Registrations Open For 2012 Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards

auDA and InternetNZ have launched the Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards (the ANZIAs) for 2012.

Now in its fourth year, the ANZIAs are an annual event organised by the policy and regulatory bodies for .AU and .NZ and celebrate 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 as industry leaders, 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 an $AUD2500 cash prize for eligible entrants.

Entries are invited in six categories:

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

InternetNZ Chief Executive Vikram Kumar says the ANZIAs are a great opportunity for New Zealand and Australian businesses and individuals to have their online endeavours celebrated.

“The six ANZIA categories cover all facets of the global Internet, from the highly-technical to the cultural, humanistic and innovative. We know there are a number of wonderful Internet-related projects happening in the Trans-Tasman region and we encourage all those involved to register their interest now for their chance to get recognised.”

auDA 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, The Australian Lions Drug Awareness Foundation, and DTS NZ. ANZIA has in recent years celebrated the achievements of CanTeen, The National Library of New Zealand, Hector’s World Limited and Darwin City Council’s GRIND Youth Initiative.

Registrations of interest are now open. Interested parties can register to receive instructions on how to enter. Applications will open on 1st June and close on 31st July, with all winners announced at a gala dinner in Canberra on 8 October.

For more information see internetawards.org.au.