The first Australian Children's Book of the Year Award was made in 1946. The awards were established by the Children's Book Council of Australia.
There was no competition in 1949.
From 1946 until 1952, there was only a single award. The Picture Book of the Year Award was established as a separate award in 1956. Until 1982, there was no division between Older and Younger Readers. The Eve Pownall Award for information books was presented by Eve Pownall's family in 1988, then by the Children's Book Council from 1993. The Early Childhood Award was introduced in 2001.
Source: http://cbca.org.au/awardshistory.htm Sighted: 3/12/2013.