About the Awards

Design is a strategic business capability and an important enabler of innovation and creativity for the growth of Victorian businesses and communities.

The design sector is a significant contributor to the Victorian economy. In Victoria, more than 85,000 people are directly employed in design-related roles, with the sector generating revenues of $5 billion annually including an estimated $400 million in design-related exports.

Established by the Victorian Government in 1996 as the Victorian Design Awards, the Victorian Premier’s Design Awards recognise and reward Victorian designers and businesses that display excellence in the way they use design.

The awards provide an opportunity for businesses and the community to better understand the role of design in making products, services, spaces and experiences more functional, safe, efficient and attractive. The awards also help raise awareness of the impact design can have on productivity and business outcomes and the role it plays in helping to shape a better environment and society.

Entries are accepted in the following categories:

1. Architectural Design
2. Communication Design
3. Design Strategy
4. Digital Design
5. Fashion Design

6. Product Design
7. Service Design 

8. Tertiary Student Design

Victorian Premier’s Design Awards Evaluation Process. 

Entries are judged by an eminent panel of national and international design experts that represent the diverse range of design disciplines showcased by the awards.

The Victorian Premier’s Design Awards conducts a rigorous two-stage evaluation process.

Round One – Online Evaluation:
The first stage evaluation is conducted online and involves 24 Australian and international jury members (three Jury members per category) who evaluate entries against the Judging Criteria in their designated category.

Entries that are successful at this stage are designated Finalists in the Victorian Premier’s Design Awards and qualify for further evaluation in the Second Round.

Round Two – In-Person Evaluation :
The second stage of the evaluation process involves a smaller selection of judges who meet in-person to evaluate the Finalists and determine which projects go on to receive the Victorian Premier’s Design Award Highly Commended, Victorian Premier’s Design Award Best in Category Award and the coveted Victorian Premier’s Design Award of the Year. More information on the Judging Criteria and Accolades here.

Launched in 2012, the Victorian Premier’s Design Awards trademark is licensed to award winners to use in connection with their business as an indication of leadership, expert recognition and prestige.

The Victorian Premier’s Design Awards are administered by Good Design Australia on behalf of the Premier of Victoria.