The 2023 theme is ‘Alive’. The type of hat is open. Anything from everyday to costume. Entrants are welcome to explore the theme as they wish.

This competition is open to all millinery students both in Australia and world wide, who have undertaken millinery studies in the 12 months preceding 12 May 2023. Classes can be taken in person, online or through a training course.  

All students can enter regardless of skill level, materials experience or areas of interest.

Millinery Australia Student Members pay a reduced entry fee and have the opportunity to participate in a mentoring program for two hours mentorship with a Fellow Member. 

Fellow Members who are interested in being a mentor for the Student Award are encouraged to email Georgia Skelton for further details:

Selective pieces will be on display at the Millinery Australia Gala Evening at The Bank on Collins on Thursday 29 June 2023.

Information about becoming a Student Member is available here 

Key Documents

Hat Information Form for Entrants

2023 Millinery Australia Student Award Terms and Conditions

View winners and entries of the 2022 Student Award here


Thank you to the following sponsors for their support of the 2023 Design Award, 2023 Student Award and 2023 Hall of Fame.