The Australian International Design Awards have promoted and encouraged innovation and excellence in Australian product design.
In 2008, coinciding with their 50th anniversary, the Australian Design Awards changed to the Australian International Design Awards and accepted products designed overseas for the first time.
The main focus of the Awards, is to 'promote the benefits and value of professional product design in the development of manufactured goods(1)' and maintain the world class standard of Australian Product Design.
(1) Taken from the Australian Design Awards Yearbook 2000
The Awards have an industrial design focus, but consider all aspects of design including engineering, electronics and software design aspects.
Engineering designers also look to the Engineers Australia Engineering Excellence Awards.