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

In 2018 the Premier’s Awards had twelve categories to showcase achievements and progress towards the NSW Premier’s priorities.

The twelve categories are listed below. Both teams and individuals are eligible to be nominated for any of the following categories.

Improving government services

Programs/initiatives/innovations/improvements that:

  • Improve customer satisfaction with government services (supporting the Premier’s Priority to improve customer satisfaction with key government services every year, this term of government to 2019)
  • deliver services that respond to community and customer needs
  • deliver services that demonstrate dedication, efficiency and customer focus

Driving public sector diversity

Programs/initiatives/innovations/improvements that:

  • contribute to supporting public sector diversity, including increasing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and women in senior leadership roles in the government sector
    (supporting the Premier’s Priority to double the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in senior leadership roles, and increase the proportion of women in senior leadership roles to 50% in the government sector by 2025)
  • build the pipeline of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees aspiring to senior leadership roles
  • build the pipeline of women aspiring to senior leadership roles
  • build the foundations and enablers for a diverse and inclusive workforce
  • show outstanding inclusive leadership which develops future leaders

Creating jobs

Programs/initiatives/innovations/improvements that:

  • contribute to the creation of new jobs in NSW(supporting the Premier’s Priority to create 150,000 new jobs by 2019) attract business to NSW
  • create jobs in NSW, and particularly in regional NSW
  • deliver training and development opportunities that support employment outcomes
  • increase employment outcomes for young people, Aboriginal people, and people with disability

Reducing domestic violence reoffending

Programs/initiatives/innovations/improvements that:

  • reduce the number of domestic violence perpetrators who re-offend(supporting the Premier’s Priority to reduce the proportion of domestic violence perpetrators reoffending by 25% by 2019)
  • deliver long-term culture change to prevent domestic violence
  • change offender behaviour
  • support vulnerable women and families

Improving service levels in hospitals

Programs/initiatives/innovations/improvements that:

  • lead to more patients going through emergency departments within four hours (supporting the Premier’s Priority to move 81% of patients through emergency departments within four hours by 2019).
  • improve patient and staff safety and quality in emergency departments
  • enhance whole of hospital and integrated care programs
  • reduce waiting times for patients
  • improve patient flow through the hospital
  • improve ambulance offload times of patients to the emergency department
  • improve service and access to healthcare in regional NSW

Tackling childhood obesity

Programs/initiatives/innovations/improvements that:

  • lead to a reduction in the overweight and obesity rates of children (supporting the Premier’s Priority to reduce overweight and obesity rates of children by five percentage points by 2025)
  • support overweight or obese children and their families, resulting in improved health and wellbeing
  • promote healthy eating and physical activity to children and families
  • create inclusive and enjoyable activities for children that improve fitness levels
  • promote community engagement in healthy eating and/or active living

Improving education results

Programs/initiatives/innovations/improvements that:

  • increase the number of NSW students in the top two NAPLAN bands (supporting the Premier’s Priority to increase the proportion of NSW students in the top two NAPLAN bands by 8% by 2019)
  • result in improved literacy and numeracy skills among NSW students
  • increase retention of NSW students in schools
  • increase the uptake of further study

Protecting our kids

Programs/initiatives/innovations/improvements that:

  • reduce the number of children and young people re-reported at risk of significant harm (supporting the Premier’s Priority to decrease the percentage of children and young people re-reported at risk of significant harm by 15% by 2019)
  • decrease the risk of significant harm to children
  • lead to better prevention, detection and investigation of situations where children may be at risk

Reducing youth homelessness

Programs/initiatives/innovations/improvements that:

  • support more young people to successfully move from Specialist Homelessness Services to long-term accommodation (supporting the Premier’s Priority to increase the proportion of young people who successfully move from Specialist Homelessness Services to long-term accommodation to more than 34% by 2019)
  • provide prevention or early intervention support for young people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, resulting in ongoing provision of stable accommodation
  • help transition more young homeless people from homelessness to stable long-term accommodation
  • improve access to education, training, and healthcare for homeless young people

Keeping our environment clean

Programs/initiatives/innovations/improvements that:

  • contribute to reducing the volume of litter in the state (supporting the Premier’s Priority to reduce the volume of litter by 40% by 2020)
  • promote community engagement and activity to reduce litter in local areas
  • conserve and protect the environment
  • increase recycling
  • improve sustainable waste management

Delivering infrastructure

Programs/initiatives/innovations/improvements that:

  • result in key metropolitan, regional and local infrastructure projects being delivered on time and on budget (supporting the Premier’s Priority on delivering infrastructure)
  • result in key infrastructure projects that deliver to communities and achieve government objectives
  • increase community support for projects due to exceptional engagement with stakeholders and communities

Making housing more affordable

Programs/initiatives/innovations/improvements that:

  • contribute to the delivery of housing completions
  • lead to more housing approvals being determined within 40 days
  • support state-led rezoning for additional dwellings
    (supporting the Premier’s Priority to deliver 61,000 housing completions on average per year to 2021, focussing on two targets: 90 per cent of housing approvals determined within 40 days by 2019, and State-led rezoning for 10,000 additional dwellings on average per year in appropriate areas to 2021)
  • increase housing supply
  • make it easier for people to find or build homes to suit their lifestyle

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.

2018 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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