Australian Good Design Award for Sustainability


Recognised as Australia’s peak international awards program, the Good Design Awards (see website) represent 12 specific Design Disciplines covering more than 30 Categories and Sub-Categories.

Dating back to 1958, the Awards celebrate the best new products and services on the Australian market, excellence in:

architectural designengineering, fashiondigital and communication designdesign strategysocial impact designyoung designers

More than 55 Good Design Awards Jurors, including renowned experts from Australia, evaluate each entry according to a strict set of design criteria which covers ‘good design’, ‘design innovation’ and ‘design impact’.

The Australian Good Design Awards continues a long and proud legacy of showcasing the very best in design and innovation to a global audience. The Awards are one of the longest-running international design awards in the world, promoting excellence in design and innovation since 1958.

Each year, the Awards attract new and innovative design projects from around the world, celebrating the very best in all areas of design, architecture, engineering, research, fashion and social impact.

Entries represent projects across broad sectors and industries and cover everything from the design of everyday products we use, the services we interact with and the places and spaces we occupy, to the design of the processes and systems that underpin our businesses, industries, economies and social habits.


  • Describe how the project has been designed to use materials, processes or services that reduce its environmental, human health or social impacts in its intended use, throughout its life cycle and across its supply chain.

    Specifically, the Jury would like to understand how the project embodies circular and/or regenerative design principles such as designing out waste and pollution, prolonging life-span, minimising material usage, utilising digital solutions, or regenerating natural systems and processes.

  • Describe how the project is an exemplar and sets a new benchmark in design for sustainability, circular design practice and/or environmental stewardship.

    The Jury wants to understand if the project incorporates any leading-edge innovations or novel design-oriented business models, and if there is any potential for these to be adopted more broadly and applied at scale, to inspire change and achieve a sustainable future.

  • Describe the overall impact of the project, what measurable sustainable outcomes can be achieved and if it will have a long-lasting and positive impact for the client, on society, the economy, and our environment.

    More specifically, the Jury want to understand what measurable outcomes have been achieved and how these sustainability initiatives will result in impact at scale to inspire change towards a sustainable future.

    The Jury will also look for evidence that the organisation is quantifying the sustainability impacts and benefits backed by data, transparency, and associated reporting and communications. Data or modelling about potential impact should be provided if the entry has yet to be commercialised or implemented.