Organisational Awards

Organisational Excellence Award

This award recognises significant and innovative initiatives within the water industry that drive prosperity and sustainability. Projects, initiatives or activities that may be included in this award are those that drive organisational transformative change or external programs that improve the engagement or outcomes for our communities and partners. Examples of initiatives include diversity and inclusion programs, project delivery efficiency improvements, a new model of collaboration, international outreach programs that feature Australian technology or know-how, new way to finance projects or a community engagement program that is educating your customers. This award is open to any Australian Corporate AWA Member.

Complete the Nomination Form

Judging criteria:

  • Initiative is original and/or innovative, or has other outstanding features which sets it apart from common practice among comparable initiatives 
  • Initiative has relevance to the Australian water industry and is future focused
  • Demonstrates tangible benefits - social, economic, environmental, and/or cultural
  • Evidence of adoption, acceptance (uptake), recognition or other factors, which indicates initiative excellence

When completing the online nomination form you will be asked to answer the following:
  • Initiative Title
  • Initiative Lead Organisation (must be a Corporate AWA Member) 
  • Initiative Collaborating Organisations 
  • Context of the initiative including motivation and objectives (500 words)
  • What is the program's relevance to the Australian water industry and how is it promoting a sustainable future? (250 words)
  • How is this initiative original or innovative? (250 words)
  • What are the benefits of this initiative – social, economic, environmental and/or cultural – and have these benefits been realised? (500 words)
  • Provide evidence of adoption, acceptance (uptake), recognition or promotion of the initiative (250 words)
  • Please upload:
    -  A testimonial by an adopter or beneficiary of the initiative that addresses the criteria (500 words - uploaded as a PDF)
    - Lead-organisation bio
    - Hi-resolution photos x 3
  • Please provide a short promotional blurb about the initiative, to be used should it be selected as a finalist, to promote the initiative and to be used at the awards presentation event. (50 words)

Note: Winners of the State Award who progress to the National Award will asked to prepare a three-minute video overview of their project for promotional purposes.

2021 National Winner – Australian Organisational Excellence Award

Wara Paring Indigenous Civil Construction Project – Aqua Metro Services and Melbourne Water
This project is a 100% Indigenous-owned training initiative to create and support sustainable Aboriginal businesses in the water industry. The initiative involves supporting a sustainable pipeline of young Aboriginal workers and providing employment, training, and development opportunities in a work environment that is culturally safe and supportive. The structured training plan can be replicated in any industry, and the hope is to inspire others to create positive, lasting, cultural change.

2021 National Organisational Excellence Award Sponsor: Stantec

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