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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.

This category includes programs, initiatives, innovations or improvements that:

  • Create communities where people love to live by connecting communities to walkable public spaces, make them greener, make them spaces that promote a healthy lifestyle, improve air quality and urban biodiversity
  • Provide communities with access to vital services like justice and emergency services, public education infrastructure and a world-class health system that meets the needs of our growing population
  • Support mental and physical well-being with prevention, intervention strategies and delivery of services for improved community health outcomes
  • Deliver a greater level of integration and efficiency across long-term planning, precincts, infrastructure and safety priorities
  • Enrich our way of life with cultural and sporting infrastructure.

Judging criteria

Innovation and outstanding delivery

Weighting: 40%

  • Initiative shown by the team in identifying the potential for improvement to systems or service provision to the people of NSW.
  • Evidence of innovation in responding to a problem, opportunity, or new policy, and in the delivery of the project.
  • Commitment to public sector values, leadership, collaboration, excellent customer focus, stakeholder engagement
  • Perseverance and dedication throughout project to ensure success.
  • Was the project completed on time and within budget?

Benefits and results

Weighting: 40%

  • How well did the work improve systems, services or outcomes for the people of NSW?
  • How did the project or initiative contribute to targets/goals? Evidence of tangible results, showing your benchmarks and improvements (percentages and numbers).
  • Is the project or initiative transferable or scalable, could it be adapted for other types of projects or organisations? For smaller projects or initiatives where the impact/reach might be smaller or targeted, transferability and scalability will weigh in when these initiatives are being comparing against larger projects with a broader impact/reach.

Above and beyond

Weighting: 20%

  • Did the team go above and beyond their normal duties?
  • Does the work succeed where others have failed?
  • Is the project or initiative transferable or scalable, could it be adapted for other types of projects or organisations? Or, has the work been extended or applied in other areas of or outside of the organisation?