National Finalists
& Winners

National Finalists & Winners


The winners of the 33rd Banksia National Sustainability Awards were announced at a gala event attended by more than 350 people at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre on the 31st March 2022.

Guest speaker Australian Chief Scientist Dr Cathy Foley shared her insights into the opportunities for sustainable development in Australia and for the importance of encouraging young girls to pursue STEM and its relationship to
achieve our UN SDG targets.

A full list of the winners below:

Communications for Impact Award


The Blue Tribe Company

What do you get when you mix in some reality TV celebrities, the latest in behavioural science insights, and a mission to transform the sustainability performance of the entire housing industry? You get the new lifestyle TV show, Renovate or Rebuild, that aims to crack open sustainable building options to a broad audience.


Coles Group Limited, VIC
Invasive Species Council, NSW
Flinders Rangers and Outback Inc, SA 
Yarra Valley Water, VIC

Clean Technology Award


Degnan Constructions

Degnan’s vision was to deliver a project that set a new benchmark for innovation in rail infrastructure, focusing on sustainable design concepts seamlessly integrated into the fabric of the station. They conceived a solution where the source of renewable energy could be integrated into an essential piece of infrastructure for the Como Train Station upgrade.


ACT Government, ACT

Biodiversity Award


Sydney Institute of Marine Science

Sydney Institute of Marine Science worked with Reef Design Lab 3D printing technology to recreate the pits, crevices and pools of natural shorelines on modular panels. The panels, which can be manufactured from upcycled materials, are then fitted to new or existing marine developments in customisable mosaics to create Living Seawalls.


Eastern Barred Bandicoot Recovery Team, VIC

Wildlife Drones, ACT

Sustainable Tourism Award


Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort

Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort achieved their 100% renewable energy goal through the installation of the Hybrid Solar Power Station, plus over 1000 solar panels and over 250 batteries throughout the resort. These work harmoniously to supply clean and renewable energy for all staff and guests who occupy the resort.


Gemtree Wines, SA

Kestrel Nest EcoHut / Highfield Farm & Woodland, NSW
Passions of Paradise, QLD
Tasmanian Walking Company, TAS
Zoos Victoria, VIC

Health and Wellbeing Award


Primary and Community Care Services Ltd

Primary & Community Care Services is dedicated to delivering positive outcomes in the health and social welfare sectors. They provide a comprehensive range of mental health and psychosocial support services for people with mental illness across Australia, working in partnership with governments, health services and community groups.


John Holland PTY LTD, VIC

HERO Condoms, NSW 

Future Cities Award


ACT Government

ACT Government provides zero interest loans for households to install sustainable products through their Sustainable Household Scheme, with the aim to assist households in reducing energy use and costs. Over five years (2021-2026), the $150 million scheme will see over 10,000 ACT homes benefit from energy efficient installations.


Finding Infinity, VIC
City of Melbourne, VIC

Ethical Sourcing Award


Zenna Latex Mattress

The Zenna Team are aiming to change the mattress market through ethical sourcing of 100% natural latex material and 100% natural fabric to create a sustainable product new to the Australian market.


Bluem Self Love Club, NSW

Agriculture and Regional Development Award


Planet Protector Packaging

Goodbye polystyrene, Planet Protector Packaging is in the race to become the market leader in sustainable thermal packaging that doesn’t harm the planet. They manufacture WOOLPACK, a sustainable alternative to polystyrene, made from waste wool unsuitable for the textile industry.


Terrain NRM, QLD

Circular Transition Award



Ecologiq rethinks waste through integrating recycled and reused content across Victoria’s transport infrastructure projects and making the use of green materials business-as-usual. For the first time in Australian history, their Recycled First Policy requires contractors building Victorian transport projects to optimise their use of recycled and reused materials


Substation33, QLD

Planet Protector Packaging, NSW
Logan Water, QLD

Diversity Award


L’Oreal Australia

L’Oréal Australia is driving equal access, opportunities and rewards through their Gender Equality Strategy. This strategy revolves around four pillars – flexibility, pay equity, equal parental leave and career pathways.


Lion Pty Limited, NSW


Net Zero Action Award



Hesperia is delivering Life Cycle Net Zero projects that reduce environmental impacts while contributing to growth, the economy, and the community. The overarching aim of their Sustainability Strategy 2021-2026 is to deliver better projects through innovation and partnerships, with Net Zero as the centerpiece.

Lion Pty Limited

Lion is Australia’s first large-scale carbon neutral brewer, integrating sustainability into the heart of their business. By 2025, their beers will be brewed using 100% renewable energy and their packaging 100% recyclable.


UNSW Sydney, NSW

Hunter New England Local Health District, NSW
Telstra, VIC 

Youth as our Changemakers Award


Sascha Rust

Sascha Rust is tackling Australia’s dire consumption and food waste through partnering with farmers, chefs, journalists and policy shapers, to find new solutions and new ways of working together.


Anna Jane Linke, Seaside Scavenge Inc, NSW
Samantha & Karina Seljak, Seljak Brand, QLD

SME Transformation Award


Enable Social Enterprises Limited

Enable’s vision is a socially, environmentally and economically connected community without disadvantage. Since April 2020, Enable has distributed over 600 items of affordable tech through 50+ fellow community services to tackle the worsening digital divide and help people stay connected to friends, health, community and support workers through the pandemic.


GeelongPort, VIC
Blue Eco Homes, NSW
Green Eco Technologies, VIC

Large Business Transformation Award



Officeworks strives to inspire positive change with commitments to support their team, community, and the environment. Their 2025 commitments include enhancing their community contribution, continuing to respect human rights, taking meaningful climate action, contributing to a circular economy and encouraging sustainable choices.


Coles Group Limited, VIC

Sydney Opera House, NSW
Goodman Fielder Pty Limited, NSW

Ignite Award


Samsara Eco

Samsara Eco has developed a revolutionary enzyme-based technology that can infinitely recycle plastic waste. This world-changing technology ensures that plastics no longer need to be made from fossil fuels or plants, and won’t end up in landfills or our oceans.


Pleasant State, QLD

Two Hands, VIC
Wildlife Drones, ACT

An illustration depicting the Banksia Gold Award
Gold Award


Planet Protector Packaging

Goodbye polystyrene, Planet Protector Packaging is in the race to become the market leader in sustainable thermal packaging that doesn’t harm the planet.

Planet Protector Packaging, established in response to the global waste crisis, is on a mission to eliminate polystyrene. They are in a race to become the market leader in sustainable packaging that does not harm the planet. They manufacture WOOLPACK, a sustainable alternative to polystyrene. Made from waste wool unsuitable for the textile industry, ordinarily destined for landfill, they have converted this waste stream into a resource that is now being used in their award-winning product. Used in the shipment of temperature-sensitive foods, seafood, wine and pharmaceuticals, WOOLPACK is transforming cold supply chains across Oceania. Since inception, Planet Protector has eliminated 8 million polystyrene boxes, diverted 4,000 tonnes of waste wool from landfill and created $7.5M of new revenue for sheep farmers Led by Founder, Joanne Howarth, Planet Protector Packaging is driven to end our ocean waste and accelerate our transition to a more regenerative circular economy.