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One of the longest standing and most prestigious design awards in the world, promoting excellence in design and innovation since 1958.

Managed by Good Design Australia, Australia's Good Design Awards proudly promotes the very best in design, innovation and creativity at a national and international level. From a credible, trusted independent platform, the Good Design Awards showcase superior examples of good design across a broad range of industries and design disciplines.


Through the Good Design Awards and other design promotion initiatives, Good Design Australia is passionate about helping to create a better Australia and a more prosperous and sustainable world through design.

Entries to the Good Design Awards are accepted in the following categories:

1. Product Design
2. Service Design
3. Digital Design
4. Communication Design
5. Architectural Design
6. Social Innovation
7. Business Model Design


The Patron’s Prize for Australian Design was created to recognise and celebrate the best Australian designed product or service in the annual Good Design Awards and is awarded to an entry that has the potential to shape the future economic, social, cultural and environmental aspects of our planet.

The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences
Since 1992 the Powerhouse Museum, part of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), has recognised excellence in Australian product design with its own Design Award and Selection as part of the annual Australian Good Design Awards. The winning products are displayed in the Powerhouse Museum for one year. Some of these products and relevant design models and documents are added to the Museum's permanent collection of Australian design.

The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences Selection is made from the annual Good Design Awards finalists and the criteria include good design, innovation and the significance of a product to Australia's material culture. Products must demonstrate innovation in design, technology or materials that are of real benefit to users. They must also show potential to become important in the lives of Australians, be significant to Australian industry or provide an opportunity for Australian design to be recognised in the global marketplace.

The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences Design Award is given to a product that has potential to make a significant improvement to the quality of health, wellbeing or the environment. This Award recognises the important role for design in harnessing the challenges of science and technology to make a positive impact on our lives.

Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences Selection
The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) is Australia’s contemporary museum for excellence and innovation in applied arts and sciences. Established in 1879, venues include Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Observatory and Discovery Centre. The Museum is uniquely placed to demonstrate how technology, engineering, science and design impact Australia and the world. MAAS is the only museum that actively collects and exhibits Australian product design - from drawings, models and prototypes to the final product.

This record of Australian creativity and innovation is seen around the world through the Museum's online collection database. The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) Design Award and Selection, presented as part of the annual Good Design Awards, are displayed at the Powerhouse Museum each year.

2015 MAAS Design Award
Blundstone 980 Underground Mining Boot

2015 MAAS Selection
3000 Collection: Collaborative Work Pods
Agilent 4300 Handheld FTIR Spectrometer
Ampcontrol VoiceCom Telephone
Blackmagic URSA
Brickworks Building Products: The Gehry Collection
ecoTHREAD Blanket
ESIM2.0 Environmental Stress Index Monitor
Goshawk – Emergency Rescue Tool
Ninja Sphere
O Six Hundred Kayak
Optimised Positioning System OPS
Phenomec VR Smartview
Virtual Jeff – Digital Whammy Bar System
Ziegler and Brown Portable Grill

The annual Design Institute of Australia Award recognises an Australian professional designer, design team or design company who has made a significant impact in the Australian Good Design Awards over the year.

This Award has been established in conjunction with Good Design Australia and the Design Institute of Australia to recognise the professional design contribution made to products and services submitted to the annual Good Design Awards program.

Design Institute of Australia Award Winners

2014 Design Institute of Australia Award
Design + Industry

2015 Design Institute of Australia Award
Catalyst Design Group

The Premier’s Design Awards recognise and reward Victorian designers and businesses using exemplar design effectively and sustainably.

The Awards provide an opportunity for Victorian businesses and the community to better understand the role of design in making products and services more functional, efficient and attractive, and ultimately increasing productivity and business outcomes.

Good Design Australia is proud to manage the Victorian Premier's Design Awards on behalf of the Victorian Government.

Entries to the Awards are accepted in the following categories:

1. Architectural Design
2. Service Design
3. Industrial and Product Design
4. Communication Design
5. Digital Design
6. Design Strategy

Health and Safety by Design

The Safe Work Australia Award for Good Design is a joint initiative between Safe Work Australia and Good Design Australia and was developed to raise awareness of the role of good design in the areas of work health and safety.

The Award was established on the premise that good design is the most effective and tangible means of creating a healthy and safe working environment. When utilized effectively, a focus on health and safety by design helps eliminate hazards and risks before they enter the workplace by improving the design of products, structures, plant and substances, work processes and systems.

The Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022 is Safe Work Australia’s framework to help improve work health and safety in Australia. The Safety Strategy promotes collaboration between Commonwealth, state and territory governments, industry, unions and other organisations to reach this vision.

The Safe Work Australia Award for Good Design is selected from Finalists in the annual Good Design Awards. The Award is presented at the Good Design Awards Gala Night as a standalone award and celebrates the importance of good design in improving work health and safety practices.

Evaluation Criteria

1. Safety in Construction, Use and Maintenance
- Was the design developed in consultation with duty holders and workers, including those in the supply chain?
- Does the design include good human factors and ergonomic design principles?
- Does the design meet or exceed work health and safety regulations and standards?

2. Safety Innovation
- Is this a completely new and innovative safety measure?
- Does it set a new benchmark for health and safety?
- Does it open new possibilities for other applications in health and safety?

3. Sustainability
- How has safe disposal / decommissioning been considered in the product / building design?
- What occupational or public health or environmental benefits are demonstrated?
- What is the reliability and validity of the indicators used to measure this?

4. Health and Safety Impact
- What evidence is there that the product, service or system will make the workplace healthier, safer and more productive?
- What workplace near miss incidents and injuries, disease and deaths might be avoided with this product, service or system?
- What improvements in productivity and worker wellbeing could result and how would this be demonstrated?

The Young Australian Design Awards is a national design award for young Australian designers, engineers, innovators and entrepreneurs. The Awards were created to inspire the next generation of Australian designers and to help foster a culture of design, innovation and creativity in Australia.

The Young Australian Design Awards is proudly organised by Good Design Australia.

Entrants to the Awards have an opportunity to win Awards and cash prizes in the following categories:

Young Australian Designer of the Year Award - $3,000
Design Innovation Award - $1,000
Design Technology Award - $1,000
Design Sustainability Award - $1,000

Recognising, rewarding and promoting excellence in design entrepreneurship.

The Design Entrepreneur Awards is a new joint venture between CtechBA and Good Design Australia. The Awards were created to inspire the next generation of design entrepreneurs and to provide an innovative platform to help bring new ideas and businesses to market.

Entry is Free and open to designers, engineers, innovators and entrepreneurs who have an innovative idea for a new product or service that is at a pre-commercialisation stage. This unique program recognises, rewards and promotes excellence in design entrepreneurship.

Entrants will be provided a unique opportunity to feature their concepts on the Design Entrepreneur Awards website and cross promoted through the annual Good Design Awards and Good Design Australia web portals.

Finalists will be invited to pitch their idea to a live audience during the annual Good Design Festival which is part of the annual Vivid Sydney program.

Finalists and winners will also be offered significant promotional opportunities through media exposure and will also receive the opportunity to gain access to CtechBA’s Business Acceleration program to assist in the commercialisation of the idea.

Key Dates:
Registations Open: 5 February 2016
Registations Close: 30 April 2016
Finalists Announced: May 2016
Finalists Pitch Day and Awards Presentation: 28 May 2016