With 2018 in the rear-vision mirror, the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) has opened up entries for the 2019 Packaging Innovation and Design Awards.

2019 sees two new categories join the awards: Labelling and Decoration in Design Innovation of the Year, and a special award for Accessible Packaging Design.

Nerida Kelton, executive director of the AIP, encourages groundbreaking companies and people to put themselves forward for the awards. “The 2019 Packaging Innovation and Design Awards (PIDA) recognise companies and individuals who are making a significant difference in their field in Australia and New Zealand,” she said.

“The PIDA Awards are the exclusive award program for all Australia and New Zealand entries into the prestigious WorldStar Packaging Awards.”

The full list of awards includes:

Design Innovation of the Year
• Food
• Beverage
• Health, Beauty and Wellness
• Domestic and Household
• Labelling and Decoration

Special Awards
• Sustainable Packaging Design
• Save Food Packaging Design
• Accessible Packaging Design

Individual Awards
• Young Packaging Professional of the Year
• Industry Packaging Professional of the Year
• The Packaging New Zealand Scholarship

Entries are open until 8 March 2019. For more information on categories and criteria, visit or email

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