2012 ANZIAs Now Open For Entries

Posted by Tom Valcanis on 1 June 2012

.au Domain Administration Ltd (auDA) and InternetNZ are proud to announce that the 2012 Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards (ANZIAs) are now open for entries.

Now in their fourth year, the ANZIAs are an annual event celebrating the achievements of organisations, businesses and individuals that have made significant contributions to the development and use of the Internet in Australia and New Zealand.

ANZIA winners receive recognition for setting new standards in making the Internet a more inclusive, accessible and safe place. The Awards also offer winners public and industry exposure, positive media coverage, networking opportunities, recognition of hard work for staff and volunteers and a $2500 cash prize for eligible entrants.

The six ANZIA categories are:

•    Security and privacy
•    Internet access & digital skills
•    Innovation
•    Information
•    Diversity
•    IPv6

InternetNZ Chief Executive Vikram Kumar says “The six ANZIA categories cover all facets of the global Internet, from the highly-technical to the cultural, humanistic and innovative.”

auDA CEO Chris Disspain echoed Mr. Kumar, saying “the ANZIA awards distinguish the premier businesses, individuals and organizations in Australia and New Zealand that use the internet to enrich the lives of others and advance the cause of using the internet in positive and inventive ways.”

Among the ANZIA winners in 2011 were Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet for their online indigenous health resource, The Australian Lions Drug Awareness Foundation for their 'Tune in not out' initiative and Telstra for their Internet and Cyber Safety webpage. ANZIA has in recent years celebrated the achievements of CanTeen for their “Now What” online initiative, The National Library of New Zealand for “The Aotearoa People's Network Kaharoa”, Hector’s World Limited for their online initiative that offers a positive start to life online for children aged two to nine and Darwin
City Council’s GRIND Youth Initiative.

The ANZIAs website is now open for entries at www.internetawards.org.au. Applications open today and close on 31 July, with winners announced at a gala dinner in Canberra on 10 October.