Planning and Building Awards for Regional Innovation

Australian Regional Innovation Awards aim to recognise and showcase individuals and organisations that are achieving innovation in regional and rural Australia

Planning and Building Award for Regional Innovation

Who can apply

Representatives from all types of organisations active in regional development across Australia, including councils, shires, rural and regional organisations, NGO’s and government agencies that aim to better serve their communities.


The Award Presentation Ceremony is held in conjunction Regional Development Australia Conference Dinner on October 15th at the Commercial Club Albury.

Important Dates

Nominations open: Thursday 29th August 2013Nominations close: Tuesday 15th July 2014

Award Submission

Click here to submit a nomination, entries can only be accepted via the website.

The online entry:

  • requires you to provide a brief overall description of your project, for use in the Conference Proceedings and other promotional material
  • has a 300-word limit to each criterion
  • requires all selection criteria to be addressed as appropriate to the project; if a criterion is not relevant to the project state ‘not applicable’.

Note: applications and attachments will be printed in black and white only

Planning and Building Awards for Regional Innovation

Selection criteria

Entries for the awards should address the following selection criteria:

Innovation and/or best practice How does your project demonstrate innovation and/or best practice in the way your organisation does business or delivers services to your community?

Process and planning How did you determine what changes were required to improve your business practices and/or better meet your community’s needs (for example, consultation processes, needs analysis, etcetera)?

  • Benefits
  • What are the benefits of the project? Who benefits and how? Innovation
  • How does your project demonstrate innovation or deliver to community in terms of economic and social outcomes?

Community needs How are community needs met by this project

The judging process

Each Award will be judged by the Advisory Committee with judging based on the submitted entry form (entrants do not present). Judging will be based on the material provided by you, within the online entry form.

Meet one of the Judges

Tony McBurney, Director, Integrated Design Group

ARDC Committee-tony mcburneyTony established Integrated Design Group in 1999 after previous experience in both the public and private sectors, including his role as a Senior Architect at HPA / Mirvac and as an Associate at Stanton Dahl Architects.

Tony has a long-standing dedication to the community and housing design, with the goal of bringing the benefits of good architecture to ‘the common man’


There are sponsorship opportunities for these Awards, please refer to the Sponsorship Proposal or contact the Conference Secretariat.


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If you require more information about the Awards submission process and sponsorship please contact the Conference Secretariat.


Planning and Building Awards for Rural and Regional Innovation

Regional Innovation Awards 2014 Secretariat

Ph: (61 7) 5502 2068 Fax (61 7) 5527 3298

Email: [email protected]