Students are asked to demonstrate innovation in one of four categories:

  1. Waterways management

  2. Waste management

  3. Green products or recycling used in building or packaging

  4. Biofuels/renewable energy

Working as a class or in small groups, students should work together to build something to present
or create a detailed plan of their idea.

The program is designed to be incorporated into various core school subjects, such as Science,
Technology, Geography, and iSTEM.


For some ideas of the ways that teachers could incorporate the Awards into core subjects click here.




The Awards are open to any age group, but will be judged in two categories: Primary School and High School.

  • Students can work as a class or a small group and can present as a group or individual.

  • Entries can be made by class groups, individuals or extracurricular groups.

  • How you choose to implement the awards in your classroom is open to your interpretation. We want you to teach in whatever way best suits your students and your classroom environment.

  • We encourage you to be creative, to conduct thorough research and reach out to companies within the industry for further understanding of current practices as needed.

  • Students are permitted and encouraged to consult with local industry or experts in the field, and/or to take field trips to visit local industry, universities etc so long as the majority of the project is put together themselves.

  • Students can build their innovations or present a plan where building the innovation is not practical.

  • Schools must fall in the Northern Rivers zone as follows – Tweed Heads down to Grafton, and West to The Ranges. This includes the Lismore Diocese (Catholic Schools) and the Tweed Coast, Wollumbin, Lismore, Lennox Coast and Richmond networks (Public Schools).




Entries are due by Wednesday April 10, 2019.

Entries should be submitted as a 5-minute video (MPEG, MP4 or AVI formats accepted) via Dropbox.
We will send a return email confirming that your entry has been received.

Entries will be judged using the following criteria:

  • Originality

  • Degree of Research

  • Practicality

  • Impact Potential

  • Student Knowledge and presentation

Finalists are selected from each of the two categories and will be notified by the beginning
of Term 2, 2019.

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The winners will be decided at a final presentation event at Trinity Catholic College,
Champagnant Centre, in May 2019.

Finalists will be asked to make a live 10-minute presentation in front of a panel of judges consisting of Environmental Scientists, Business Leaders and Traditional Elders.

The winning entry for each category will receive prize money of $300 and a perpetual trophy to display at their school for the following 12 months.

The Awards are sponsored by Rous Water and Goonellabah Family Chiropractic, and will be attended by local mayors, members of parliament and local business leaders. The event also attracts a strong media presence.



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Empire Vale Public School won the primary school category of the 2018 Green Innovation Awards by creating an ethanol-based biofuel made from sugar cane to run the school’s lawnmower, with the vision to run cane trucks on sugar-based biofuel in the future.

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Lismore's Trinity Catholic College took out the Secondary School category with their CRR Plan: To collect, reshape, reuse. Students collected PET bottles sold within the school canteens and processed them to use in the school's 3D printers. The plan was costed and ready to implement, and application was made to the NSW State Government and Lismore City Council for implementation of funding.



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