NEW SOUTH WALES

NSW/ACT Regional Achievement & Community Awards

Awards Australia Business Achievement Award
In regional NSW and the ACT businesses are making important economic and social contributions. Creative and innovative businesses and commercial ventures provide opportunities for regional growth, productivity, leadership, social interaction, training and employment. Businesses work hard to realise their corporate vision and mission in areas such as product development, manufacturing and construction, innovation, primary industry, e-commerce, wholesaling, exporting, retailing, tourism and professional services. The Awards Australia Business Achievement Award will acknowledge and highlight the successful achievements and community contribution of regional businesses and business owners who are having a go.
  • Brief background and history of the business
  • Description of products and/or services provided
  • Examples of recent business achievements, innovation and successes
  • Involvement with wider industry groups and the community
  • Number of employees (if applicable)
  • Barriers or difficulties and how they have been overcome
  • 100 word summary of achievements for media, judging and promotional material including use for the Awards night
G.J. Gardner Homes Women Creating Change Award
As Australia’s most trusted home builder, G.J. Gardner Homes are excited to be supporting local, innovative women who are being the trusted voice of change in the local communities across NSW and beyond. The G.J. Gardner Homes Women Creating Change Award acknowledges and celebrates the commitment of women in initiating and leading activities which enable positive change in lives locally, nationally and/or internationally. It will recognise women that are driving activities, programs or initiatives that promote or create positive change across any field of endeavour. 
  • Outline the activity, program or initiative that the nominee has been involved with to create positive change
  • What specific outcomes and successes has the nominee achieved or been involved with to enable this change
  • Who has benefited from the program/initiative?
  • Why is the nominee’s program or initiative needed?
  • Describe any barriers or difficulties the nominee has encountered
  • Outline the training and/or education of the nominee and how this may have contributed to her ability to create change
  • 100-word summary of achievements for media, judging and promotional material including for use on the Awards night
icare Connecting Communities Award
The icare Connecting Communities Award recognises local businesses, community groups, not-for-profits or individuals developing community connections and programs to build vibrant communities where people live, work, meet, learn and interact.
Initiatives should be demonstrating genuine involvement and long-term value which adds to the life of their community. icare understands that workplaces can also be communities where an innovative workplace culture, return to workplace policy or innovative social activities is creating a motivated, inclusive, connected workplace.  The Award acknowledges community organisations, individuals, businesses and organisations making a positive difference to quality of lives of people in their community.
  • Provide a brief background and history of the community or workplace initiative
  • Outline the short and long term goals of the community or workplace initiative
  • Demonstrate 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 or workplace. 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
  • 100 word summary of achievements for media, judging and promotional material including for use on the Awards night
NSW Department of Industry – Lands & Water, Crown Reserve Community Manager Award
Crown land is reserved by the NSW Government for many purposes. There are more than 7,000 Crown Reserves across the state, which are managed by either a community or corporate manager.
Community Managers are generally made up of boards of community volunteers or committees (known as Section 355 committees appointed by their local council) who devote many hours of unpaid service to their communities managing and caring for Crown reserves which include recreation areas and parks, halls, museums and other community assets. 
Corporate Managers are made up of incorporated bodies including local councils, community associations, sporting bodies or reserve administrators managing and caring for Crown reserves which include parks and sporting facilities, community welfare facilities and other community assets.
The Award will recognise two winners, a Community Manager and a Corporate 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
  • 100 word summary of achievements for media, judging and promotional material including for use on the Awards night
NSW Department of Industry – Lands & Water, Crown Reserve Corporate Manager Award
Crown land is reserved by the NSW Government for many purposes. There are more than 7000 Crown Reserves across the state, which are managed by either a community or corporate manager.
Community Managers are generally made up of boards of community volunteers or committees (known as Section 355 committees appointed by their local council) who devote many hours of unpaid service to their communities managing and caring for Crown reserves which include recreation areas and parks, halls, museums and other community assets. 
Corporate Managers are made up of incorporated bodies including local councils, community associations, sporting bodies or reserve administrators managing and caring for Crown reserves which include parks and sporting facilities, community welfare facilities and other community assets.
The Award will recognise two winners, a Community Manager and a Corporate 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
  • 100 word summary of achievements for media, judging and promotional material including for use on the Awards night
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 (including farming/agricultural community).
  • Outline key innovations, creativity and resourcefulness in your activities.
  • Outline your impact on the community/industry and who/how many benefit.
  • Describe any barriers or difficulties and how they have been overcome.
  • Detail any Self-development and/or training (if applicable).
  • Provide examples of achievements, initiative, planning or management.
  • 100 word summary of achievements for media, judging and promotional material including for use on the Awards night.
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 Prime Super 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.
  • Describe the aged care facility, organisation, not for profit or business and its purpose
  • Outline operational standards, location and size of organisation.
  • Outline how the business/organisation is structured and number of employees
  • Outline initiatives implemented to provide flexible working conditions and opportunities for staff
  • Outline staff training and health and wellbeing initiatives
  • What is the community contribution and involvement?
  • Outline barriers or difficulties and how they have been overcome within the aged care sector
  • Include any positive supporting comments from third party firms responsible for audit activities within your organisation
  • 100 word summary of achievements for media, judging and promotional material including for use on the Awards night
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
  • Provide 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.)
  • Examples of customer service initiatives and strategies implemented
  • Explain any training and development undertaken
  • How has the individual made an impact on the business or organisation?
  • Is the position full time, part-time or voluntary?
  • What is your involvement with wider community or industry groups if applicable
  • Explain barriers or difficulties and how they have been overcome
  • 100 word summary of achievements for media, judging and promotional material including for use on the Awards night.
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
  • 100 word summary of achievements for media, judging and promotional material including use for the Awards night