Margaret River Gourmet Escape 2016 presented by Audi - 2017 National Finalist: Local Tickets Best Regional Event

Key Changes

1. New Categories

All Event Awards categories have always been and will continue to be open to events of any size. The judging criteria ensures that entries are evaluated based on innovation, quality of the event’s intended outcome, resourcefulness, and the evidence provided in the entry, regardless of the size of the event, its budget or the organiser’s company. Whilst small and large events can still enter any category, two new categories have been introduced to shine a spotlight on the particular achievements of smaller events and event management companies.

  • Best Small Event is awarded to a small event that delivers an outstanding experience for attendees on a small budget.
  • Small Event Management Company of the Year recognises a company or business with up to 5 employees that has delivered an event or events at a consistently exceptional level over a 12 month period.

2. Category Changes

We have revamped a few names of existing categories to better align the award recognition with the evolving industry:

  • Best Achievement in Event Education or Training: Recognising the use of event education or training by a person or organisation to benefit an event or events
  • Best Congress or Conference: Recognising a congress or conference that best advances the aims of the organising body and provides a rewarding experience for attendees
  • Best Exhibition, Trade or Consumer Show: Recognising an exhibition, trade or consumer show that provides the best experience and outcomes for exhibitors and attendees.

We have also split Best Product or Service into:

  • Best New Product: Recognising the introduction of an innovative new physical product, service or technology, or one that has been substantially improved, that is used at an event or events; and
  • Best Event Service: Awarded to an outstanding event service such as website design, volunteer management, catering or planning services that is used at an event or events.

3. Raising the Bar for State Finalists and Winners

To be eligible to become a State Finalist and go on to become the State Winner in your category, entries must now meet the Finalist Threshold Score. You don’t need to do anything extra, just put on a good event and get enough points from the judges as well as more points than any other entry also held in your state or territory in that category.

4. Australian Event Awards and Symposium and Program Redesigned

The program for this year has been shaped to kick start the week with welcome drinks, build up through the Symposium’s sessions, and crescendo towards the Awards Ceremony as the grand finale.

Both Symposium days on Tuesday and Wednesday will include stellar sessions, designed to facilitate an extraordinary level of engagement and practical take-aways. Day One offers Workshop streams led by industry experts; Day Two holds three plenary Masterclasses delivered by trailblazing leaders from the world beyond events. Both session styles are designed to create a rich learning and networking environment, so attendees can draw lessons and strategies from both within and outside the events industry.

Social events will commence with the drinks at the bar, followed by drinks and canapes on the Tuesday evening giving you an opportunity to catch up with those you haven’t seen in a while, before concluding with the Event Awards Ceremony on Wednesday evening.

5. Symposium Theme

The Skill’s the Limit: Enriching Events

This year the Australian Event Symposium invites you to make the sky the limit by opening your mind to expert ideas from beyond the events industry whilst building tangible events skills with real takeaways.

Workshop streams on vital focus areas zone your attention in on events practice, giving you skills and strategies you can apply directly to your events. Ground-breakers from beyond the events industry will lead engaging Masterclasses, inspiring you to broaden your field of vision to see wisdom, strategy and creativity from other domains that can keep your events work innovative and inventive.

6. New Dates

This year sees a slight shift in schedule, extending the entry period for longer after the end of the eligibility period, which is 30 June. A few of the key dates include:

  • 13 June 2018 – Entries Open
  • 24 July 2018 – Early Starters Deadline
  • 27 August 2018 – Entries Close

Entries close later this year, which means that those executing events right at the end of the eligibility period have more time to really finesse and complete their entry after bump out. There is also the chance for a double discount: start and pay for your entry in the Early Starters period to receive a discounted entry fee, and if you can even make that happen before 30 June, you get the tax deduction as well.

See the full list of Key Dates here and make sure you put them in your diary to maximise your schedule and budget.

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  • On the way to breakfast on a sandbar, hosted by Visit Sunshine Coast, during the Australian Event Symposium 2016, who wouldn't be jumping for joy?

  • David Gration takes the stage to talk eventscapes at the 2017 Australian Event Symposium at The Event Centre on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

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    2017 National Winner - CIM Magazine Best Meeting or Conference

  • Enjoying a few drinks and plenty of networking with cocktails on the beach after the first day of learning at the Australian Event Awards and Symposium 2016.