Good Design Australia presents a number of special awards and accolades within the annual Good Design Awards to recognise, reward and celebrate the expanding role of design in helping shape a better, safer and more prosperous world.
The Good Design Team of the Year Award is a special honour bestowed annually to a design team who consistently perform at the highest level in the annual Good Design Awards.
The Good Design Team of the Year recognises a design team that has made a positive and tangible impact in establishing and maintaining a design-led culture within their organisation.
The Award is selected by Good Design Australia and is aimed at inspiring corporations to build and maintain a design-led culture throughout the organisation.
Evidence that the organisation is design-led from the CEO down and that design forms part of the DNA of the organisation.
The Design Team has cultivated a culture of creativity and leadership where everyone in the organisation is inspired and influenced by the power of design.
The Design Team is consistently recognised in the annual Good Design Awards and other credible international design award programs.
Good Design Team of the Year Award Winners
2018 – The Breville Design Team
The Patron’s Australian Design Award is presented annually by the Patron of Good Design Australia.
The Award recognises and celebrates the best Australian designed product, service or project in the annual Good Design Awards and is awarded to an entry that has the potential to shape the future economic, social, cultural and environmental aspects of our planet.
Patron’s Australian Design Award Winners
2018 – NurseWatch
2017 – Sofia 2
2016 – The Safety Compass
2015 – Transportable Building Collapse Training Simulator (Joint Winner)
2015 – High Resolves (Joint Winner)
2014 – Community Centred Innovation: co-designing for disaster preparedness
2013 – Quicklay Fire Attack Pack
2012 – MineLab F3 Compact Metal Detector
The Indigenous Designer Award recognises and celebrates the important contribution that Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander designers make to Australian Design across the spectrum of design disciplines and practice.
The Award is selected from participants in Australia’s annual Good Design Awards program.
RMIT and Indigenous Community representatives evaluate nominated submissions and select the overall winner for the Award based on specific evaluation criteria.
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Indigenous Designer Award Winners
The Australian Design Prize was established to recognise individual designers who are making or have made, a significant impact in Australian design over the course of their career.
There is no application to be considered for this Award. Good Design Australia will be calling for nominations from the Australian design community and will assemble a Jury to determine the recipient who will be invited to accept the Award at the annual Good Design Awards Presentation Ceremony.
Australian Design Prize Winners
2018 – Paul Schremmer
2018 – Carl Nielsen (Awarded Posthumously)
Good Design Australia’s Automotive Design Award is a special accolade within the Automotive and Transport Category to recognise excellence in automotive design and styling.
Vehicles entered into the Automotive and Transport Category in the annual Good Design Awards will also be considered for the Best Exterior Design Award and Best Interior Design Award as part of the jury process.
Best Exterior Design Award
- External visual impact and appeal
- Design detail
- All round visibility
- Pedestrian considerations and safety
- Ease of driver maintenance and cleaning
- Predicted durability and material choice
Best Interior Design Award
- Internal visual impact and appeal
- Design detail
- Ease of entry and egress
- Seating and adjustability
- Control location and ergonomics
- Control feel and function
- Predicted durability and material choice
- Luggage capacity and security
Automotive Design Award Winners
Since 1992 the Powerhouse Museum, part of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), has recognised excellence in Australian design with its own Award as part of the annual Australian Good Design Awards.
The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences Award is chosen from the annual Good Design Awards and the criteria includes good design, innovation and the significance of a design to Australia’s culture. The Award is given to a project that has potential to make a significant improvement to the quality of health, wellbeing or the environment. This Award recognises the important role of design in harnessing the challenges of science and technology to make a positive impact on our lives.
MAAS Award Winners
2018 – Fashion Revolution Australia
2017 – BES Rehab EXOFLEX Hand Therapy and Assessment Device
2016 – Sydney Park Water Re-Use Project
The 202020 Vision Green Design Award recognises excellence in green urban and space design. The Award was established by Good Design Australia and the 202020 Vision to help raise awareness and to promote excellence in green design.
The 202020 Vision Green Design Award recognises and celebrates the important role of green and living infrastructure design to our built environment and to our overall health and wellbeing.
Contribution to more and better green space, greater appreciation for plants and trees in the design and development stage of projects, biophilia, air purification, water sensitive urban design, product design and development that progresses green and living infrastructure increases and improvements.
202020 Vision Green Design Award Winners
2018 – Sydney Park Water Re-use Project
2017 – Hassett Park
2016 – The Goods Line
The CSIRO Design Innovation Award recognises and celebrates the important role of design-led innovation in harnessing the challenges of science and technology to create better products and services that make a positive impact on our lives.
The Award is selected from winners in Australia’s annual Good Design Awards program.
CSIRO representatives evaluate nominated submissions and select the overall winner for the Award based on specific evaluation criteria.
CSIRO Design Innovation Award Winners
2018 – Facett
2017 – Sofia 2
2016 – The Seabin Project
The Safe Work Australia Award for Good Design is a joint initiative between Safe Work Australia and Good Design Australia and was developed to raise awareness of the role of good design to support work health and safety.
The Award was established on the premise that good design is the most effective and tangible means of creating a healthy and safe working environment. When utilized effectively, a focus on health and safety by design helps eliminate hazards and risks before they enter the workplace by improving the design of products, structures, plant and substances, work processes and systems.
The Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022 is Safe Work Australia’s framework to drive key national activities to achieve improvement in work health and safety. This strategy promotes collaboration between Commonwealth, state and territory governments, industry, unions and other organisations to reach the vision of ‘healthy, safe and productive working lives’.
The Safe Work Australia Award for Good Design is selected from winners in the annual Good Design Awards.
1. Safety in Construction, Use and Maintenance
Was the design developed in consultation with duty holders and workers, including those in the supply chain?
Does the design include good human factors and ergonomic design principles?
Does the design meet or exceed work health and safety regulations and standards?
2. Safety Innovation
Is this a completely new and innovative safety measure?
Does it set a new benchmark for health and safety?
Does it open new possibilities for other applications in health and safety?
How has safe disposal / decommissioning been considered in the product / building design?
What occupational or public health or environmental benefits are demonstrated.
What is the reliability and validity of the indicators used to measure this?
4. Health and Safety Impact
What evidence is there that the product, service or system will make the workplace healthier, safer and more productive?
What workplace near miss incidents and injuries, disease and deaths might be avoided with this product, service or system?
What improvements in productivity and worker wellbeing could result and how would this be demonstrated?
Safe Work Australia Award for Good Design Winners
2018 – DBCT Remedials – Mobile Swing-Stage Gantry
2017 – Melbourne LRV E-Class Design Enhancement
2016 – Makinex Construction Products
The Design Institute of Australia Award recognises an Australian professional designer, design team or design company who has made a significant impact in the Australian Good Design Awards over the year.
This Award was established by Good Design Australia and the Design Institute of Australia to recognise the role of professional design in projects submitted to the annual Good Design Awards program.
DIA Award Winners