recognising excellence in the delivery of community and social benefits by the minerals, energy resources, extractive industries and associated services sectors
'connecting mining and communities'
About the awards
The Premier’s Community Excellence Awards in Mining and Energy celebrate the delivery of all aspects of social benefit to the South Australian, local and regional communities by mining and energy resource companies, extractive industries and companies involved in the delivery of services to those sectors.
The South Australian Government has outlined key targets to address community wellbeing and unemployment, economic disadvantage, social participation, employment for people with a disability, leadership opportunities for women and for the continuous improvement of environmental sustainability. Through this, it aims to ensure that Priority One of the Government's economic priorities are met through unlocking the full potential of South Australia's resources, energy and renewable assets; that current and future generations share in the economic and social opportunities generated by the mining, energy resource, extractive industries and associated services sectors operating in the state.
The Premier of South Australia has sought to recognise the contribution of those sectors through the Premier’s Community Excellence Awards in Mining and Energy.
In 2015 the following awards will be offered:
Who is eligible to apply?
Why should my company apply?
The winning companies or businesses set an example to industry of innovation and excellence in corporate social responsibility. They will be awarded the opportunity to share their experiences with government, industry and the community.
The award winners will be able to differentiate themselves amongst other companies and businesses with a higher level of credibility.
Most importantly, businesses will highlight their respect for the community in which they operate and the broader South Australian community.
In addition, entering the awards provides an opportunity to:
The winner of each award will receive a framed certificate signed by the Premier, an electronic certificate and the rights to the use of a logo pertaining to the award category won that can be used on websites and on marketing material.
This award recognises a company or business that has proactively taken steps to involve people from South Australia’s most disadvantaged groups in their operations, assisting them to take advantage of the economic and social benefits the sectors have to offer.
By developing programs and implementing them into workplace practices, businesses in this category will be judged to have demonstrated leadership and a commitment to ‘best practice’ that has or will increase opportunities for those in South Australia’s most disadvantaged groups.
Some examples of workforce inclusion activities currently provided by the mining and energy sector include:
Award for Excellence in Social Inclusion entry form
These activities can be broad scale community activities from which a large proportion of the South Australian community can benefit or activities that focus on a specific issue or sector of a community, and that do not relate to the core business of the company or business. Examples of this could include activities or programs designed to increase the ability for regional and remote communities to participate in events that they would not otherwise have access to.
Some examples of supporting communities include:
Award for Excellence in Supporting Communities entry form
Women are still under-represented in high-growth industries such as mining and energy.
Some examples that may indicate excellence in leadership – women in resources might include, but are not limited to:
The South Australian Government’s Office for Women exists to pursue the full and equal participation of women in the social and economic life of the State. More information on their work programs and the participation of women in the workforce can be found at www.officeforwomen.sa.gov.au
Award for Excellence in Leadership - Women in Resources entry form
This award recognises a company or business that has demonstrated its commitment to maintain and improve environmental outcomes to the benefit of the local or broader South Australian community.
Environmental excellence goes beyond standard compliance. It involves exceptional innovation in the development and implementation of programs, processes or initiatives that facilitate good environmental outcomes that add value to or improve the environment of the local or broader community.
Examples of this may include:
Award for Environmental Excellence entry form
The following conditions of entry apply to all applicants:
The judging panel comprises representatives from industry, government and community organisations.
The judges are looking for passion and demonstrated commitment by companies to improving social wellbeing, environmental outcomes, and participation at the local and/or regional level, with a clear recognition of its ongoing importance to delivering sustainable resource projects.
Entrants should focus on outcomes achieved over the year in question or as a milestone event for a long running program.
The judging panel will make recommendations on the winning applicants to the Premier. The Premier’s decision is final.
When will the awards ceremony take place?
It is proposed that the awards will be presented by the Premier of South Australia at the Annual Resources Dinner on 13 April 2015.
Resource Land Access Strategy Branch
Mineral Resources Division
Department of State Development (DSD)
Phone: +61 8 8463 3247