Australian Podcast Awards returns in 2022 with new categories

• Australia recently overtook the U.S. as the world’s biggest podcast listening nation

The Australia Podcast Awards (APAs), powered by iHeart, will return in 2022.

The country’s prestigious podcast awards celebrate the best of the best Australian podcast and podcasting talent to emerge and gain fandom over the past year.

Over 90 judges listened to nearly 1,000 submissions in 2021, awarding gold to 29 top podcasts across categories from True Crime to Comedy and Sex and Relationships.

The 2022 Australian Podcast Awards promises to be bigger and better than ever with a total of 33 award categories from best new podcast to podcast of the year and every genre-based category in between.

Left to right: Producer Keeshia Pettit with hosts Brittany Hockley and Laura Byrne

There are also new awards including podcast climate aware and best parenting podcast.

This year, the Awards will also make it easier for independent BIPOC, Queer and Trans audio creators to enter, thanks to a partnership with the Podcasting Seriously Fund that provides reimbursement for entries from members of these communities.

The news of the 2022 Australian Podcast Awards comes as Australia officially overtakes the U.S. as the world’s biggest podcast listening nation, and the industry continues to produce a record-number of break-through podcasts, according to data from Edison Research.

Matt Deegan, director at the Australian Podcast Awards, said: “Australia isn’t just the world’s biggest podcast listening nation, it’s also at the forefront of incredible podcast production.

“We’re so thrilled to bring the industry’s most recognised and prestigious podcasting awards back for its sixth year. The 2022 Australian Podcast Awards promises to uncover, spotlight and champion the best of the best when it comes to Australian podcasting.

“We welcome podcasts big and small to enter and look forward to another year of break-through podcasting content,” Deegan added.

Marc Fennell (centre) with the Stuff the British Stole team

The Australian Podcast Awards also announces its first wave of partners, including Gold Partners iHeart, LISTNR, Nova, Campaign, Podfollow and Podnews.

Launched in 2016, the awards are a way of showcasing the amazing podcast talent and content Australia has to offer.

Now in its sixth year, it continues to recognise the industry’s most innovative and emerging podcast content across its varied categories.

It also hosts an annual conference, Podcast Day 24 on October 4th in Sydney, which shares content, research and podcast industry trends.

Previous winners include Laura Byrne and Brittney Hockley’s Life Uncut, Julia Gillard’s A Podcast of One’s Own and Brooke Boney and Linda Marigliano’s Brooke and Linda’s Dream Club.

Other winners include true crime podcast, The Nurse, dramedy fiction podcast, Private Affairs, and pop-culture podcast, The Culture.

Submissions for the Australian Podcast Awards are now open, find out more at

Nominees will be selected by a judging panel of industry experts before the category winners are announced in November.

See also: Entries open for the 2022 Australian Podcast Awards

Brooke Boney (centre) and Linda Marigliano (right) for Brooke & Linda’s Dream Club

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