Australia’s Favourite Event

 

What is Australia's Favourite Event?

Australia's Favourite Event gives every Australian the chance to vote for their favourite public event out of a list of nominees.

The nominees for Australia's Favourite Event are all the public event finalists of the Best Event Categories at the Australian Event Awards, as selected by the Independent Industry Judging Panel. As such Australia's Favourite Event carries critical weight along with verified public adoration.

All types of public events are nominated, including sporting events, charity events, community events, cultural events and music events and festivals.

Anyone in Australia with an email address can vote for Australia's Favourite Event. Voting is free.

 

How does it work?

Nominees for Australia's Favourite Event are notified by 8 August. They are given specific instructions (see the downloads list at the bottom of the page) as to how to encourage people to vote for them. Voting for Australia's Favourite Event begins on 10 August. Anyone can vote by heading to the Event Awards website (www.eventawards.com.au) and entering their email address to receive a ballot paper. Nominees will be able to reach potential voters directly by email too.

On 6 September, Finalists for Australia's Favourite Event will be announced based on votes already cast. Following this, voting will continue only for the finalists. Voting will close at 9pm on 13 September and the winner will be announced that evening at the Australian Event Awards Ceremony.

 

How are the nominees selected?

Nominees are all the public event finalists in the Best Event Categories of the Australian Event Awards. The judges on the Independent Industry Judging Panel carefully considered all the entries in the Best Event Categories to choose these finalists. (To see more about the judging process click here).

 

How can you be sure that the winner of Australia's Favourite Event is a great event?

Coupled with the traditional public vote, input from the industry experts sitting on the judging panel, the quality of the nominees is assured.

 

Do the judges have any more to do with the award after they select the nominees?

No - once they have selected the nominees, Australia's Favourite Event is decided purely by public vote.

 

What is a public event?

A public event is any event that is available to the public. It can be a free event or a ticketed event but must be available for anyone to attend.

For example, the following events are public events:

  • Blues on Broadbeach
  • Mali in the City
  • South Australian Wooden Boat Festival
  • Summernats Car Festival
  • Vivid Sydney

Any events which require an invitation to attend are not eligible to enter. For example, John Doe's 18th Birthday Party or Jane Doe's wedding are not public events.

 

Can I promote my nomination?

Yes! Each event has their own marketing channels available to them including email, newsletters, press releases and social media. If you have media or other sponsors, ask them to publicise your nomination too. The goal is to engage the largest part of your event audience as possible so make t-shirts, take out an ad or create a flashmob - how you promote your nomination is up to you! See the downloads section below to find out how to promote your event as a nominee.

 

How do I vote?

Anyone can vote on the Australian Event Awards website once voting opens on 10 August, by entering their email address to receive a ballot paper. The ballot paper will be delivered to their email address and from there, a vote can be cast.

Nominees can promote voting to their contacts and mailing lists by following the instructions in the Australia's Favourite Event information sheet below.

 

If an event makes it to the finalist stage, do the votes reset?

No - events which become finalists retain their votes and voting continues.

For example, if an event has 10,000 votes when it is announced as one of the finalists, any future votes will be added to the 10,000 already accrued.

 

Can people vote more than once?

To ensure the fairest possible voting system, each email address can only cast one vote for an event. The aim is to discover which Australian event was loved by the largest number of people. Measures are in place to block automatic voting (e.g. using a software program to lodge multiple votes) or other voting methods which are at odds with the intention of the voting system for Australia’s Favourite Event. Events found to be engaging in automatic voting and other questionable methods will be disqualified.

 

Disqualification

Events will be disqualified if, in our opinion:

  • automated voting software is used
  • voting methods are employed which are an odds with the intention of the voting system of Australia's Favourite Event, designed to ascertain which of the nominated events is loved by the most people in Australia.

If an event is disqualified prior to the announcement of the finalists, the event will not be included in the finalists, regardless of how many votes it has accrued.

If an event is disqualified after the finalist announcement, the event is still able to accrue votes but the event will not be considered in the final vote count.

Events that have been disqualified will not be notified or announced.

 

What do I get if I'm a finalist?

Finalists will be promoted in a national media release and on the Event Awards website. Finalists will be able to use the official ‘Australia’s Favourite Event Finalist 2017’ logo in all marketing materials.

 

What do I get if I win?

The winner of Australia's Favourite Event will receive one of our prestigious trophies. The winner will be announced and the trophy awarded at the Australian Event Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 13 September at The Events Centre in Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast. The winner will be promoted in a national media release and will be able to use the official 'Australia's Favourite Event 2017' logo in all marketing materials.

 

Key Dates

8 August 2017

Nominees for Australia's Favourite Event notified

8 August 2017

Australia's Favourite Event public voting opens

6 September 2017

Australia's Favourite Event finalists announced
(voting continues)

13 September 2017

Australian Event Awards Ceremony

 

What if I didn't enter the Australian Event Awards?

There’s always next year! Register for updates here and we’ll let you know when entries open for Australian Event Awards 2018. You are still more than welcome to vote for any of the nominated events.

 

Downloads

Australia's Favourite Event FAQ

Information for nominees