David Atkins nominated by David Atkins Enterprises - 2017 National Winner: Event Producer of the Year

Key Changes

1. Updated Categories

Following detailed feedback, our team collaborated closely with the Co-Chairs and Judges to rework the Awards categories to include virtual, hybrid and live events.

View the updated category list here.

2. Acknowledgement of Every Entrant

During October, we will showcase short highlights of every entrant and their accomplishments since 1 July 2020. These highlights will include an image or video of the event or achievement, accompanied by a short overview and recognition of a few of the individuals that were integral to the operation.

Each highlight will be published predominantly on our social media channels. Attention will also be drawn to the highlights through our e-newsletters to the database and our media partners. This means that National Finalists for 2021 will be announced just prior to the winner announcement instead of ahead of time, allowing the focus during October to be on every entrant.

3. Australian Event Industry Month

In 2021, we will strive to recognise the achievements and resilience of the industry. To do this, the month of October 2021 will become the ‘Australian Event Industry Month.’

The Australian Event Awards will participate in this initiative by highlighting every Awards entrant thereby showcasing the individuals and organisations in the industry and what they have been able to achieve despite Covid-19.

We would also like to invite the industry to participate in #AussieEventsMonth by asking anyone who is interested to reach out to us with thoughts and input on what other initiatives might be included.

“Australian Event Industry Month is a fantastic initiative, not just for the Event Awards but for the Australian Events community as a whole. I strongly urge everyone in the industry to find ways to participate in this concept and make October a month for the Industry to reflect and celebrate as one.” Brenda LaPorte, Co-Chair of the Judging Panel.

4. Entry Costs

In 2020, entry costs were reduced in order to recognise the difficulties facing the industry in the current climate. This year, entry costs will remain discounted for businesses across the industry. View the 2021 entry costs here.

5. Key Dates

See the full list of Key Dates here and make sure you put them in your diary to maximise your schedule and budget.

  • Margaret River Gourmet Escape 2016 presented by Audi
    2017 National Finalist - Local Tickets Best Regional Event

  • Yakusan for their work on The Hendrick's Gin "Parlour of Curiosities" at Spectrum Now Festival & Dark MOFO Festival 2015
    2015 National Finalist - Best Achievement in Design, Look or Theming

  • Singers perform at the Queensland Air Museum as part of Sunshine Coast Destination Experience during the social program at the Event Awards and Symposium 2017.

  • White Night Melbourne 2017
    2017 National Finalist - Coates Hire Best Community Event

  • Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster, Ord Valley Events
    2015 National Winner - Best Regional Event

  • Penny Lion from Tourism Australia presents the closing keynote Vision Australia at the Australian Event Awards and Symposium 2017.