Tourism Australia for their work on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017 - 2017 National Winner: Best Achievement in Marketing, Communication or Sponsorship


The Australian Event Awards and Symposium is the national awards program and conference for the Australian events industry, fostering continued excellence, innovation and unity.

The Awards program is the only opportunity for Australian event professionals to compete directly right across the nation and across all facets of the industry to establish which are Australia’s best events and event-related goods, services and innovations. Alongside the Awards, the Symposium aims to drive industry growth and development, and to ensure Australia remains on the leading edge of the events space worldwide.

The high-profile Awards program and conference is guided by ongoing industry consultation and continues to answer the need for cohesiveness across the entire Australian industry, developing and reinforcing industry identity and assisting Australian operators in cross-development of opportunities between events and event disciplines.

The Awards are all-inclusive, being open to all Australian events, event managers and support service providers regardless of:

  • event type or audience
  • event size or attendance
  • event location or association membership

Why Enter

The Australian Event Awards is the only awards program to recognise great events and achievements not only in their field or sector, but amongst the best across the entire Australian events industry.

With categories for events and achievements in all sectors and a transparent, rigorous judging process, there is a chance for everyone in the industry to compete on a level playing field. One category per sector means the Awards are highly prestigious, and offer the opportunity to evidence the quality of your work and highlight what you do so well to new markets.

No other Australian event awards program provides such industry-wide recognition in true reflection of the breadth and strength of our industry.

Need more reasons to give it a shot?

  • Raise the profile of your events business both within your sector and across disciplines
  • Enjoy the significant promotional opportunities as a finalist or winner
  • Benchmark your work – look at it critically through entering, receive judges’ feedback from experts in your field, and experience healthy competition against the top industry players
  • Reward the team for their hard work
  • Entries that don’t become finalists are never released – there’s no risk to reputation in entering
  • No financials are requested – the Event Awards reward examples of best practice, innovation and quality outcomes within the context of the entry and its field
  • It’s quick and easy to enter using the online entry portal

For information on how to enter, click here. For information on the categories and criteria, click here.

To see past winners and finalists, click here

Why Attend

The Event Awards and Symposium is the only gathering to unite events people from across the entire national industry; from those producing major public events and local community festivals, to those sculpting boutique high-end corporate dos, those serving the national and international conference market and the organisers behind the best business events in Australia, alongside, of course, venues and suppliers.

Whether you’re a leader in your field, just starting out or looking to hone your skills in a particular area, you will find value in attending the celebration and learning experience for event professionals that is the Event Awards and Symposium, taking place, this year, on the Sunshine Coast. If you want to make connections for new business, debate industry issues, spark new ideas, adapt and adopt best practice, be inspired, upskill, find a future collaborator or simply find out how they do events in a regional Queensland destination – all these things are possible by joining us on the Sunshine Coast in November.

We’ll throw in a sense of industry unity and community for free while our destination hosts tee up the tropical Queensland climate.

The Trophy

The Australian Event Awards Trophy was uniquely designed and manufactured for the Australian Event Awards at inception. It signifies the prestige that comes with being a winner of the peak industry awards program.

The crystalline gem at the centre of the trophy highlights the great many facets of the events industry in Australia. The unique, silver angular style of the piece as a whole further highlights the facets of the gem and exemplifies the stature of the awards program. The trophy is manufactured from a single piece of metal, stands some 350mm tall and weighs 2kg.

Australian Event Award trophies are not for sale and remain the copyright of Australian Event Awards Pty Limited. There is only one way to own an Australian Event Awards trophy and the first step is to start your entry.

  • The Australian Event Awards Ceremony 2017 at The Events Centre on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

  • Nicole Jervis from Tourism NT talks unexpected destination experiences at the Australian Event Awards and Symposium 2017.

  • The Imagination team look pretty pleased with their four wins at the Australian Event Awards 2017.

  • Let us entertain you! The Australian Event Awards Ceremony 2013.

  • Splendour in the Grass 2016
    2017 Finalist – EVENTelec Best Cultural, Arts or Music Event and Local Tickets Best Regional Event

  • Along with a big stage reveal, electronic string trio Maske provided a thrilling opening for the Australian Event Awards Ceremony in 2017.

Award Trophy