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Jun 16, 2014

Time to set your sights on taking home one of the Australian Event Awards trophies

It’s that time of year again when event organisers, industry suppliers and organisations from around the country start planning their entries and submitting their events and products in a bid to be nationally recognised for their achievements between 1 July 2013 and 30 June 2014.

With the end of the financial year looming and discounts on offer for those who get started early, now is the time for the events industry to get cracking but there’s still time before 14 July to take advantage of the Early Starters Discount and until the close of entries on 11 August 2014.

Remember – you only have to make a start and pay your entry fee by 14 July to receive the Early Starters discount – you have until entries close to finish your submission.

The Australian Event Awards is the only opportunity for Australian events and event organisers to be acknowledged on a level playing field, across the entire national events industry regardless of event size, type, location or association membership.

Staging Connections, winner Best Private Event 2011 and 2012 says, “Winning this award has driven me to continue to produce first-class weddings and events and has given me the opportunity to express to the industry and to my clients the reason I wake up every morning and go to work.”

This year, organisers have refined the eligibility requirements and judging criteria to make the entry process simpler and the playing field fair for Australian events. These changes include:

  1. The Entertainer of the Year category has been replaced by "Best Achievement in Entertainment" to focus on the achievements of the entertainer or act and no longer requires a performance by the finalists.
  2. All entries in the Best Event categories now earn points toward the headline Best Event State or Territory award with national finalists and winners earning extra points.
  3. The entry requirements for all categories (except Best International Achievement in Events) have been simplified to create a level playing field for Australian events by focussing on work performed in Australia rather than on the international stage.
  4. Entrants no longer need to be Australian Citizens to enter the awards, but all works referred to in the entry need to have been performed in Australia, meaning more companies and individuals can be recognised for work that has benefitted Australia.
  5. The judging evaluation criteria now includes the requirement for entrant's to provide evidence of claims made in the entry, such as  reasons for the claim, statistics, independent commentary or stakeholder feedback by referencing where the data was drawn from, for example, reports, feedback.
  6. The Best Export category has been replaced with "Best International Achievement in Events" to broaden the spectrum of achievements that can be acknowledged in this category.
  7. All the Best Event Categories now have a winner in each State and Territory as well as a national winner so there's even more opportunity for recognition.

On 11th November 2014, the event industry will come together at Doltone House Pyrmont for the Night of Nights to celebrate these achievements and announce the national winners.

Want to join the ranks of nationally recognised events, products and services who have taken home an award? Download the categories and criteria and see what best suits your event or product or service. You can also log onto the portal and download the questions – best of all, it’s free to log-in and start an entry so why not check it out today? Visit the website


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