Award Categories-Description and Criteria


Agriculture/Horticulture and Associated Services

Agriculture/Horticulture and Associated Services
Agriculture/Horticulture and Associated Services
Recognises both nationally and internationally the Northern Inland of New South Wales as a location of best practice and innovative operations. Agriculture is the region’s main industry. However, it is the individuals and agri-businesses which must take up innovation and yield better bottom lines or environmental outcomes. Farmers are by necessity innovators – rural entries will help to show the wider community exactly how.


Health, Aged Care and Disability Services

Health, Aged Care and Disability Services
Health, Aged Care and Disability Services

There are great innovative programs and even products being created and implemented by health, aged-care and disability service providers in this region. Regional Development Australia Northern Inland and Prime Super want to read those stories. Help increase your region’s awareness of the special things done by you or your organisation. Entering is a simple process and there are many benefits to achieving recognition for being innovative.



Professional and Government Services

Professional and Government Services
Professional and Government Services
From dental and medical, legal and accounting, through to Local Government and State or Federal Departments, professionals in the Northern Inland are achieve more effective or efficient outcomes through resourceful and innovative approaches or products. Let’s promote the innovation in these sectors.


Manufacturing and Engineering

Manufacturing and Engineering
Manufacturing and Engineering
Northern Inland businesses constantly show by innovative practices how they compete with world standard products, often against larger competitors. Equipment is often produced regionally which allow economic benefits and savings which lowers costs of the product for the firm or to other businesses in the market place. If your operation has produced or incorporated something new or adopted new approaches that have made a difference, please enter and tell us your story.

Retail, Tourism and Leisure

Retail, Tourism and Leisure
Retail, Tourism and Leisure
It is often due to innovative approaches that businesses in this region prosper and grow despite not being located in or near the large Australian metropolitan areas. If you have done something differently and it has worked, then you should be proud and promote what sets you apart. This is good for your operation’s profile and for the region, as you could be setting a good example for others.

Research and Education

Research and Education
Research and Education
Innovation can be found in research and education or the operation of the organisation conducting research or providing education programmes. If your organisation has set itself apart in this area, be proud and promote it. The contribution to the region’s and Australia’s economy by this sector is significant. It also diversifies the makeup of the region’s communities and highlights the region as a desirable and progressive place to work and live.

Innovation of the Year Award

Will be awarded to the leading innovation across all categories. Matters for consideration by the judging panel will include the level of research and development, the commercial value of the innovation developed, the potential for additional applications, general strength/demand for the innovation and the potential and industry benefits that will be realised with the introduction of the innovation.


Innovative Community Contribution Award

Regional Development Australia Northern Inland will recognise an organisation (public or private, commercial or not-for-profit) or an event in the region which has been innovative / special / unique in how it has made a community contribution.



Highly Commended Awards

At the discression of RDA - Northern Inland, Highly Commended awards may also be presented to recognise high quality entries that do not quite make the top three in their category.