Entries for 2024 are now closed. Entry guidelines are available for download here.

There are three simple steps involved in submitting your entries.

Create your account

To commence your submission, you must first create your account. Refer to MY ENTRIES on the awards site: aausocialimpact.com.au

Once you have commenced a submission, you can log in and out at any time without losing your data, but we do recommend that you first complete the written responses in a Word document, before cutting and pasting into the online entry form.

Create entry submission

Before beginning your entry submission, read the Conditions section. Submitting an entry means that you have read and agreed to all the 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 (following) and to upload supporting materials (images, floorplans, drawings etc.).

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.

A. Images (mandatory)

You must submit 6 to 15 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 20 MB size limit, try re-saving them in Photoshop and reducing the JPEG compression level to 8.

B. Drawings, plans and elevations (mandatory)

You must also submit one PDF with up to five pages of 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.

C. Video content (optional)

URL to view video content that has has been uploaded to Vimeo or YouTube.

D. Written criteria (mandatory)

Note the word limits below are maximums. Succinct responses are strongly recommended.

Written responses must address the following:

1. Provide a brief project description for the jury. This statement may also be published. (Limit 50 words)

2. What is the conceptual framework of the project – including underlying principles, social values, sustainable initiatives, core ideas and/or philosophy? (Limit 200 words)

3. What is the demonstrable social benefit of the scheme and how does the design enhance or extend this benefit? (Limit 200 words)

5. Program resolution – how does the functional performance match the clients’ brief? (Limit 100 words)

6. In what way/s does the project aim to advance the practice of architecture? (Limit 100 words)

E. Client/occupant statement (optional)

You have the opportunity to submit a client/occupant statement (limit 200 words) ideally authored by the person who drove the outcome and championed the project. The statement should describe the success of the project and how it met, and perhaps even exceeded, their expectations. While this is optional, it is recommended, as client testimonial is often compelling. Note that excerpts from the client testimonial including client name may be published.

Entry submission and payment

Once you have completed steps one and two (above) you may pay for and submit your project. Note that entries are not finalized for consideration by the jury until payment is received.

The entry fee is $125 incl. GST

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