Green Flag Award

About the Awards

The Green Flag Award® scheme recognises and rewards well managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of recreational outdoor spaces around the world.

Purpose

  • To ensure that everybody has access to quality green and other open spaces, irrespective of where they live.
  • To ensure that these spaces are appropriately managed and meet the needs of the communities that they serve.
  • To establish standards of good management.
  • To promote and share good practice amongst the green space sector.
  • To recognise and reward the hard work of managers, staff and volunteers.

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Nominations open soon for Australian parks and green spaces!

Key Dates

Applications Open Applications Close Judging Awards Presentations*
NOW 31 August September October

*Successful applicants will be awarded at the 2018 International Parks and Leisure Congress, 14-17 October, 2018. To register visit www.iplc2018.com

Entry Requirements

Applicants are required to provide the following:

  • Site description
  • Contact details
  • Publicity information

In addition:

Green Flag Award

  • Management plan, direction and feedback to previous judging if applicable
  • Invoice details and PO number if applicable

Green Flag Community Award

  • Management plan
  • Constitution of group
  • Insurance documentation
  • Risk assessment
  • Financial statement
  • Lease or written permission from landowner

Green Heritage Site Accreditation

  • Conservation plan or statement if not included in management plan

Fees

Size (hectares) Price Heritage Fee Community Fee
up to 19.99 $1280.00 $1280.00 $320.00
20.00 and over $1580.00 $1280.00 $320.00

Note: all prices are in Australian dollars and are GST exclusive

How to Apply

Visit the Green Flag Award website and complete the 'Apply for an Award' online form to receive your login details.

The Benefits of Winning

The opportunity to showcase Your award

Each year, winners receive a Green Flag or Green Flag Community Award Flag. Those with Green Heritage Site Accreditation also receive a plaque to promote the status.

Enhanced pride and reputation

As the international standard for parks and green spaces, holding a Green Flag Award® brings with it a vast amount of prestige. It is also an excellent example of civic achievement and provides communities with a great sense of civic pride.

Demonstrate improvement

Winning a Green Flag Award® visibly demonstrates to the local community that a clear improvement has been made to a site.

Regeneration of the area

Improving facilities at a park/green space and engaging more with the local community can have a knock on effect to the regeneration of an area. Upgrading a site to achieve Green Flag status can, for example, bring about improvements to health and education, reduce crime and improve the general cleanliness of an area, whilst at the same time providing a boost to its profile.

Increased tourism

Having a Green Flag Award® is an excellent attraction for tourism. Research shows that people will make special trips to award-winning sites. What's more, by holding popular events at your site, you will guarantee yourself repeat visits.

PR and marketing opportunities

Award winners have the opportunity to use the Green Flag Award® logos on all of their publicity and marketing materials, such as stationery, promotional literature, vehicles and uniforms. Winners are also provided with template press releases throughout the year that they can use as they wish.

A dedicated page on the Green Flag website

Every winner has their own dedicated page on the Green Flag Award® website. This is fully customisable and a whole range of content can be included, such as a description of the park/green space, contact information website address, facilities and events.

Guidelines

Setting the Standards - Download the Green Flag Award Guidelines.

More information

We would love to see parks across Australia awarded an international Green Flag! For more information contact Jenny O'Brien +61 8 8332 0130 or greenflag@parksleisure.com.au

Who runs Green Flag Award?

Award History

Become a Judge


Celebrating Amazing Spaces

This publication, produced to celebrate 2O years of the award in 2016, contains a series of case studies from some of our amazing winners and demonstrates how the criteria can be applied across a wide range of public green spaces.

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