NGAA Awards

Recognising Excellence and Innovation

The 2018 NGAA Awards are held biennially, celebrating and showcasing excellence and best practice from projects and initiatives supporting the development of growth areas across the country.

Member Councils and industry bodies can enter projects and initiatives in one or more categories including:

  • Designing the Outer Suburbs of the Future
  • Creating Value through Growth
  • Building Connections in Growth Areas

Submissions can be on plans, built projects or processes and are assessed by a panel of industry experts.

Award winners will be announced and presented at the NGAA Awards Dinner in November, which is presented as part of the NGAA’s National Congress.


Award Criteria

Submissions will need to demonstrate:

  • How the project will lead to outer suburbs being well-placed for the future;
  • How the project breaks new ground;
  • How the project adds to our knowledge about ways to achieve a better quality of life in the outer suburbs;
  • Success – the project or action is clearly successful;
  • Evidence – the outcomes of the project or action are supported by substantiation.


To be eligible for consideration in the 2018 NGAA Awards, submissions must:

  • Reflect a project or action located in an outer suburban growth area of a capital city;
  • Be submitted by, or include, at least one (1) NGAA Member Council;
  • Meet the Award criteria and address the appropriate Award category.

Key Dates

Monday 9 July Award submissions open
Friday 19 October Award submission deadline
Friday 26 October Submission materials disseminated to assessment panel members
Friday 2 November Assessment panel convened and Award winners selected
Monday 19 November Award winners announced at NGAA Awards Dinner presented during the National Congress

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Past winners

The last NGAA Awards ceremony, held in Western Australia in 2016, received over an overwhelming number of high quality submissions, which were assessed by an independent panel of industry representatives.

Through the assessment process, our judges and recognised three outstanding projects.

WINNER: City of Gosnells

PROJECT: Mills Park

CATEGORY: Designing for the Future

The Mills Park Project involved the complete redevelopment of a 24ha park, replacing aged facilities struggling to meet the needs of the growing and changing suburban community with a low socio-economic status. The new Mills Park created a community hub with facilities suitable for everyone.

It assisted in bonding the growing multi-cultural community and attracting visitors from surrounding areas whilst enhancing the suburb of Beckenham by increasing the availability of public open space for the community. The project also broke new ground in sustainable building design. The Community Centre achieved Australia’s first 6 Star Green Star Public Building Design v1 rating representing world’s best practice in sustainability.

WINNER: City of Kwinana, PEET Ltd and the WA Housing Authority

PROJECT: The Village at Wellard

CATEGORY: Value Adding

As Perth’s first full-catchment greenfields transit-oriented development (TOD), The Village at Wellard achieves multiple goals with its delivery of an inclusive, highly connected and economically sustainable outer city community that sympathetically integrates with the natural environment.

This high-quality award winning development offers a mix of housing types, with a strong focus on affordability and public housing, a high level of amenity and environmental value and a thriving community with a strong local identity, connectivity and quality of life.

WINNER: City of Cockburn

PROJECT: for Bibra Lake Regional Playground

CATEGORY: Building Connections

Bibra Lake is now home to a 7,000m2 regional, accessible adventure playground that celebrates and builds connections to the cultural, historical and environmental significance of this unique area.

The playground creates a public space and community facilities that builds community connections, encourages interaction and breaks down common barriers to participation such am accessibility and socio-economic status.

View Past Entries

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