Who won?

Wayde Christie and Bret Treasure at the Web Awards

We all did. A stylish night full of laughs, comraderie and acknowledgement... so much to be grateful for.

Congratulations to all the national winners, who came from Perth, Darwin, Melbourne and Newcastle.

Winner of the McFarlane Prize for excellence was Webplace for the State Revenue Office Victoria. The site represents best practice in user experience and accessibility, and we acknowledge its trend-setting use of video in helping users deal with complex matters. The commitment to user-testing and the scale of work involved in project-managing all that content in a large organisation were decisive factors.

Pictured: AWIA Chairman Bret Treasure (left) and double award winner Wayde Christie, from Newism.

No-one called. We didn’t win.

The national final is afoot: November 6th in Perth at the swanky Fraser's Kings Park. Book here.

We'll be cheering, drinking toasts, dancing and taking photos on the red-carpet. And we'll share the judges' views on contesting sites.

If you're an entrant, here's what you need to know: NOBODY has whispered in ANYBODY'S ear and let them know they're a winner. The fact that you have not heard anything does not mean you didn't win. So get on a plane and get to Perth and be in the anticipation of the thing, and if you're a Perth entrant, bring as many people as you can afford to bring.

The impressive thing about these evenings is that most people don't win and have a fantastic night anyway.


If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same

If you can't make it over to the awards or arrange a stand-in, please send us a link to a (max 90 seconds) acceptance speech in a 16:9 MP4 format that we can play on the night.

Ticket price of $149 includes 3 course dinner, drinks and a dance floor. Here is the second booking link.

New South Wales winners

nsw platypus illustration john gould

Well played New South Welshmen and women on your state awards. Hope to see you, your teams and your team's family in Perth on November 6th.

Personal Create the life you want by Damian Madden
Education My Big Tomorrow by The Village of Useful & Newism
Commercial Temando by Doghouse
Startup Deckee by Newism
Small Business Growthwise by Newism
Government Garbage Guru by City of Sydney
  TransGrid by TransGrid

National final in Perth

frasers function centre at kings park

Join us at the national final - a black tie dinner and awards night to celebrate this year's high-achieving web projects. We'll be on the red carpet at King's Park's award-winning Fraser's Restaurant so you're welcome to dress to the nines and bring anyone you'd like to impress or share something special with. Australia's top developers, designers, proprietors and consultants will be there.

We'll be sharing the judges' thoughts and there will be optional dancing, though no Michael Jackson songs. It's a big night. Here is your Call to Action.

South Australian & NT winners

south australian wallaby

Congratulations to South Australian and Northern Territory winners in the 2015 Australian Web Awards.

Hop over to Perth for the national final on November 6th.

Personal BrainHackr by David Walker & Andrew McGiffert
Education Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods by Captovate
Not for Profit Off the Leash by Captovate

Queensland winners

queensland desert rat kangaroo illustration

Queensland winners in the 2015 Australian Web Awards.

Commercial QSuper by Deloitte Digital
  RACQ by Deloitte Digital

Victorian & Tasmanian winners


Congratulations to Victorian and Tasmanian winners in the 2015 Australian Web Awards. Hope to see you all in Perth for the national event.

Personal Red Hongyi by Chromatix
eCommerce Three65 by Emote Digital
Education Lakeside College by Chromatix
Commercial Coles Financial Services by Coles Financial Services
  Doghouse by Doghouse
  Brown Brothers Colourful Conversations by Get Started
Small Business Cycle2 by Walker Designs (TAS)
Government Healthy Together Achievement Program by Blick Creative
  Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability by Weave
  State Revenue Office Victoria by Webplace
  Worksafe | Injury Hotspots Tool by Worksafe & Butterfly
Social Media What's your name game? by Retail Zoo
Innovation Brown Brothers Colourful Conversations by Get Started

WA winners


Congratulations to West Australian winners in the 2015 Australian Web Awards. Here are their names and addresses:

Personal Two in Fifty Two by Timothy Excell and Kylie Timpani
  Go4Travel Blog by Bam Creative
eCommerce Rusty Australia by Doghouse and Rusty Australia
  Dusk by Humaan
  SharkShield by JuiceBox Creative
  Yahava KoffeeWorks by CVW Creative
Education Methodist Ladies College by The Brand Agency
  Swan Christian Education Association by Bam Creative
  Bold Park School by Bold Park Community School
Commercial Allara by The Brand Agency
  Craigcare by BAM Creative
  EON Fleet by Humaan
Small Business Karrak Reach Denmark by Open Copy
  Boat Equity by Humaan
  Kingsley Motel by Club of Aces
  Chinese Kung Fu & Tai Chi Academy by Humaan
  Go New Zealand by Bam Creative
Startup Ironbark Funding by Humaan
  mishack by JuiceBox Creative
  The Grubb Hub by Clever Starfish
  6Q by Bam Creative
  Venue Menu by The Cut Creative
Government New Museum Community Consultation by the Western Australian Museum
Not for Profit Crime Stoppers WA by Clever Starfish
  Smarter than Smoking by Bam Creative
  Museum of Freedom and Tolerance by JuiceBox Creative
  Desert River Sea by JuiceBox Creative
  Elephant in the WheatBelt Microsite by RAC Digital and Creative Services
  PUBLIC 2015 by Humaan
  Horizon Power by Equilibrium
Social Media This Farming Life by Bam Creative
  6Q Campaign by Bam Creative
  Jus Burgers by Hancock Creative
Innovation #PerthFest - Mobile (Web) App by The Brand Agency
  Bradken Smartliner by CVW Creative
  Novvi by JuiceBox Creative

Big sites and little sites

tennis ball - line call - hawk-eye image

We've just finished validating entries using Jaime Iniesta's Site Validator tool. It's excellent, it's elegant and it lets you decide how deep you want to dig into a site. In our case, 200 pages.

Median number of errors per page; 8. We eliminated sites with 20 errors per page or more. Those entries will still be read and if the validation errors are explained, we'll review.

Here's the break-up of errors by site size:

One page sites: 4.5
Small sites, 2 - 99 pages: 6.0
Medium sites, 100 - 199 pages: 3.5
Big sites, 200 + pages: 11.0

Working hypothesis is that some small sites are entered by less experienced developers and therefore contain a larger numbers of errors. But if that's true, why are sites 200 pages plus prone to three times as many errors as medium sites? Is it that they're older and subject to legacy factors, or just that the businesses are larger? Or something else?

The fact that medium sites have less errors than small sites says that size is not inherently a problem. We looked at the age of sites by checking their earliest indexing in Not perfect, but an indication. Medium-sized sites have been around for only four years and four months, but big sites averaged nine years and one month!

This year we have a category for Startups; businesses less than two years old. Those sites have more pages than the Small Business category and around the same number as the Education category. But a quarter the number of validation errors. So it's likely that newer frameworks, and less legacy factors confer an advantage. In that respect it's good we've separated out those newer sites.

The Awards now take more account of the complexity of development. If you've had to integrate seven different databases in your build, you'll be relatively advantaged over a small, simple site. *Hat tip to Geoff Bowers of Daemon.

PHOTO: Hawk-Eye Innovations

On show

peacock showing off feathers

Great work Australian agencies and developers who took to heart the #shareyourvictories meme and entered the Australian Web Awards. This year 70 of the 173 entrants took the opportunity to publish their freshly minted sites, giving the Australian business community a very time-efficient way of sampling who's doing what. We'll be promoting the page over coming months.