Recognising excellence in the events industry, for 40 years.

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Q: Who can participate in the MEA Awards?

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.


Q: How can I submit an entry?

All entries can be submitted through MEA’s Awards Portal, which can be accessed by clicking here.


Q: Who judges the MEA Awards?

Members of MEA’s judging panel are reflective and representative of the whole events industry to ensure each submission is fairly reviewed by a balanced panel with varying expertise and experience but is free of conflict of interest. Leading events industry professionals and businesspeople are also invited to join the team of judges.


Q: When will the winners be announced?

State/Territory Finalists will be notified in mid-March 2024. State or Territory winners will be awarded at their local Awards Nights in April 2024. National Winners will be announced in June 2024.


Q: Can I enter in multiple categories?

Yes, there is no limit to the number of categories you can enter - so long as your entry fits the eligibility criteria. To find out if you or your business is eligible for an Award, make sure to check out the Awards Portal once applications are open to review the criteria. 


Q: I organised an event that was held in a different State or Territory from where my office is based. Which State or Territory should I submit my Event of the Year application under?

You must apply for the State/Territory in which the event was held. E.g., If your head office is in Sydney but the event you held was in Perth, you are eligible for the WA Awards. For Company and Individual Awards, you will only be eligible for the State/Territory in which you Head Office is based. 


Q: Can I request an extension for the submission deadline?

Unfortunately, our deadlines are strict due to our judging turnaround, and submissions will not be accepted beyond the submission due date of 11.59pm [AEDT] on Monday 12 February 2024.


Q: When is payment due for my submission?

Full payment must be made per entry and concurrently with submission. 


Q: What if I have technical difficulties with the online MEA Awards Portal?

Contact the MEA team via with a screenshot/description of the problem you have run into. MEA operates between the hours of 8.30am – 5pm, Monday – Friday. Out-of-hours assistance is not available, so it is highly suggested entrants test the submission portal ahead of Monday 12 February 2024 to ensure they have no difficulties ahead of the submission deadline.


Q: Can I edit my entry after submission?

Submissions can be edited once they have been uploaded to the Awards Portal before Monday 12 February 2024. However, after the submission deadline has passed, you will not be able to make further changes.


Q: What should I do if I need further assistance?

For questions or issues, please contact the MEA team via or call head office on (02) 9929 5400 during the hours of 8.30am – 5.00pm [AEST], Monday – Friday.