Shortlist for Australian Podcast Awards 2023 officially announced

Seventh-annual ceremony to take place in November in Sydney

The official shortlist for the 2023 Australian Podcast Awards, powered by iHeart, has been announced ahead of the ceremony in Sydney. 

Now in its seventh year, the annual event will take place on 21 November at Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour, celebrating excellence in podcasting in the region with a drinks reception following the ceremony for a chance to network and make connections within the industry. 

“We love the annual gathering of the Australian Podcast Industry to celebrate the magic of our thriving medium and are proud to once again lead the recognition of those who are doing it best,” said Corey Layton, head of digital audio for ARN’s iHeartPodcast Network Australia.

Commercial radio station ARN, which has invested heavily into the podcasting space with the iHeartPodcast Network, has been nominated for a number of awards this year in 12 categories, including genre-based ones like Best Sport Podcast for The Pool Room with Tony Armstrong and Tradies with Sam McClure and Mitch Cleary, Best Sex & Relationships for Life Uncut, Best Business Podcast for She's On The Money, and others. 

ARN is also up for Best Network or Publisher against the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Diversity Arts Australia, DM Podcasts, SBS, and The Squiz, most of which have been nominated across other categories for podcasts they’ve produced. This year also saw some categories dedicated to the business side of the industry including Best Branded Podcast with nominations for brands like Adore Beauty and Bush Heritage Australia, as well as Best Commercial Campaign. 

Additionally, this year’s Australian Podcast Awards will also recognise a Rising Star from the industry selected by the judges, a specialist award which last year went to 

Justine Landis Hanley, host of politics podcast Left Right Out. Nominees for this year include co-host of comedy podcast Dude Cinema Alex Jae, FremantleMedia Australia development producer Grace Valerie-Lynette, Unemployed & Afraid host Kim Kerton, Coequal host Phillip Crawford, and ARN’s The Pool Room host Tony Armstrong. 

Other awards that will be announced on the night of the event and are not eligible for nominations include the Specialist and Spotlight awards, which are selected by the judges from the Gold winners across other categories, and the Podcast Chamion award selected by the APA team. There’s also the Listener’s Choice award, which is voted for by the fans, who have until 18 October to submit votes. The Podcast of The Year award - which is considered the highest honour of the night - will also be announced at the end of the ceremony. The title went to history podcast The Last Outlaws last year. 

The Australian Podcast Awards is a sister title to the British Podcast Awards - which took place last Thursday - and the Irish Podcast Awards, which are taking place on 21 November in Dublin supported by Global and Acast and hosted by PodPod.

For more information, visit the Australian Podcast Awards website.

Australian Podcast Awards 2023 full shortlist

Best Arts & Culture Podcast

Background Briefing
Critical Fashion Studies Podcast
Everybody’s Trying To Find Their Way Home
Object: Stories of Design and Craft
The Art Show

Best Branded Podcast

Beauty IQ Uncensored
Big Sky Country
How Far We've Come
Tech Cetera
The Minds Changing Lives

Best Business Podcast

my millennial money
She's On The Money
Tech Zero
The Dive | Business News
The Fin
The Mentor with Mark Bouris

Best Climate Podcast

Fear and Wonder
GRIT (One Road In, One Road Out)
Saving the Franklin
The Yarn

Best Comedy Podcast

A Rational Fear
Aunty Donna
Motherhood - A Beautiful Nightmare
The Chaser Report
Tony Martin's SIZZLETOWN

Best Commercial Campaign

Concealed with Art Simone
Equity Mates Investing Podcast
Life Uncut
She's on the Money x Sharesies

Best Daily Podcast

7am Podcast
Cricket, Et Cetera
Please Explain
Squiz Today
The Daily Aus

Best Documentary Podcast

Expanse: Pink Diamond Heist
Faith on Trial: Hillsong
Finding Ruby - The Fight of My Life
Hannah's Story
Nobody Dies Here
Saving the Franklin
Disclosed: The Children In The Pictures

Best Education Podcast

CSIRO Presents: Everyday AI
News Time
The Chronic Sisters Podcast
Three Associating: Adventures in Relational Psychoanalytic Supervision

Best Entertainment Podcast

Concealed with Art Simone
Days Like These
Mamamia Out Loud
Straight Talk with Mark Bouris
The Pool Room with Tony Armstrong
Two Broke Chicks
Unapologetically Asian

Best Factual Podcast

First Eat
Let Us In!
Saltwater Stories of the Larrakia
What the Duck?!

Best Fiction Podcast

Ear Movies
Private Affairs
Tales from Three Corners
The Missed
The Single Squad

Best History Podcast

Community Starters
Inner West Icons
Saving the Franklin
Stuff The British Stole
The History Listen: Laya's Way Home
The Wholesome Show

Best Interview Podcast

Full Story
She's on the Money
Stuff Of Legends
The Imperfects
The Lawyer, the Sniper & the NSW Police

Best Kids Podcast

Bedtime Stories with R.A. Spratt
Brushy: Fun Facts For Kids
Dino Dome
The Beanies
The Mysteries of Corkuparipple Creek
Yarn Quest

Best Network or Publisher

ARN's iHeartPodcast Network Australia
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Diversity Arts Australia: Colour Cycle Podcast
DM Podcasts
The Squiz

Best New Podcast

A Good Mind To
Everybody’s Trying To Find Their Way Home
Finding Ruby - The Fight of My Life
One Minute Remaining - Stories from the inmates
The Pool Room with Tony Armstrong
You Have Been Told A Lie - Blood, Borders, and Biloela

Best News & Current Affairs Podcast

7am Podcast
Full Story
The Daily Aus
The Lawyer, the Sniper & the NSW Police
You Have Been Told A Lie - Blood, Borders, and Biloela

Best Parenting Podcast

Dr. Justin Coulson's Happy Families
How Other Dads Dad with Hamish Blake
Mums Gone Troppo
The Juggling Act
Two Doting Dads

Rising Star

Alex Jae
Grace Valerie-Lynette
Kim Kerton
Phillip Crawford
Tony Armstrong

Best Sex & Relationships Podcast

It's a Lot with Abbie Chatfield
Life Uncut
Sex Therapy: Sessions with Chantelle Otten
Talking Frank
The Hook Up
What To Expect When You're Injecting

Best Sport Podcast

Cricket, Et Cetera
Head Noise
The Matty Johns Podcast
The Official Isuzu UTE A-League Podcast
The Pool Room with Tony Armstrong
Tradies with Sam McClure and Mitch Cleary

Best True Crime Podcast

Expanse: Pink Diamond Heist
Finding Ruby - The Fight of My Life
Hannah's Story
Inside the Tribe
One Minute Remaining - Stories from the inmates
Shadow of Doubt
The Teacher's Trial

Best Wellbeing Podcast

GRIT (One Road In, One Road Out)
Grow Your Mind
Sober Awkward
The Imperfects
Thriving in Menopause