ResourceSmart Schools Awards – How to enter

Last updated: 15 March 2023

Nominations for the 2023 ResourceSmart Schools Awards are now open.

The awards celebrate all steps towards a sustainable future – no action is too small. Schools and individuals achieving great things are invited to nominate in the following award categories:

  • Campus Infrastructure and Operations
  • Emerging School of the Year
  • School Volunteer of the Year
  • Teacher of the Year (primary and secondary)
  • Student Action Team of the Year (primary and secondary)
  • Community Leadership School of the Year (primary and secondary)
  • Curriculum Leadership School of the Year (primary and secondary)
  • ResourceSmart School of the Year.


Only active ResourceSmart Schools are eligible to enter. Schools must have completed an action in ResourceSmart Schools Online between 1 July 2022 – 26 March 2023.

The following categories have special eligibility criteria:

RSS of the Year: Schools entering the ResourceSmart School of the Year category must have at least 3Star ResourceSmart Schools certification.

Volunteer of the Year: To qualify as a volunteer, the individual or group must not have been remunerated for their time/activities

Emerging school of the Year: The school must have signed an RSS MOU during 1 July 2021 – 26 March 2023 for the first time and/or set a resource baseline during 1 July 2021 – 26 March 2023.

How entries are scored

The following document explains the scoring for each award category:

Judging criteria

The following documents explain how entries are judged in each award category and include sample entries:

Support for your entry

It's been a busy year for our ResourceSmart Schools community. We want to provide extra support to help you reflect on how you and your school have achieved great things towards a more sustainable future.

Contact us – We want to showcase your story!

Email and we will provide you with support on how to approach your entry.

Instant feedback

  1. Request a 15-minute meeting with an Education Team member to get support and feedback.
  2. Edit your entry on the ResourceSmart Schools Awards portal by 26 March at 23:59 pm.

Photo consent

If your school becomes a finalist you’ll be featured in the ResourceSmart Schools Awards 2023 publication and other communications.

Please make sure to provide:

  • at least one good quality image of your school activities and
  • consent forms for anyone prominently featured in the photos submitted with your entry.

It's not too late!

You can register at any time before the closing date, 26 March 2023.

If you’re not active or part of the program yet, don’t worry! Please email so we can get you registered and start recognising your school's sustainability achievements.

Submit your entry

If you're registered in the ResourceSmart Schools Program, have read about the award categories and judging criteria, you're ready to submit an entry.