Women in Circular Economy Leadership Award

Applications now closed

Download application form and guidelines (Word Doc, 88Kb)

Green Industries SA Women in Circular Economy Leadership Award recognises the contribution of emerging and established women leaders making a positive contribution to South Australia's waste and resource recovery industry and related areas such as the Circular Economy. South Australian women are invited to undertake a project which will create new ideas and innovation to assist the State to maintain its reputation as a leader in the waste sector.

This Award is in memory of Pam Keating, a noted environmentalist and waste management expert who passionately believed in the importance of reducing waste and its impact on the environment.

Aim of the award

The aim of the Green Industries SA Women in Circular Economy Leadership Award is to provide an opportunity for a South Australian woman who is an emerging or established leader working in the area of waste and resource recovery or related areas such as the Circular Economy to pursue an investigative project of a kind that is not readily available in South Australia.
No prescribed qualifications are required and the subject of the proposed project is limited to benefiting the waste industry and/or the waste management practices of a business or industry organisation in South Australia. Merit of the proposed project is a key factor and a desire to share the project's findings in South Australia and nationally.


To be eligible to apply for an Award you must:

  • be an Australian Citizen over the age of 18
  • live and work in South Australia
  • have experience in and commitment to the waste and resource recovery industry
  • not be enrolled in tertiary studies directly related to the topic of your proposed project
  • have a short project that requires interstate or overseas investigation
  • be willing to disseminate the results of your findings
  • have evidence from your employer confirming that they will provide matched funding to support your project.
  • If the applicant is a sole business operator advise the extent to which a financial contribution can be made to offset the research program’s costs.


Employees, contractors and consultants from the South Australian Government are eligible to nominate.

Assessment criteria

Every application for an Award will be assessed as follows:


  • The need for this project in South Australia or at a national level
  • The benefits of the project to South Australia or national level
  • The itinerary and places selected to undertake the project
  • The achievability of the project.

The upper limit of the Award is $5,000.  The nomination form must include a breakdown of the estimated costs of the project proposal e.g. travel, accommodation and/or conference costs.

  • Ability to maximise the opportunity of the Award (current standing and experience in the field, skills and/or expertise)
  • Ability and commitment to make a difference after the trip (ongoing involvement in the field, leadership qualities, a strategic approach, networks)
  • Ability and commitment to disseminate findings
  • Leadership (e.g. overcoming adversity with determination and creative problem solving, championing the skills of relationship building and negotiation in business, mentoring others to succeed, giving back to the community).

Selection process

A judging panel will consider all nominations for the Award. Based on the initial assessment applicants may be contacted for further information. The panel may elect not to select a recipient of the Award. The decision of the panel is final and no appeals will be accepted.

Award presentation

The Award will be presented to the winner at an event to be confirmed in the second half of 2020.


In addition to the cash contribution, emerging leaders will be offered an opportunity for mentoring by an experienced women executive leader in the waste/resource recovery sector.

Conditions of Award

Funds must be expended in 2020-21 and are to be used for travel, accommodation and conference attendance costs all of which are arranged by the successful nominee.

The Award is subject to the successful nominee agreeing to be bound by the conditions set out in a letter of acceptance document signed between Green Industries SA and the nominee.

Applications now closed


Download application form and guidelines (Word Doc, 88Kb)

For more information contact:  

Dr Marcia Kreinhold Director – Business