Award submissions and criteria


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Why enter the Awards for Excellence?

Winners of the Resources Sector Awards for Excellence set an example to industry of innovation and excellence. They will have the opportunity to share their experiences with government, industry and the community. The award recipients will be able to differentiate themselves amongst other organisations and businesses with a higher level of credibility. Most importantly, businesses will highlight their respect for their staff and the community in which they operate, and the broader Western Australian community.

In addition, nominating for the Awards provides an opportunity for the organisation to:

  • receive recognition for their business policies and practices that go above and beyond;
  • evaluate their project;
  • gain feedback on the implementation of their strategies;
  • highlight opportunities for further growth in activities;
  • increase media and brand awareness;
  • increase internal awareness and interest across their business; and
  • stand out as a potential employer or business partner.

Winners of the Awards will also receive the right to use the Award logo on websites and other marketing material.


What to remember when preparing your submission

  • Include a brief description of the operation/project/partnership
  • Keep your answers succinct and to the point – make use of dot points where possible, include tables and graphs as supporting evidence and keep within the word limits;
  • Clearly address each criteria – it may help to use the STAR system – Situation, Task, Activities, Results;
  • Results of the project or partnership – these must be measurable and be significant to prove the success of the project;
  • Your submission should show why your project stands apart from other operations/projects; and
  • Include at least four high resolution photographs for publicity purposes, and any graphs, tables, testimonials, etc that best demonstrate the main initiatives and results of your project that are relevant.

All submissions must first pass through a screening process to ensure they are relevant to the specific criteria. The individual/organisation/group will be advised in May if their submission is accepted.

The entrant may be requested to host a virtual site visit or present to the Assessment Panel in Perth to provide more information on the project or partnership.


Resources Sector Awards for Excellence Ceremony

Recipients of a Resources Sector Award for Excellence or a Certificate of Merit will be interviewed on stage at the Awards Ceremony in September, so please ensure the person nominated to collect the award is familiar with the project and has the ability to answer questions from the compare.

Assessment is merit based so there is no competition between entries. There may be more than one award presented in a category as it is not possible to compare two completely different activities, which both demonstrate best-practice in their field and have gone above and beyond their regulatory requirements.

Please note – winners of the Community Partnership Resources Sector Award and Certificates of Merit will receive two awards, one for the resources company and one for the community group.

Golden Gecko Award


Entries for the Golden Gecko are encouraged from individuals, companies and organisations and can be for a particular stage of an activity, an environmental program or an entire resource operation (the project). It is important that you clearly identify specific actions that show excellence, leadership and have demonstrable environmental outcomes.

It is important to note that the Golden Gecko Awards are assessed based on the merit of each application, not as a competition between applicants. Small projects are encouraged to apply, as the merit of their project will be assessed taking the size and resources of the individual or company into consideration.

Examples of environmental projects which can be entered for an award include, but are not limited to:

  • carbon neutral programs or environmental offsets
  • energy conservation
  • environmental engineering
  • decommissioning
  • pollution prevention
  • rehabilitation
  • scientific research
  • training, education or changing culture
  • waste minimisation and/or recycling.

Entries must meet the following requirements to be eligible:

  • relate to a resource industry operation (i.e. mining, petroleum, geothermal or geosequestration)
  • relate to environmental management or research;
  • be based in Western Australia (including State waters); and
  • meet the assessment criteria.
Assessment Criteria

It is important to clearly establish how your application has met each of the four criteria.

1. Demonstrated excellent environmental outcomes

This is the key criterion to the Awards. It is important the applicant clearly demonstrates that the project has achieved positive environmental outcomes and describe the environmental results directly achieved by the operation/project. Facts and figures are essential.

To address this criterion, provide evidence of the outcome of the project (i.e. reduced emissions or clearing, reduced impacts to sensitive fauna) along with any specific outputs from the project (i.e. research results, published journal articles, new techniques or equipment that is developed, survey results).

2. Commitment to environmental excellence

This criterion requires demonstrated commitment to the project in terms of involvement of all levels of staff, financial or resourcing commitment including time and materials.

The application should discuss the specific resources put into the project, along with any outputs that will ensure continued action (i.e. management systems, training and induction programs, etc.).

3. Sets a new industry standard, demonstrates innovation or goes beyond regulatory compliance

For this criterion, you have the option of choosing which of the following best reflects your project.

  • Project sets a new standard or benchmark - The application should provide a comparison of the old standard with the new improved standard and detail why the change is beneficial. The application should consider how this is or could be applied across the resources industry. Detailing any efforts to communicate and share your findings with the industry and community is beneficial.


  • Project is innovative - Innovation is the creation of something new (ideas, forms, methods or interpretations) resulting from intuition, study and/or experimentation. The project will have created or modified something to gain improved environmental outcomes. The application should detail how the project was innovative and how will it be able to be used in future projects and/or by others in the resources industry.


  • Project has gone above and beyond regulatory compliance (requirements) - This criterion highlights projects which have gone above and beyond what is required of them. The application should demonstrate how, or how far, the project goes beyond their regulatory requirements. It may be useful to compare the current compliance standard and what the project has achieved.

4. Community engagement and corporate social responsibility

This criterion requires an application to demonstrate that the project has positively contributed to the community. The context of the project should be considered when answering this criterion (size, location etc.)

In relation to community engagement, consider how the local community has been involved in the project and if there were any tangible benefits to the community. Take into consideration consultation, community events, employment of local contractors or community organisations.

In relation to corporate social responsibility, consider how the company engaged its workforce in this project or in environmental awareness. Also consider any non-work interactions between the company and the local community.

It is important to remember that the Assessment Panel will look at the whole of the operation or project to understand the environmental culture and verify environmental performance.

How to enter

Each entrant has up to ten pages to succinctly describe their project and how it meets the criteria.

The 10 page limit includes all pictures, diagrams, plans, graphs and tables. Videos can be uploaded separately.

It is best to include an introduction by providing a brief background of the project and the company. This provides context for the Assessment Panel and Selection Committee who are not all from the resources industry. Details can include what the operation/project is addressing, its location, the size, the number of people involved, the history to the project and its relevance to Western Australia.

The submission also needs to provide a section to address each of the above criteria and include any supporting evidence and information such as photos, graphs, tables or testimonials that best demonstrate the main initiatives and results of the project.

Once an entry is short-listed, nominees will have the opportunity to provide more information during the assessment process.


  1. Keep your entry succinct. You don't need to use all 10 pages.
  2. Keep to the context. Your submission is trying to highlight the facts of your projects and the environmental benefits.
  3. Divide your submission into sections to address each criteria individually and equally.
  4. You can get information across easily in dot points, images and tables.

Additional to your application and submission, DMIRS also requires:

  • A statement of approximate costs (if known)
  • Company logo
  • Four High Resolution Photographs of the project for publications
  • 200 word summary for use in DMIRS publications and website.

If you experience any problems with the nomination form, or would like more information about the Golden Gecko Awards, please contact the Awards Coordinator by emailing

Assessment process

Each application is reviewed to ensure that it is eligible to be considered for an award subject to the above requirements and criteria. DMIRS will notify entrants of their eligibility by the end of May.

Throughout May, June and July the Assessment Panel assesses each entry by undertaking a review of the written submissions and a presentation or inspection of each project.

The Assessment Panel has representatives from:

  • Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development
  • Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions
  • Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety
  • Department of Water and Environmental Regulation
  • Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation.

Following the assessment period, the Assessment Panel prepares a detailed report on each of the submissions for presentation to the Selection Committee who then selects the award recipients. The Selection Committee is chaired by the Director General of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, and includes three independent members.

Site Visits and Presentations

Most entrants host site visits as an opportunity to showcase their project. They are not mandatory but are highly recommended. If a visit is not possible, relevant or desirable, you may choose to deliver a presentation to members of the Assessment Panel in Perth.

Site visits and presentations provide the opportunity to showcase the project and answer any questions from the assessment panel. Applicants may wish to:

  • introduce key staff/managers
  • introduce community members that were involved in the project (if appropriate)
  • deliver a presentation to summarise the project
  • display appropriate management plans and relevant materials
  • conduct a physical tour of the operation that was submitted for the Award
  • conduct a tour of the remaining site (if appropriate).

Please note that the Golden Gecko coordinator will liaise thoroughly with the entrant prior to a site visit.

Community Partnership Resources Sector Award


To be eligible for the Community Partnership Resources Sector Awards, entries must relate to a partnership between a resource industry operation and a community group/s that provides positive outcomes for the Western Australian community. Submissions can be made individually by either of the parties, or as a joint entry by both parties. Individual entries must clearly demonstrate collaboration between the parties.

The award entry must relate to:

  • A partnership between a Western Australian resource industry operation and a community group.
  • The Community Partnership Award assessment criteria as set out below.

The following definitions apply:

Resource Industry Operation

The resource industry operation (i.e. basic raw material, mineral, petroleum or geothermal exploration, extraction, mining or production) must operate, have facilities or logistic bases in Western Australia.  Any company or individual operating within Western Australia’s resources sector may be eligible to apply including industries that support the resource industry i.e. drilling companies, suppliers to resources sector etc.

Community Group

A community group/s is an association of individuals from a community, formed to advance a particular cause or interest. The community group/s must be based in Western Australia, and have a connection with a resource industry operation (as defined below).

It includes a formal or informal community group or organisation. Examples of a community group may include, but are not limited to, not-for-profit organisations, Aboriginal Corporations and Foundations, sporting groups, voluntary groups (for example, fire brigade or search and rescue), school parents and citizens associations, etc. When clearly demonstrating that they are acting in a supporting role with a relevant community group/s, local government agencies and service providers to communities may also be included together with the community.


The parties mentioned above must be able to demonstrate that they are engaged in a collaborative partnership or alliance to provide sustainable and enduring benefits to the Western Australian community in which they are located. Entries can be for a collaboration which is a local activity or company-wide initiative but must be able to demonstrate positive outcomes for the community.

The online form is in a question and answer format with a strict character limit. Questions for each criterion will be weighted, out of a total of 100, providing greater transparency of the judging process.

Using the Word Count function of MS Word, the paragraph above contains 341 characters including spaces, and 54 words. The online character-limited form should assist you in determining the length of answers.

Those partnerships that are shortlisted will have an opportunity to present further information to the selection committee later in the awards process.

Award entries must meet the eligibility criteria and clearly demonstrate how they meet the assessment criteria.

Assessment Criteria

These awards will recognise the partnerships between community groups and resource companies that are small to mid-tier companies or companies engaged in a short-term resource project. The name of this category will be announced in the new year.

Award entries will be assessed on the positive outcomes the partnership is delivering to the community.  There are three assessment criteria against which award entries will be assessed.

Leadership/innovation in engagement

Award entries will be assessed based on leadership or innovation demonstrated in engagement between the parties to develop a collaborative partnership.

It is important that you are able to clearly demonstrate that a partnership/alliance has been established, and the partnership is endorsed and supported by the community it relates to.

Points to consider in your response:

  • How long has the partnership been in place?
  • Were there any barriers affecting the partnership and how were they overcome?
  • How is the partnership facilitated and coordinated?
  • Does the partnership demonstrate leadership and innovative practices?

Benefits of the Partnership

Entries will be assessed based on the nature and extent of the positive outcomes for the community resulting from the partnership. This criterion seeks to understand what benefits have arisen from the partnership.

Points to consider in your response:

  • Benefits to the community.
  • Benefits to the resource company.
  • Could it be adopted by other organisations or community groups as a model?

Sustainability and future of the Partnership

Award entries will be assessed on the long-term and ongoing benefits to the community. This criterion allows you to describe the sustainable benefits for the community that go beyond normal requirements and obligations.

  • Is there potential for the partnership to be sustained into the future?
  • Could partnership objectives and outcomes continue without all the participants?
  • Has the partnership been evaluated and improved over time?

Please note:  You will be asked to provide evidence to support your answers i.e. graphs, statistics, photographs.

How to enter

Entry is completed using an online form. Please make yourself familiar with the following guidelines:

  • Responses to the Assessment Criteria can only be entered in plain text and will be subject to a character limit for each question — if character limits are exceeded an error may prevent lodgement. We suggest you prepare your responses to each question using a word processing app and copy text into the online form.
  • Refer to pictures, tables, graphs, and diagrams in your text and ensure you attach them or other evidence as a word or PDF document. Please do not add additional text in these documents.
  • A total 10Mb limit applies to attached files so reduce the resolution of images or combine them into a multi-page PDF file.

If you experience any problems with the nomination form, or would like more information about the Community Partnership Resources Sector Awards, please contact the Awards Coordinator by emailing

Assessment process

In May and June the Selection Committee will evaluate each entry by undertaking a review of the submissions.

  • The Selection Committee will assess and shortlist based on the submissions.
  • Partnerships will be notified in June of shortlisting results.
  • The Selection Committee may invite the shortlisted entrants to deliver a presentation to provide more information on the partnership in Perth during July.
  • The Selection Committee selects the award recipients, and the Minister for Mines and Petroleum presents the Community Partnership Resources Sector Award at the Awards for Excellence ceremony in September.

The Selection Committee is chaired by the Director General of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety and representatives from government agencies, universities, community and industry organisations.

Awards Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions

The following Terms and conditions of entry apply to all submissions for the 2022 Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) Awards for Excellence.

  1. DMIRS must receive submissions in accordance with the criteria by 5pm on 31 March 2022, to be eligible to participate in the 2022 Awards for Excellence. For reasons of fairness late applications will not be accepted.
  2. It is the responsibility of an applicant to ensure that all information relevant to the submission is:
    • Provided in full and meets the page or word limit requirement; and
    • Correct – any information provided which, in the view of the judging panel, is misleading or deceptive in any way will result in disqualification
  3. The judging panel has complete discretion and its decision is final and binding in:
    • Assessing a submission’s compliance with the terms and conditions of entry;
    • Assessing that submission against the assessment criteria;
    • Determining the winner or making no award if the eligible submissions are not within the required standard; and
    • Any other matters relating to the Resources Sector Awards for Excellence.
  4. The assessment, conduct and results of the Resources Sector Awards for Excellence will not create any legal obligations between applicants and DMIRS.
  5. DMIRS will not be responsible or liable for:
    • Any loss or damage to submissions; or
    • Any loss, injury or negative publicity to an applicant as a direct or indirect result of the Resources Sector Awards for Excellence.
  6. DMIRS reserves the right to verify information contained in a submission, including requiring an applicant to answer questions or provide additional information relating to the submission at any time during the judging process.
  7. All submissions will be treated as confidential except for purposes associated with the Resources Sector Awards for Excellence and the matters set out below.
  8. By entering the Resources Sector Awards for Excellence you agree for your organisation to be part of any media publicity and for information provided in a submission to be used for promotional activities of DMIRS, if required.