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RICS Awards 2020 Australia

RICS Awards 2020

The RICS Awards showcase the most inspirational initiatives and developments in land, real estate, construction and infrastructure. They recognise outstanding achievement, teamwork and companies at our biggest networking event of the year.

On Thursday 4 June 2020 the RICS Awards Australia will bring together hundreds of industry leaders to showcase and celebrate the achievements of RICS professionals who are advancing innovations to create better places and spaces and who are building resilient and successful communities.

We invite individuals, teams and firms to promote their achievements, professionalism and ethics to the world stage and showcase the best of the built environment across Australia.

All shortlisted nominations will be promoted across the APAC region and winners will be showcased in RICS publications as recognised leaders in their field.

Nominations are now open. The deadline for submissions is Friday 20 March 2020 (17:00 AEST).

Step one: Understand the categories, criteria and rules of entry

Before you submit or even begin preparing your submission materials, please be sure to read the:

  • Timeline of RICS Awards activities
  • What award categories are available in 2020
  • What the judging criteria will be for each award
  • What the entry rules and procedures are for each award

 

RICS Awards timeline

Nominations close COB Friday 20 March 2020. Nominations should be submitted online here and must be received by RICS by the deadline.

Shortlisted candidates will be announced in May 2020.

The winners will be revealed during the RICS Awards Australia Dinner at the Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney on Thursday 4 June 2020.

Please note: Nominees are required to be present at the dinner to receive their award. Tickets for the RICS Awards Dinner will go on sale in February 2020.

Categories quick view

  • Team Awards

    Agency Team of the Year

    The Agency Team of the Year award acknowledges companies, teams and consortia acquiring, selling, managing or leasing properties in Office, Retail, Industrial or Residential project marketing during 2019.

    Building Certification Team of the Year

    Recognising companies, teams or consortia responsible for consultancy advice or assessment in certification of building projects in Australia. This award highlights the crucial role of building certification to ensure the health and wellbeing of building occupants post-construction.

    Building Consultancy Team of the Year

    Focusing on excellence in the consulting and building surveying industry, RICS' Building Consultancy Team of the Year award recognises companies, teams or consortia who have undertaken a significant project(s) during 2019.

    Corporate Real Estate Advisory Team of the Year

    Celebrating the success of tenant advisors/ representatives, this award recognises companies, teams or consortia engaged in outstanding advisory/representation services for occupier transactions during 2019.

    Dispute Resolution Team of the Year

    Awarded to a company, team or consortia responsible for outstanding dispute resolution in land, property or construction. The award recognises the provision of services in any of the following; expert determination or expert witness, adjudication, arbitration, mediation, claims advice or conflict avoidance.

    Facilities Management Team of the Year

    Awarded to a company, team or consortia responsible for outstanding facilities management, the award recognises the provision of services to end-users.

    Innovation Award

    Future proofing the profession is a key challenge in a time of rapid changes. The Innovation Award recognises teams, companies and consortia engaged in developing innovative solutions, to sustain the profession for the future.

    Project Management Team of the Year

    Acknowledging companies, teams, in-house teams, the service provider or contractors who were engaged in project management of a construction project during 2019. The successful applicant will demonstrate quality control, time management and budget control.

    Property Fund Management Team of the Year

    The Property Fund Management Team of the Year Award recognises a property trust or property syndicate who can illustrate their outstanding industry performance for a specific project through attributes such as innovation, financial performance property finance and public accountability.

    Property Management Team of the Year

    Awarded to a company, team of consortia responsible for outstanding tenant relationship management, financial management and asset management throughout 2019.

    Quantity Surveying Team of the Year

    Celebrating the success of quantity surveyors, this award recognises companies, teams or consortia engaged in outstanding quantity surveying projects during 2019. This includes but is not limited to cost planning and commercial management.

    Sustainability Project of the Year

    This award demonstrates how innovation, design or construction techniques have been utilised by a team to solve environmental challenges and improve their sustainability.

    Valuation Team of the Year

    The Valuation Team of the Year recognises a company, team or consortia involved in valuation services which uphold international standards and give confidence to end-users for their objectivity, independence and reliability on both commercial and/or residential projects.

    Individual Awards

    Construction Professional of the Year

    Presented to an outstanding individual for excellence in quantity surveying, project management, land surveying, building surveying or building control. The Construction Professional of the Year award recognises achievement in construction projects during 2019. The successful candidate will demonstrate how their work has combined the highest professional, ethical and industry standards to deliver superior results and outcomes for clients and stakeholders.

    Property Professional of the Year

    The Property Professional of the Year award is presented to an outstanding individual involved in valuation, property management, facilities management, valuation or acquiring/selling or leasing a commercial, industrial or retail property. The selected professional will represent the highest professional ethics, demonstrate their use of standards in their day to day activities and embody the excellence expected of the recipient of such a prestigious award.

    Woman of the Built Environment Award

    The woman of the built environment award recognises the outstanding contributions and achievements of senior women to our industry. The award celebrates inspirational role models to inspire the next generation of diverse professionals. Women from all disciplines of the industry are encouraged to enter.

    Young Achiever of the Year

    The future of our profession rests on the shoulders of emerging professionals. The Young Achiever of the Year Award acknowledges one outstanding individual who, having embarked upon the journey to professionalism through RICS, has achieved excellence in their field. The individual selected will embody the highest standards of professionalism, be a role-model for their peers and be capable of making an outstanding contribution to the profession in the course of their future career.

Judging Criteria

  • The judging panel will consider nominations against the following criteria, weighted based on the category of the award.

    All nominations should demonstrate a commitment to professional ethics and a commitment to the highest ideals of professionalism. Further details about RICS' commitment to ethics can be found at rics.org/ethics

    Team awards

    Nominations in the team awards category are assessed with a weighting against five categories:

    • Professionalism – 25%
    • Teamwork – 20%
    • Outcome and achievement – 20%
    • Innovation – 20%
    • Sustainability – 15%

    Individual awards

    Nominations in the individual awards category are assessed alongside two overarching criteria:

    • Recognised outstanding performance and achievement in the workplace; and
    • Recognised contribution to the profession and the wider community with a weighting against four categories, which are: Outcome and achievement (35%), Professionalism (25%), Innovation (25%), Sustainability (15%)
    Professionalism
    • Recognised third party endorsements of the entrant as professionally outstanding.
    • Use of surveying knowledge and/or professional expertise in areas such as   technical competence, finance, legal, environment, and sustainability to achieve outcomes.
    • Demonstrated adherence to RICS ethics.
    • Adoption of international standards will be an advantage but is not essential.
    Teamwork
    • Effective coordination of skillsets among members of the team, and with stakeholders.
    • A demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion in the delivery of the project(s) is considered an advantage, but not essential.
    Outcome and achievement
    • Realisation of nominated initiative(s)/project(s)/team(s) against a predefined target.
    • Detailing of challenges overcome in the process relative to complexity e.g. what were the difficulties or unique challenges? How were these challenges overcome?
    • Cost effectiveness: how was cost managed against a predefined target?
    • Client satisfaction (demonstrated through third party endorsements as   appropriate).
    • Project demonstrates best practices in appropriate profession (property, building surveying, facilities management, etc).
    Sustainability
    • Demonstrated adoption of sustainable development principles.
    • Providing a quantitative analysis on sustainability achievements.
    • Social Impact. How did the nominated team promote and educate stakeholders about sustainability in the community and improve the community more broadly?
    Innovation
    • Was an innovative approach used to deliver the outcome? What was this approach and why was this approach used over more conventional approaches?
    • Was an innovative outcome generated?
    • How was technology applied to deliver the outcome?

Entry Rules

    1. Nominations can be made by the nominee (team, company or consortia) or a third party.
    2. The project(s) which is the subject of the nomination must have been transacted within the 2019 calendar year.
    3. Nominations must be based on at least one but no more than three projects within the calendar year (nominating party to select).
    4. A company may submit a joint nomination however, where a joint nomination is submitted a subsequent, stand-alone application from the same company and in the same category is not allowed.
    5. Written description of maximum 750 words about the submission and how it fulfils the judging criteria.
    6. Nomination must be accompanied by a 100-word summary in word file for marketing purposes.
    7. Other relevant supporting materials/documents are optional but welcomed. These should be limited to a maximum of five additional pages of supporting material/documents and three testimonials, all in PDF format.
    8. A logo must be provided as well as a photo of the team or individual nominated. This will be used during award presentation.
    9. The jury panel's decision on eligibility of the nominations shall be final and is non appealable.
    • Nominations should be made by a third person/entity.
    • The project(s) which is the subject of the nomination must have been transacted within the 2019 calendar year.
    • Nominations must be based on at least one but no more than three project(s) within the calendar year (nominating party to select).
    • Written description of maximum 750 words about the nominee's contribution to the profession and to the community beyond his/her routine work.
    • Nomination must be accompanied by a 100-word summary in word file for marketing purposes.
    • Other relevant supporting materials/documents are optional but welcomed, should be limited to a maximum of five additional pages of supporting material/documents and three testimonials, all in PDF format.
    • The jury panel's decision on eligibility of the nominations shall be final and is non appealable.
    1. In addition to the individual award criteria, the Young Achiever of the Year must have been born on or after 1 January 1984 (i.e. be aged 35 or under during the 2019 calendar year) to be eligible.
    • The main body of the nomination is limited to 750 words and clearly explains the project, demonstrates a connection to the judging criteria and shows a commitment to international standards.
    • For team awards, at least one but no more than three projects have been included in the nomination.
    • Supporting material may include testimonials, photographs, technical documentation, media clippings, floor plans, etc. to support the adjudication process.
    • Supporting material is limited to five A4 pages and no more than three testimonials.
    • In addition to the nomination and supporting materials, the nomination is accompanied by photographs of the team/individuals nominated, the project(s) nominated and includes a copy of the nominee's company logo (as appropriate).
    • Confidential information is clearly labelled 'RICS Awards in Confidence' (any additional page/s will be included in the total submission length).

Step two: Prepare your submission materials

Tell us about your submission

Each submission must be accompanied by specific submission materials, which will be reviewed by the judges.

Your submission should include:

1. Written nomination information

  • Maximum of eight pages, in A4 size, PDF format, 12-point font and total file size of no more than 4MB.

  • Main body of the nomination should clearly explain the project, demonstrate a connection to the judging criteria and show a commitment to international standards (maximum 750 words)

  • For team awards, at least one but no more than three projects have been included in the nomination.

  • Supporting material is limited to five A4 pages and no more than three testimonials.

  • Supporting material may include testimonials, photographs, technical documentation, media clippings, floor plans, etc. to support the adjudication process.

  • Confidential information is clearly labelled 'RICS Awards in Confidence' (any additional page/s will be included in the total submission length).

2. 100-word summary

  • Used for marketing purposes.

  • DOCX format, 12-point font and total file size of no more than 4MB.

3. Company logo

  • AI, JPEG, JPG or PNG format total file size of no more than 4MB.

4. Photos

  • JPEG, JPG or PNG format file size of no more than 4MB (individually).

  • Photographs of the team/individuals nominated

  • Photographs of the project(s) nominated

Step three: Submit your submission materials

It's time to submit

Have you double-checked the guidelines for submission materials? Have you included all the necessary information? If so, it's time to send your submission materials.

By clicking the "Submit your nomination" button, you will be directed to complete a nomination form and upload your submission materials online.

Submission materials must be received by COB Friday 20 March 2020.

One last check, does your submission include (if applicable):

  • Written nomination information
  • 100-word summary
  • Company logo
  • Nominated/Nominee photo
  • Project photo

If you answered yes to the above, submit your nomination

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