Premier's Sustainability Awards – Award categories and types

Last updated: 28 March 2022

The Premier’s Sustainability Awards categories 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 types

During the application process you will be asked to select one of our 2 streams:

Stream 1 - Industry Leader

This stream is for initiatives delivered by an individual or an organisation with more than:

  • $250,000 turnover
  • 10 employees
  • 100 volunteers
  • 10,000 community members affected by the project
  • $50,000/year in donations, grants, etc to run the project (including government funding).

Stream 2 - Community Champion

This stream is for initiatives delivered by an individual or an organisation with less than:

  • $250,000 turnover
  • 10 employees
  • 100 volunteers
  • 10,000 community members affected by the project
  • $50,000/year in donations, grants, etc (including government funding).

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.

Circular economy innovation

Accelerating Victoria’s transition to a more circular economy.

Eligible entries include initiatives that:

  • focus on responsible design, production and consumption of materials
  • promote more sustainable business models that keep materials in use, e.g., service-based models
  • maintain a harmonious and regenerative relationship with nature to create a sustainable Circular Economy.

This category aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 12, 17, 9, 11, 12 and 13.

Future energy

Transitioning Victoria to net zero emissions and providing clean, affordable, and secure energy.

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

This category aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 7, 17, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15.

Healthy and fair society

Promoting increased awareness and support for physical/mental health, equity, and wellbeing of all Victorians to create a resilient, healthy, and happy community.

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, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 16 and 17.

Sustainable places and destinations

Creating sustainable and resilient communities, environments, and economies.

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, 12, 13 and 17.

Thriving environment

Protecting, restoring and enhancing Victorian habitat, flora and/or fauna to ensure ecosystems are secured and flourish for future generations.

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).

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

Waste and litter reduction

Enabling responsible production and consumption of resources, minimising what goes into landfills and reducing litter.

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 to reduce waste to landfill
  • demonstrate innovative technological solutions to waste challenges
  • increase knowledge about waste reduction.

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

Eligibility

  • You agree to the Premier's Sustainability Awards Terms and Conditions.
  • Your entry needs to comply with the category criteria.
  • The majority of demonstrable results must have occurred during 2020-2022, although entries over a longer time scale will be considered if new initiatives or significant differences have occurred between 2020-2022.
  • The entry’s demonstrable activities and results must be within Victoria.
  • The entry deadline is final, there will be no extensions provided.
  • Where the entry is submitted by a consortium, all its entrant organisations should be listed and would be recognised as the direct recipients of the award.
  • If an entry is submitted by a consortium, please provide at least 2, with a maximum of 3, organisations as part of the entry.
  • An initiative can be classified as a specific project, product, program, system, or process implemented that has significantly changed the way things are done. An initiative could also be a social change movement that was brought about by a novel idea.
  • If you or your organisation have entered the Premier’s Sustainability Awards previously, you are welcome to enter again. If your entry is related to a previous entry, new or further actions and results must be provided.

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