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The search is on for the best in Victorian design and creativity.

The annual Victorian Premier’s Design Awards celebrate Victorian designers and businesses that use design to create better products, services, businesses and ultimately a better state of Victoria.

The Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley has officially opened entries for the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Design Awards, calling for submissions across the broad range of the eight design categories, this year including a tertiary student design category to recognise and nurture young talent across Victoria.

“The Victorian Premier’s Design Awards recognise the important and pervasive role design plays in our daily lives, and its social, cultural and economic impact on our state. The awards also uncover the next generation of Victorian design innovators. The student design category, introduced last year, revealed an impressive pool of design talent across our tertiary sector,” said Minister Foley.

The awards are supported through the Andrews Labor Government’s $115 million creative industries strategy, Creative State. Creative State includes a comprehensive range of initiatives to promote the value of design, strengthen the design industry and reinforce Victoria’s position as a design leader.

Over 85,000 people are directly employed in design-related roles in Victoria, with the design sector generating revenues of $5 billion annually, including an estimated $400 million in design-related exports. The creative industries strategy, Creative State seeks to further increase the contribution the design sector makes to the Victorian economy.

For the fifth year running the awards will be managed by Good Design Australia, on behalf of the Victorian Government. The CEO of Good Design Australia, Dr. Brandon Gien commented: “We are honoured to once again be running this prestigious awards program, which is dedicated to recognising the value of the Victorian design community and the results that great design can achieve.”

“We want to attract the best of the best in design and creativity from the state of Victoria and showcase these projects nationally and internationally as examples of design excellence,” Dr. Gien commented.

The 2017 Victorian Premier’s Design Awards will be judged by an esteemed panel of Australian and international design experts.

Winners will be announced at the Victorian Premier’s Design Awards Ceremony held at the National Gallery of Victoria in late 2017.


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