Premier's Sustainability Awards – Award categories and types

Last updated: 2 August 2021

The Premier’s Sustainability Awards categories were revamped for 2021 to reflect the current focus of sustainability activity in Victoria and align with global best practice. There are 6 categories, with 2 award types per category.

Award categories

The 6 categories represent exceptional sustainability outcomes that can be delivered by projects and initiatives, and link to the globally-accepted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Clean, affordable and secure energy

Providing clean, affordable and secure energy for all Victorians.

Eligible entries include initiatives that:

  • demonstrate uptake of innovative renewable energy technologies
  • expand clean energy infrastructure
  • support increased energy efficiency
  • promote energy-related behaviour change
  • increase knowledge about clean, affordable and secure energy.

This category aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 7 and 17.

You can enter a Community Champion or Industry Leader award in this category.

Climate action

Taking action to combat and adapt to climate change and its impacts.

Eligible entries include initiatives that:

  • strengthen resilience and adaptative capacity to climate-related hazards
  • improve education and awareness about climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • support capacity building to address climate-related issues
  • increase knowledge about climate change impacts, and/or mitigation and adaptation options.

This category aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 13 and 17.

You can enter a Community Champion or Industry Leader award in this category.

Healthy environment

Celebrating the protection or enhancement of Victoria’s natural environment.

Eligible entries include initiatives that:

  • manage adverse impacts on the environment, such as noise, air quality, etc.
  • conserve and protect ecosystems and species
  • promote healthy environment habits (e.g. water saving initiatives)
  • increase knowledge about environmental protection and conservation.

This category aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 6, 14, 15 and 17.

You can enter a Community Champion or Industry Leader award in this category.

Social and economic justice

Championing equal rights and equitable opportunities for all Victorians.

Eligible entries include initiatives that:

  • foster diversity, inclusion and gender equality
  • enhance representation or participation of minorities
  • address social inequity in environmental settings
  • increase access to universal basic services, such as shelter, sustenance, healthcare, and education
  • support exemplary social procurement or local employment
  • increase knowledge about social or economic inequality issues.

This category aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 1 through 8, 10, 16 and 17.

You can enter a Community Champion or Industry Leader award in this category.

Sustainable places

Creating places and communities that are sustainable, resilient and liveable.

Eligible entries include initiatives that:

  • involve the design, construction or upgrading of sustainable and resilient housing or infrastructure
  • demonstrate sustainable urban design practices
  • promote sustainable planning outcomes
  • protect cultural heritage
  • encourage innovation in the built environment.

This category aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 9, 11 and 17.

You can enter a Community Champion or Industry Leader award in this category.

Waste reduction and the circular economy

Demonstrating the responsible consumption and production of resources, and promoting circular economy principles.

Eligible entries include initiatives that:

  • promote the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources
  • reduce waste generation in line with waste hierarchy principles
  • promote waste-related behaviour change
  • demonstrate innovative technological solutions to waste challenges
  • increase knowledge about waste reduction and the circular economy.

This category aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 12 and 17.

You can enter a Community Champion or Industry Leader award in this category.

Award types

When entering your initiative into a category, you will be asked to select the award type that applies to you or your organisation.

Community Champion

This award is for initiatives delivered by the following entrants:

  • Individuals.
  • Small charities, not-for-profits and community groups with annual revenue under $250,000.
  • Businesses with less than 20 employees.
  • Child care centres, kindergartens and primary and secondary schools.
  • Local government – boroughs, rural cities and shires.

Industry Leader

This award is for initiatives delivered by the following entrants:

  • Medium and large charities, and not-for-profits with annual revenue of $250,000 or more .
  • Businesses with 20+ employees.
  • TAFEs, universities and other higher education institutions.
  • Local government – cities.
  • Victorian state government departments, agencies and authorities.

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