What does “Blue Star” mean?
The Blue Star is at the heart of Keep New South Wales Beautiful’s logo, a symbol of our organisation’s mission to help make our communities thriving, sustainable, healthy places to live and work. Our Awards program, like the star, is at the heart of our mission. It is our guide to sustainability and a nod to New South Wales’ state colour: blue.

Who can enter the Blue Star Awards?
The Blue Star Awards are open to individuals, businesses, community groups, schools, and councils – residents of New South Wales who are working to make their communities a better place.

How do I enter the Blue Star Awards?
All awards submissions are online. Visit this link and follow the prompts to complete your application. It’s simple, straightforward, and user friendly.

Has the process changed this year?
It has! We’re moving away from having a short form entry and a long form for shortlisted entrants. There’s just one form!

Can I enter my project in more than one category?
You can only enter your project in one category. You can read the category descriptions for each category here to ensure you are meeting the criteria.

How much does it cost to enter?
For KNSWB members: $28.00
For non-members: $35.00

 How do I pay for my entry?
Once you have completed your submission, you will be able to pay with a credit card via the e-awards secure payment gateway – just like any other online transaction.

Will assessors still visit our area?
The Metro and Regional Awards will be predominantly desktop-assessed from the entry forms you have submitted. If you are a finalist to be a state representative, an assessor will spend a day in your town, face-to-face assessing.  Please note that when assessing in the overall sustainability category, the judge uses the KAB judging criteria.

Should my project be entered in the Metro or Regional awards?
You can determine which Awards program is right for you by referring to this map.

Can I receive feedback about my application after the judging has taken place?
You may request the judging comments for your application by emailing awards@knswb.org.au.

Please note that, comments will only be provided to the applicant. We will require the category details under which the submission was made, and the email address used when submitting the application through EAwards.

In some instances, the judges may only provide a score without further comment. We will endeavour to assist you in gaining feedback to the best of our ability.

If you have any extra questions, please give us a call on (02) 8594 4000, or send us an email. We’d be happy to help with any queries you may have!


KNSWB would like to thank our award category sponsors, the NSW Environment Protection Authority and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage


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