Process and Timetable

Entries are judged by a panel of national and international design experts representing the diverse range of design disciplines showcased by the awards.

All jury members are required to sign the Victorian Premier's Design Awards Judges Code of Conduct.

Round One: Online Evaluation
Australian and international jury members evaluate entries against the Judging Criteria in their designated category. Successful finalists proceed to Round Two.

Round Two: In-Person  Evaluation
A smaller selection of judges meet in-person to evaluate the Finalists and determine which projects will receive the Victorian Premier’s Design Award Highly Commended, Victorian Premier’s Design Award Best in Category Award and the coveted Victorian Premier’s Design Award of the Year.

2021 Awards Timetable

24 AUGUST 2021

Call for Entry Opens

1 OCTOBER 2021

Entry Deadline

25 - 29 OCTOBER 2021

Online Judging

NOVEMBER 2021

Final Round Jury Evaluation

24 MARCH 2022

Awards Presentation Ceremony during Melbourne Design Week

Judging Criteria

Entries in the Victorian Premier’s Design Awards are evaluated against four (4) main criteria and awarded accolades in the order outlined below. Questions have been provided below each criterion to act as prompts to applicants while completing their submission. Applicants are strongly encouraged to address the criteria in their submission(s) to allow the Jury to better understand the design merits of the project and how their project(s) addresses the Judging Criteria.

  • Is it evident the project has gone through a professional design process?
  • Has the design been professionally executed and finished?
  • Has the design team met or exceeded the design brief?
  • Does the project satisfy the fundamental criteria for good design including attributes such as functionality, aesthetics, safety, quality and sustainability?
  • Is there a holistic high-quality, fit for purpose user experience factored into the design deliverable?
  • Does the project set a new benchmark for design excellence in Victoria and will it communicate the benefits of investing in professional design?
  • Does the project solve a legitimate problem or create a new opportunity in a truly innovative and imaginative manner?
  • Is the project unique and does it offer any new and/or ground-breaking design features?
  • Is the design user-centred and does it answer the individual needs of its users and respond to their circumstances?
  • Does the project have the potential to make a positive impact from a Social, Environmental and/or Commercial perspective?
  • Does the design adhere to the principles of a Circular Economy such as designing out waste, minimising materials, regenerating natural systems and using processes that have the least possible environmental impact in their use and at the end of their life cycle?
  • Does the project build on and contribute to the reputation and status of Victoria’s design and creative culture?
DESIGN PROCESS
  • Is it evident the project has gone through a professional design process?
  • Has the design been professionally executed and finished?
  • Has the design team met or exceeded the design brief?
DESIGN EXCELLENCE
  • Does the project satisfy the fundamental criteria for good design including attributes such as functionality, aesthetics, safety, quality and sustainability?
  • Is there a holistic high-quality, fit for purpose user experience factored into the design deliverable?
  • Does the project set a new benchmark for design excellence in Victoria and will it communicate the benefits of investing in professional design?
DESIGN INNOVATION
  • Does the project solve a legitimate problem or create a new opportunity in a truly innovative and imaginative manner?
  • Is the project unique and does it offer any new and/or ground-breaking design features?
  • Is the design user-centred and does it answer the individual needs of its users and respond to their circumstances?
DESIGN IMPACT
  • Does the project have the potential to make a positive impact from a Social, Environmental and/or Commercial perspective?
  • Does the design adhere to the principles of a Circular Economy such as designing out waste, minimising materials, regenerating natural systems and using processes that have the least possible environmental impact in their use and at the end of their life cycle?
  • Does the project build on and contribute to the reputation and status of Victoria’s design and creative culture?