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National Awards for Local Government

 

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About the Awards

The National Awards for Local Government are an annual celebration of the best Australian local government achievements. The awards highlight innovative and resourceful solutions implemented by local governments that make a difference to their local communities.

The awards celebrate excellence in service delivery and showcase community initiatives that directly respond to community needs by overcoming barriers through new contemporary and creative solutions.

You can submit your nominations quickly and simply online.

Following the nomination period, councils have the opportunity to recognise the work and achievements of their peers in the local government sector through an open voting system.

Voting will also be opened to the public, giving community members the ability to vote for projects in each category that display excellence, innovation and outcomes that are replicable across regions.

2022 Award Categories

In 2022, there are eleven award categories that celebrate the strengths of local government and its ability to deliver positive outcomes, and help create stronger and cohesive communities.

This category recognises local government projects that:

  • create opportunities to showcase the best of communities through arts and culture
  • embrace wellbeing and diversity, and encourage social inclusion through community participation in artistic activities or
  • leverage arts and culture to improve community sustainability and increase local economic opportunity.
  • Successful projects in this award category benefit communities by: fostering opportunities for the enjoyment of the arts through broad community engagement
  • establishing local arts hubs for community arts, performances and exhibitions and
  • supporting arts initiatives that foster inclusion and skill development.

The category recognises local government projects that:

  • utilise technological innovations or regulatory changes
  • consider sustainability, liveability and productivity in investment strategies and planning or
  • address long-term infrastructure priorities and offer clear economic productivity benefits.

Successful projects in this award category benefit communities by:

  • connecting cities and regions in a way which supports population growth
  • providing safe and efficient transport links and service delivery and
  • strengthening and diversifying regional economic bases by better connecting industries to markets and customers.

The Regional Growth category recognises local government projects that:

  • improve the liveability of a region and take advantage of region specific opportunities
  • empower vibrant and connected regional communities that promote diversity and inclusion or
  • strengthen investment and development opportunities, share resources, build local capability, and create jobs.
  • Successful projects in this award category benefit communities by: improving productivity, employment and workforce skills throughout the regions
  • valuing, protecting and promoting diversity, in particular Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge, cultures and traditions and
  • fostering the development of self-reliant communities and regions with strong economic futures.

This category recognises local government projects that:

  • drive a more inclusive approach to the design of policies, programs and partnerships
  • foster a sense of belonging, identity and shared values and promote civic rights and responsibilities 
  • foster participation in and develop innovative approaches to connecting the local community or
  • celebrate the cultural, linguistic and religious diversity of the community and foster an inclusive and respectful community.

Successful projects in this award category benefit communities by:

  • creating communities that everyone can belong to, identify with and contribute to equally
  • increasing participation in local communities and building community harmony and
  • promoting trust and offering community members opportunities for upward mobility.

The Road Safety category recognises local government projects that:

  • improve road or roadside infrastructure with a focus on safety benefits including heavy vehicle transport
  • improve emergency medical response services for those involved in road crashes or
  • address the specific safety needs of vulnerable groups or target specific road user risk factors

Successful projects in this award category benefit communities by:

  • making communities safer and more liveable
  • reducing the financial costs of road congestion and transport accidents and
  • contributing to reductions in deaths and serious injuries from road crashes.

This category recognises local government projects that:

  • address underlying cause of as gender inequality and power imbalances to eliminate violence against women and their children
  • support and advocate for women and children experiencing family and domestic violence and sexual harassment or
  • raise awareness and create cultures and communities of respect, inclusion and gender equality.

Successful projects in this award category benefit communities by:

  • preventing violence towards women by driving sustainable change in community awareness, attitudes and behaviours
  • supporting women and children who are at risk of, or experiencing, family and domestic violence, sexual violence or sexual harassment and
  • changing the attitudes and social norms that excuse or condone disrespect, sexual harassment and abuse.

This category recognises Indigenous employees and Indigenous initiatives in local government that:

  • achieve representation of indigenous people in their community and inform local government activities and policies
  • overcome inequality between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples through community based policies and programs that are done in partnership with local indigenous people
  • have explicit indigenous employment goals, strategies and support mechanisms such as indigenous cadetship programs, mentoring and cultural awareness initiatives or
  • have an outstanding indigenous employee who is making a difference to their community and workplace by delivering high quality projects and outcomes.

Successful projects in this award category benefit communities by:

  • bringing together Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples and communities to share skills and experiences
  • undertaking projects that reinforce, strengthen and promote Indigenous culture, traditions and languages
  • raising awareness and understanding of the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and culture and
  • building positive and productive relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians through policies and programs.

This category recognises female leaders and initiatives in local government that:

  • support local women to stand for elected roles to represent their communities
  • implement initiatives in the workplace which help to improve the progress and representation of women in leadership positions
  • establish programs to support and recognise women as current and emerging leaders, including mentoring, networking and training opportunities or
  • showcase an outstanding female leader that is making a positive difference to their local government and community.

Successful projects in this award category benefit communities by:

  • promoting greater roles for women in leadership, both as elected representatives and officers
  • developing gender equality strategies and programs to support women of all ages to participate and become leaders in their workplace and community and
  • advocating for gender equality, women’s rights and representation in the workplace.

This category recognises outstanding career starter initiatives in local government that:

  • support entry level employment opportunities in local government through apprenticeships, traineeships or cadetships
  • implement initiatives in the workplace which help to improve the progress and representation of junior employees
  • establish programs to support and encourage emerging leaders, including mentoring, networking and training opportunities or
  • demonstrate an outstanding apprentice, trainee or cadet that is making a difference to their community and workplace and that has been outstanding in all aspects of their training.

Successful projects in this award category benefit communities by:

  • promoting greater roles for young people, new entrants and those seeking a career change
  • increasing workforce participation from people of all ages, and supporting succession planning and knowledge retention in the council and community and
  • creating new opportunities for members of the community to work and stay in their region while being able to reach their potential.

The Waste Management category recognises local government projects that:

  • improve resource recovery and reduce amounts of waste generated to benefit human health, the environment and the economy
  • increase use of recycled material and build demand and markets for recycled products
  • better manage input and output of waste materials to benefit human health, the environment and the economy
  • improve information to support innovation, guide investment and enable informed community decisions relating to waste management or
  • support the transition to a circular economy by transforming waste into sustainable resources.

Successful projects in this award category benefit communities by:

  • creating opportunities for jobs, protect the environment and better manage valuable and finite resources
  • recognising the opportunities waste materials can provide and the economic value they retain and
  • accelerating the recovery and reuse of community resources.

This category recognises local government projects that:

  • support communities to manage and adapt to climatic events by investing in disaster prevention, recovery and preparedness
  • actively reduce risks from disasters and pandemics, particularly as they impact local communities
  • ensure the Australian community is prepared to endure more frequent challenging events
  • implement programs and policies that ensure communities survive and prosper following these events.

Successful projects in this award category benefit communities by:

  • lowering the potential impacts of disasters and pandemics by analysing and managing the causes
  • identifying risks and mapping capacity to respond to hazards
  • protecting lives and livelihoods, communities and individuals
  • reducing damage or loss from disaster, particularly when it comes to public and private infrastructure.

Submissions

Nominations will be accepted online. Each submission must describe in 350 words or fewer how the project meets the objectives of the chosen category.

All submissions should be accompanied by a selection of five images to support the nomination. Nominations from Council should include a council logo.  All nominations require endorsement by council management prior to submission.

Local governments may nominate for more than one award category. Eligible projects can be of any size that are delivering positive community outcomes, or projects currently underway that are expected to do so once complete.

Previous nominees can be renominated. This excludes previous category winners.

Submit your nominations online at nalg.awardsplatform.com between 22 June and 3 August 2022.

For more information, view the submission guidelines.

Voting

Local governments and the public will vote for the submissions that they believe meet the outcomes of each of the award categories, display excellence and innovation at the local government level, and can be replicated or shared across regions. 

To cast a vote, go to the NALG awards platform from 4 August 2022, to read about each project. Vote for the project in each of the eleven categories you believe demonstrate excellence, innovation and replicability for that category.  When casting a vote, you can also add a comment to explain why you have chosen that submission.

The awards are open to public voting and local governments are encouraged to share the opportunity with their communities.

2022 Winners

Award winners for 2022 will be announced in October 2022.

Each category winner will also receive:

  • an award certificate presented by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communication and the Arts
  • a commemorative trophy recognising their achievement in the relevant category
  • promotion of the winning project via the department’s channels and platforms throughout the year.

Previous Winners

Previous year’s winners

Further Information

Submission guidelines

If you require any additional information, please email awards@infrastructure.gov.au.