The design sector is a significant contributor to the Victorian economy

98000+

People directly employed in design-related roles

$6.3B+

Annual revenue generated

$400M

In design-related exports

The Awards provide an opportunity for businesses and the community to better understand the role of design in creating functional, safe and efficient, products, services and spaces. They also showcase the depth of design talent in Victoria and the capability and capacity of the Victorian design industry.

Bound by three principles, the Awards seek to:

  • Elevate the value of design and the role of professional designers.
  • Celebrate Victorian-led design.
  • Position Victoria as a design capital.

Message from the Premier, The Hon. Daniel Andrews MP

The Victorian Premier’s Design Awards celebrate the best in new design and the role that design plays in our economy and society.

Message from the Premier

The Hon. Daniel Andrews MP

For a quarter of a century, the Victorian Premier’s Design Awards have recognised and promoted the talent of our best designers right here in Victoria – supporting thousands of jobs and boosting economic growth across our state.

Good design changes our lives for the better. It makes the goods and services we interact with every day more useful for Victorians who need them. Good design ensures our buildings and public spaces are better places to live, work or play in. It influences what we wear, how we get about in the world, the choices we make and so much more.

Victoria is a leader in applying design to create world class innovations in some of the most important things we use every day – our medical technology, our electronics and our architecture.

None of this however, would be possible without our world-class design educators, researchers and a highly skilled design workforce.

I am proud to celebrate 25 years of Victorian design excellence and I look forward to seeing the remarkable design innovations our world class designers and design-using companies will create together in the future.

Message from the Minister for Creative Industries, Danny Pearson MP

Message from the Minister for Creative Industries

Danny Pearson MP

The Victorian Premier’s Design Awards demonstrate the Victorian Government’s commitment to design and showcase the capability of Victoria’s design sector.

They celebrate design excellence and its wide-reaching impact and they acknowledge those Victorians amongst us who seek to better our state through design.

Well beyond the business and economic contribution of design, the awards champion the role design plays in helping shape a better environment and society.

Design is at the heart of the human project; the endless quest to better ourselves and the way we live. Design is the language by which humans engage with the built environment and the natural world.

Put simply: without design, we are a mess.

Design is an important and growing part of Victoria’s dynamic creative industries. It is a major creator of jobs and a strong contributor to our state economy.

The Victorian design sector earns over $6 billion annually, including more than $400 million in exports and employs over 195,000 Victorians.

The sector’s revenue increased by 26 per cent between 2015 and 2019 - a faster rate of growth than rest of the economy.

I encourage you to discover the depth of design talent in Victoria and be inspired by what good design can achieve and congratulate all those involved.

Good design is good business

Design has an impact on productivity and business outcomes and plays an important role in helping shape a better environment and society.

According to analysis by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and others, businesses that use design are more innovative, productive, profitable, grow faster and export more than their competitors. Research by the UK Design Council found that for every £1 a business invests in design, it can expect over £20 in increased revenues, over £4 in increased net operating profit, and over £5 in increased exports.


Accolades

Award of the Year

Best in Category

Highly Commended

Finalist

Award of the Year

Entries that demonstrate and exceed all four criteria for Design Process + Design Excellence + Design Innovation + Design Impact will be considered for the highest design accolade in Victoria – the coveted Victorian Premier’s Design Award of the Year. This accolade is awarded to only one project that, in the opinion of the Jury, establishes a new benchmark for design excellence and showcases Victoria’s design and creative culture.

Best in Category

Entries that demonstrate the criteria for Design Excellence + Design Innovation + Design Impact will be considered for a Victorian Premier’s Design Award Best in Category accolade – limited to eight (8) accolades.

Highly Commended

Entries that demonstrate the criteria for Design Excellence + Design Innovation (or other attributes deemed worthy of note by the jury) will be considered for a Victorian Premier’s Design Award Highly Commended accolade – there is no limit to the number of Highly Commended accolades presented each year.

Finalist

Entries that demonstrate the criterion of Design Excellence will be considered for the Victorian Premier’s Design Award Finalist accolade – there is no limit to the number of Finalists presented each year. If in the opinion of the Jury, a project fails to meet this criterion and does not satisfy the basic criteria for good design, it will not proceed for further evaluation.


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