What is the CARE Award? 

The CARE Award recognises and celebrates researchers and environmental consultants who develop innovative technologies and approaches for monitoring, assessing and remediating environmental contamination. The awards showcase success stories that inspire innovators and investors whose mission is to ensure sustainability of our environment.

Noting the recent recognition by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization of the potentially catastrophic risk that contamination poses to both environmental and human health, the CARE Award seeks to inspire industry, businesses, communities, local governments, schools and individuals to take action towards a more sustainable future.

If you have developed a product that is unique, marketable, has features that improve the users’ life or work, and is stable and reliable, submit your nomination for your chance to win the CARE Award.

A ‘product’ can be a technology, innovation, service, or invention within the field of environmental contamination assessment and remediation science.

Who is eligible?

The Award welcomes nominations for innovations and technological developments from organisations, consultants, contractors, product developers and suppliers, service providers, and regulators and researchers who are working in fields of environmental contamination assessment and remediation.

Please ensure that your nomination addresses the criteria for assessment outlined in the 2024 CARE Award nomination form and includes any supporting evidence. 

Selection criteria

Nominations will be assessed according to:

  • Uniqueness 
  • Marketability
  • Functionalities/features
  • Quality and application of the technology

How to enter

Download and complete the nomination form. Ensure that your nomination addresses the criteria for assessment and includes any supporting evidence.

Nominations should be sent to crcCARE Industry Training Manager Ratin Mathur at by close of business on  Wednesday 31st July 2024.


  • First prize of $5,000 (AUD)
  • Second prize of $2,000 (AUD)
  • The first prize includes a unique glass trophy, hand-crafted by the Jam Factory
  • Media coverage consisting of one crcCARE issued media release 
  • The right to use the CARE Award Winner logo on company publicity materials, and
  • Promotion at CleanUp 2024 via the award presentation at the Gala Dinner on Tuesday, 17 September 2024

2022 Winners

  • Winner - Gavin Scherer, AECOM
  • Runner Up - David Burns, EPOC Enviro