Minister for Health and Wellbeing - Excellence in Public Health Awards

Your council has the chance to bring health benefits to your community by participating in the Minister for Health and Wellbeing – Excellence in Public Health Awards.

Nominations for the awards are open with winners to be announced on 28 October 2022.

The Minister for Health and Wellbeing – Excellence in Public Health Awards celebrate local government initiatives across South Australia that have made outstanding contributions to health and wellbeing through public health action.. The Awards showcase councils’ essential roles in supporting local community health and wellbeing through public health action.

Entry information

The awards are open to all local councils across South Australia, with two award categories, ‘metropolitan’ and ‘regional’ (based on LGA classification).

The judging panel may also award councils with ‘Highly Commended’ certificates that recognise significant contributions to public health excellence.

Nominations close at 5pm on Friday 9 September 2022.

All entries will be judged by a panel of public health experts, based on criteria outlined in the Nomination Guide.

Winning and highly commended councils will be announced by the Minister for Health and Wellbeing at the awards ceremony, as part of the LGA Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Friday 28 October.
Winning councils are awarded $3,000 to progress public health initiatives in their local areas.

Application Pack

To download a Nomination Guide and application form including entry information, conditions of entry and the application form click on the links below or to the right.

Further information

For further information about the Awards please email PublicHealthAct@sa.gov.au or contact Local Government Relations and Policy on 8226 6238.

2021 Award winners

Metropolitan winner

The City of Salisbury for From Big Things Positive Things Grow – Adaptive Program Delivery in a Changing World. This program is a multi-faceted initiative of the City of Salisbury’s Home and Community Services (SHCS) Program. The council worked with affected communities to design and repurpose programs and their delivery in light of COVID-19 restrictions.


Regional winner

The Southern and Hills Local Government Association for Community Wellbeing Indicators for SA Local Government. This tool for councils can track public health issues that are important to local communities, and ensure that planning, policies and interventions by local government are evidence-based, and data-informed.


2021 highly commended councils

The highly commended councils for the 2021 Excellence in Public Health Awards were:

  • City of Burnside – The Shed Programs
  • Wudinna District Council
    • Game On Wudinna! Eyre Peninsula Regional Games
    • Wudinna Apex Park – Integrated Recreation and Sports Activity Zone


Previous winners