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Ticketing platform Local Tickets is joining the Event Awards fold in support of Australia's best regional events.

Local Tickets is an Australian owned ticketing company with a national network of regionally branded event ticketing websites.

They have exclusively developed both a front-end marketing website and a back-end ticketing service for every region and city in Australia.

Local Tickets offer both online and offline ticketing solutions including printed, door and venue tickets.

Their clients include event organisers, venues, organisations, media and volunteers.

Explaining their commitment to regional events, founding Director of Local Tickets, Kristen Goldup says:

“We believe regional events really punch above their weight. They attract visitors, provide economic benefits, make life exciting and fill locals with pride.

“With both directors hailing from regional Queensland, we are very proud to be partnering with the Australian Events Awards to shine a big spotlight on the wonderful contribution regional events make to the Australian culture,” she adds.

Entries will open for all categories, including Local Tickets Best Regional Event, on 3 May.

Learn more about Local Tickets here:

Local Tickets founders, Kristen Goldup and Jan Martin

There's a big change for our Young Achievers this year and small tweaks across other categories. See what's in store this year...

Before we delve into this topic, we assure you that a video is not a requirement to win an Australian Event Award. Plenty of events and achievements have earned an Event Awards trophy with no video evidence and uploading a video will remain optional in 2017.

Having said this, all entrants should consider including a video in their submission if possible.

A video gives the judges that immediate "it's like I was there" sense and lends a visual to the written majority of your entry.

It's also great publicity material both for your entry into the Awards, should it become a Finalist, and for your event or your achievement when advertising to future audiences or demonstrating your capabilities for future projects. In the age of YouTube, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, video content is a must if you want to reach people through social media.

No budget for a video? Here are some suggestions:

  • Partner with a video producing enterprise to get the job done. This is a value-in-kind sponsorship which can be exchanged for advertising and publicity through your event and all your communication channels.

  • Ask an existing sponsor to fund the production of video. Stick their logo on it and shout it from the proverbial rooftops that the sponsor made the video possible. Given the long shelf life and multiple uses of a video, many sponsors should be happy to help you.

  • Talk to a university, TAFE, college or other tertiary institution which provides film making courses. Many film students would jump at the chance to make a film for a local event or achievement - it'll give their work a wide audience and boost their CV while giving you a great visual souvenir of your work and a tool for future promotion.

  • If none of these options are available - why not film something on whatever equipment you have available to you? Most phones now have built in cameras and Event Awards judges are less concerned with the quality of the production than with the content presented in the film. In other words, something is better than nothing.

So we advise, if you can, to march off into the well-lit sunset and see if you can include a video in your submission this year.

We're delighted to announce eps Australia is joining the Event Awards this year as a Major Project Delivery Partner, handling CAD planning for the Awards Ceremony and putting their name on the Australian Event Award for Event Management Company of the Year.

eps Australia is part of an international group of companies, with offices in Germany, Denmark, Poland, Italy, Switzerland, Australia and North and South America. One of the world’s leading providers of event infrastructure such as grandstands, ground and turf protection systems, roads for heavy goods vehicles, security gates and catering equipment, eps also handles project and CAD planning for major events as well as international touring business regarding infrastructure. With offices in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, eps Australia is truly a national company, with the resources to satisfy needs just about anywhere.

Says eps Australia Managing Director Andrew Stone, "eps Australia is proud to be supporting the Australian Event Awards for the first time. eps recognises the tireless hours and effort our colleagues put into an industry of which we too love being a part. The Australia Event Awards represent an amazing opportunity to recognise that hard work and effort.

"We’re pleased to support not just the Event Awards but the award category for Event Management Company of the Year."

Entries for the 2017 Australian Event Awards will open on May 3. Categories and criteria for 2017 will be released on 19 April.

To learn more about eps Australia, visit

No time? Here's the TLDR version: Event Symposium 2017 has launched; program is amazing; first 20 to register will get an extra special price. Oh, and it's in Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast on 14-15 September.

If you're eyeing a prize (or two) at the Event Awards this year, we're here to help you prepare to put your best foot forward, to get your eye a little closer to a shiny Event Awards trophy.

It's time to make resolutions for the year ahead so we're here to make sure you've got the Event Awards on your list for 2017.

The first Australian Event Awards Ceremony to take place on the Sunshine Coast kicked off with a bang, recognising and celebrating the best events in Australia and achievements in the industry around the world between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2016.

The legacy of David Grant and his commitment to encouraging those in our industry to push the boundaries in creativity, innovation and ideas, will continue through the founding of a fellowship dedicated to the development of creativity, innovation and the future of our industry.

For the first time since we relocated to the Sunshine Coast, we're not talking about the Awards' sunny destination here (although we're sure that'll be pretty breath-taking too) - instead, we're thrilled to announce that Backdrops Fantastic Australia have joined the expanding group of Event Awards Delivery Partners.

After two and a half weeks of tough competition and thousands of votes, we're delighted to announce the top four as finalists for Australia's Favourite Event:

With the Event Awards and Symposium just two weeks away, there's still a chance to be there amongst the celebrations, learning and networking as the Australian events industry gathers on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland between 21-23 September.

If you're joining the events industry on the Sunshine Coast in a few weeks to celebrate the year's best events and achievements at the Event Awards, you're in for a treat!

In just over three weeks, the national events industry will be coming together on the Sunshine Coast to celebrate the achievements of all our Finalists and National Winners at the Event Awards and to share knowledge and skills at the Event Symposium. Don't miss your opportunity to be there too!

Voting opens for Australia's Favourite Event, grab a great deal on airport transfers and even more sponsorship sessions at the Symposium.

Finalists have been announced, the Early Bird rate ends tomorrow, accommodation is booking up fast - it's time to put the Event Awards and Symposium at the top of your "To do" list!

The Australian Event Awards and Symposium will kick off on the Sunshine Coast in five weeks' time. If you haven't booked your spot at this must-attend industry gathering, you've still got time to grab the Early Bird rate to take advantage of everything that's on offer!

Starting with the Australian Event Awards ceremony and ending with you significantly more skilled and suitably inspired, the Australian Event Symposium is an event not to be missed!

Get a few new perspectives on marketing at the Event Symposium, plus take the family with you to the Sunshine Coast!

Escape to the sunshine to give your social media skills and your off-line networking opportunities a boost at the Event Symposium.

A three hour Masterclass has been added to the Symposium program as the Sunshine Coast venue showcase takes on a whole new perspective.

The Australian Event Awards is searching for the Event Producer of the Year, plus a little more time for all entrants with the close of entries delayed until Tuesday 9am AEST.

Entries for the Event Awards will close next Monday 25 July. With 8 days to go, it's not too late to put in a cracking entry for your chance to be recognised amongst the best.

In this edition, we'll catch you up with all the latest from the Australian Event Symposium, to be held on the Sunshine Coast on 22-23 September, plus a few words from a couple of our Event Awards partners.

There's 14 days to go to enter the Event Awards, or 320 hours, or 19,200 minutes or...the number of seconds is, well, a lot. What we're trying to say is, if you haven't started an entry yet, there's still ample time to put yourself in the running to be recognised amongst Australia's best events and achievements by Australians in the global events industry.

It's all happening at the Event Awards HQ! The creative director of Vivid Sydney has joined the Symposium program, plus, with plenty of time left to enter the Event Awards, we've got more tips to help you submit a spectacular entry and a great way for you to recognise and reward the best in your organisation.

Not sure if you should enter the Event Awards? Here's our pick of the top reasons to give it a go.

The Australian Event Symposium program continues to grow, still plenty of time to get entries in for a chance to be recognised as one of Australia's best events and don't miss the opportunity to get your Event Awards and Symposium expenses into this financial year.

Symposium registrations have opened as a worldwide events producer joins the Symposium program, plus while all entrants have until 25 July to complete thier submissions, you'll get a discount on your Event Awards entry if you start and pay before next Monday 20 June.

Things are getting busy at the Event Award HQ! With the Early Starters discount ending soon, it's lucky it's so easy to get started on your entry. Plus, the Symposium program is coming together - we've released a range of sponsorship opportunities for organisations to increase their brand awareness directly to their target market – now is the time to check it out.

Entries are open and the location and date are locked in - it's time to get yourself set up for Event Awards 2016.

After receiving highly competitive bids from all around Australia, and an extremely tough decision, we're delighted to announce that the Event Awards will be held on the Sunshine Coast in 2016, 2017 and the 10th anniversary in 2018.

It's nearly that time of year again! Entries for the Australian Event Awards open in two weeks on 24 May 2016, but in the meantime we've got a few titbits for you to think about to get you ready to start work on your entry.

We want to know what you think about attending writing workshops dealing with everything from awards submissions to grant applications, plus a head's up in the Search for a Home and a change of date for the Event Awards.

Bidding is now open for the Australian Event Awards Search for a Home 2016-2018.

The 2015 Australian Event Awards Ceremony at Doltone House Jones Bay Wharf on Tuesday proved an exciting night full of swinging tunes, iconic Australian voices and, of course, celebration of the best the Australian events industry has to offer.

Tune into the live video stream at from 7pm AEDT tonight to find out who wins at this year's Event Awards.

We're now broadcasting: Creo Media is onboard as the Australian Event Awards streaming partner, giving people across Australia and around the world the chance to experience the Australian Event Awards.

If you've got a free hour next Tuesday, grab a single session pass to see one of the keynotes speaking at the Australian Event Symposium.

With single keynote session passes for keynotes on sporting, business and regional event tourism and destination marketing as well as the National Events Address, the Australian Event Symposium provides an ideal opportunity for event industry enlightenment even if you've only got an hour to spare.

Congratulations to the finalists of Australia's Favourite Event!
We're delighted to announce two Lifetime Achievement Award recipients for the Australian Event Awards 2015.

On a tight schedule? Single keynote session passes for the Australian Event Symposium give you the opportunity to hear from leaders of the industry in less than an hour.

With less than three weeks left until the Australian Event Awards Ceremony and the Australian Event Symposium, we've put together an Event Awards "To Do" list to make sure you're ready with plenty of time to spare!

As Victoria undertakes a once-in-a-generation overhaul of its tourism and major events organisation and strategy, the State’s Tourism and Major Events Minister, the Hon John Eren MP, will deliver the National Events Address at the Australian Event Symposium, using Victoria’s experience to demonstrate how event tourism can build and strengthen the State.

We're delighted to announce founder and CEO of The Impossible Institute Dan Gregory will present a keynote on Day 1 of the Australian Event Symposium.

Meet the speaker for the Regional Event Tourism Keynote at the Event Symposium, plus a friendly reminder to vote for Australia's Favourite Event and a heads up that the Symposium special accommodation offer is strictly limited by availability of rooms.

It's a big week! Public voting for Australia's Favourite Event has opened and the Australian Event Awards are thrilled to announce two new partners.

If you've been too busy to keep up with the Australian Event Symposium, read on to catch yourself up in less than 5 minutes.

There's only a week left to get the best rates for Australian Event Symposium registrations and Event Awards tickets. Early Bird rates end on Monday 28 September.

We're delighted to announce 77 national finalists across 20 categories in the 2015 Australian Event Awards.

This year's finalists come from all around the country, recognising the great events and achievements across the entire national events industry.

18 State and Territory Winners have also been announced.

The program for the Australian Event Symposium continues to grow, plus other titbits from Event Awards HQ.

Presenter sessions of all types are filling fast. Take a look at who else has joined the program...

We've got another Symposium presenter for you to meet, reasons for you to attend, and a fascinating case study from one of our major partners, Coates Hire.

Dive right in! 

With entries now closed for the Event Awards, it's time to turn your attention to the Australian Event Symposium which coincides with the Event Awards Night on 17 and 18 November.

It may not feel like it, but one week is plenty of time to start and finish an Australian Event Award entry (or two) before entries close on 10 August.

Following consultation with the entertainment industry we're pleased to announce the reinstatement of the Best Achievement in Entertainment Category.

If you've been putting off starting your Event Awards entry, now is the time to bite the bullet. Your brain is probably overestimating the effort required - in reality the Event Awards are easier than ever to enter (but just as hard to win).

This is the last week to take advantage of the Early Starters discount!

There's still plenty of time to put together an entry before the final close of entries on August 10, but if you want to save on the cost of entry, start now and with 10 minutes work, you'll save $55.

With less than 3 weeks left until the Early Starters rate ends, it's time to get serious about entering the Event Awards if you want to save (quite) a few bucks.

As you "um" and "ah" over which categories you should enter, wonder whether you can enter more than one and where to find the questions, we have a few tips to get you going and clear up these wonderings.

Meanwhile the program for the Event Symposium is taking shape and we're offering up a few spots for presenters.

Finally, we're thrilled to announce the winner of a pair of tickets to the Australian Event Awards 2015 after a number of the charitable souls helped us raise money for the Australian Himalayan Foundation Nepal Earthquake Fund.

Entries open, meet the new co-chair of judges, what’s new in this year’s Awards, meet our new Awards partners and an important “save the date”.

We need your help to support the Australian Himalayan Foundation team on the ground provide the vital support needed at this devastating time.



Tuesday evening saw the events industry come together in celebration of the 2014 Australian Event Awards winners, finalists and State and Territory winners at Doltone House Darling Island Wharf.

Tonight, the industry will come together at Doltone House Darling Island Wharf to celebrate their achievements and find out who takes home the national titles. Don't miss out - you can tune in and watch it online from 7:00pm AEST at

Tuesday marks the 6th annual Australian Event Awards Industry Night of Nights, to be held at Doltone House Darling Island Wharf in Pyrmont, Sydney.

The premier black-ties event is sold out, but you can still catch it online via webcast.

The Australian Event Awards Industry Night of Nights is fast approaching.

The Australian Event Awards Industry Night of Nights is a not-to-be-missed special event for anyone involved in the Australian events industry.

The Industry Night of Nights is expected to sell out early next week so be sure to book your place at this year's event.

With over 36,000 votes across 145 nominated events, Australia has revealed its Top Ten favourite events.


There's still time to take advantage of the discounts on offer by booking and paying for your tickets to the Industry Night of Nights by midnight this Wednesday, 15 October.
Voting for Australia's Favourite Event 2014 is now open. It's time to put your votes behind any public event that you attended between 1 July 2014 and 30 June 2014.

2014 National Finalists announced and tickets to the Industry Night of Nights on sale.
Australia's Favourite Event is the public's chance to name their most popular event, the event that engages them, that earns their devotion and support.

Australia's Favourite Event is the opportunity for all Australians to vote for their favourite public event held in Australia from 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014.
Entries close on Monday.
There is still time to get an entry in with 4 days to go.
With only 7 days to go, there's still plenty of time to put together a winning entry.

The countdown is on - with 10 days to go before entries close on 11 August, it's time to put in your entry. Will it be an award winning entry? There's only one way to find out.

There are 10 working days left before entries close on 11 August but don't fret, that's more than enough time to start and finish your entry.

With many benefits and promotional opportunities available to finalists, you'll struggle to find a reason not to enter.

With just over two weeks before entries close on 11 August, now is the prime time to get started on your entry - there's only one way to be recognised nationally for your achievements - you have to be in it to win it.


With only three weeks until entries close, there's still time to enter and battle it out against the best of the best.

Entering is easy and we've simplified the process further - read on for more details.

With over 100 awards up for grabs, there's even more chance of you taking home a title. Don't forget, today is the last day to take advantage of the Early Starters Discount - all you have to do is start your entry and pay before midnight tonight.
With five weeks to go before entries close on 11 August, there's still time to enter to be in the running to take home the National trophy.
Everyone loves to make a saving and so can you - simply start your entry and pay for it by 14 July and you'll save 20% off the standard entry price.
With less than 3 weeks til Early Starters discount ends, and only 5 days til the end of the financial year, now is the time to start and pay for your entry.
With 8 weeks to go before entries close, and only 4 weeks to take advantage of the Early Starters Discount, it’s time to start thinking about your entry to be in the running to take home one of the National trophies.
Entries are now open for the 2014 Australian Event Awards and close on August 11. This is your opportunity to be nationally recognised for your achievements in the Australian Event Industry.
Entries are now open for the 2014 Australian Event Awards and close on August 11. This is your opportunity to be nationally recognised for your achievements in the Australian Events industry.
The Australian Event Awards takes great pride in partnering with leading industry organisations to bring the awards program to fruition. We've complied a directory of our key partners below so you can find the best suppliers for your next event and connect with new industry organisations. For a full list of our partners, click here.

The finalists and winners of the 2013 Australian Event Awards were celebrated in style last night at the Industry Night of Nights, Doltone House, Hyde Park. The full list of winners is now online.

Tuesday marks the 5th annual Australian Event Awards Industry Night of Nights, to be held at Doltone House, Hyde Park. The premier black-tie event is sold out, but you can still catch it online via webcast.

Three Australian greats behind some of Australia’s most iconic events will be recognised with Lifetime Achievement Awards at the 2013 Australian Event Awards next Tuesday night. Di Henry, Sandy Hollway and Mary Lopez have made a significant contribution to events in Australia and in so doing have done much for the way Australia is perceived overseas.

Congratulations to the finalists for Best Event State or Territory, South Australia, Tasmania and New South Wales. Earlier this year, after consultation with each Premier and Chief Minister, we embarked upon a search for the Best Event State or Territory.

For anyone involved in Australian events, Tuesday 19th November marks an important date to be in Sydney, with the Australian Event Awards hosting a not-to-be-missed special event. The Australian Event Awards Industry Night of Nights is expected to sell out early next week so be sure to book your place at this year's event.


From major sporting events like the Gold Coast Airport Marathon that attracts some of the worlds most talented athletes, to events that bring families and communities together like The RSPCA Million Paws Walk, Vivid Sydney and Blues on Broadbeach; this year's Top Ten Favourite Events are celebration of the high-quality and incredible diversity of events enjoyed in Australia each year.

Tickets are now on sale for the 2013 Australian Event Awards Industry Night of Nights.

This special event will celebrate the past 12 months of hard work, commitment and dedication to the events industry.

Tickets are now on sale for the Australian Event Awards Industry Night of Nights.

Who will be named Australia’s Favourite Event?  It’s up to you! Australia’s Favourite Event allows every Australian to vote for their favourite public event they have attended between 1/7/2012 and 30/6/2013.

From major sporting events like the Hyundai Hopman Cup, to charity events at Melbourne Zoo; Australia’s most innovative and outstanding events, products and services are nationally recognised with the announcement today of over 80 finalists for the 2013 Australian Event Awards.
Final Call for Entries - Last day today! Entries in the 2013 Australian Event Awards Close in 24 hours at 9am AEST on Tuesday September 10.
Imagine - it's the 4th of October and your name has just been announced among the finalists of the Australian Event Awards for 2013. How excited will your team feel as they prepare for the Gala Industry Night of Nights in Novermber?
Have you run or worked on an event that took place in Australia between July 1, 2012 and June 30 2013?
1 day left for Early-Starters Discount; 3 weeks to entries close
With four weeks to go until the close of entries for 2013, we are excited to announce the introduction of State and Territory Winners in each of the 10 ‘Best Event’ categories. There's also ony 5 business Days left to make a start at the Discount Rate.

With four weeks to go until the close of entries for 2013, The Australian Event Awards has announced the introduction of State and Territory Winners in each of its 10 ‘Best Event’ categories adding a potential 70 additional events to its stable of winners and increasing the chances of success for every entrant.

If you want to win an Australian Event Award you'll really want to read this.

Anyone who starts their entry and pays before August 16 receives the special discount entry rate!
The Australian Event Awards has chosen a home for the next three years, and the winner is Sydney thanks to an excellent bid by Business Events Sydney and the NSW Government.
The Australian Event Awards have chosen a home for the next three years.
The Australian Event Awards is proud to present 'Focus' next week.
Focus Networking Registrations and 2013 Entries are now open for the 2013 Event Awards.
The 9th of July is a big day of announcements for the Event Awards...