APDG accreditation is granted to full members who have not only demonstrated consistently high creativity and aesthetic innovation but who have actively promoted the values of good design and given back to our industry.


Eligibility for accreditation

  • Applicants must be full members of the APDG.
  • Applicants must supply evidence of credits on a reasonable body of major works.
  • Applicants must supply copies of four major works, if requested to do so by the APDG.
  • Student, work-shopped, incomplete or amateur works are not considered major works.
  • Major works need not be Australian based but APDG members must be Australian residents or possess an Australian passport.
  • Evidence of credits may be supplied in any form but must leave the APDG directors in no doubt as to the validity of claims.
  • The APDG directors reserve the right to request additional supporting evidence if needed.
  • If sufficient supporting evidence is not supplied within fourteen days of a request the application will not be considered.
  • Applicants must have served as the head of an art department or as lead or senior designer in two or more of the four nominated works.

Applying for accreditation

  • Applications must be made via the APPLICATION FOR ACCREDITATION
  • Applications must be submitted by mail with supporting evidence and payment details to PO BOX 605 Broadway 2007.
  • A cutoff date for applications for assessments will be announced each year, but applications are accepted all year.
  • Applications cost AU$150. Payment details are on the application form.

Assessment of applications

  • A three person assessment committee will be formed each year.
  • Assessors will be invited by the directors of the APDG.
  • Whenever possible an assessment committee will comprise of two APDG accredited and one non-accredited industry professional.
  • Two of three assessors must approve the application in order for accreditation to be granted.
  • There is no limit to the number of times an assessor may be invited to assess.
  • At least one of the three assessors will change each year.
  • Applicants will be assessed on the following:
  1. Their work, in particular the four nominated major works.
  2. The extent to which the applicant displays leadership in their field. Evidence of leadership may be submitted as any number of references from members of departments, directors, cinematographers, producers or affiliated professionals.
  3. The extent to which the applicant has given back to their industry or profession.


  • Successful applicants will be informed by letter.
  • Unsuccessful applicants will be informed by letter outlining why the assessors did not to grant accreditation.
  • Unsuccessful applicants may reapply the following year.
  • There is no limit to the number of times a member may apply for accreditation.
  • A list of accredited members will appear on the APDG website.
  • New accredited members will be announced at the APDG Awards ceremony.
  • Unsuccessful applicants names will not be named or published by the APDG.


  • An APDG accreditation certificate will be mailed to each successful applicant.
  • All copies of nominated works and supporting evidence will be returned to applicants, successful or not.
  • The APDG accreditation certificate always remains the property of the APDG.
  • In the case of an accredited member becoming non-financial or their membership ceases the certificate must be returned on demand to the APDG board of directors.
  • In the case of a member becoming non-financial or their membership ceases the recipient is no longer qualified to use the letters APDG after his or her name.