Frequently Asked Questions

Nominations close midnight Friday 26th March, 2021.


Do I have to be a member of PLA to enter the awards?

Yes, membership must be current at time of nomination and throughout the awards program (minimum corporate or individual). If you or your organisation is not currently a member, JOIN online or contact us on 08 8332 0130 or e: membership@parksleisure.com.au. All organisations (both nominating and joint) must be current members.

For further information on how to select the membership tier which is right for you please contact membership@parksleisure.com.au.

Does my project, program and/or event have to be completed?

Yes the nominated project/program and/or event must have been completed or occurred and evaluated prior to the submission deadline and within the past two years.

What is a joint submission?

A joint submission recognises your organisation as well as another key stakeholder/s who has contributed to the project. An example of a joint submission would be a council and an architect or consultancy firm. A joint submission can include up to three organisations.

All nominees joined in a submission must hold a membership with Parks and Leisure Australia. For further information see our Terms and Conditions.

I have entered an award in the past - can I enter the same project?

Yes, however if your project won an award category (regional or national) in the past you are unable to enter the same project in the same award category.

Can I enter the same project into more than one category?

The exact same projects cannot be entered into multiple categories, however if one large project has several components it may be split to enter more than one category, ensuring you address the criteria for each award category. Please seek advice from National Office for more information or clarification if required.

How do I enter the Region Awards?

Entering into the National Awards of Excellence gives you automatic entry to be eligible to win a Region Award (excluding the Frank Stewart Distinguished Service Award). Region winners automatically become national finalists. For more information refer to How to Enter.

The Awards system isn't recognising my email / login details?

The Awards program is not linked to our membership database, therefore you cannot use your existing membership log in.
You also cannot use your awards log in details from last year's Awards program.

You will need to click on the "New 2021 User" and add yourself as a new user. You will then have access to start your submission.

I have already submitted my entry but I want to make a change - what can I do?

If nominations are still open, contact the National office who will be able to put your submission back into an ''incomplete status'' which will allow you to make changes to your submission and re-submit.

My entry won at the Region Awards and now I want to add something for National Judging?

Once the Awards program has closed you are unable to make further changes to your submission. When completing your submission consider that it needs to provide enough information to be competing against both entries within your region and if it progresses to the national awards will be competing with national entries.

My project is almost finished - should I enter it into the Awards this year?

No you should wait until the following year, you have two years from the date of completion to enter your project into the awards. The judges are unable to judge if there has been benefit to the community or that your project has achieved its outcomes without the data and analysis that you are able to provide if you wait and can provide once the project has been finished and in operation for some time.

Will the judges be visiting my project to see it in person?

No, each judging panel is made up of six judges located around the country, therefore it is important that you provide as much information and context of your project in the submission.

I want to enter the PIVOT award but can't find it in the drop down menu on the Awards system.

This is a once off award for 2021 only is entered via submission of a video. To enter this award you may do so by reading the information for entry and entering via the link on this page

https://www.parksleisure.com.au/awards/awards-of-excellence/categories/criteria

How to enter

You can register and return to you submission any time.

How to enter

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