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Premier's Awards in Energy and MiningRecognising the development and commercialisation of an innovative product or service in South Australia that has increased the productivity of resources and/or supply chain equipment, technology and /or service companies and sectors

Examples of programs or projects include, but are not limited to:

  • New engineering methods or technologies
  • New equipment or software
  • Data management systems
  • Revised business processes, including automation
  • Training programs
  • Scientific research
  • Energy efficiency
  • Data driven mining and energy decisions
  • Social and environmental sustainability, including land rehabilitation
  • Exploration under cover
  • Advanced extraction
  • Mining automation and robotics
  • Artificial intelligence

Entries must meet the following requirements to be eligible:

  • A company or organisation operating within the Australian Equipment, Technology and Services sector. A joint application by project partners is welcome
  • A significant component of the research and development must have taken place in South Australia
  • Relate to an improvement in productivity
  • Operate in South Australia (including state waters)
  • Meet the four weighted assessment criteria

It is important to demonstrate the application has met each of the four indicative weighted criteria. The weighting is indicated below and is also reflected in the maximum number of words permitted.

Criteria Guidance notes
Criteria 1:
Demonstrated increased productivity

Indicative weighting: 40%

Maximum 400 words

Clearly demonstrate the project/program has been commercialised and has achieved increased productivity

  • Describe the results achieved by the project/program
  • Clearly demonstrate the product or service has been successfully commercialised
  • Provide supporting data and evidence of the outcome of the project/program and the tangible benefits for industry and end users, including any specific outputs (e.g. research results, published journal articles, survey results and details of the new product or service that has been developed)
Criteria 2:
Demonstrated economic impact

Indicative weighting: 20%

Maximum 200 words

Demonstrate how the project/program will generate job creation and economic diversification benefits for South Australia and deliver tangible benefits for industry and end users

  • Describe any potential to leverage additional investment into South Australia or develop new collaborative international partnerships
Criteria 3:
Commitment to enduring outcomes

Indicative weighting: 20%

Maximum 200 words

Demonstrate an ongoing commitment to the outcomes of the project/program

  • Discuss specific resources (e.g. staff, systems) invested into the project/program
  • Discuss outputs and/or programs that will ensure continued implementation and improvement (e.g. further financial commitments, improvements to workplace culture, training programs, internal policies and guidelines)
  • Describe any potential to leverage additional investment into South Australia or develop new collaborative international partnerships
Criteria 4:
Demonstrated innovation and leadership

Indicative weighting: 20%

Maximum 200 words

Demonstrate the application of innovative thinking to gain increased productivity

  • Detail how the project/program was innovative
  • Show how project/program outcomes can be used in future projects and/or raise the bar for competitors across the sector
  • Consider how the company or organisation has engaged with the sector and the community to show leadership and disseminate examples of excellent achievements and shared benefits