Prizes and jury

Take your career to the next level. Find out about the prizes and benefits on offer, and about the jury who will be deciding our winners.


You may choose to submit a design proposal for either site or for both, with the potential to win prize money in both categories.

Urban metro site

First prize: $50,000

Second prize: $20,000

Regional town site

First prize: $50,000

Second prize: $20,000

The Jury may also award commendations. There is no prize money for commendations. 


We will publish the Jury report on this site on the same day that we announce the winners, by the end of April 2024.   

Other benefits

Entering this competition can bring many other benefits to your career.

Gain exposure and publicity

Grow your professional reputation, gain recognition, and raise your profile. Reach a broader audience, demonstrate your team’s skills and ideas, and increase your chances of gaining future work. 

Build new connections

Make new connections, build relationships, forge partnerships and collaborate across disciplines. This opportunity for multidisciplinary teamwork could open doors to potential new clients. 

Inspire and innovate

Explore new and innovative design ideas, exercise your creativity, push boundaries, challenge preconceptions about residential aged care, and showcase design as a change agent.  

Grow your portfolio

Gain experience, demonstrate your team’s ability to design for different building typologies, and use the competition as a springboard to break into a new sector.

The jury 

The jury for the competition comprises 8 expert members. When considering the entries, the jury will evaluate the extent to which design proposals:

All submissions will remain anonymous to the Jury during their deliberations. Entrant names will only be revealed to the jury after it has finalised its recommendations on the winners.

Professor Tom Calma AO – Jury chair

2023 Senior Australian of the Year

John Choi


Dr Stephen Judd AM

Aged care sector leader and dementia care expert

Dr Catherin Bull AM

Landscape architect

Sophie Dyring

Member of the organising committee

Tim Ross

Design advocate and media personality 

Lived experience advisers

A focus group of 3 people (per site) with lived experience of dementia will serve as advisers to the jury. They will review the jury shortlist and offer their unique insights about how each proposal might suit their needs and wants. The lived experience advisers will offer a distinctive lens for the jury to use when making its final decisions. Their insights will give the jury a deeper appreciation of what is important to those people most affected by the design of residential aged care. 

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