ORGANISATION WATER AWARDS

Recognising corporate excellence and innovation

AWA member organisations are invited to nominate for state and national awards recognising organisational achievement working with water. 

Raise your business profile and inspire water peers with nominations across infrastructure innovation, organisational excellence, research, safety, and customer experience. 

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R&D Excellence Award

Overview

This award recognises projects challenging current practice to address the need for a sustainable future. Project outcomes must demonstrably add to the conservation or better use of water resources, knowledge of water technology, environment, sociology, economics or culture. 

Entry for the R&D Excellence Award is at a state or territory level with winners eligible for national awards. 

Eligibility

This award is open to Corporate AWA members, including early-stage R&D. 

Judging Criteria

  • R&D that has made a significant contribution to water, improves the use or management of water, or furthers water knowledge in any discipline 
  • Demonstrated social, economic, environmental and/or cultural impact 
  • Demonstrated commitment to communicating project outcomes 
  • Evidence of industry uptake or recognition which indicates R&D excellence 

Closing Dates

  • QLD – Closed 
  • NT – Closed 
  • WA – Closed
  • VIC – Closed 
  • SA – Closed 
  • TAS – Closed 
  • ACT – Closed
  • NSW – Closed

National Sponsor

water RA

Infrastructure Innovation Award (Regional And Metro)

Overview

This award recognises significant and innovative water infrastructure projects driving prosperity and sustainability. Eligible projects may involve new or upgraded infrastructure (physical or digital) which have delivered improved outcomes for the organisation, community and/or industry.  
 
Regional and Metro streams reflect our commitment to AWA regional members having access to the same awards and recognition as their city counterparts.  

The same criteria are used to assess both categories and a winner can be awarded in each. 

Eligibility

This award is open to Corporate AWA members. 
Check if your project location is regional or metro. 

Judging Criteria

  • Original or innovative project with outstanding features which sets it apart from comparable projects
  • Relevant and future focused for those working with water 
  • Demonstrates tangible benefits - social, economic, environmental and/or cultural 
  • Evidence initiative completed in the 2 years before the nomination date 

Closing Dates

  • QLD – Closed 
  • NT – Closed 
  • WA – Closed 
  • VIC – Closed 
  • SA – Closed 
  • TAS – Closed 
  • ACT – Closed
  • NSW – Closed

Organisational Excellence Award

Overview

This award recognises significant and innovative water initiatives driving prosperity, sustainability and transformative change – and external programs improving engagement or outcomes for communities and partners. Examples include diversity and inclusion programs, international outreach featuring Australian technology or know-how, and new ways to collaborate and finance projects.   

Entry is at a state or territory level with winners eligible for national awards. 

Eligibility

Open to all corporate AWA members. 

Judging Criteria

  • Original or innovative project with outstanding features which sets it apart from comparable projects  
  • Relevant and future focused for those working with water 
  • Demonstrates tangible benefits - social, economic, environmental and/or cultural 
  • Evidence initiative completed in the 2 years before the nomination date 

Closing Date

  • QLD – Closed 
  • NT – Closed 
  • WA – Closed 
  • VIC – Closed 
  • SA – Closed 
  • TAS – Closed 
  • ACT – Closed
  • NSW – Closed

Water Industry Safety Excellence Award

Overview

This national award acknowledges outstanding initiatives that actively improve safety and injury prevention for everyone working with water.

Eligibility

Open to all corporate AWA members for projects taking place in the last 2 years.

Judging Criteria

  • Established a process to identify root cause of the problem, protect the team and community, develop and trial a solution, and consult with key stakeholders 
  • The extent to which solution achieved the maximum hierarchy of control 
  • Originality: is this an entirely new concept and what was the contribution to others 
  • Health and safety benefits achieved including the improvements in organisational health and safety performance  
  • Potential for broader application across water and other industries 
  • Bonus points: benefits beyond safety like environmental or community 
    Note: National finalists will be asked to submit a 3-minute video overview of their project. 

Closing Date

25 February 2022

National Sponsor

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Customer Experience

Overview

This award promotes a culture of valuing excellent customer experience and moving towards customer centricity. Our future success and a sustainable water future will depend on providing valued products and services in a dynamic environment.    

Eligibility

Open to all corporate AWA members for projects taking place in the last 2 years.

Judging Criteria

Demonstrate how your organisation has:  

  • Defined and implemented your customer experience (CX) initiative including intended CX 
  • Involved customers in design, improvement or implementation  
  • Improved CX through improved KPIs and/or customer outcomes 
  • Embedded CX through standardised practices for ongoing customer benefits 
  • Involved leadership, other business units, and suppliers in the design and delivery of a customer centric culture
Note: National finalists will be asked to submit a 3-minute video overview of their project. 

Closing Date

25 February 2022

National Sponsor

WSAA

Water Sensitive Urban Design (Grahame Heal) Award (WA Only)

Overview

Recognises excellence in total water cycle management that has resulted in better on–ground water, wastewater or drainage outcomes. 

Eligibility

Open to AWA members and non members. 

Judging Criteria

  • Innovative, unique or other improved features of the project which set it apart from conventional drainage, water or wastewater management practices 
  • Consideration to the total water cycle in an integrated manner 
  • Demonstrates tangible benefits - social, economic, environmental and/or cultural 
  • Demonstrates the active involvement of stakeholders to make the project a success 


Closing Date

2021 nominations have closed. 

Innovating for Sustainable Water and Environmental Outcomes Award (WA Only)

Overview

Recognises the achievements of innovators in Western Australian in fostering the advancement of sustainable water management and/or significant environmental outcomes of water management practices. The innovation can relate to financing, design, construction, communication, planning, management, rehabilitation, marketing, sustainability and/or use of technology. 

The winner of this award will receive a one year AWA corporate bronze membership and an invitation to present at the WA annual awards showcase.  

Eligibility

Open to AWA members and non members, however the lead organisation must be a not-for-profit, local government body, non-government organisation, school or small business. 

Less than $2 million aggregated turnover per project 

Judging Criteria

  • Initiative is innovative, unique or has other outstanding features which sets it apart from common practice among comparable projects, products, systems or techniques 
  • Relevance to those working in water and the community in Western Australia 
  • Strongly anticipated environmental or sustainable benefits as a result of the innovation 

Closing Date

2021 nominations have closed.

Sponsors

Gov - Department of Water
Water Corporation

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


All Awards, aside from the Student Water Prize and Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize, are open toAWA members only.  
 
Fororganisational 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.  
 
To enter, nominations must be submitted using the online entry forms. Please note when your relevant State or Territory award submissions close. 

All nominations must be submitted via the online nomination form. Please check the relevant award category page to view the requirements to complete the nomination form. 

State judging is coordinated by the relevant Member Engagement 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.