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19 – 21 November 2018
Novotel Twin Waters Resort
Sunshine Coast

The Australian Event Symposium is held in conjunction with the Australian Event Awards to drive industry growth and development, and to ensure Australia remains on the leading edge of the events space worldwide.

The Event Symposium aims to foster unity and advancement within the events industry as well as creating networking and collaborative opportunities across all sectors of the industry. The content of the Symposium is focussed on professional development for industry representatives and on delivering strong take-away value for delegates.

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. The dynamic two-day program introduces a new structure comprised of Masterclasses and Workshops to facilitate an extraordinary level of engagement between the content and your work, and between you and the high profile events professionals and well-known Australians who will deliver the sessions.

Crack open the confines of the everyday and elevate your thinking: discover new ways of generating ideas, strategies to make them a reality, concrete skills to build a solid foundation for your work and techniques you and your team can use to cultivate a best event every time.

Learn from our own experts and those from other industries how to enrich your events by dreaming big while keeping it real. For more information on session style and the program, click here.

Why Attend?

Learn something

Whether you’re already a leader in your field, just starting out, or somewhere in between, there is something to learn at the Symposium. From hearing about the latest trends in event tech, to discussing event security with the experts, or stimulating fresh creative thinking, the Symposium is an exercise in mind-broadening and skill-sharpening: two days of ideas and strategies to help you – whoever you are – bring something different to your events, your process, your clients or your community.

Meet people

In 2017, over 150 event professionals from every state and territory in Australia attended the Event Symposium. Delegates included staff from major Australian events, government, events organisers, universities, councils and industry suppliers. This year offers even richer opportunities for connection: not only are there multiple social events ramping up towards the Event Awards ceremony, the sessions will also lend themselves to making meaningful business connections through a more engaging workshop format across the board. The Exhibition will also present the opportunity to meet suppliers from all over Australia.

Spark something

The Symposium aims to bring unity to our industry, which has a tendency to divide itself. The idea is that if we get everyone together in the same place at the same time – and this is particularly important in a place as geographically diverse and spread out as Australia – we can spark ideas and connections that benefit both the individuals involved and the industry as a whole. We’re talking collaborations across unexpected sections of the industry, the forging of new contacts to grow future or current projects, and maybe the creation of something new. So come along and let the magic happen. Who knows what we can achieve?

Go somewhere warm

We’re offering a shortcut to some sunshine and a brilliant opportunity to come and see what one of Australia’s most beautiful locations can do as an events destination whose star continues to rise. This gorgeous stretch of coast from the Glasshouse Mountains and Caloundra to Noosa and Rainbow Beach is just an hour north of Brisbane, and is serviced by its own airport. The Sunshine Coast offers the full business events package and is a phenomenal holiday destination. Follow up the Symposium with a few days kicking back on the beach – here’s your chance to experience true work/life balance!

Attend the Event Awards

A ticket to the black-tie Awards night is a part of the full Symposium registration package – including a three course dinner and networking pre-drinks. Be a part of this premier celebration of our industry’s high achievers, completing your few days of learning, dreaming and connecting with this pinnacle recognition of the great things that are possible in events. And of course, enjoy the party!

Who Attends?

The content is designed to bring together a diverse group of event-makers with unique yet aligned skills, and differing approaches to work for distinct audiences, so that they may learn both from the content and from one another by considering alternative approaches to similar issues.

In 2017, approximately 150 people from every state and territory in Australia attended the Symposium, including professionals from major events, councils, government, venues and other industry suppliers. The Symposium is intended to embrace the entire national industry, catering to both those who deliver events and those who supply them, and aiming to connect the two groups.

The Symposium offers a valuable experience for:

  • Event organisers
  • PCOs
  • Event owners
  • Business and corporate events organisations and bodies
  • Councils
  • Suppliers
  • Event marketing and sponsorship managers
  • Destination marketers
  • Metropolitan and regional tourism organisations
  • Relevant Government departments and organisations shaping the tourism and events strategies at state and federal level
  • Venues and venue sales personnel
  • A trip to the Queensland Air Museum was on the social program as part of the Sunshine Destination Experience at the Australian Event Awards and Symposium in 2017.

  • Cocktails on the beach anyone? Things get social at Event Awards and Symposium 2016.

  • The Boys in Band from SMA Productions provide the opening entertainment at Event Awards 2015.

  • Enrich your next event with fresh ideas and skills at the Australian Event Awards and Symposium.

  • A magnificent spot for breakfast as delegates soak up the possibilities of the Sunshine Coast at the Australian Event Awards and Symposium in 2016.

  • Fireworks at the pre-dinner drinks for the Event Awards Ceremony on the Sunshine Coast in 2016.