Frequently Asked Questions
What are the Australian Water Awards?
What is the difference between State and National awards?
Who is eligible to enter?
How much does it cost?
Can I nominate myself?
Can I nominate the same individual or project/program for more than one award?
When do entries close?
How do I submit my nomination?
How are the applications assessed?
How are the Awards presented?
Will AWA pay for me to attend the Awards Ceremony or the Ozwater Conference?
Who do I contact for more information?
The Australian Water Association offers a range of awards at both state and national levels, and plays an important role in promoting the contribution our members make to the industry and community.The awards not only recognise the outstanding achievements of individuals and organisations, they inspire the entire industry to make a positive change and help drive a sustainable water future.
The current Australian Water Awards program consists of the following awards:
1. Water Professional of the Year Award
2. Young Water Professional of the Year Award
3. Infrastructure Project Innovation Award (Metro)
4. Infrastructure Project Innovation Award (Regional)
5. Organisational Excellence Award
6. R&D Excellence Award
7. Water Industry Safety Excellence Award*
8. Student Water Prize
9. Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize*
* National Award only
In addition to the Australian Water Awards, AWA runs State and Territory based awards that recognise the achievements of individuals and organisations within their region.
To compete in the Australian Water Awards, entries will first be judged at the appropriate State Awards, with winners automatically entered as a finalist for the National awards (aside from our two National Award only categories).
In addition to the 9 national award categories, each state runs independently other award categories. These programs, like the national, recognise and reward individuals and organisations for innovation, commitment and leadership in the Australian water sector.
All Awards, aside from the Student Water Prize and Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize, are open to AWA members only.
For organisational awards, the lead organisation/s must be a current Corporate Member.Any partner organisations listed in the submission must also be a current Corporate Member to receive recognition if announced as a finalist and/or winner. This recognition includes the organisation/s being listed as a finalist on award collateral (online and print), on email communications announcing the finalists and/or winners, on any certificates and/or trophies, on the awards visual presentation (if applicable) and on media release statements.If the partner organisation/s listed in the submission are not current Corporate AWA Members, they will not receive the recognition as listed above.
For individual awards, the nominee must be a current individual AWA Member or an employee of a current Corporate Member.
To enter, nominations must be submitted using the online forms. Please note when your relevant State or Territory award submissions close at www.awa.asn.au/awards.
For more information on eligibility please refer to our Conditions of Entry.
There is no entry fee associated with the AWA Awards program.
Yes, self-nominations are acceptable.
Duplicate nominations are not permitted in the awards program. This means that you cannot nominate the same individual or project/activity for more than one award in the same year. You can enter more than one award in the same year, as long as it is not with the same project or activity.
The submission close dates are specific to the state or territory award being entered. Please visit www.awa.asn.au/awards to view the closing dates in your state or territory.
All nominations must be submitted via the online nomination form.
Please check the relevant award category webpage to view the requirements to complete the nomination form. Details for entry can be viewed at www.awa.asn.au/awards.
State judging is coordinated by the relevant Branch Manager and committee. Each state convenes a panel of experts to assess the applications.
National judging is coordinated by the National Awards Manager. The panels of experts are approved by the Honours & Awards Sub-committee of the Board to take part in the judging. Each panel includes at least three judges and is chaired by an AWA Board Director.
At both state and national levels, judges score each nominee based on how well they address the award criteria. The panel then meets to review the scoring and discuss the merits of all submissions. Final scoring and ranking is based on a majority vote from all eligible members of the judging panel.
All judges adhere to a code of conduct which includes a policy to prevent conflicts of interest. The judges’ decision is final and no discussion about the merits of entries will be entered into with nominees.
Award finalists and winner of the State Awards will be announced at their relevant state or territory event.
Winners of the Australian Water Awards are presented at the Ozwater Gala Dinner, to be held in Adelaide, Tuesday, 4 May 2021 at the Adelaide Convention Centre.
AWA will not cover the costs of your travel, accommodation or attendance at the Ozwater Conference unless specifically stipulated as part of the prize (i.e. Student Water Prize).
A complimentary Ozwater Gala Dinner ticket will be provided to national finalists who choose to sit on the reserved award tables.
For information on AWA’s State awards contact your local State Manager.
For information on national awards contact the Australian Water Awards Manager, Katie Trevor, on 02 9436 0055 or email firstname.lastname@example.org