achievements and impacts made. This summary will be used for all media purposes and onstage presentations at the gala dinner.
Wholistic Financial Solutions Small Business Achievement Award
In the ACT and across regional NSW, businesses are making important economic and social contributions. Creative, successful and innovative small businesses and commercial ventures provide opportunities for growth, productivity, leadership, social interaction, training and employment across all industries.
Small businesses play a vital role in our communities and Wholistic Financial Solutions is proud to support these ventures through the Small Business Achievement Award, which provide opportunities for growth, productivity, leadership, employment and community enhancement.
The Wholistic Financial Solutions Small Business Achievement Award will acknowledge and highlight the successes and achievements of small businesses in the ACT and regional NSW, whilst also recognising their community contributions.
  • Brief background and history of the business
  • Description of successful product and/or service delivery
  • Examples of recent business achievements, innovation or performance success
  • Involvement with wider industry groups and the local or wider community
  • Describe any barriers or difficulties and how they have been overcome
  • In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination; highlighting your achievements and impacts made. This summary will be used for all media purposes and onstage presentations at the gala dinner.