The Australian Cider Awards has been running since 2011. The issue for amateur cidermakers is that entry is only possible for commercial producers. Commercial producers can enter the Red Hill Cider Show but so can non-commercial / home / amateur cidermakers.
For the latest information re the Show including the judging panel see the website Red Hill Cider Show
For the classes that can be entered see the Exhibitor Guide
You have the opportunity of benchmarking your cider or perry against other amateur makers and commercial producers. The particularly valuable aspect is: “All entries will receive judging comments”
If you’ve been wondering how your product compares with peers of the same type and/or how you might improve it then those comments may well be valuable. Apart from that you may be surprised by good your cider is. Last year’s results – see their website for the link – shows a number of silvers and bronzes for the amateur entries.