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

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 are administered by Good Design Australia on behalf of the Premier of Victoria.

A new judging process was introduced in 2017 where entries are evaluated in two stages. The first stage takes place online where entries are shortlisted for further evaluation.

The second stage of the evaluation process involves a smaller selection of judges who meet face-to-face to evaluate shortlisted entries and determine which entries go on to receive the Victorian Premier’s Design Award Best in Category Award and the coveted Victorian Premier’s Design Award of the Year.

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