Nominate a team

What makes a team eligible?

To be considered, projects must be delivered by:

  • a public sector agency (or agencies);
  • partnerships between an agency and an organisation from outside the sector (private, not for profit, academic);
  • an organisation outside of the sector (private, not for profit, academic) providing services direct to the NSW public.

Award categories

Our Award Categories are designed to recognise excellence in the delivery of public services to the NSW community. The five categories are listed below. Both teams and individuals are eligible to be nominated for any of the following categories.

Building a Strong Economy

To deliver positive improvements to the lives of people of NSW, it is important to provide the people with opportunities, security and confidence in driving the economy and supporting a diverse workforce. The Premier’s priorities of Creating Jobs and Driving Public Sector Diversity have been key identifiers in facilitating an economic environment that encourages private sector investment and innovation. It is therefore important to recognise contributions to these priorities to help strengthen the diverse demographics of the NSW economy.

Providing High-Quality Education

The NSW Government has a responsibility to not only build a strong foundation in early years to support a brighter future for our children, community and state, but also focus on the quality of lifelong learning to prepare the workforce for ever changing situations. We have been working on Protecting our Kids, Tackling Childhood Obesity and Improving Education Results to help provide the next generation with the best possible start in life along with focussing on improving educational outcomes which will help to make the people of NSW ready for the future.

Creating Well Connected Communities

To ensure a sustainable future for citizens, the NSW Government is driving greater levels of integration and efficiency across long-term planning, precincts, infrastructure priorities, open space, the environment, our natural resources – land, water, mining – energy, and growing our industries. These priorities have been recognised in Keeping our Environment Clean, Making Housing More Affordable and Delivering Infrastructure.

Providing World Class Customer Service

Over the past few years, the NSW Premier has had priorities which have improved delivery of a range of services to families and individuals across NSW. Achieving success in the Improving Government Services and Improving Service levels in hospitals priorities, coupled with progress in digital transformation, has laid the foundation to drive NSW to a world-leading position in digital technology and customer service for the next decade.

Tackling Longstanding Social Challenges

Delivering better social outcomes for the most vulnerable and equality of opportunity for people across NSW, no matter their background or where they live, is important to the NSW Government. We have been investing in our social support and law and order systems to Reduce Domestic Violence Reoffending and Reduce Youth Homelessness to ensure our communities are safe and caring places to live.

Who can nominate?

Public sector agencies or their partners can nominate via the Award Ambassador of the team’s department or agency.

Nomination questions/fields

Your nomination must respond to the following questions and fields. Click each one for more details:

Overview of the project

Briefly describe the situation/background, action taken, and outcome. This text will be used in the finalists’ booklet with minimal editing from the Awards Team if your nomination is shortlisted. Do not unnecessarily reduce the word limit by repeating the cluster, organisation/agency or entry name in the summary, as these are provided separately.

  •  (Word limit 150 words)

What was the problem, challenge or opportunity?

This could include details of:

  • Initiative shown by team or individual in identifying the potential for improvement to systems or service provision to the public.
  • What called the team to action and what was the initial response?
  • (Word limit 200 words)

How was the problem or challenge solved, or the opportunity optimised?

This could include details of:

  • Innovation in responding to a problem, opportunity, or new policy, and in the delivery of the project.
  • Commitment to public sector values, collaboration, excellent customer focus and stakeholder management, leadership.
  • Perseverance and dedication during project start-up, and ongoing to ensure success.
  • (Word limit 200 words)

What results were achieved?

This could include details of:

  • How well did the work improve systems, services or outcomes for the people of NSW?
  • How did the project or initiative contribute to the Premier’s Priority target/goal?
  • Evaluation and evidence of tangible results, showing your benchmarks and improvements (percentages and numbers).
  • Is the project or initiative scalable, or could it be adapted for other types of projects or organisations?
  • Was the project completed on time and within budget? Please explain the details.
  • (Word limit 200 words)

How does the nomination go above and beyond?

This could include details of:

  • Did the team or individual go above and beyond their normal duties?
  • Does the work succeed where others have failed?
  • Has the work been extended or is it being applied in other areas of, or outside of your organisation?
  • (Word limit 200 words)

 

How are winners selected?

Award panels, comprising senior representatives from the public, community and business sectors assess the nominations according to the criteria below and select finalists in each award category. A judging committee, comprising the Public Service Commissioner, a member of the PSC Advisory Board, and the Secretary of the Department of Premier and Cabinet, will consider the finalists and recommend winners in each category to the Premier for the final decision.

2019 Nomination Judging Criteria

In making their assessment of both team and individual nominations, the panel will consider the entire nomination against the following criteria:

Innovation and Outstanding Delivery – Weighting 40%

  • Initiative shown by team or individual in identifying the potential for improvement to systems or service provision to the public.
  • Evidence of innovation in responding to a problem, opportunity, or new policy, and in the delivery of the project.
  • Commitment to public sector values, collaboration, excellent customer focus and stakeholder management, leadership.
  • Perseverance and dedication during project start-up, and ongoing to ensure success.
  • Was the project completed on time and within budget?

Benefits and Results – Weighting 40%

  • How well did the work improve systems, services or outcomes for the people of NSW?
  • How did the project or initiative contribute to the Premier’s Priority target/goal?
  • Please provide evaluation and evidence of tangible results, showing your benchmarks and improvements (percentages and numbers).
  • Is the project or initiative scalable, or could it be adapted for other types of projects or organisations?

Above and Beyond – Weighting 20%

  • Did the team or individual go above and beyond their normal duties?
  • Does the work succeed where others have failed?
  • Has the work been extended or is it being applied in other areas of, or outside of your organisation?

How to nominate

Each agency has an awards ambassador who is available to help prepare and submit a competitive nomination. If you have a nomination in mind, contact your awards ambassador ASAP to discuss the process of preparing a nomination. 

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