Conditions of Entry


Projects must be completed works at the time of entry. Speculative projects, client pitches and/or mock-ups will not be valid. Eligible projects must have been completed between 1 January 2018 and 28 April 2019.

The competition is open to Australian architects and designers with completed projects in Australia. International projects completed by Australian architects and/or designers are only eligible to enter the International Project category. All entrants must be Australian residents. The definition of an Australian resident is someone who has lived and worked in Australia for 12 months and over.

Entry conditions

Dates and payment

Entries close Monday 29 April 2019, 5pm. Entries and payment must be received by Niche Media on or before this date and time.

All entries must be submitted online at

Entry to the awards is $350 including GST per submission ($260 early bird entry fee until Thursday 21 March 2019) with subsequent submissions $250. Projects may be entered in more than one category, if they qualify.

Special Awards

All Special Awards are free to enter and determined at the Jury’s discretion. The ‘Designer of the Year’ category is drawn from all entrants with a body of work or a remarkable project that defies all expectations.

To be eligible for the IDEA Sustainability Award, every entry must include information about the project’s sustainability credentials. Read more on the Sustainability Award.

Entry criteria

While each category has specific criteria for entry with which you must comply (for more information, go to Categories and Special Awards), the Jury will be looking at the following three key criteria in determining the shortlist, highly commended and winners:

  1. 1. The big idea behind the project
  2. 2. Excellence in design outcomes
  3. 3. How the project responded to the brief

You will also be required to submit a minimum of four project photographs, and one project plan to accompany your entry.

If you wish to enter the Sustainability of Emerging Designer categories, you may provide a brief description of how your project or practice fits with the criteria listed on the Special Awards page here.

Only projects deemed by the shortlisting judges to be of the highest calibre in meeting these criteria will be accepted.

If shortlisted in the ‘Designer of the Year’ category, at least one member of the design practice will be required to present to the jury at a public event on (date to be confirmed) in Sydney. Practices unable to attend the jury day may be disqualified, at the discretion of the jury.

Niche Media and its partners will not be held responsible for any non-receipt of entries, however so caused. Entries ruled invalid for whatever reason will not be considered for the awards.

Copyright and usage

By ticking the box on the entry form, all entrants warrant that they have permission from all parties including clients, copyright holders and collaborators to allow inside and its partners to publish their work in the IDEA shortlist issue of inside, on the IDEA and ADR websites and in any associated promotional materials, without limitation, including social media.

By ticking the box on the entry form you indemnify Niche Media, inside magazine and IDEA 2018, its employees and agents and supporting partners from any liability for wrongful use or misrepresentation of the works submitted. You assert that you are the author of the work and own the intellectual and moral rights to the work under the Copyright Act. Wrongful assertion of such rights will render the entry invalid and the entrant accepts all liability for any claim for damages or loss resulting from such wrongful assertion.

By ticking the box on the entry form you assert the truthfulness of this information and assign copyright of this text to Niche Media, further authorising the editing and publication of the project statement by inside and its partners in the IDEA shortlist issue of inside, in the IDEA 2018 special edition of inside, on the IDEA and ADR websites and in any associated promotional materials, without limitation. All entrants must obtain permission from the commissioning client to enter the project into the awards.

Any entries that are subsequently found to breach any of the terms and conditions of entry will be ruled invalid and withdrawn from consideration for an award.

In the event that an award winner is subsequently found to breach the terms and conditions of entry, their work may be ruled invalid and the award deemed null and void. The entrant will be liable for any costs incurred and must return the prize(s) received.

Judges reserve the right at all times to determine whether an entry qualifies as an acceptable work within the category for which it is submitted. Works the judges deem not acceptable will be ruled invalid.

IDEA winners and highly commended may be asked to participate in additional events/video opportunities to support IDEA and the design industry.

Niche Media staff and their immediate families are ineligible to enter.

Terms and conditions may be amended, deleted or added from time to time at our discretion and we will publish the revised terms and conditions on the website. By checking the box on the online entry form you agree to the full terms and conditions, so please read them carefully.

All judges’ decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into relating to the judging process or the outcome.

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