The Australian Podcast Awards ABN 76 516 847 024 (“APA”) determines eligibility for the 2019 Australian Podcast Awards according to the following 4 main general eligibility criteria. Specific categories may include their own additional eligibility guidelines, which will be communicated within the entry process for the relevant category. Eligibility is determined at the discretion of the APA.


Must be produced by an individual who is - or a group of people including members who are - Australian citizens or permanent residents; Must contain content relevant to an Australian audience; Cannot be the product of an organisation that is not based or registered in Australia.

If the podcast is a collaboration between people in different countries, including in Australia, then the podcast is eligible to enter if the Australian team member is one of the hosts, and is responsible for editorial content, production or marketing of the podcast.

Any podcasts in languages other than English will require accompanying submission of a transcript in English.

The final decision on whether a podcast is eligible based on its producers’ country of origin and location of production is up to the discretion of the APA.

MUST be defined as a 'Podcast' for our purposes

APA defines a podcast as spoken-word audio that is available to download or stream, free of charge, through standard platforms. Podcasts that are only available to paid subscribers or are accessible only behind a paywall are not eligible to enter. Podcasts that are not made available for consumption in the places and ways that most podcasts are generally made available, are not eligible to enter.

An entrant cannot create a special episode (eg, 'highlight' reel) for the Awards. The submitted podcast must in a form that was released to their audience. It should be representative of the entrant’s overall body of work.

Must be considered 'acceptable content'

The Australian Podcast Awards welcomes the participation and enjoyment of our platform by people of all genders, sexualities, races, religions and abilities. The content that we consider acceptable and eligible to enter, reflects these values.

Podcasts may contain swearing, controversial topics, and adult themes. However APA will not accept entries from podcasts that contain content that is determined by the APA to be potentially: defamatory; obscene or otherwise unlawful; racist; sexist; misleading or deceptive; inflammatory or inciting hatred or violence.

The APA will not accept any entries that give unqualified and/or unsubstantiated medical advice to listeners, without giving sufficient disclaimer. Entrants will be given an opportunity to provide background information necessary to qualify any medical suggestions or health advice that appear in their episodes.

Minimum episode release and time-frame

A podcast is eligible to enter any self-nominated category if it has released a minimum of one episode between 13 March 2018 and 14 February 2019.

If the first episode of a podcast was released after 13th March 2018, then its producers are eligible to enter the Best New Podcaster Category.


There are three categories that may be entered at no additional cost, once the podcast has already been entered in one of the paid categories. Those categories are: Popular Vote; Best Audiogram, Presented by Headliner; and Diversity & Inclusion in Podcasting.


At the initial stage, APA will judge all podcasts by the following 4 basic criteria. More advanced criteria, and category-specific criteria will be applied at later stages.

Audio Levels

It is essential that a podcast can be heard clearly without excessive boosting of the volume on the listener’s podcast player app. The podcast needs to be mastered to a consistent level, so that the volume of your podcast player doesn’t need to be changed excessively while listening.

basic audio production

Flaws in the sound production of a podcast should be minimal, so that nothing noticeably distracts the listener from enjoying the experience. Examples of this include unnecessary extreme stereo panning between voices; unpleasant graininess across the audio; harsh sibilance or ‘pops’ in vocal sounds; peaking or distortion of audio.


The podcast should contain content that in some way sets out to clarify what can be expect from this or other episodes, and actively gives listeners reasons to keep listening. Not all podcasts do this in the same way, and we encourage that, but if a first-time listener to your podcast feels like their time is being wasted, they won’t keep listening or come back. Our judges are no different.

integrity to the medium of podcasting

Shows that have been, or appear to have been, produced for radio or other broadcast media first, need to be produced and presented in a way that doesn’t take away from the experience of listening to them as a podcast. Elements such as radio stings, programmed music, or references to time and date of broadcast should not be included.

The APA regards podcasts as primarily spoken-word audio. Podcasts that follow the format of a radio show with a focus on playing music, and hosting conversations or monologues between songs are unlikely to contain the elements that our judges are looking for.