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2018 Premier’s Awards winners and commendation recipients

Energy sector

Excellence in Working with Communities: Delivering Customer Value

Winner: SIMEC ZEN Energy for 'Reducing the cost of energy for the disadvantaged through renewable energy'

SIMEC ZEN Energy has developed a business model to enable the social and disadvantaged housing sector to install solar energy on many of their housing assets that would be self-funding with a positive cash flow and still provide a 40% plus saving on electricity to the tenants. Working closely with four top tier social housing providers, this model is already providing cheaper electricity to hundreds of disadvantaged households in South Australia and has the potential to be deployed over thousands of households. This winning program is delivering practical benefits for disadvantaged communities that would usually find it difficult to access renewable energy technologies.

Excellence in Innovation: Productivity Improvement

Winner: Energy Developments Pty Ltd for 'Coober Pedy Renewable Hybrid'

The Coober Pedy Renewable Hybrid Power Project commenced commercial operation in July 2017, combining 4MW wind generation; 1MW solar generation; a 1MW/500kWhr battery; and other integration technologies with the diesel power station as a backup. The project has delivered reliable electricity for the community and it has done so at world-leading renewable energy penetration rates, supplying approximately 74% of the town’s energy use through renewable energy (end September 2018) including 3454 hours of zero diesel operation over the 2017-18 financial year. This winning project impressed through the high level of transparency and accountability provided to the local community and the company’s strong focus on continuous improvement and innovation.

Excellence in Innovation: Transformational Innovation

Commendation: 1414 Degrees for the 'SA Water GAS-TESS' project

1414 Degrees is a South Australian company working with local universities, employing Adelaide based engineers, tradespersons, and suppliers. The project addresses the intermittency of renewable generation that constrains the amount of renewable energy that can be beneficially injected into an electricity network. The spinning inertia of 1414 Degrees TESS turbines aim to make the electricity grid more robust, lowering network stability costs and reducing cost to connect for renewable sources.

Commendation: SIMEC ZEN Energy for 'Transforming the Australian energy sector to bring prices down and realise South Australia’s new energy advantage'

SIMEC ZEN Energy is partnering with large consumers of energy in the commercial and industrial sectors in Australia and utilising large-scale renewables with firming assets to back retail electricity contracts. The company has now embarked on a program to deliver a $1 billion roll out of renewable energy capacity investment in South Australia, creating lasting benefits for regional communities and those employed within its Adelaide office.

Mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector

Excellence in Working with Communities

Winner: BHP Olympic Dam and C-Res for 'Local Buying Program'

A joint project by BHP and C-Res, the Local Buying Program has been established to support small businesses to supply goods and services to BHP operations via a competitive tender process with reduced payment terms. Businesses also receive direct support from C-Res Business Engagement Advisors and the Program Administration Team (a cost neutral service). This innovative program has demonstrated outstanding results and an enduring impact for local communities. Since October 2017, the program has achieved a total of approved spend of $2,014,553, 78 approved suppliers and 173 approved work opportunities. This program sets a high standard not only for the METS and resources sectors, but also for all large-scale companies operating in South Australia.

Excellence in Innovation: Productivity Improvement

Winner: Boart Longyear for 'TruScan Innovative onsite core scanning technology'

Boart Longyear’s TruScan technology is able to scan and photograph a full tray of core and provide geochemical data within 25 minutes of the core being brought out of the ground. Normally analysis involves collecting core on pallets, transporting to laboratory, the laboratory scheduling in analysis, carrying out analysis and eventually the results being delivered. The technology is delivering substantial cost savings for both exploration and mining companies. Boart Longyear is also recognised for its strong commitment to attracting and retaining skilled talent in South Australia.

Commendation: Minalyze for 'Minalyzer core scanner and Minalogger data visualization software'

The Minalyzer is a XRF drill core scanner capable of continuously scanning cores directly in core trays. Two separate projects have been undertaken in the South Australian Drill Core Library, generating high-resolution geochemistry, digital images and 3D-models for 20 km drill cores. Huge investments are made in drilling activities; however the data from just a fraction of the samples is collected. The Minalyzer unlocks this information. The development of the cloud based software Minalogger provides 3D visualisation of data generated by the Minalyzer. A commendation was awarded in recognition of the enormous potential of this technology once fully commercialised.

Excellence in Innovation: Commercialisation of Research

Winner: Maptek Pty Ltd for 'Maptek Sentry'

The Maptek Sentry system delivers a novel approach to monitoring the stability of walls and structures to help operations manage risk and guide safety management. The laser-based technology can be deployed to monitor mine surfaces such as pit walls, slopes, benches and ramps as well as underground convergence and subsidence. Maptek exemplifies South Australian innovation and commercialisation with global impact. Twenty-two Sentry systems are now used around the world. The laser imaging facility has been operating since 1999 in Adelaide, where Sentry R&D and manufacturing takes place. Building and delivering Sentry systems to customers involves 25 full time employees in Maptek South Australia, providing significant new opportunities in advanced manufacturing to service the energy and mining industries. More than 70% of Maptek suppliers are SA-based. Global reach enables flow-on effects for SA export, logistics and freight suppliers.

Resources sector

Excellence in Diversity

Winner: Iluka Resources and the Far West Coast Aboriginal Corporation for 'Jacinth-Ambrosia - Diversity in Action - Partnerships with Far West Coast and Iluka Resources'

Iluka Resources has demonstrated a strong and enduring commitment to develop a diverse and engaged workforce. In relation to its Jacinth-Ambrosia project, Iluka Resources works in partnership with the Far West Coast (FWC) Aboriginal Corporation through the FWC Iluka Liaison Committee. Successful commitment to and implementation of the Native Title Mining Agreement (NTMA) and a strong relationship with the FWC has resulted the achievement and maintenance of a 20% aspirational employment target of Indigenous people throughout mining operations, including the recent 18 month idle period in 2016 and 2017. The exceptional program of in-house environmental rehabilitation implemented during that idle period has achieved multiple benefits including the ongoing employment of the local and Indigenous workforce. This winning program is exemplary for its diversity and social inclusion outcomes. It is also a model of how the resources sector can partner with local communities to deliver positive socio-economic outcomes in market downturns, as well as in the boom times.

Commendation: BHP Olympic Dam for 'Championing change at Olympic Dam'

To achieve BHP’s aspirational target of gender balance by 2025 at Olympic Dam, an internal Inclusion and Diversity Council (IDC) was formed and is championing change through a range of approaches, including focuses on facilities and infrastructure, flexible work, and culture. The most notable results have been a 5.9% increase in female representation (14.2% of the Olympic Dam current workforce, compared to 8.3% in Q1 FY17) and an increase in Indigenous team members in FY18 to 4.4% (against a target of 3.1%). The investment BHP Olympic Dam has made to developing a comprehensive and enduring program is highly commendable. From addressing identified gaps in facilities including change rooms and amenities to address gender and cultural needs, the introduction of flexible work arrangements including job sharing, to the introduction of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for women with smaller sizing and maternity options, through to site wide programs to lead cultural change. A commendation has been awarded in recognition of the program’s demonstration of leading practice for the resources sector and all industries operating within South Australia.

Excellence in Working with Communities

Winner: OZ Minerals and Global Maintenance Upper Spencer Gulf for 'Carrapateena Project' ten

The Carrapateena Local Participation Partnership is a formal agreement between OZ Minerals and Global Maintenance Upper Spencer Gulf (GMUSG) aimed at maximising local supplier participation in the development and operation of OZ Minerals’ $900 million Carrapateena copper-gold project currently in construction 160 km north of Port Augusta in South Australia. Local communities have gained significant additional income and employment from local supplier participation at Carrapateena. Local business participation levels are evident and will continue to grow as construction at Carrapateena ramps up, providing enduring social-economic outcomes. This exceptional partnership has elements that can be replicated by all sectors in the South Australian economy, no matter the size of the operation, providing a leading practice example of local procurement for all companies.

Winner: Heathgate Resources for 'Aboriginal Engagement Program'

Heathgate Resources aims to meet and/or exceed a 20% commitment to employing Adnyamathanha candidates across a range of positions on the mine site based in Beverley. During 2018, Heathgate Resources has actively worked with the Beverley Advisory Committee, the Elders, and the local Adnyamathanha community, working together to identify needs and work through strategies to increase the number of Adnyamathanha employees at Beverley. Heathgate Resources has also appointed a dedicated HR Business Partner - Heritage, Diversity and Engagement to support this work. In particular, the Aboriginal School Mentoring Program has been well received by the community and has already seen 62 students participate in the camps with a number of them following on to work experience at the Beverley Mine site. The program recognises the importance of family support in helping to skill youth for the workforce. This program is a leading practice example of a company working closely with their local Aboriginal community to achieve socio-economic benefits, including social inclusion and diversity outcomes.

Commendation: Hillgrove Resources Limited and the Kanmantoo Callington Community Consultative Committee for 'Kanmantoo Callington Regional Master Plan'

Hillgrove Resources and the local communities of Callington and Kanmantoo are establishing a regional Master Plan to deliver positive long-term benefit to the community that hosts the Kanmantoo Copper mine. The Plan is a community led process supported by Hillgrove Resources, designed to build community capability in the areas of Callington and Kanmantoo for a future after mining. This highly commended approach empowers the community to collectively strive for the betterment of the local region. The Plan has been developed by the Kanmantoo Callington Community Consultative Committee (KCCCC) over four years – a significant commitment - and will have enduring impacts when integration with existing local government planning is achieved. The innovative collaboration between the KCCCC and UniSA’s Match Studio to minimise project costs and provide students with exposure to real world projects is also commendable. This project is a fine example of the outstanding collaboration and innovation achievable even when financial resources are restricted.

Commendation: Beach Energy for 'Otway Basin (SA) Project'

Through its local community approach, Beach Energy has clearly demonstrated a commitment to genuine consultation regarding its operations in the South East. Beach Energy has a Regional Manager based in Penola, who is committed to ongoing engagement with landholders, stakeholders and community members. A dedicated and engaged local company presence has delivered positive outcomes for the company and community. The local office provides the community with the opportunity to drop in and ask the Regional Manager questions about the program, while community sessions also provide face-to-face access to Beach Energy’s drilling engineers, environmental experts and other project leads. Beach Energy’s commitment to collaborating with local clubs and organisations and supporting community development is also commended. This local community engagement approach is a worthy example for other resources companies to emulate.

Excellence in Innovation: Environmental Management

Winner: Iluka Resources for 'Jacinth-Ambrosia Mine rehabilitation research programs to achieve restoration success'

Iluka’s Jacinth-Ambrosia mine operates in the Yellabinna Regional Reserve of the Eucla Basin. To address the challenges and knowledge gaps of restoring a self-sustaining ecosystem, Iluka has implemented a Research Program that has meaningful impacts and outcomes shared across the broader mining industry including pastoral lands or salinity-affected land requiring restoration. Iluka’s commitment to commissioning independent research is outstanding. Iluka has demonstrated an exemplary approach to partnerships and knowledge sharing between research and teaching institutions, the local community and the Far West Coast Aboriginal Corporation, and across Iluka’s sites nationally. The resilient and enduring nature of Iluka’s program demonstrates a strong ongoing commitment to developing innovative environmental outcomes for local South Australian conditions.

Winner: Hanson for 'Rowland Flat Sand Quarry Progressive Rehabilitation'

The Hanson team at Rowland Flat Quarry, located in the Barossa Valley wine region of South Australia, are implementing a highly effective progressive rehabilitation plan. By progressively rehabilitating the Rowland Flat Quarry, through structured pit planning and optimising the use of all materials on site, Hanson has demonstrated a number of positive environmental outcomes. These include minimal visual impact, regeneration of local native vegetation using existing seed, returning the land to a state where it ties into to the surrounding environment immediately, and reduced dust generation. Hanson has also demonstrated how this project has generated other significant business benefits including cost and liability reduction and improved risk management. The relationships that Hanson has built in the local community both complement and support this project. Hanson has a strong commitment to enduring outcomes through the expansion of such programs to other sites, including the Hanson Golden Grove Site in metropolitan Adelaide.

Commendation: BHP Olympic Dam for 'Diesel particulate matter reduction project'

Through a collaborative approach based on the best available science, BHP Olympic Dam has already achieved significant reductions in diesel particulate matter exposure delivering big outcomes for employee health and safety. Average levels of exposure for its 800-plus underground workforce is now 63% lower than it was in 2016. Employees have reported the air to be visibly cleaner, and in many areas of the mine are no longer required to wear facemasks. This project is a world first for an underground mine. A commendation has been awarded for implementation of this world-leading project to address an environmental impact that will have learnings beyond the resources sector to other industrial and urban environments.

Excellence in Innovation: Production Solution

Winner: Santos for 'Wireless to the Wellhead'

Santos has built one of the world's largest private 4G networks to provide critical communications and control over 1300 oil and gas wellheads across more than 30,000 square kilometres in South Australia's remote Cooper Basin. The Wireless to the Wellhead 4G network replaced telemetry radio infrastructure, using LTE (Long Time Evolution) 4G broadband solution to provide a communications network that transmits and receives wellhead telemetry data to and from Santos’ control applications. The project has delivered numerous productivity and efficiency benefits in the areas of communications and real-time monitoring of operations. Along with these gains, this project has delivered significant safety benefits, including reducing the need for remote travel, and decreasing the associated risks and isolation. This project exemplifies the global leadership of the South Australian petroleum sector.

Commendation: Santos for 'Moomba Integrated Risk Register'

Moomba is a Major Hazard Facility requiring the asset to demonstrate that it can operate safely whilst also continuously improving production performance in a sustainable manner. Santos demonstrates safe operations through the innovative development of a single risk platform called the Integrated Risk Register (IRR). The IRR was developed to bring many systems onto one platform, providing a centralised view of an asset’s risk profile and consistency across all operational assets. On a daily basis, plant conditions are assessed and deviations from normal operation are identified and reported into the IRR, allowing for immediate visualisation and prioritisation to address the risk. A commendation has been awarded in recognition of the leading practice nature of  its program and its potential application across the resources sector.

About the Awards

The Premier’s Awards in Energy and Mining recognise excellence demonstrated by leading resources and energy sector companies and organisations in the areas of diversity, working with communities, and innovation.

The Premier’s Awards applaud companies and organisations that:

  • recognise South Australia as a place to successfully undertake innovative projects
  • demonstrate leadership in implementing leading practice
  • raise the bar for their competitors across the sector in their workplace practices and community engagement
  • implement projects that have measurable and valued impacts in the market place of ideas.

As the Premier’s Awards enter their seventh year, the South Australian Government has widened the scope of industry recognition and added new categories. For the first time, this year’s event will recognise not only resources companies but also energy companies that demonstrate leadership and ‘best practice’ to improve the economic and social wellbeing of South Australian communities.

Eligibility for companies and organisations has been widened to applicants operating in the:

  • Energy sector (generation, transmission, distribution, retail, energy products and services)
  • Resources sector (mineral, petroleum, quarrying)
  • Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) sector

There are now three award categories:

  • Excellence in Diversity
  • Excellence in Working with Communities
  • Excellence in Innovation

Subcategories of awards in these fields of excellence have been created specific to each of the three eligible sectors, with a total of 13 award categories available.

Award categories

Sector Award categories
Resources (minerals, petroleum, quarrying) Excellence in diversity Excellence in working with communities Excellence in innovation: Environmental management

Excellence in innovation: Production solution 
METS (mining equipment, technology and services) Excellence in diversity Excellence in working with communities Excellence in innovation: Productivity improvement

Excellence in innovation: Commercialisation of research

Excellence in innovation: New export market
Energy (generation, transmission, distribution, retail, energy  products and services) Excellence in diversity Excellence in working with communities Excellence in innovation: Productivity improvement

Excellence in innovation: Transformational innovation

Who is eligible to apply?

Any company or organisation that operates in South Australia’s minerals, petroleum, quarrying, METS and energy sectors is eligible to apply. The key criteria are that the company or organisation operates in South Australia, irrespective of ownership or headquarter location, and can demonstrate excellence in one or more of the categories listed above.

Why enter the Premier’s Awards for Energy and Mining?

The winning companies or organisations receive formal recognition for their performance and leadership in the energy, resources and METS sectors. They will have an opportunity to share their experiences with government, industry and the community through expanded awareness of their winning program or project. The Award winners will be able to differentiate themselves amongst other companies and organisations. They set an example of excellence in corporate social responsibility and innovation, encouraging others to follow their lead and raising the bar for the rest of their sector.

Entering the Awards provides an opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate how these programs and projects have measurable and valued impacts in the marketplace
  • Support internal business cases to apply more resources to these types of programs and projects
  • Receive recognition for business policies that aim to improve diversity and support communities
  • Increase media and brand awareness
  • Highlight the company or organisation as an attractive potential employer or business partner

The winner of each Award will receive a framed certificate signed by the Premier, an electronic certificate and the rights to use the award category logo on their website and marketing material.

Administration of the Awards

Confidentiality All applications will remain commercial in-confidence. Access will be granted to Department for Energy and Mining Awards administration officers and the relevant judging panel members. The Department for Energy and Mining will seek the approval of the winning applicant prior to publishing any details of the program or project.

Conditions of entry

The following conditions of entry apply to all applicants:

  • Closing date for entries is 5:00 pm on Friday 26 October 2018.
  • Applications must be submitted through the Online Awards Portal
  • Applicants may be asked to provide further documentation or evidence to support their claims.
  • Applicants may be requested by the Department for Energy and Mining to provide non-confidential details and/or photographs for publicity purposes pertaining to the Awards.
  • Applicants acknowledge the Department for Energy and Mining may distribute media releases regarding the outcomes of the Awards.

How the Awards are judged?

The applications must meet the eligibility criteria.

The Awards will be judged based on the merit of each application, not as a competition between applicants. Small projects are encouraged to apply, as the merit of their project will be assessed taking the size and resources of the company or organisation into consideration.

Applications will be judged against the weighted criteria for each Award.

A judging panel will be convened for each of the three sectors (resources, METS and energy), comprising representatives from the government, industry and community sectors.

The judging panel will make recommendations on the winning applicants to the Premier after assessing the written applications. The Premier’s decision is final.

Members of the judging panels

When will the Awards ceremony take place?

The Premier's Awards will be announced at a Gala Dinner Celebration on Friday 30 November 2018 at the Hotel Grand Chancellor Adelaide.

Invitation to book tickets to Awards Gala Dinner

Friday 30 November 2018, 7–11 pm
Hotel Grand Chancellor, Adelaide

Dress code: cocktail or business attire

Reserve your seat or table:
$180 per person or $1500 table of 10 

Book now for the Gala Dinner

Guidelines and application process

Download the Award Guidelines (PDF)

Applicants must apply through the Online Awards Portal

  • An individual user ID and password must be created to access the portal and submit an application.
  • Applicants can save partially completed applications for later completion and submission.
  • The online application form outlines the weighted criteria that must be addressed and includes strict word limits.
  • A brief description of the company or organisation is also required.
  • Keep the answers succinct and to the point – make use of dot points where possible, include tables and graphs as supporting evidence.
  • Clearly address each criteria, be to the point, be honest and factual. The STAR format (situation, task, action, result) is one possible way of constructing the response.
  • Results must be measurable and be significant to prove the success of the project.
  • Up to three (3) supporting attachments may be included. Applicants are advised to keep the length of attached documents to a minimum.
  • It is strongly recommended applicants provide a short video presentation of their application. This video does not require professional production, a video shot using a mobile phone is sufficient. Video attachments are not included in the three (3) supporting attachment limit.

More information

Department for Energy and Mining
Phone: (08) 8463 3000
Online Awards Portal: