Steps and Fees

A summary of the entry process, award categories, written criteria, entry conditions and timeline is available here for download (PDF).

There are four simple steps involved in submitting your entry.

1. Register or Log In

If you haven't already registered or submitted an entry for this year's program, you will need to register.  This creates your account so you can make online project submissions, which you manage and may edit up until submissions close.  You may also use this account to buy tickets to the Awards Announcement Dinner, when they are available for sale.  Once you have commenced your submission, you can log in and out at any time without losing submission data.  

If you have already registered or submitted into the 2019 program, you can log in from the home page using your email address and password.

2. Choose Primary Award Category

There are 7 Primary Categories, which attract entry fees.  Look at the Primary Categories to select the most appropriate for your project.  Projects may be entered into more than one Primary Category (e.g. Residential Decoration and Residential Design) and each entry requires a separate submission.

There is 1 Optional Category, which is free when entering a Primary Category.  To be considered for this you must submit further information, which will be prompted in Step 3.   

There are 5 Automatic Categories, which are free when entering a Primary Category.

3. Create Entry Submission

Before beginning your entry submission, read the Entry Conditions. Submitting an entry means that you have read and agreed to all the Entry Conditions, including obtaining appropriate releases and authorities in writing from your client, photographer and, where applicable, the principal of the design practice.  

You will be prompted to respond to specific written criteria and upload supporting materials (images and floorplan) in your secure area. Remember that you can log in and out without losing submission materials.

Submission Requirements

You must submit 6 to 10 images (not visualizations) of your project in high-resolution format. Use the highest quality JPG setting available.  TIF images will not be accepted.

Submit JPG images that are at least 3500 pixels wide, with a file size no larger than 20 MB. Images of at least 4500 pixels wide are preferred and will enable a higher quality print coverage. If your images are coming in above the 20MB size limit, try re-saving them in Photoshop and reducing the JPEG compression level to 8.

You can set the order in which images will be displayed when you are uploading JPG files in the entry form.

To maintain anonymity during judging, no design practice names may appear on images, floor plans or written support materials; however, client names may be included.

Drawings, plans and elevations
You should also submit  up to 5 relevant drawings in vector-based PDF format (site plan, floor plan, sections, elevations and/or any other relevant drawings or diagrams, such as concept sketches and images of models), with a file size no larger than 10 MB. Drawings must include a scale bar, key and north point

4. Entry Submission and Payment

Once you have completed steps two and three (above) you may pay and submit your project.  

Primary Categories attract entry fees but Additional Categories do not.  

The first Primary Category entry is charged at $395, with subsequent Primary Category entries charged at $295 each.  The system will automatically charge subsequent entries (i.e. from the same applicant) at the reduced rate.  

Members of the Design Institute of Australia receive a 33% discount on entry fees.

If entering the same project in multiple Primary Categories (e.g. Residential Decoration and Residential Design) two entry fees will be payable.  

Each submission and payment is confirmed by the issuing of a tax receipt, sent to your email address.  Retain a copy for taxation purposes.

We accept Visa, Mastercard and Amex.

Requests to withdraw an entry will be accepted if made in writing ( prior to the submission deadline of 15 February 2019, with a refund of the entry fee less an administration charge of $50. After this date projects cannot be withdrawn.