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As we receive questions regarding the Australian Event Awards, we will regularly post the answers on this page.
Who can enter the Event Awards?
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.
Can I enter more than one category?
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.
Are there any prerequisites for entry?
There are no prerequisites for entry outside of the eligibility requirements for each category. 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:
- Events must have taken place within Australia
- Product or service or achievements may have taken place outside Australia but must be accomplished predominantly by Australian Citizens or Permanent Residents
My event is only small. If I enter, won't I be competing against much bigger events with bigger budgets? How can I stand a chance?
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. In 2015, we added a "degree of difficulty" to the judging criteria across all categories which shows how differences in size, scope and budget of events are taken into account. Some smaller events and suppliers have won in previous years against 'bigger' competition.
What should I do to prepare to enter the Event Awards?
Download the categories and criteria here. As practise, consider entering your industry association or relevant sector awards program. Some examples include the EEAA Awards, the MEA Awards or the PRIA awards.
How long will it take to prepare an entry for the Event 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.
How do I submit my entry?
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.
Who judges the Event Awards?
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 Craig Hassall AM and Sandy Hollway AO.
Can you describe the judging process?
The entry-form information in each category is reviewed by at least two appropriately qualified members of the judging panel and given an initial score according to the published criteria. The top four entries in each category will be declared ’finalists’. The entry information provided by each finalist will be presented to the judges on the Winner Selection Panel and a winner will be selected based on the published criteria. A detailed explanation of the judging process can be viewed here.
Aren’t you concerned about conflicts of interest in the judging panel?
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.
What will happen if the judges have a question about my entry?
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.
People have been known to lie in awards entries. What are you doing to prevent this?
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.
Do I have any recourse if I believe I have be judged unfairly?
No. The judges’ decision is final.
How does this fit with other awards programs for the events industry?
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.
How is the Event Awards funded?
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.
Can sponsors of the Event Awards enter?
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.