LGNSW Planning Award 

The LGNSW Planning Award recognises both individuals and councils who have demonstrated excellence in planning and development services. The Award focuses on leadership and culture change, innovation and excellence, recognising actions to promote co-operation, participation and the delivery of positive and pragmatic outcomes in the planning and development area. 
 
The Award is managed by LGNSW and sponsored by the NSW Department of Planning & Environment. 
 
Entries for the LGNSW Planning Award are now open and close Friday 25 August 2017. The winners will be announced at the LGNSW Planning Breakfast on Tuesday 24 October 2017 at Parliament House. 
 

Award categories

Councils who are members of LGNSW are eligible to enter each award category. 
Individual applicants must be employed by a council that is a member of LGNSW. 
 
There is no entry fee for the awards. Awards entries will not be accepted after the published deadline, except on private application to LGNSW prior to the date, and only in exceptional circumstances.
 
All material submitted will be retained by LGNSW and may be used for promotional purposes to highlight the awards. The decision of the judging panel is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Please do not include original material as it may not be returned.
 
The 2017 Award categories are:
 
Excellence in Leadership (Individual)  Culture Change Innovation/Excellence (Team or Council)

Division A:

Outstanding individual contribution - metropolitan (i.e. within Greater Sydney Commission's districts)

Division A:

Metropolitan (i.e. within Greater Sydney Commission's districts)

Division B:

Outstanding individual contribution - Large regional (i.e. population over 30,000, outside Greater Sydney Commission's districts)

Division B:

Large regional (i.e. population over 30,000, outside Greater Sydney Commission's districts)

Division C:

Outstanding individual contribution Rural/regional (i.e. population under 30,000, outside Greater Sydney Commission's districts)

Division C:
 
Rural/regional (i.e. population under 30,000, outside Greater Sydney Commission's districts)
 

Award Sponsor

 

Judging criteria 

Excellence in Leadership Judging Criteria – Outstanding individual contribution: (Council Executive Officer, Director or above)
Outline the individual’s contribution by addressing the following criteria: 
  1. Overall objective/project brief
    Describe the change initiative and outline why it was needed. You should include an explanation of how the issue was defined, which stakeholders were consulted in developing the strategy, and what (appropriate and achievable) goals were set.
  2. Methodology/stakeholder engagement
    Outline the methodology/approach used to develop and deliver the change initiative. Include a description of how stakeholders were engaged.
  3. Motivation/leadership – Demonstration of leadership
    What leadership qualities did this individual demonstrate in achieving this change initiative/s?  How did the approach show individual leadership?
  4. Impact
    Describe the impact this individual has had on council’s internal and external stakeholders working in planning and development services?
  5. Innovation
    Describe how the leadership of this individual incorporated something unique or something that would result in a change or leave a lasting legacy in the way council planning and development staff deliver their service/approach their work.
  6. Evaluation
    What feedback or other evaluation methods were used to evaluate the change initiative? Did this person achieve their goal/s and make an impact on their key audiences?
Culture Change Innovation/Excellence Judging Criteria: Council (as an organisation/team)
  1. Overall strategy
    Describe the change initiative and outline why it was needed. You should include an explanation of how the issue/s was defined, which stakeholders were consulted in developing the strategy, and what (appropriate and achievable) goals were set up.
  2. Methodology/stakeholder engagement
    Outline the methodology/approach used to develop, deliver and evaluate the change initiative/strategy. Include a description of how stakeholders (internal/external) were engaged. Were stakeholders asked to give feedback as part of evaluating the outcomes?
  3. Creating a positive environment for change
    Describe what strategies were used to create an environment of trust and positivity and to overcome change resistance. What actions and activities were used to encourage staff to embrace change? How was resistance managed
  4. The impact of the change on relationships
    Describe how this change initiative/strategy achieved its goal/s and made an impact on relationships between those who operate, use and are affected by the planning system.  
  5. The shift in focus/approach that has resulted from the change
    Explain how this initiative altered the focus/approach in the way the council is delivering its planning and development services. What is different now? How has this change been embedded into the council’s culture?
  6. The impact of the change on the development and behaviour of staff
    Describe how the strategy/methodology incorporated something unique or that would leave a lasting legacy on the behaviour of staff. How did this change contribute to strengthening the council’s capacities and performance for planning and development services?

Prepare your submission 

To enter online, it is essential that you follow the steps below in advance: 
  • Your submission should be no longer than 4 A4 pages in length, in Word or PDF format, no larger than 5MB. 
  • Ensure you spell check and present a neat formatted document with clear headings. 
Entry is open to NSW councils only and entrants, or their organisation, must be a member of LGNSW. 
 
Entries close Friday 25 August 2017. 
 

Tips for winning

Remember that the judging panel will see many entries. Cut through the competition with a short, concise entry and links to supporting documents which judges can view online.
 
Keep it Simple:
  • A concise summary
  • Professional writing
  • Good images
  • Enter the right category - do your research, and make sure you enter the right project in the right category
All entries are acknowledged on the day and LGNSW encourages entrants to attend the LGNSW Planning Breakfast on Tuesday 24 October 2017, to celebrate the high standard of work by local government in NSW.