As we receive questions regarding the Australian Event Awards and Symposium, we will regularly post the answers on this page.
Entries into the Australian Event Awards are open to events staged in Australia and achievements by Australians during the period from 1 July to 30 June each year.
A virtual event is one that was conducted entirely by broadcast (including online). A live or hybrid event is any event with a live component. If any aspect of your event (or all of it) was staged live, you are eligible to enter the live or hybrid category. If your event was hybrid but you prefer to only enter the virtual component you can do so in the virtual category but you will only be judged on your virtual aspect.
As per the eligibility criteria, a Brand Event is an event designed to further the brand of the client by increasing sales, building brand loyalty or launching a new product. For example, product showcasing events, product or brand gala dinners, product launches, etc. Comparatively, a Corporate Event best achieves business outcomes and is a non-brand event. For example, awards nights, gala dinners, Christmas parties, training events and team building. For this reason, the same event cannot be entered into both Best Brand Event and Best Corporate Event.
A small event is an event that was delivered in its entirety within a gross budget of $150,000 inclusive of GST for Live or Hybrid events and $100,000 inclusive of GST for Virtual events. This budget includes staff wages, resources, production, marketing and all other activities associated with the staging of the event.
Yes, of course. Each category has different criteria and requires a separate entry but you are welcome to enter as many categories as you like.
NOTE: As stated above, the same event cannot be entered into both Best Brand Event and Best Corporate Event.
Provided your entries all meet the Finalist Threshold Score, and are scored in the top 5, only the 2 top scoring entries for each event and/or company entry will go through as a Finalist. You will still receive your scores and judges feedback on your entries.
NOTE: National Finalists for 2021 will be announced just prior to the winner announcement instead of ahead of time. This is to allow the focus during Australian Event Industry Month (October 2021) to be on every entrant. Read more about this here.
Outside of the eligibility requirements for each category, there are no prerequisites for entry. The Australian Event Awards acknowledges Australian events, event organisers and suppliers on a level playing field, across the entire national events industry. This means that the entry must be for Australian work:
If you would like to participate in the Australian Event Industry Month, please reach out to us with your thoughts, input or other initiatives you think could be included. Contact Us.
The Symposium is an events conference held in conjunction with the Australian Event Awards to drive industry growth and development, to provide networking opportunities and to ensure Australia remains on the leading edge of the events space worldwide. The Event Symposium encourages creativity and big-thinking whilst delivering solid takeaways and skills development for delegates. Like the Event Awards, the Symposium is open to the entire industry and encourages interaction and support across sectors for mutual benefit and growth.
The Symposium takes place in the two days leading up to the Australian Event Awards ceremony. In 2021, the fate of the Awards Symposium is still being decided. Register for updates on the awards & Symposium 2021.
The Australian Event Awards does not seek to reward the biggest event or the biggest budget. The Awards recognise industry best practice and innovation on whatever level it may occur. It doesn’t matter if you are a voluntary committee with a tiny budget in a regional area, if you can demonstrate innovation and excellence then you will have a very good chance of taking home an Australian Event Award. There is a “degree of difficulty” in the judging criteria across all categories which shows how differences in size, scope and budget of events are taken into account. Smaller events and suppliers have won in previous years against ‘bigger’ competition. Best Small Event and Small Event Management Organisation of the Year categories are aimed to specifically highlight the achievements of smaller events. Entrants may also enter their events in other categories.
View the categories and criteria here. As practice, consider entering your industry association or relevant sector awards program. Some examples include the EEAA Awards, the MEA Awards or the PRIA awards.
Entries for the Australian Event Awards are designed to be as accessible as possible to all members of the industry. The entry process is web based and completed on a simple form which addresses the criteria and restricts answers to the word limits supplied. Completing your entry form should not be a long or difficult process.
There is no “submit” button – save your entry in the portal as you work on it, and make sure you pay the entry fee before the closing date. Whatever you have saved in the portal at the time entries close will be submitted for judging providing the entry has been paid for. If you prefer to download the entry form to work offline, make sure you upload and save your answers in the portal before the close of entries.
The awards are judged by an independent industry judging panel that is representative of all areas of the industry by sector and by geography. Members of this panel choose to contribute on a voluntary basis and remain entirely separate from the ownership structure of the awards. The panel is led by the Co-Chairs of Judging Peter Rix AM and Brenda LaPorte.
In short, yes. Judges are required to formally declare conflicts of interest to the co-chairs of the judging panel and to refrain from judging categories in which they may have an interest. Persons who are in any way related to the manager of the Australian Event Awards, The Epic Team, are ineligible to judge the awards.
When you complete your award entry you will be asked to include a contact person who can answer any questions that the industry judging panel may have regarding your entry.
The Australian Event Awards Judging Panel has been chosen for their extensive knowledge of the events industry throughout Australia. In the unlikely event that an entrant is less than truthful it is very likely that our Judging Panel will notice. Should an Award be presented based on an entry later shown to be untrue then the Award will be revoked and the entrant banned from future involvement in the Awards.
No. The judges’ decision is final.
Rather than being specialised and focussed on a particular industry sector, the Australian Event Awards as an awards program is intentionally broad, enabling all Australian events and events professionals to compete and develop excellence across the sectors of the events industry, on a level playing field, nationally. It is a different product to the other awards programs and aims to co-exist in harmony.
The Australian Event Awards is not government funded. The Awards team are seeking partners to invest in several sponsorship opportunities. More information is available here.
Sponsors may enter a category that they do not sponsor. The Judging Panel is entirely independent, receive no payment and will not be influenced by sponsorship.
Paul Baker Head Chef at the Australian Event Award winning Botanic Gardens Restaurant Adelaide presented a taste buds teasing food and wine matching session at Australian Event Awards and Symposium 2017.
Dreamtime 2015 Business Session and Dinner, Belle Laide Events
2016 National Winner - Best Corporate Event
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?
Everyone (and everything) stays grounded during a trip to the Queensland Air Museum for a social event during the Australian Event Awards and Symposium 2017.
Youngcare Simpson Desert Challenge 2016
2016 National Winner - Best Charity or Cause-Related Event
Life's a juggling act on a trip to Aussie World as part of the social program at the Australian Event Symposium 2017 on the Sunshine Coast.