Terms and conditions

Read the terms and conditions of entry to the Green Globe Awards.

Nominations have now closed for the 2017 Green Globe Awards.

In these terms and conditions of entry, unless otherwise stated:

  • A reference to ‘entrant’, ‘you’, or ‘your’ means the organisation or individual who is named on the entrant details section of the online entry form.
  • A reference to ‘the entry’ means the documents constituting the entrant’s nomination for a Green Globe Award (and does not include the actual project or initiative which is the subject of the nomination).
  • A reference to ‘OEH’ means the Office of Environment and Heritage, Department of Planning and Environment NSW.
  1. To enter the 2017 Green Globe Awards, you must comply with these Terms and Conditions of Entry.
  2. Entries will only be accepted via the online entry form. To gain access you need to set up an account. You will be issued with a username and password for continued access. Please phone 1300 361 967 if you have any problems. 
  3. Tailor your application to fit a particular award category. You can make multiple entries as long as you modify and submit each application for the relevant category.
  4. If your entry is based outside Greater Sydney you will automatically be considered for the Regional Sustainability Award. You will be prompted to enter the postcode of the location of the project or initiative if it differs from the address provided in the contact details section. This postcode will be used to identify regional entries.
  5. Complete the entry form by addressing the 3 judging criteria listed in the online nomination application form. You will also need to:
    • provide background about your organisation or you as an individual
    • provide an executive summary of the project
    • provide information to support your work.
  6. Keep within the character limits set for each section of the entry form.
  7. Entries (including supporting information) close at 5pm AEST on Tuesday 27 June 2017. No late submissions will be accepted.
  8. Claims made in your entry must be true and correct. OEH reserves the right to declare your entry ineligible if, in the reasonable opinion of OEH, the information provided in your entry is deficient, false or misleading in any way.
  9. All entrants must be compliant with NSW and federal environmental laws. OEH reserves the right to declare an entry ineligible if an entrant was the subject of an investigation for non-compliance with NSW or federal environmental laws within 30 months before 30 October 2017.
  10. You may self-nominate for an award except the Premier’s Award for Environmental Excellence and the Regional Sustainability Award – the winners for these are chosen by the independent judging panel. A third party may nominate an individual entrant for the Sustainability Champion Award or the Young Sustainability Champion Award. If you nominate a third party, the nominated party must provide written evidence at the time of entry that they accept these terms and conditions of entry.
  11. Entrants agree to attend or provide representation at the Green Globe Awards ceremony and other relevant publicity activities if they are short-listed as a finalist.
  12. Entrants must declare any perceived conflicts of interest in their entry.
  13. Entrants will be asked to complete 3 questions relating to the nomination process when entering the awards. Entrants’ responses to these questions will be used to gain feedback on the nomination process and will not be used in any way to evaluate entries during the judging process.
  14. Winners from the 2016 Green Globe Awards are eligible to enter the same category in 2017 for the same project or initiative. However, the entry must demonstrate significant achievements in the 12 months since June 2016.
  15. OEH reserves the right to disqualify entries in the event of noncompliance with these terms and conditions of entry.
  16. Entries must demonstrate benefits for the people or organisations within the state of New South Wales from 30 June 2015 to 30 June 2017.
  17. Organisations or individuals based outside NSW are eligible to enter the Green Globe Awards if the entry addresses the judging criteria relevant to NSW.
  18. OEH employees are not eligible to enter the Green Globe Awards.
  19. OEH reserves the right to cancel the 2017 Green Globes Awards at any time, for any reason, and no compensation is payable to entrants for such cancellation.
  20. If a winner is found to have breached NSW or federal environmental laws subsequent to the grant of a Green Globe Award, or OEH considers a winner has acted in a manner that is incompatible with a person holding a Green Globe Award, then OEH may revoke the grant of that award to that person and that person must immediately thereafter cease to hold himself or herself out as a winner of that award.
  1. By submitting an application, the entrant:
    1. warrants that the entry and the project or initiative which is the subject of the entry do not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, rights of privacy or publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity, and that no other person or entity has any right, title, claim or interest in the entry or the project or initiative which is the subject of the entry
    2. grants an irrevocable, perpetual, world-wide non-exclusive licence to OEH to reproduce, distribute, display, adapt and modify information contained in your entry (except for confidential information identified by the entrant in accordance with clause 22) and any intellectual property subsisting in it in connection with the Green Globe Awards and to promote the Green Globe Awards in any media now or hereafter known, including but not limited to web content, advertising, publications and on screen content but only for the purposes of promoting, administering or organising the Green Globe Awards or any other OEH, or OEH sponsored or affiliated, award, event or activity and for no other purpose
    3. acknowledges that entries (including supporting information) provided for the purposes of a Green Globe Award nomination become the property of OEH and will not be returned even in the event the Green Globe Awards is cancelled
    4. grants OEH an unrestricted right to use all statements made in connection with the Green Globe Awards and images of the entrant or which resemble the entrant in any reasonable manner, and to permit third parties to do so, at OEH’s sole discretion
    5. acknowledges that OEH will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with the uses described in this clause (except where prohibited by law).
  1. Entrants must indicate any confidential information (including commercial and personal information) provided in their application that is not intended for public release. OEH will not publish confidential information identified in accordance with this clause.
  2. Subject to clause 22, information contained within the entries of Green Globe Award winners and finalists will be made public. It is a condition of entry that you give permission to publish your entry including your name and any photograph of you provided as part of your entry. This information may be used by OEH for promotional purposes.
  3. The Green Globe Awards recognise and promote award winners. Entrants must allow case studies of their entries to be prepared by OEH, and provide input and information for those case studies as reasonably required. Case studies will be made public, except for confidential information (including photographs) identified in accordance with clause 22.
  4. By entering the Green Globe Awards, you consent to photographs of you being taken at the Green Globe Awards ceremony and other relevant publicity activities, and to:
    1. the use of such photographs in promotional material published by OEH, including on government websites, social media platforms and printed government material
    2. OEH supplying such photographs to third parties for use in online and print media publications.
  5. OEH, as the promoter of the Green Globe Awards, will collect personal information provided in all entries such as entrants’ names and email addresses. This information will be stored securely by the promoter and email addresses will only be used for the purpose of contacting winners and finalists. Personal information contained in your entry will be treated in accordance with the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (NSW), under which you have rights of access and correction.
  6. Subject to clause 22, personal information may be disclosed for the purposes of promoting the Green Globe Awards or if otherwise required or authorised by law. For more information on how OEH manages your personal information or to request access or correct any information, go to the OEH and your privacy.
  1. The judges’ decisions are final and no further correspondence regarding the judges’ decisions will be entered into.
  2. The panel of judges consists of independent experts in a range of fields and they are allocated award categories based on their expertise.
  3. Up to seven judges are responsible for judging each award category. No one individual judge can choose the winner of a category.
  4. Judges will score nominations for each award category against the three judging criteria and supporting information supplied. Each of the three criteria will be given equal weight by the judges.
  5. Judges may elect to present more than one award per category to reflect the diversity of outstanding environmental excellence.
  6. Judges work in accordance with the judging process and guidelines document.
  7. The judging panel reserves the right to change an award category selected by the entrant. The award category will only change if the judges determine the alternate category to be more relevant.
  8. The judging panel’s scores and feedback for each nomination will be made available to the entrant after the judging process has been finalised.
  1. By submitting an entry, the entrant agrees to release, discharge and hold harmless OEH and its partners, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies, agents and their employees, officers, directors and representatives from any claim, loss, injury and damage arising directly or indirectly out of their participation in the Green Globe Awards or any related activities and their acceptance and use, misuse or possession of any prize awarded including the breach of any third party intellectual property rights.
  2. OEH is not responsible for:
    1. any technical malfunction of telephone networks or lines, computer online systems, communications networks or computer equipment or software
    2. traffic congestion on the internet or at any website required to be accessed for submitting an entry, including any error, omission, alteration, tampering, deletion, theft, destruction, transmission interruption, communications failure or otherwise which prevents entrants from successfully submitting an entry
    3. any damage to entries or computers resulting from participation in the Green Globe Awards (including damage caused by downloading required entry materials).