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Australian Event Awards

Held on the Wednesday evening, The Australian Event Awards will make for a fantastic night out as the best of the best in the industry come together from across Australia to recognise and celebrate another great year in events.

Founded in 2009, the Australian Event Awards is the national awards program for the Australian events industry. Corporate events, public festivals, charity dinners, sporting events and almost every kind of significant occasion in between competes across 10 Best Event categories.

The Achievement categories reward outstanding accomplishments in design, look, theming, marketing, sponsorship, venues, products and services as well as recognising technical and innovation achievements. Young achievers and individual event managers and event organising companies also have their own achievement categories.

Following an entry process through the middle of the year,* a panel of industry experts judges the awards, choosing winners across 21 of the 23 categories and setting up the nominees for the public vote for Australia's Favourite Event.

It all comes together for the Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 13 September 2017 to coincide with the Event Symposium.

The Awards dinner will be held at The Events Centre in Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast.

Symposium registrations include a ticket to the Awards Ceremony. See Registration page for details.

*Entries for the 2017 Event Awards are open from 3 May until 17 July. For more details on how to enter visit the Event Awards website at

Bloody Mary Breakfast

For those in need of a recovery beverage the morning after a big night at the Event Awards, our Bloody Mary Breakfast is just the thing! A great opportunity to meet some of your fellow delegates before the start of the Symposium, or reconnect with any high flyers you met at the Awards, we'll also be serving non-alcoholic drinks, plenty of coffee and breakfast, of course!

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Sunshine Coast Destination Experience

Join the team from Visit Sunshine Coast and Business Events Sunshine Coast as they showcase a venue that can only be described as one of the Sunshine Coast’s hidden gems. Departing from The Events Centre, expect an afternoon of history, fun and interaction, with a few surprises along the way. This experience includes pre-dinner refreshments.

Connect, Revive, Thrive Dinner

After a thought-provoking and inspiring day at the Symposium and straight off the back of an exploration of the Sunshine Coast, Thursday night's dinner will be a fun way to meet more of your fellow Symposium attendees and experience another side of the Sunshine Coast.

Looking Forward Breakfast

Refuel for another big day of Symposium sessions and consolidate contact with all the other fascinating events people you met yesterday. The theme for this breakfast is looking forward - for you and for us.

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Closing Drinks

After a future focussed closing plenary, what better way to discuss, unwind and bid farewell to all those you met at the Symposium than with a drink or two?