Australia and New Zealand Internet Best Practice Awards

Posted by Jenelle Backman on 20 September 2010


Hi, I’m Elspeth Ross.

Within the auDA team, I’m responsible for managing two projects we’ve set up to encourage and reward initiatives that benefit the Australian Internet space – the auDA Foundation and the Australia and NZ Internet Best Practice Awards.

While the next round of Foundation funding will get underway in early 2011, things are really ramping up at the moment for the Best Practice Awards.

The Awards were established in 2009 to recognise initiatives that help make the Internet a more secure, accessible, open and diverse place. We drew these categories from four of the major themes of the UN’s Internet Governance Forum (IGF), a global event where stakeholders come together to discuss Internet policy issues.

The inaugural Awards received a wide range of innovative and creative entries, covering a very diverse range of projects. The winners were announced in July. They were:

Openness - the Australasian Legal Information Institute for creating a free online resource for legal information

Accessibility– The Deaf Society of NSW for providing a comprehensive online  information resource for Deaf and hard-of-hearing people, using Auslan and English content, visual representation and an intuitive user‐friendly layout.

Diversity – Vicnet (the State Library of Victoria) for fulfilling the information and access needs of culturally and linguistically diverse groups.

Security – Hector’s World Limited for creating a resource that teaches children how to become safe, capable and responsible digital citizens.

Applications for 2010 were open throughout July and August, our judging panel is currently assessing the wide range of entries we received, and we are looking forward to announcing the winners at a gala event in Melbourne on 18 October.

If you want to find out more about the awards, visit Better yet, bookmark the link and enter in 2011!

If you have any questions or feedback email