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How to Enter

A single site can be entered in up to two (2) categories. Each category requires a separate entry.

rocket icon for entry steps How to enter

Three (3) simple steps to enter

  1. Register an account for the Web Awards. If you've already submitted entries in previous years just login through Login link
  2. Activate your account using the email that you receive
  3. Login to your account through Login link and add your award entries.

eligibility icon Eligibility

In order to be eligible, sites must:

  1. Be launched or significantly re-launched (in terms of design and/or major features) between July 1st, 2015 and August 1st, 2016)
  2. Be primarily developed in the state of entry
  3. Be entered by the site developer or owner.

square icon Preparation

  1. Choose your category or categories
  2. Check the evaluation criteria
  3. Review the evaluation criteria for the category. Consider how well your site entry meets the criteria.
  4. Test your site entry using validation tools and include evidence of your testing in your entry. At a minimum you should test for HTML5 and accessibility. See the Recommended tools page for a selection of tools you may choose to use.
  5. A site may be ruled ineligible if it has more than three (3) unique HTML validation errors - Personal sites are excluded - as is a site that does not meet the WCAG level criteria for the category of entry
  6. Ensure that high quality screenshot images of your entry are submitted to be used by the Australian Web Awards
  7. You can start your entry and come back to complete it for submission and payment before Entry Period closes
  8. Review the frequently asked questions.

check square icon Are you an AWIA Member?

As a member of AWIA, you receive a discount on the price of entries as well as on the ticket price for the events. To become a member just head on over to the AWIA site and sign up today.

Entry Cost


$160 including gst
  • per entry
  • per category

AWIA Member

$80 including gst
  • per entry
  • per category

Personal & NFP

$50 including gst
  • per personal entry
  • per not-for-profit entry

Evaluation Criteria

hourglass empty icon First Stage

Sites are reviewed for evidence on the following:

  • Markup
  • Site performance
  • Accessibility compliance as required for the category entry.
Entries that meet the recomended guidelines go through to the second stage.

hourglass half full icon Second Stage

During the second stage a panel of judges evaluate sites against the category evaluation criteria typically include:

  • User Interface Design
  • Content
  • User Experience
  • Development
  • Accessibility (in greater detail).
There are different evaluation criteria and criteria weightings for each category. Please refer to the weightings guide for this year.

Evaluation scores are collated to produce the list of possible winners that is independantly verified to ensure category testing guidelines.

hourglass full icon Announcement of Winners

Due to amount of entries this year, there will only be National finalists and winners. Announcement of this year'f finalists will be on 09 December 2016

See notice at the top of the page.

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