There is fantastic work being done in the NSW public sector and we want to recognise the people that make it happen.

NSW Premier’s Awards celebrates excellence in the delivery of public services to the NSW community by the public sector, and not-for-profit organisations and private businesses in partnership with public sector agencies and departments.

By recognising excellence today we hope to inspire a brighter future for NSW and Australia.

Award categories

Anthea Kerr Award

The Anthea Kerr Award is awarded to people who exhibit in their work a deep commitment to public sector values and identified leadership potential – attributes that Anthea exemplified throughout her working life.

Anthea Kerr Award

NSW Public Servant of the Year

Recognising exemplary work and outstanding leadership from an individual working for the NSW Government.

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A Strong Economy

Enabling an economic environment that creates opportunity for citizens, families and communities, and encourages investment, innovation and effective resource management to grow a prosperous NSW.

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Excellence in Digital Innovation

Harnessing the power of digital innovation and data to make government services more accessible, affordable, equitable, efficient, and effective, securing better outcomes for the people of NSW.

Excellence in Digital Innovation

Highest Quality Education

Nurturing and educating our children and young people through their schooling life and providing access to quality lifelong learning. With a focus on outcomes, improving individual wellbeing, creating opportunity, and supporting financial security, while supporting a local workforce equipped with the skills for jobs of the future.

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Putting Citizens at the Centre

Listening and responding to the needs of our citizens through customer focused service delivery. Delivering improved outcomes for the citizens of NSW by designing services around their needs.

Putting the Customer at the Centre

Recovery and Resilience

Responding to the urgent needs of citizens and supporting communities across the State to recover and rebuild in the wake of devastating natural disasters and a global pandemic.

Recovery and resilience

Securing Justice and Opportunity for Vulnerable People

Delivering improved social outcomes for the most vulnerable and equality of opportunity for people across NSW. Investing in early intervention, social support and access to justice, to break the cycle of disadvantage to reduce domestic and family violence, recidivism and homelessness to ensure our communities are safe and caring places to live.

Tackling Longstanding Social Challenges

Well Connected Communities with Quality Local Environments

Supporting the creation of local communities where the people of NSW can enjoy the best quality of life no matter where they live, including through safe, accessible, high-quality local facilities and amenities, convenient local transport, and the cultivation of strong cultural and community bonds.

Well Connected Communities with Quality Local Environments

Key dates

Nominations open – 2 May 2022

Nominations close – 17 June 2022

Finalists announced – 20 September 2022

Premier's Awards ceremony and winners announced – Tuesday 29 November 2022, 6-7pm (hybrid event)


The NSW Premier’s Awards are managed by the Public Service Commission.

General Information
Public sector agencies should contact their Awards Ambassador.
Awards Ambassadors can complete the contact form to contact the PSC's Premier's Awards team.

Media and Communications Enquiries
(02) 9272 6000
Complete the PSC's contact form

NSW Government Awards
The Department of Premier and Cabinet is responsible for coordinating a number of awards including the NSW Service Medallion and has significant involvement in the Australian Honours.