Boardgames Australia gives out awards in three categories each year. Best International Game, Best Australia Game and Best Children's Game.
Awarded to the best new game available on the Australian market that is suitable for families.
In selecting a winner, the judges will look for a game that:
has rules that are clear and not overly complex
maintains the interest of players throughout the game
provides the opportunity to make interesting decisions
or to do clever and imaginative things
can be replayed many times with enjoyment
rewards skill but has sufficient luck, or a handicapping system,
to allow any family member a chance of winning
has sturdy and attractive components
represents good value for money
is different from other games
has a manageable playing time (ideally under 90 minutes)
scales well with different numbers of players (ideally for 2 to 6 players)