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About the ISC Awards

The 2022 Infrastructure Sustainability Council Awards continue the Council’s well-established tradition of advancing leadership in sustainability by celebrating best practice across the Australia and New Zealand infrastructure sectors.

  • encouraging best practice
  • acknowledging leadership
  • recognising role models
  • rewarding valuable contributions
  • promoting leading organisations

This year’s awards will exemplify excellence in sustainability across environmental, social, governance, and economic quadruple bottom line outcomes and outstanding contributions to market transformation at organisational, systemic and societal levels.

Submit your entry and join other industry trailblazers in demonstrating how you are delivering the outcomes and transformations needed to shape lives positively through infrastructure and build a world class sustainable industry to meet the formidable challenges and opportunities of this decade.

All you need to know to enter the Awards can be found below or in the ISC Award Guidebook

Applications close at 5pm (AEDT) on Friday, 26 August 2022.

Award Categories

There are a total of sixteen awards in three categories.

Sustainability Leadership 

The Sustainability Leadership category seeks to recognise excellence in sustainability practices in infrastructure, with a focus on the delivery of impact and outcomes through an initiative, innovation or approach. Submissions will be considered within the broader context of their IS Rating assessment and achievement.

  • Excellence in Governance Outcomes
  • Excellence in Social Outcomes
  • Excellence in Environmental Outcomes
  • Excellence in Economic Outcomes

Outstanding Achievement awards are based on IS Rating scores and do not require an application

  • Outstanding Achievement – IS Design (v1.2 only)
  • Outstanding Achievement – IS Design (v2.0 and 2.1 only)
  • Outstanding Achievement – IS As Built (v1.2 only)
  • Outstanding Achievement – IS As Built (v2.0 and 2.1 only)
  • Outstanding Achievement – IS Planning
  • Outstanding Achievement – IS Operations

Industry Impact 

This award seeks to recognise organisations which have made an outstanding contribution to delivering change resulting in positive sustainability impacts at an organisational, system and/or sector-wide level.

  • Private sector, small
  • Private sector, large
  • Public sector

Individual contribution to a sustainable future

This award seeks to recognise individuals’ contributions to the creation of a world-class, sustainable infrastructure industry. Outstanding contribution will be assessed across three levels; delivery of value to stakeholders; working in collaboration and partnership, and capability building in others.

  • Emerging Leader
  • Sustainability Champion
  • Enduring Impact

Award Descriptions

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Excellence in Governance Outcomes

The winner of this award will be an organisation who can demonstrate how project governance processes (sustainability strategy, risk and opportunity management, sustainable procurement, integrated decision-making) have delivered outstanding sustainability outcomes across priority issues. External stakeholders’ involvement in governance aspects should be highlighted.

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Excellence in Social Outcomes

Entrants should demonstrate beneficial, measurable, and enduring outcomes for people achieved by the initiative, innovation or approach – whether that be the local community, specific stakeholder groups, indigenous peoples or the project workforce. Partnerships with others to achieve these outcomes should be highlighted.

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Excellence in Environmental Outcomes

Entrants should demonstrate beneficial, measurable, and enduring outcomes for the natural environment achieved by the initiative, innovation or approach – whether driving towards net zero, achieving circular economy outcomes or enhancing ecological values. Partnerships with others and external stakeholder involvement to achieve these outcomes should be highlighted.

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Excellence in Economic Outcomes

Entrants should demonstrate beneficial, measurable, and enduring economic outcomes achieved by the initiative, innovation, or approach – through including broader sustainability factors (e.g., the social cost of carbon) in project decisions, enhancing the local business economy, building workforce capability, or driving long term benefits realisation. Partnerships with others and stakeholder involvement to achieve these outcomes should be highlighted.

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Private sector, small

Demonstrate a strong contribution to industry impact toward low carbon, resilient and/or inclusive infrastructure via: organisational change at strategy or operational level, and/or systemic change through developing policy, standards or specifications that mobilise industry leaders, and/or growing sector social licence through building public awareness of the benefits of sustainability and impactful infrastructure

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Private sector, large

Demonstrate a strong contribution to industry impact toward low carbon, resilient and/or inclusive infrastructure via: organisational change at strategy or operational level, and/or systemic change through developing policy, standards or specifications that mobilise industry leaders, and/or growing sector social licence through building public awareness of the benefits of sustainability and impactful infrastructure

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Public sector

Demonstrate a strong contribution to industry impact toward low carbon, resilient and/or inclusive infrastructure via: organisational change at strategy or operational level, and/or systemic change through developing policy, standards or specifications that mobilise industry leaders, and/or growing sector social licence through building public awareness of the benefits of sustainability and impactful infrastructure Partnerships with others and stakeholder involvement to achieve these outcomes should be highlighted.

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Emerging Leader

This award seeks to recognise emerging sustainability professionals (under 35 years of age) who demonstrate a strong contribution to the creation of a world class, sustainable infrastructure industry comprising a healthy, inclusive workforce, a responsible agile supply chain and sustainability-aligned investment and governance through: delivering value to stakeholders, and/or working in collaboration and partnership, and/or building capability in others

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Sustainability Champion

This award seeks to recognise established sustainability professionals and/or infrastructure professionals that have championed sustainability on a particular project or initiative. Entrants should demonstrate a strong contribution to the creation of a world class, sustainable infrastructure industry comprising a healthy, inclusive workforce, a responsible agile supply chain and sustainability-aligned investment and governance through: delivering value to stakeholders, and/or working in collaboration and partnership, and/or building capability in others

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Enduring impact

This award seeks to recognise individuals who have a sustained contribution throughout their career to shape an enduring impact or legacy. Entrants should demonstrate a strong contribution to the creation of a world class, sustainable infrastructure industry comprising a healthy, inclusive workforce, a responsible agile supply chain and sustainability-aligned investment and governance through: delivering value to stakeholders, and/or working in collaboration and partnership, and/or building capability in others

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Submission Requirements

Submissions must be made through the Infrastructure Sustainability Council awards application site. 

The submission categories have overall word limits as well as limits for each question. Applicants should ensure they keep within the specified word limits as any entries received over the limit will be automatically disqualified. This will be strictly adhered to. 

Each award has four application questions. The questions have differing word limits and weightings. Applicants should ensure they keep within these limits and are encouraged to consider the weightings when submitting answers. Higher word limits carry higher weightings for the scores and where judges are looking for the greatest impact. 

Images 

Applications must include a minimum of three and a maximum of six supporting images. All images will be viewed by the judges and may be used for PR/marketing purposes. At least three images must be photographs and may not include logos or marketing collateral. Additional images may include graphs, maps, drawings, or material to support your application. Supporting images may not contain text apart from a heading or label. 

The size limit for each image is 5MB with only .png and .jpeg formats accepted. 

Videos 

A short video of up to two-minutes is required to support your entry. Videos will be viewed by the judges and may be used for promotional purposes also. Videos should be stored on either YouTube or Vimeo and a URL provided. 

PR Summaries 

Two summaries are required for all entries – one 500-word version and the other a 150-word summary. This summary will not be assessed but will be used for promotional purposes across various platforms including, but not limited to, social media. 

This summary should briefly describe your initiative, innovation or approach, illustrate its impact and clearly demonstrate why it is unique and/or how it has impacted the sector. 

Summaries should be uploaded to the entry website as two separate documents, appropriately named. 

Application Process

1.

Submit your application before the deadline of Friday, 26 August 2022. Requests for extensions beyond this deadline will not be considered.

2.

All entries assessed for eligibility and completion. Disqualified entries will be notified accordingly.

3.

Shortlisted finalists advised on Monday, 5 September 2022.

4.

External announcement of shortlisted entries on Monday, 12 September 2022.

5.

Judges complete two rounds of judging under the scrutiny of Award Partner, PwC.

6.

Winners announced at Gala Dinner and Awards Night on Wednesday, 12 October 2022.

7.

Media release sent on Thursday, 13 October 2022

8.

Judges feedback sent to entrants on 21 October 2022

9.

Ongoing social media and marketing

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Obligations of Finalists

A representative from each winning award will be required to make a short acceptance speech at the Gala Dinner and Awards Night. Acceptance speeches should be no longer than 3 minutes. 

A representative from each winning award will be required to work with the ISC to promote their success in 2022 and beyond. 

Entrants give consent for the entry summaries to be used to promote finalists, winners and the ISC Awards through multiple channels including, but not limited to, social media. 

Terms and Conditions

Entries for the 2022 Infrastructure Sustainability Council Awards must present outcomes achieved during the eligibility period specified in the award criteria. Entries can include relevant information prior to the eligibility period that is pertinent to the entry. 

Entries remain the property of the Infrastructure Sustainability Council and are not returned. 

Judges’ decisions are final. 

The Infrastructure Sustainability Council accepts no responsibility for entries that are not received, delayed, incomplete or are lost due to a technical problem. 

The Infrastructure Sustainability Council reserves the right to withdraw a category and cancel the award if an insufficient number of entries has been received, the quality of entries does not meet the criteria, or the entries are deemed inappropriate for any reason. 

The Infrastructure Sustainability Council shall be entitled to use all public relations material supplied as part of the Entry (including, but not limited to, images, video recordings, written content and any other supporting documentation submitted as part of the Entry) as necessary in any media and in any form to promote Entries. Do I/we need to be a member to apply for an ISC Award? 

Applicants in the Sustainability Leadership and Industry Impact categories must be current ISC members. Applicants in the Emerging Leader and Sustainability Champion awards must be current Infrastructure Sustainability Accredited Professionals (ISAP’s). Applicants 

Frequently Asked Questions

Applicants in the Sustainability Leadership and Industry Impact categories must be current ISC members. Applicants in the Emerging Leader and Sustainability Champion awards must be current Infrastructure Sustainability Accredited Professionals (ISAP’s). Applicants in the Enduring Impact award do not need to be current members or ISAP’s. 

Yes. Entries for an initiative, innovation or approach in the Sustainability Leadership category must have been implemented in a project that is registered for or has achieved an IS rating. 

Entries for an innovative strategy, process, method or technology must have been implemented in a project that is registered for or has achieved an IS Rating. 

Please see the eligibility criteria for each award regarding the applicable date range. 

Yes. Each entry is judged as a stand-alone application and each entry must fulfil the entry requirements of the chosen award. 

Yes. Please see the eligibility criteria regarding applicable date range. For entries in the Individual contribution to a sustainable future category, the ISC welcomes previous applicants. 

The Entry/Project name is the name you would like your entry referred to. It might be the name of a project, a particular initiative, program of work or similar. This name will appear on the award for winning entries.

You can partially submit your application and come back at any time before the closing date to complete your entry. 

Applications close at 5pm (AEST) on Friday, 26 August 2022. Any applications missing information, over the word count or that don’t meet the submission criteria will be automatically disqualified. 

The ISC seeks to reward and recognise best-practice across the sector and as such, have removed application fees. 

The judges of each category/award will be released after the awards close. 

Applications close at 5pm (AEST) on Friday, 26 August 2022. 

It is highly recommended that all shortlisted entries have a representative attend the Gala Dinner and Awards Night to accept the award should they win. 

Head to the ISC website (www.iscouncil.org) where you will be directed to the Connect Conference site where can purchase tickets to the conference and/or dinner and book a table of 10 for your whole team. This Conference site will be open for registrations in early July 2022. 

No. Winners will be announced on the night. 

Absolutely! If you have any special access, dietary or other requirements, please let us know during the registration process and we will do our best to accommodate your needs. 

Head to the ISC website, look for the Awards tab and you’ll find a link to the application portal there. 

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If your questions haven’t been answered in this guidebook or on our website, feel free to get in touch with us at events@iscouncil.org 

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The ISC will only communicate with the person submitting the entry – the Key Contact.

Meet the 2021 Winners

The infrastructure industry continues to set new benchmarks in sustainability, shown by the exceptional achievements recognised at the Infrastructure Sustainability Council Gala Awards 2021.

Held in Sydney, 3 March the awards celebrated sustainability best practices across Australia and New Zealand. A full list of the award winners and their projects can be accessed below.

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Our Award Evening