All categories are listed on the Awards Categories page of this section of the website. You can click on the ‘Click here to download Award’s Criteria’ link to view and download the entry template for each award. Applications can be submitted across 36 different award categories and applicants may enter into as many award categories as they wish.

Who is Eligible?

MEA members and non-members are encouraged to apply.

You must be an Australian registered company to apply for company, event management, venue, destination marketing, education and training or supplier award categories. You must be an Australian resident to apply for individual award categories.


The event, activity, service or operation must have occurred within the last 12 months, 1 January to 31 December.

All submissions are judged at State level first. Those submissions who meet a minimum benchmark of 70 points become a State Finalist. Those who do not meet minimum benchmark will be notified.

The State winner is determined by the points received in each category, for that state. The highest number of points will win that category at state level. Each category winner is announced at a State and Territory Awards ceremony.

The winners of each State Award category automatically go on to compete for the National Award.

The National winner of each category is determined by the highest number of points in that category. The National winners are announced and presented with trophies at the Awards Dinner which coincides with, and marks the final event of Evolve, MEA’s National Conference.

Application Process

Step 1

View the criteria on the MEA website to source which award would be the best one to enter. 

Step 2

Download the criteria template for that award and save it to your local drive. 

Step 3

Gather information and start to write your entry offline. 

Step 4

When you are ready to apply, you will need to submit via the online portal here. There, you will be able to upload three additional images/supporting documents or graphs with your original submission document. 

Step 5

Once you have finalised your entry, you will be taken to a payment gateway to make a payment. All submissions must be paid prior to the close-off date.