2023 New South Wales
Sustainability Awards

New South Wales Sustainability Awards 2023

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2023 NSW Sustainability Awards are CLOSED!

Entries are closed for the 2023 NSW Sustainability Awards. Meet our 2023 winners to learn about their amazing work in sustainability.

The NSW Sustainability Awards shines light on the remarkable achievements of individuals, organisations, and communities across NSW. By aligning with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we amplify the impact of these outstanding efforts to address our pressing environmental and social challenges. We invite you to be part of this momentous journey as we elevate the remarkable initiatives that are shaping a brighter future for our state.

Together with the OECC, we are dedicated to fostering sustainable practices and positive change throughout New South Wales. Our mission is to be the catalyst of transformative action that will drive sustainable innovation, inspire collaboration, and ultimately create a more sustainable future for the people and environment of NSW.

Celebrating the winners at the Awards Presentation!

The winers of the NSW Sustainability Awards were revealed during our Award Presentation, with special guest The Hon. Penny Sharpe, MLC, who serves as the Minister for Climate Change, Minister for Energy, Minister for the Environment, and Minister for Heritage. The event took place at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney on Thursday, December 7th. We are grateful to the museum for graciously hosting this occasion at their stunning venue.

Thank you to our event partners MCI and AV1.

Why Enter?

Entering the NSW Sustainability Awards offers a multitude of benefits that extend far beyond award recognition:

  • Showcase your business or project as a leader in sustainability.
  • Gain visibility and attract attention from potential investors, partners, and customers who prioritise sustainability.
  • Ensure your staff, team, or volunteers are rewarded and recognised for their efforts and contribution.
  • Receive valuable feedback and insights from the rigorous evaluation process, helping you enhance your sustainability initiatives.
  • Reflect on your achievements and results, and refine your communication through the Entry Process.
  • Access a vibrant community of like-minded individuals and organisations, fostering connections and collaborations.

Winners of the NSW Sustainability Awards automatically advance to the National Banksia Awards at no extra cost, providing them with a national platform to showcase their accomplishments and connect with a wider audience. Winning organisations also become part of the esteemed NSW alumni program, gaining access to a platform that fosters collaboration and knowledge exchange among sustainability leaders and previous winners.

Becoming a finalist is no small feat! If you are selected as a finalist, your case study will be featured in the NSW Sustainability Success Stories publication. This publication serves as a platform to celebrate sustainability excellence by showcasing the achievements of both finalists and winners, with our publications gaining international readership and recognition.

Sustainable Development Goals

The NSW Sustainability Awards are deeply rooted in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a comprehensive framework designed to address the world’s most pressing social, economic, and environmental challenges. For businesses, embracing the SDGs can bring numerous benefits, providing a strategic lens to assess and align operations, products, and services with sustainable practices.

Not sure where to start? We strongly encourage you to report and reflect on your SDG achievements by completing the SDG Align Benchmark. This report allows you to assess your progress, identify areas for improvement, and showcase your contributions towards the SDGs. It also helps you determine which specific SDGs and award categories align best with your efforts.

Awards Journey

Our award categories are the core of what we do and proudly align with the UN SDGs.


An independent panel of judges provide their expertise to the judging process.


Be inspired by previous NSW Banksia Sustainability Award finalists and winners.