Minister for Creative Industries Danny Pearson today invited Victorian design innovators and businesses to enter the 25th edition of the awards, which will be presented during Melbourne Design Week in March 2022.

Entries are open across eight categories – architecture, product and industrial design, communications design, fashion, digital and service design, design strategy, and projects by tertiary design students.

Each category winner will go into the running for the prestigious Victorian Premier’s Design Award of the Year, awarded to a project that embodies excellence in design-led innovation.

The awards honour exemplary designers, and also the businesses that commission and use design to transform the way they work, the products they offer or how they engage the public.

The awards’ judging panel is made up of high-profile local and international design industry leaders, including Canadian designer Denys Lapointe, leading Australian architect John Wardle, and Steve Martinuzzo, Co-Founder of Cobalt Design which won the Victorian Premier’s Design Award of the Year for 2020.

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2020 Overall Winner - Hyperparallel OCT for Opthalmology and Optometry. Cylite Pty Ltd / Cobalt

Since 1996 the Victorian Premier’s Design Awards have highlighted Victoria’s $6 billion design sector and the economic, social and environmental benefits of good design.  The sector is growing faster than the broader economy, with a 26 per cent increase in revenue between 2015 and 2019.

Design is also a big employer. In addition to the 42,000 designers and support staff working in more than 6,000 design consultancy business across the state, 153,000 Victorian design workers are employed in mainstream businesses and organisations in other industries.

Entries for the Victorian Premier’s Design Awards 2021 are now open and close on 18 October 2021 (closing date has been extended).

Entry is free for eligible Victorian designers and businesses.

Find out more about the awards and how to enter.