Still one of the few design award programs to physically test the entries for assessment, our judging experts take great pride in setting international best practice in design evaluation benchmarking. All submissions receive a thorough hands-on evaluation by an expert panel of Australian and international judges.
Applicants entering the Good Design Awards are notified of their eligibility with an entry confirmation received shortly after application. Commercial samples and support material needs to be supplied for the physical assessment process by a dedicated panel of leading Australian and international design experts. Judges are issued with a scoresheet and asked to review the entries based on a common set Evaluation Criteria. No formal presentations are required by the applicant, however should judges wish to direct questions to the applicant during assessment, questions will be posed by conference call or email to help inform the judges' decisions.
At the conclusion of the judging process, the judging panel meet on the final day of assessments to determine which entries will be awarded the Good Design® Selection and which of those go on to receive a Good Design Award®, Good Design Award® Best in Category, Good Design Award® for Sustainability, and the coveted Good Design Award® of the Year, the most prestigious Award in the program.
Recipients of the Good Design® Selection are notified shortly after the judging has been concluded. The results of entries receiving a Good Design Award®, Good Design Award® Best in Category, Good Design Award® for Sustainability and the Good Design Award® of the Year are kept under embargo and are only announced at the annual Good Design Awards Gala Night.