Melbourne a Change of Plans

We’ve got to be honest here, we’ve had to make some hard decisions over the last few days.

Due to less sponsorship and attendance than we’d allowed for, we’ve had to change the format of the National Awards Ceremony.

Instead of a meal in a sit down environment, we’ve managed to save the event from being cancelled by changing it to a cocktail function, with three and a half hours of free-flowing drinks, beautiful canapés and great opportunities to network, as well as the excitement of finding out who will win the national categories of the Australian Web Awards.

To sweeten the deal even more for those of you who have already bought your tickets, we’re encouraging you to now bring a colleague or partner. That’s right, your tickets are now valid for two people
instead of one, providing you with even more incentive to get a group and come along.

We apologise for the last minute change. For a number of unforseen reasons, we’ve literally had to make the decision to change the format or cancel the event entirely – we’re positive you’ll agree that this new format will encourage better networking, better opportunities for celebration and a fantastic atmosphere to reveal who are the stars of the Australian web.

We look forward to seeing you (and your guest) next Saturday night.

Tickets can still be purchased.

Let’s make this a night for all of us to remember!


Miles Burke
National Chairperson
Australian Web Industry Association

Onwards to Melbourne.


Now that the winners from the Eastern and Western regions have been announced, it's onwards to the National Awards in Melbourne.

On 12th November in Melbourne among the glitz and the glamour of the web industries best we will announce the following at a National level:

  • Personal
  • Ecommerce
  • Commercial
  • Government
  • Education
  • Culture & Events
  • Not for Profit
  • Innovation
  • Mobile App


But wait there are more awards!

Yes we are going to award sites that have a perfect aspect of the design process, such as:

  • Best HTML / CSS
  • Best Visual Design
  • Best Accessibility
  • Best User Experience

This is an ideal networking opportunity and a night to remember.  How often do you get the Directors of the best web design agencies, from around Australia in one place?

Tickets are available now, but don’t wait, as this event is expected to sell out.

Congratulations Western Region - Onwards to Sydney

Well the first segment of the Australian Web Awards is now over and the resulting hangovers nursed. 

Congratulations to all the winners.  It was an amazing evening, and good to see so many of the talented folks from the western region at the sold out Perth event.

It was a very close contest on all accounts, with just percentage points separating the top sites in each category.

The winners of the Western Region are now available for the following categories: 

  • Commercial
  • Ecommerce
  • Government
  • Not For Profit
  • Innovation
  • Culture & Events

Awards for the Eastern Region.

Next up is the Eastern Regional Awards to be held in Sydney.   This event has already sold out.  

At the Sydney event the following categories will be awarded:

  • Commercial
  • Ecommerce
  • Government
  • Not For Profit
  • Innovation
  • Culture & Events

The finalists for these categories are available now as well. 



Time to Announce the Winners

Well all the judges have poked and prodded this years entries of the Australian Web Awards.  They have tabulated the final results, cross check them, and declared them completed.

The judging committee has acknowledged the scores and concurs with the results. We can let you know that it was close, very close this year.  With some categories being decided by just a few points.  Who the winners are, well you’ll have to come to the awards ceremonies.

Now with all the hard work done, it’s time to celebrate this amazing show of Australian Web Industry talent.  

And what better way, than to award the regional and national Australian Web Awards via a series of gala events around the country over the coming weeks.

So dust of your best frock or jacket and glam it up geek style for star-studded award ceremonies in Perth, Sydney and culminating in a gala dinner in Melbourne.

Places are limited at all Award Events, please register now to avoid disappointment.


When: Wed, 5 October 2011
Where: Etro Bar, Perth
Cost:  FREE
Awarding: West Coast Regional Awards.


When: 12 October 2011
Where: City Hotel, Sydney
Cost: FREE
Awarding: East Coast Regional Awards.


When: Sat, 12 November 2011
Where: Scienceworks Museum, Pumping Station, Melbourne
Awarding: National and Special Category Awards.
Tickets on Sale

You will note the Perth and Sydney events are FREE, so really you have no excuse now not to come along and celebrate with the best of the best.

Countdown to Entries Closing - a few hints

Not long to go now.  If you haven't entered yet,  you should be really getting those entries ready for submission by now. 

We have found in the past it’s a good idea to register and get yourself all setup first.  Then take your time to compile your entry information and work out the right category, saving the entry as you go. 

Finally paying and submiting when everything is perfect.

Now we have had a few issues with our payment gateway issues over the last week.  Sorry about that. 

We have cleared out all the nasty code and fixed it all.  So it should be working well now.

Also just to help you along a little we have put together some helpful hints and the like, these are secret, so don’t tell anyone. Okay.

Entry Questions

Here's an outline of what you're asked on the entry form (for all categories except innovation and social media)...

  • Description of project aims and target audience
  • Client and agency contact details
  • Any special technical features
  • What were the usability considerations
  • Implementation challenges
  • Who did the content (client/agency)
  • Screenshots of site (Maximum - 1280 pixels wide and 1600 pixels high, less than 1.5MB. JPG, GIF or PNGs)
  • Screencast /video (optional)

Australian Web Awards 2011 is Now Open

The Australian Web Awards is now open for submissions from any Australian produced website (or mobile app) that was launched or has undergone significant change in the 2010/2011 financial year. That’s from 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2011.

Entries close Wednesday 13 July 2011  Friday 29th July 2011.

It’s really easy to enter all you have to do is select the category appropriate to your submission:

  • Mobile App
  • Commercial
  • Personal (no commercial content)
  • Ecommerce
  • Government
  • Education
  • Not For Profit
  • Innovation
  • Culture & Events

And give us a few details about the submission.

It’s just $55 per entry, however this year you can only enter once per category.  

The Australian Web Awards is the only extensive, peer judged, national awards focusing on the web industry, promoting and awarding the use of industry recognized best practices.

So get cracking and get those entries in, remember we are closing on Wednesday 13 July 2011  Friday 29th July 2011..

2011 Australian Web Awards Opening Soon

Yes we are back - the Australian Web Awards is on again for 2011. 

The Australian Web Awards is the only extensive national awards focusing on the web industry, promoting and awarding the use of industry recognized best practices.  

This is our third year as a truly national competition.  We are very excited with the thought of the talent that will be uncover this year.

As such we have listened to your suggestions, complaints, and ideas.   We took them all in, analysed them, mulled them over, and made some changes,  this year a few things are going to be a little different.  

Overall the changes are going to make the competition fairer for people following best practice.  Still in general terms the Australian Web Awards will retain its high standard, even more so than the previous years. 

Remember to win an Australian Web Award really does mean that you have achieved a real milestone in industry recognition. 


 This year the Categories are:

  • Mobile App
  • Commercial
  • Personal (no commercial content)
  • Ecommerce
  • Government
  • Education
  • Not For Profit
  • Innovation
  • Culture & Events

How to Enter 

When: Enter online from Wednesday 15 June to Wednesday 13 July 2011.

Cost: $55 per entry.

Criteria and Notes: 

  • Entry must be a product of the entrant for the state in which their Head Office resides.
  • Limitation of one category submission per entry

Information required for entry: 

  • Entry Name
  • Site URL
  • Client Name
  • Client Contact
  • Description of the entry
  • Purpose
  • Audience
  • Business and audience objectives
  • Special technical features
  • Special usability considerations
  • Challenges encountered
  • Accessibility compliance level
  • Screen grabs of the entry
  • Screen cast  (optional)
  • Name of certificate
  • Content is updated by?
  • Project team
  • Finalists will be asked to submit 2 minute video on their entry 

How do you win.

 As nearly all  our previous winners will tell you, winning is about building it right in the first place.  But it does help if you :   

  1. Enter
  2. Pass Validation (with exceptions)
  3. Pass Site Performance tests
  4. Allowing for multiple platforms
  5. Pass initial Accessibility testing
  6. Have a great site in these areas:
  • Development
  • Visual Design
  • Accessibility
  • Content
  • User Experience
  • Credibility   

See it's easy... 

We expect the Australian Web Awards enteries this year to be of a high standard. Your entries will be poked, prodded and put under the microscope by your judging peers.  The judges will be brutal, they will be tough, there will be no bias, and still they will be fair. 

If your entry shines out as being above the rest, then you have a chance of winning.  

This time it’s state against state, small firms and freelancers verse the big end of town.  

Who will win?  It's anyone’s guess. 


Media Release from The Resource Channel

The Resource Channel win at The Australian Web Awards

Australia, 12 November 2010 - Employment information website for the Australian resource sector, The Resource Channel, received the national award for the ‘Best Blog Website’ at The Australian Web Awards in Perth on 6 November 2010.

The awards are designed to showcase and recognise outstanding website design, functionality and content. The Resource Channel Director, Jody Elliott said the win provides national recognition for the West Australian-based business which offers a simple, centralised, go-to point for those seeking employment-related information.

“The Resource Channel presents an exclusive platform for employers, associations, agencies and training providers to brand, communicate with, and engage the job market. We increase the value to recruiters and job seekers by providing information that is not always readily accessible elsewhere,” said Ms Elliott.

Ms Elliott was thrilled with winning the Blog Category and all that it represents.

“It specifically recognises the quality and contribution of content for public consumption,” she said. “The main judging criteria were based on how well the content aligns with the overall purpose of the site.”

The Resource Channel worked in collaboration with DogHouse Media, led by Simon Shackleton, to design and develop the website.

“The award represents web industry recognition for the use of cutting-edge web technology, and highlights our commitment to bring further technology solutions to the resource sector,” said Mr Shackleton. “We are proud of the win and look forward to repeating our success in 2011.”

With the anticipated significant demand for skills and labour over the next decade, The Resource Channel aims to meet industry and job seeker needs by providing valuable employment-related information easily and in real-time. 

"Because our team works in the industry, and always has, we can debunk many of the myths associated with careers in the industry. We receive regular feedback from entry-level and experienced employees who feel the need for greater transparency and information from organisations. The website provides a simple, centralised and industry-specific podium to achieve this,” Ms Elliott said.

For further information please contact:

Jody Elliott, The Resource Channel

Phone: 0419 168 250

Email: [email protected]

Media Release from CanTeen

CanTeen has released the following media release about their win at the Australian Web Awards. 

CanTeen wins national website award

Australia, 15 November 2010 – CanTeen has taken a top gong at the 2010 Australian Web Awards for its Now What website designed to inform, connect and support young people dealing with cancer.

CanTeen, the Australian organisation supporting young people living with cancer, was the national winner in the Not-for-Profit category and was selected from more than 300 entries. The Awards, held on 6 November 2010 in Perth, are run by the Australian Web Industry Association and recognise best web practices. Key criteria for the Not-for-Profit category included user experience, development, design, content, functionality, credibility and accessibility.

The Now What website ( is a unique online support service for 12 to 24 year olds who have cancer, have a family member with cancer, or a family member who has died from cancer.

It aims to provide a supportive and informative online community where young people living with cancer can learn about different cancer types and ways to cope with their experience. They can read stories on other young people in similar situations and connect with peers in online forums so they don’t feel alone on their cancer journey.

Now Whatwas created in response to research conducted by CanTeen that identified a gap in the needs of young people in getting access to relevant information. Research shows such access is crucial in helping young people cope better mentally and emotionally with their cancer experience.

The Now What site was tailored to meet the three key needs of young people impacted by cancer: age-appropriate information, a place to express and cope with their feelings, and a space to connect with others who understand what they’re going through.

Ali, 19, states: "Mum, cancer, died. Three crazy words a young girl never wants to hear. The Now What website is so valuable because it’s a safe place for me to share my feelings, and

the information is trustworthy and reliable. I really like the forums and blogs because they allow me to interact and swap stories with other young people in similar situations.

The best thing about Now What is the feedback and information from respected experts and other people my age going through the same thing.”

Andrew Young, CEO of CanTeen, said there was no other website in the country that provided the level of information and support found on Now What.

Now What was developed by young people, for young people, with input from respected experts in cancer treatment and mental health care. The site is an easy to understand, interactive, comprehensive and compassionate guide that can be easily accessed online at no cost,” he said.

“The Award win is another indication that Now What is on track to meeting its full potential as a valuable online support service for young Australians affected by cancer.”

Now What is also a helpful site for health professionals who can order resources for young people with cancer in their care and gain valuable insights into 12-24 year olds going through a cancer experience.