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Premier's Awards in Energy and MiningRecognising the development of an innovative production solution that has increased the efficiency or productivity of a resources sector company

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

  • New production technologies
  • Software and data management
  • Revised business processes, including automation
  • Training programs
  • Scientific research
  • Process alteration

Entries must meet the following requirements to be eligible:

  • Relate to a resources sector operation (i.e. mineral, extractives or petroleum exploration or operations)
  • Relate to environmental management or research
  • 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
1. Demonstrated production outcomes

Indicative weighting: 40%

Maximum 400 words

Clearly demonstrate the project/program has achieved positive  efficiency or productivity outcomes

  • Describe the results achieved by the project/program
  • Provide supporting data and evidence of the outcome of the project/program, including any specific outputs (e.g. research results, published journal articles, new techniques or equipment that is developed, survey results)
2. 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)
  • 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)
3. Economic and social wellbeing of communities

Indicative weighting: 20%

Maximum 200 words

Demonstrate the project/program has positively contributed to the community, within the context that the project/program is operating

  • Local, regional or state based contributions could be included
  • Consider how the community has been involved in the project/program and the benefits realised (e.g. through support of community events, employment programs or consultation activities)
4. Demonstrated innovation and leadership

Indicative weighting: 20%

Maximum 200 words

Demonstrate the application of innovative thinking to gain improved environmental outcomes

  • 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