Winners announced for 2014 ANZIAs

Posted by Helen Hollins on 29 August 2014

26 August, 2014 - Last night Melbourne played host to the Australia & New Zealand Internet Awards (ANZIA) ceremony. Over 200 people were in attendance to celebrate some of the most creative and diverse online projects which were rewarded for their outstanding contribution to the Internet community in Australia and New Zealand. This is the biggest turnout in the ANZIA’s six year history.
The ANZIAs recognise organisations, businesses and individuals who excel in delivering accessible, innovative, informative and secure resources to a diverse and wide community on the Internet.
Six different category winners were announced, with a highly commended in each also recognised. Particularly impressive was the response to the new Leonie Dunbar Memorial Award for Community Websites - created in honour of an auDA staff member and leader of the work with community groups, who sadly passed away last year. This category attracted the highest number of submissions and was one of the most difficult to judge.

The awards are a collaboration between .au Domain Administration Ltd (auDA) and InternetNZ. Chris Disspain, CEO for auDA remembers ‘…the concept of the ANZIAs came from discussions between Keith Davidson (the then CEO of InternetNZ) and me over several glasses of red wine. We wanted to be able to reward those organisation, individuals and businesses we had seen develop incredible online resources, for the benefit of all Australians and New Zealanders. The Internet is a place where everyone is able to exchange ideas and communicate, on a level playing field. The ANZIAs are a way to acknowledge the world-class initiatives that are created, in both of our countries.’

The winners and highly commended per category were...
Winner: Cultural Infusion
Highly Commended: Deaf Services Queensland
Winner: ARTS:LIVE – The Song Room
Highly Commended: - Arthritis Australia in partnership with Bupa Health Foundation
Highly Commended: PROSTMATE - Australian Prostate Cancer Research
Winner: Policy Online (APO)
Highly Commended: Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII)

Access & Digital Skills
Winner: Get Up To Speed Program - The Training Collective
Highly Commended: The Deaf Society of NSW
Security & Online Safety
Winner: RealMe – New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs
Highly Commended: Cybersmart Program – ACMA
The Leonie Dunbar Memorial Award for Community Websites
Winner: Apollo Bay Community Website Inc
Highly Commended: Mirboo Country Development Incorporated