Entry Process

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Entry Process

  • Browse the award categories and determine which categories best reflect your achievements and project.

  • Read about previous entrants in our NSW Sustainability Success Stories publication, featuring the winners and finalists from 2023.
  • Decide if you’re submitting a single initiative or a whole-of-business approach. This will determine whether you submit into one of the impact driven categories or SME/Large Business.

  • Contact Banksia for additional assistance in deciding which category is best for you.

  • Download the Entry Kit of the category you’re interested in. You may choose to download multiple Entry Kits if you are still deciding between categories.

  • Take the time to read through the entire Entry Kit thoroughly, as it contains essential information about the category criteria, submission requirements, and judging process.

  • Reflect on whether the metrics you’ve gathered are applicable within the context of the category you’re interested in.

  • Create your account on our Entry Portal hosted by Informed365.

  • Once you have registered your user account and organisation, start a form for the NSW Sustainability Awards

  • Email [email protected] if your user account needs to be linked to an established organisation profile. If you have previous entered, you can use the same account.

  • Only entries that are submitted through the Entry Portal will be considered.

  • Gather all relevant measurements, impacts, and information related to your sustainability initiative.

  • Write your entry in accordance to the Submission Document structure as outlined in the Entry Kit.
  • Watch the Information Session to gain valuable insights and tips from the judges.

  • Pay special attention to writing your 500 word case study, to be used in Australia’s Sustainability Success Stories if you are the selected finalist/winner.

  • Once you’ve uploaded your Submission Document and PR Material to your Entry Form, select your business size in the ‘Payment’ question.

  • Follow the prompts and pay your submission fee through Stripe.

  • Payment can only be completed once all questions in the Entry Form are answered. Your form must be at 100% to proceed to payment

  • Once you have paid, click ‘Close’ to fully submit your Entry Form. If you need to go back and make adjustments to your entry, email Banksia to reopen your form.

What’s next?

Submission Document

The submission document is where you provide your response to the category criteria based on the entry structure outlined in the Entry Kit. The weighting of each section provides an indication of how to structure your answers and how the judges will score your entry.

Format and Word Count

  • PDF File uploaded to entry portal
  • 2,000 words +/- 10%
  • Enhance your document with visual aids such as photos, graphics, and tables.
  • Format your responses according to the structure outlined in the Entry Kit. Headings are strongly recommended.

To enter the awards, you must provide also the following content for PR Purposes:

  • 1 Sentence Summary
  • 150 Word Summary
  • 500 Word Case Study
  • 3 High Resolution Photos

These summaries will be submitted alongside your entry in the entry portal. They will not be assessed by the judges but will be used by Banksia to promote your achievements in our communications, if you become a finalist or winner.


Further resources

Case Studies

Read about previous entries in our NSW Sustainability Success Stories publication.

SDG Align Toolkit

We strongly encourage you to 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.

Contact Banksia for support

We have a dedicated team standing by to assist you in your Entry. No question is too big or small – we’re here to help every step of your Awards Journey.

Highlights from 2023 Award Presentation