The MEA Awards is the most prestigious and highly-regarded event industry awards program in Australia.


With a history of recognising excellence in the events industry, MEA's Awards Program has celebrated the achievements of its hardworking industry since 1983. It is the only awards program that encompasses the entire breadth of the Australian events industry. 

Whether you lead an exceptional team deserving of acclaim, have orchestrated an extraordinary event, or wish to shine a well-deserved spotlight on a colleague, professionals within the sector and across the country are encouraged to apply.


  • Application Open: Monday 16 October 2023
  • Applications Close: Monday 12 February 2024
  • Judging Period: Monday 26 February - Monday 11 March 2024
  • State and Territory Finalists Advised: Prior to Friday 22 March 2024
  • State and Territory Award Nights: Specific dates to be confirmed during April 2024
  • National Awards Night: June 2024


When you enter the MEA Awards, you are competing against other professionals across the Australian events industry, meaning both members and non-members of MEA. The MEA Awards are open to the Australian events industry's event organisers, venues, and suppliers.

To break that down – the MEA Awards are open to PCOs, event managers, planners and organisers, business development superstars, marketing teams, event agencies, corporate event teams, AV extraordinaires, future event leaders, small, medium and large event venues, speaker bureaux, destination marketing businesses, event freelancers, photographers, registration service suppliers, government event teams, event educators, ops specialists, event hotels, exhibition suppliers, catering teams, event platforms and software developers, MCs, entertainers, coach and ground operators, airlines, event theming companies, and so many more.


Entries are now open for the 2023 MEA Awards! Visit the Awards Portal below to browse 39 Awards, download the criteria and start your submission today.



  • Recognise those who demonstrate excellence in the organisation, planning and delivery of business events, major events and festivals, special events, cause-related events, conferences and exhibitions.

  • Reward individuals who excel in the planning, operation, marketing and delivery of events; and suppliers, destinations and agencies who attract events, push the boundaries, create and innovate.

  • Identify excellence in venues and national events that demonstrate leadership and exceptional delegate or visitor experience; and

  • Reinforce the value of the events industry and promote greater recognition for the sector within the wider business community.