The Awards Season has begun

Entries are now open. Register and get involved. Entries close Friday 16 September

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How to Enter

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

rocket icon for entry steps How to enter

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. Log In 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 squaree 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

Judging for the Australian Web Awards is done on a weighted points system. All contender sites are judged by more than one person.

hourglass empty icon First Stage

Sites are review 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

Winners for each state are usually announced at individual state Port80 meetups. Watch this space for dates and venues.

The National winners are announced at a Gala Dinner on a date and venue to be advised.

Become a Judges

Do you know of any one who would be great at judging the Awards? Or are you that person?

Once a year, Australian designers and developers showcase their work in the Australian Web Awards. We do this to promote the Australian industry, talk about standards, and acknowledge good practice, hard work and creativity. It’s run by the Australian Web Industry Association.

Judges come in different flavours; technical (front end or back end), design (visual, user experience) or accessibility. We also need people with expertise in social media.

To Nominate someone as a Judge

To nominate someone else to be a judge please fill out the lefthand section (Judge Nomination Details) of the form, and place your name in the "Other Information" section of the skills form so we can say who nominated them.

To Nominate yourself as a Judge

To nominate yourself to be a judge please fill out the lefthand section (Judge Nomination Details) of the form, rate your skills (0 no skill to 5 mega-skilled) and any other pertinent information for consideration in the Industry Skills section.

Judge Nomination Details
The name of the judging nominee
Preferred contact email
Where nominee works
Where nominee lives

Your Industry Skills
HTML5 / CSS, JavaScript - Frameworks or Vanilla
UX, UI, Digital Design

Any Flavour
Copywriter, strategist or marketing

Be a Sponsor

There are multiple opportunities for sponsors of the Awards. Contact us through the form below and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

2015 Winners Circle

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