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About the Awards

The Premier’s Awards in Energy and Mining recognise excellence demonstrated by leading resources and energy sector companies and organisations in the areas of diversity, working with communities, and innovation.

The Premier’s Awards applaud companies and organisations that:

  • recognise South Australia as a place to successfully undertake innovative projects
  • demonstrate leadership in implementing leading practice
  • raise the bar for their competitors across the sector in their workplace practices and community engagement
  • implement projects that have measurable and valued impacts in the market place of ideas.

As the Premier’s Awards enter their seventh year, the South Australian Government has widened the scope of industry recognition and added new categories. For the first time, this year’s event will recognise not only resources companies but also energy companies that demonstrate leadership and ‘best practice’ to improve the economic and social wellbeing of South Australian communities.

Eligibility for companies and organisations has been widened to applicants operating in the:

  • Energy sector (generation, transmission, distribution, retail, energy products and services)
  • Resources sector (mineral, petroleum, quarrying)
  • Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) sector

There are now three award categories:

  • Excellence in Diversity
  • Excellence in Working with Communities
  • Excellence in Innovation

Subcategories of awards in these fields of excellence have been created specific to each of the three eligible sectors, with a total of 13 award categories available.

Award categories

Sector Award categories
Resources (minerals, petroleum, quarrying) Excellence in diversity Excellence in working with communities Excellence in innovation: Environmental management

Excellence in innovation: Production solution 
METS (mining equipment, technology and services) Excellence in diversity Excellence in working with communities Excellence in innovation: Productivity improvement

Excellence in innovation: Commercialisation of research

Excellence in innovation: New export market
Energy (generation, transmission, distribution, retail, energy  products and services) Excellence in diversity Excellence in working with communities Excellence in innovation: Productivity improvement

Excellence in innovation: Transformational innovation

Who is eligible to apply?

Any company or organisation that operates in South Australia’s minerals, petroleum, quarrying, METS and energy sectors is eligible to apply. The key criteria are that the company or organisation operates in South Australia, irrespective of ownership or headquarter location, and can demonstrate excellence in one or more of the categories listed above.

Why enter the Premier’s Awards for Energy and Mining?

The winning companies or organisations receive formal recognition for their performance and leadership in the energy, resources and METS sectors. They will have an opportunity to share their experiences with government, industry and the community through expanded awareness of their winning program or project. The Award winners will be able to differentiate themselves amongst other companies and organisations. They set an example of excellence in corporate social responsibility and innovation, encouraging others to follow their lead and raising the bar for the rest of their sector.

Entering the Awards provides an opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate how these programs and projects have measurable and valued impacts in the marketplace
  • Support internal business cases to apply more resources to these types of programs and projects
  • Receive recognition for business policies that aim to improve diversity and support communities
  • Increase media and brand awareness
  • Highlight the company or organisation as an attractive potential employer or business partner

The winner of each Award will receive a framed certificate signed by the Premier, an electronic certificate and the rights to use the award category logo on their website and marketing material.

Administration of the Awards

Confidentiality All applications will remain commercial in-confidence. Access will be granted to Department for Energy and Mining Awards administration officers and the relevant judging panel members. The Department for Energy and Mining will seek the approval of the winning applicant prior to publishing any details of the program or project.

Conditions of entry

The following conditions of entry apply to all applicants:

  • Closing date for entries is 5:00 pm on Friday 26 October 2018.
  • Applications must be submitted through the Online Awards Portal
  • Applicants may be asked to provide further documentation or evidence to support their claims.
  • Applicants may be requested by the Department for Energy and Mining to provide non-confidential details and/or photographs for publicity purposes pertaining to the Awards.
  • Applicants acknowledge the Department for Energy and Mining may distribute media releases regarding the outcomes of the Awards.

How the Awards are judged?

The applications must meet the eligibility criteria.

The Awards will be judged based on the merit of each application, not as a competition between applicants. Small projects are encouraged to apply, as the merit of their project will be assessed taking the size and resources of the company or organisation into consideration.

Applications will be judged against the weighted criteria for each Award.

A judging panel will be convened for each of the three sectors (resources, METS and energy), comprising representatives from the government, industry and community sectors.

The judging panel will make recommendations on the winning applicants to the Premier after assessing the written applications. The Premier’s decision is final.

Members of the judging panels

When will the Awards ceremony take place?

The Premier's Awards will be announced at a Gala Dinner Celebration on Friday 30 November 2018 at the Hotel Grand Chancellor Adelaide.

Invitation to book tickets to Awards Gala Dinner

Friday 30 November 2018, 7–11 pm
Hotel Grand Chancellor, Adelaide

Dress code: cocktail or business attire

Reserve your seat or table:
$180 per person or $1500 table of 10 

Book now for the Gala Dinner

Guidelines and application process

Download the Award Guidelines (PDF)

Applicants must apply through the Online Awards Portal

  • An individual user ID and password must be created to access the portal and submit an application.
  • Applicants can save partially completed applications for later completion and submission.
  • The online application form outlines the weighted criteria that must be addressed and includes strict word limits.
  • A brief description of the company or organisation is also required.
  • Keep the answers succinct and to the point – make use of dot points where possible, include tables and graphs as supporting evidence.
  • Clearly address each criteria, be to the point, be honest and factual. The STAR format (situation, task, action, result) is one possible way of constructing the response.
  • Results must be measurable and be significant to prove the success of the project.
  • Up to three (3) supporting attachments may be included. Applicants are advised to keep the length of attached documents to a minimum.
  • It is strongly recommended applicants provide a short video presentation of their application. This video does not require professional production, a video shot using a mobile phone is sufficient. Video attachments are not included in the three (3) supporting attachment limit.

More information

Department for Energy and Mining
Phone: (08) 8463 3000
Online Awards Portal: